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L.A. Dish of the Month, July 2014 -- Nominations

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We all know the drill by now, but in case you do not. The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible during the month reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (chili fries) but might also be more of a dish category (potatoes). It's up to everyone here, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best and most interesting versions!

Some ideas to start Summer:


Anyway, this is the nomination thread for July 2014 …you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread, it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, please (please!) post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until 11:59 PM PT on June 25th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Lamb: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977449
Spring Produce: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974071
Shellfish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970902
Pie: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967272
Pasta: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/962696
Fried Foods: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929784
Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926270
Soup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922507
Koreatown: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918747
Fried Fish: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915324
Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911495
Sandwiches: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907564
Tacos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902860
Meatballs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900427
Burritos: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896577
Eggs: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892386
Dumplings: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888751
Pork Chop: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884484
BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

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    1. re: ns1


      caveat: not baby gaga


      1. re: ns1


        (Am I the only one who read that in the voice of one of The Coneheads, from olden SNL days?)

        1. re: spoonlicker

          Frozen dairy-based dessert products is great as it includes ice creams and frozen custards, etc. But it is awkward. And it excludes sorbets and the ilk, shaved ice and some of the newer places. Is FROZEN DESSERTS too broad? Or maybe too narrow as not only desserts...

          1. re: nosh

            Don't fight it, just accept frozen dairy based desserts into your heart and be saved.

            1. re: ns1


              And the best way to accept them into your heart is through your stomach.

              None of this non-dairy apostasy!

      2. Most recent two:

        Lamb: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977449
        Spring Produce: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974071

        My nominations:


          1. re: jessejames

            I think we need to have a Chow potluck where everyone is assigned to bring a different pastrami offering, do a blind taste test, and settle this nonsense once and for all.

            Meat only so as not to skew the results with such incidentals as bread, mustard, coleslaw, Mystery Dressing, or god help us, MAYO. They'd have to call in the riot police.

            1. re: spoonlicker

              I'd love to know who R.C. Provisions thinks is the best Pastrami in L.A. :p #neverinamillionyears

              1. re: spoonlicker

                Then what would we have left to talk about

                1. re: jessejames

                  'Strewth. The silence would be deafening! We'd have to fill the void by reviving an old feud like whether Tito's Tacos are good or not. It would be a verbal bloodbath.

            2. CHEESE AND FRIENDS

              (fondue, grilled cheese, cheese boards, mac-and-cheese...you know what I'm talkin' about)

                1. Croissant
                  Pain Au Chocolat
                  Rinse and Repeat(FYI not an actual nomination)

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                  1. re: polldeldiablo

                    How about CROISSANTS and PUFF PASTRIES? Would include things like spanikopita, savories and sweets.

                  2. well judging by the lack of posts I would say last months 'Lamb' was a dud.

                    FRIED CHICKEN

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                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                      Lamb has 118 posts including one today. May's spring vegetable has 48 and has been dormant a few days.

                      1. re: nosh

                        June's a frenetic month for food and just life. Summer is just starting to kick it up. FMs are loaded with great stuff from spring and summer. And summer vacation is in full swing for many - two weeks and counting (we just came back from two weeks away). I think just about any June dish would have been unpredictable in posts. Thanks for grabbing the baton hand-off from ipse - go banana slugs!

                        1. re: nosh

                          Yeah, I personally found the lamb thread to be one of the more informative and useful ones in the series. Folks came up with lots of good intel across a range of cuisines and price-points and locales.

                          1. re: spoonlicker

                            I agree. Sort of harder to find than some other more widely available stuff too.

                          2. re: nosh

                            Take a look at how many of the posts were actually "today I ate lamb at..." There are 15 day gaps between posts. There was good info to be sure, just didn't seem too popular with the gang.

                            This is no critique of you, Nosh!! The DotM was chosen democratically. Thank you for your work on this!!!!

                            1. re: gr8pimpin

                              Less talking more voting for frozen dairy based desserts

                              1. re: ns1

                                I plan to vote with my feet for your FDBD candidate by doing a quick recon of the newly-opened Three Twins Ice Cream shop on Main St. in Santa Monica.

                                1. re: spoonlicker

                                  It's not bad. Sweet Rose is better. It is less expensive and you can get 1-2 flavors for a single.

                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                    That custard at pier burger is really on my mind.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      The best frozen dessert I have had in recent years is that Blood Orange Vacherin with homemade Kumquat sorbet at AOC. Unbelievable. Forget to mention it is laced with pistachios and more fresh blood oranges. Beautiful to look at and great tasting. Just based on that ONE dessert, I would vote for FROZEN DAIRY PRODUCTS DESSERT. The last 3 times I have dined there, everyone wanted that dessert. It was sold out once:(

                                      1. re: maudies5

                                        Holy cow, that dessert sounds out of this world. The photo on the AOC website is just so pretty.

