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

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nosh Jun 20, 2014 04:53 PM

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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    ns1 RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 04:59 PM

    FROZEN DAIRY BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

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      jessejames RE: ns1 Jun 20, 2014 05:09 PM

      FROZEN DAIRY BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS plus one

      caveat: not baby gaga

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2...

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        spoonlicker RE: ns1 Jun 20, 2014 05:41 PM

        FROZEN DAIRY BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

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

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          nosh RE: spoonlicker Jun 21, 2014 11:11 PM

          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...

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            ns1 RE: nosh Jun 22, 2014 01:52 AM

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

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              spoonlicker RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2014 11:56 AM

              Testify.

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

              None of this non-dairy apostasy!

      2. TheOffalo RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 04:59 PM

        Most recent two:

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

        My nominations:

        OFFAL
        NOODLE SOUPS
        CEPHALOPODS

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          jessejames RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 05:01 PM

          pastrami...just kidding!

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            spoonlicker RE: jessejames Jun 20, 2014 05:44 PM

            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.

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              polldeldiablo RE: spoonlicker Jun 20, 2014 06:50 PM

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

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                jessejames RE: polldeldiablo Jun 20, 2014 07:24 PM

                I wanna go there and will

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                jessejames RE: spoonlicker Jun 20, 2014 09:34 PM

                Then what would we have left to talk about

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                  spoonlicker RE: jessejames Jun 21, 2014 01:41 PM

                  '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.

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              spoonlicker RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 05:39 PM

              CHEESE AND FRIENDS

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

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                maudies5 RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 06:18 PM

                SMALL PLATES

                1. polldeldiablo RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 07:02 PM

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

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                    nosh RE: polldeldiablo Jun 21, 2014 11:15 PM

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

                  2. gr8pimpin RE: nosh Jun 20, 2014 09:31 PM

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

                    NOMINATING:
                    KABOB
                    FRIED CHICKEN

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                      nosh RE: gr8pimpin Jun 21, 2014 01:30 PM

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

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                        bulavinaka RE: nosh Jun 21, 2014 02:47 PM

                        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!

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                          spoonlicker RE: nosh Jun 21, 2014 02:53 PM

                          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.

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                            jessejames RE: spoonlicker Jun 21, 2014 02:54 PM

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

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                            gr8pimpin RE: nosh Jun 21, 2014 03:45 PM

                            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!!!!

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                              ns1 RE: gr8pimpin Jun 21, 2014 04:04 PM

                              Less talking more voting for frozen dairy based desserts

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                                spoonlicker RE: ns1 Jun 21, 2014 04:16 PM

                                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.

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                                  TheOffalo RE: spoonlicker Jun 21, 2014 06:54 PM

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

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                                    jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jun 21, 2014 10:11 PM

                                    That custard at pier burger is really on my mind.

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                                      maudies5 RE: jessejames Jun 21, 2014 10:47 PM

                                      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:(

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                                        spoonlicker RE: maudies5 Jun 21, 2014 11:54 PM

                                        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?

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                                          maudies5 RE: spoonlicker Jun 22, 2014 07:51 AM

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

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                                            SilverlakeGirl RE: maudies5 Jun 22, 2014 07:56 AM

                                            Do we know who the pastry chef is?

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                                              maudies5 RE: SilverlakeGirl Jun 22, 2014 10:06 AM

                                              Christina Olufson.

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                                              spoonlicker RE: maudies5 Jun 22, 2014 11:49 AM

                                              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.

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                                            jessejames RE: maudies5 Jun 22, 2014 07:36 AM

                                            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.

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                                              carter RE: maudies5 Jun 22, 2014 10:50 AM

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

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                                                set0312 RE: maudies5 Jun 25, 2014 02:49 AM

                                                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

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                                          carter RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2014 10:26 AM

                                          No dairy products, ever!

                                  2. A5 KOBE RE: nosh Jun 21, 2014 11:27 PM

                                    CHICKEN AND BEER

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                                      JAB RE: A5 KOBE Jun 22, 2014 10:46 AM

                                      BEER

                                      #fk2014v2ffs

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                                        jessejames RE: JAB Jun 22, 2014 10:53 AM

                                        Another nice option for summer

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                                          JAB RE: jessejames Jun 22, 2014 11:53 AM

                                          Or any time of the year.

                                          #fk2014v2ffs

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                                      whiner RE: nosh Jun 22, 2014 02:04 AM

                                      RIBS or BBQ RIBS

                                      1. wienermobile RE: nosh Jun 22, 2014 10:11 AM

                                        ALL THINGS CHEESE

                                         
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                                          spoonlicker RE: wienermobile Jun 22, 2014 11:52 AM

                                          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. orythedog RE: nosh Jun 22, 2014 07:06 PM

                                          PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA

                                          1. J.L. RE: nosh Jun 22, 2014 09:24 PM

                                            FUNGUS.

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                                              ns1 RE: J.L. Jun 22, 2014 09:30 PM

                                              Mmmmm shrooms

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                                                whiner RE: J.L. Jun 23, 2014 03:36 AM

                                                FUNGUS
                                                MUSHROOMS
                                                WILD MUSHROOMS

                                                all fine by me

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                                                Jase RE: nosh Jun 23, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                FUNGI

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                                                  jessejames RE: Jase Jun 23, 2014 08:25 PM

                                                  What says summertime more ice cream or shooms

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                                                    Jase RE: jessejames Jun 23, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      jessejames RE: Jase Jun 23, 2014 08:55 PM

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

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                                                        Jase RE: jessejames Jun 23, 2014 09:14 PM

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

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                                                          Jase RE: Jase Jun 24, 2014 02:41 PM

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

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                                                            J.L. RE: Jase Jun 24, 2014 04:42 PM

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

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                                                              jessejames RE: J.L. Jun 24, 2014 05:00 PM

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

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                                                        whiner RE: Jase Jun 24, 2014 02:52 AM

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

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                                                          nosh RE: whiner Jun 24, 2014 12:52 PM

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

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                                                        TheOffalo RE: jessejames Jun 24, 2014 12:57 PM

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

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                                                          jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jun 24, 2014 01:23 PM

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

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                                                      nosh RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                      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
                                                      Beer
                                                      Kabobs
                                                      Pizza
                                                      Cheese.

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                                                        ns1 RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 02:00 PM

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

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                                                          nosh RE: ns1 Jun 25, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            TheOffalo RE: ns1 Jun 25, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                            I like nominating and voting each month.

                                                            FRIED CHICKEN

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                                                              jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jun 25, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                              popeyes popeyes popeyes

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                                                                polldeldiablo RE: jessejames Jun 25, 2014 09:04 PM

                                                                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, ....

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                                                                  nosh RE: polldeldiablo Jun 25, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    polldeldiablo RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                    gr8pimpin RE: polldeldiablo Jun 25, 2014 10:15 PM

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

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                                                              whiner RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 02:32 PM

                                                              Of the additional one you mention I'll second

                                                              KABOBS

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                                                                Jase RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                                mushroom ice cream

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                                                                  polldeldiablo RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    nosh RE: nosh Jun 25, 2014 09:16 PM

                                                                    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.

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