                                        Do you happen to know if it is available during lunch service?

                                        1. re: spoonlicker

                                          I had it for dessert last week at lunch. Three women shared it. Perfect dessert.

                                            1. re: maudies5

                                              Ooh, that is good news.

                                              But...THREE women shared it?! Girl, if any of my dining companions even THINK of trying to have "just a taste" of my Vacherin, I will SHANK them with a butter knife.

                                              Another question, if you don't mind: Is AOC solo-diner friendly? Can I just rock up on a weekday, order a coffee and a dessert for lunch and sit at what looks to be the communal long bar? I don't want to be "that" person who hogs a table for a measly dessert + coffee.

                                          1. re: maudies5

                                            I need to get over there. Haven't been to new location. Sounds like a terrific dessert. Have you tried the lime ice cream at shunji? Very strong.

                                            1. re: maudies5

                                              Does it have a dairy component, or is it sorbet-focused?

                                              1. re: maudies5

                                                Just had this tonight. Holy cow thanks for the recommendation. Definitely one of my favorite LA desserts.

                                                So ya, I also vote FROZEN DAIRY PRODUCTS DESSERT

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Or any time of the year.


                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          That is a truly terrifying and hilarious image. Kid looks like she is willing to gnaw through mom's fingers to get at that grilled cheese. Can't say I blame her!

                                        2. PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA

                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                WILD MUSHROOMS

                                                all fine by me

                                                1. re: Jase

                                                  What says summertime more ice cream or shooms

                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                    Neither. I have both in equal frequency year round. That's the beauty of living in Southern California.

                                                    I also don't adhere to mindless devotion to dogmatic tradition.

                                                    1. re: Jase

                                                      I don't think it's dogma. Hot in July so ice cream. Also schools out for the summer festival season so...

                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                        Warm weather, lighter meals that are still filling. Grilled mushroom salads, pasta with mushrooms, veggie sandwiches....

                                                        1. re: Jase

                                                          One might also say mushrooms and ice cream are fungible to me regardless of season.

                                                          1. re: Jase

                                                            Ken-san's truffle ice cream at Kiriko is the stuff of dreams...

                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                              whats with these sushi guys making such good ice cream....id be plenty happy with the fish but they impress!

                                                      2. re: Jase

                                                        Plus... you get to say: "There's a fungus among us!"

                                                        1. re: whiner

                                                          Or pun jokes that end with "i'm a fun guy."

                                                      3. re: jessejames

                                                        Had a wonderful candy cap mushroom ice cream at La Botte before they closed...

                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                          and here I am the sucker just getting chocolate and coffee all the time!

                                                    2. OK, less than 12 hours before the nominations are closed and we go to the voting. The way I see it there are two clear leaders: Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products and Mushrooms.

                                                      If we are going to expand the voting, I need seconds for the following which have been mentioned, and I'll include one or two of the most popular.

                                                      Croissants and Puff Pastries
                                                      Fried Chicken

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                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                        You should just do what you did last time ^_^

                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                          I appreciate the sentiment, but not doing that again. The first two nominations are in the voting, and I'll wait to midnight (or until I need to go to sleep) to include any of the others that get some support.

                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                            I like nominating and voting each month.

                                                            FRIED CHICKEN

                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                I find it funny to be on a board such as chowhound, and at the same time like places like Popeye's. That being said, I eat it all the time, I just never mention it here out of potential shaming :o Though I think I might like Shakey's chicken over Popeye's, ....

                                                                1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                  Hey, there is nothing wrong about liking Popeye's. Their spicy crispy fried chicken is excellent, and the thigh and leg 2-piece special ($1.29 on Tues and $1.49 the other days at most locations) is a bargain if you like dark meat.

                                                                  But even comparing them with Shakey's?!? Now that questions your cred.

                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                    Well the difference with Popeyes is that generally it has less traffic than Shakey's and as a result the chicken is usually sitting there and dries out as a result(nothing worse than dry white meat). Like when I was in San Diego and my Shandong Grandmother who liked Popeye's more than chinese food(San Diego could of had something to do with that) wanted Popeye's, I would drive to one that was farther as it was a busier location and as a result had fresh chicken every time.

                                                                  2. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                    There is nothing wrong with liking ANYTHING!!!! To each his/her own!

                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                              Of the additional one you mention I'll second


                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                  I wonder if Mushrooms wins, would Mushroom Wine count? I've personally always wondered what it tasted like ever since I saw a poster advertising it inside a Korean restaurant.

                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                    I'll give a third to Fried Chicken. And as a recent thread inspires, append Chicken Fried.

                                                                    And I omitted ribs from the list above.