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September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: 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!

Anyway, this is the nomination thread for September 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 I go to bed on August 26th.

- nosh

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for LA:

Cocktails and Bar Food: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984400
Fried Chicken and Frozen Desserts: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981041
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. SUSHI or JAPANESE FOOD in general
    FRENCH FRIES (from last month)

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      Well, I'm always going to support OFFAL.

      1. re: TheOffalo


        LOL, what? you want to take on a bigger challenge than JL's sushi binge last week? :>

        1. JAPANESE FOOD

          1. Since Dunkin is opening maybe we should do donuts. Not ready to nominate yet.

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            1. re: gr8pimpin

              No harm in nominating. The DD opening is why I nominated it...

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Can these be homemade too since there's not many places by us....?

              1. STEAKS
                BBQ SAUCE
                LATE SUMMER FRUITS

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                  1. re: kevin

                    Not sure I know it, but if you hum a few bars I'll fake it.

                    1. But if I had to for one dish it would be:


                      1. How about RAW SEAFOOD in general, which can encompass sushi, crudo, ceviche, etc.

                            1. Sunset Boulevard

                              When I have out of town guests, I sometimes take them on a drive all the way down Sunset from about Dodgers Stadium to the beach. You end up with a tour that shows off the diversity of Los Angeles, passing through all sorts of neighborhoods from downtown, through East Hollywood, Hollywood, West Hollywood and later on through BH and down through the Palisades.

                              Thai Town places are on Sunset, the original Zankou, Bar Marmont, Night + Market ... it's, to me, an interesting street with lots of different restaurants from fancy to strip mall.

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                                1. re: PaulF

                                  The trip down Western from Los Felix to Long Beach is like going on a 13 country tour - lots of places to eat on the way but I think just the ride alone would take most of the day.

                                2. FRENCH FRIES.

                                  I'd love to find a place near me that did real twice-fried fries, like the sorely-missed Benitas Frites used to.

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                                    1. re: nosh

                                      Actually, many places are doing the twice-fried approach these days - only problem, most still do not taste those that Benitas sold. Of course, also matters what kind of fat is being used, duck or not, but one example.
                                      While I like the fries at the Oinkster, and they are twice-fried, they are not the equal to those at Benitas.
                                      Thus, this month's nominee, like my vote last month, must be FRENCH FRIES.

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Talk about a place I have not been to in forever.
                                          Never a bad meal, just off the radar screen.
                                          I do like my frites more with moules than steak, fwiw!
                                          Otherwise, bring on all frites.

                                          1. re: carter

                                            I like the lobster bernajse there.

                                            Where do u like the mussels? I have yet to find a great bowl here. B

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              Soleil ??????

                                              Or I'm sure Petite Tres is making that shit.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Soleil has mussels night on wednesday with prior reservation for $18.95 with continuous stream of hot french fries.

                                                1. re: Thor123

                                                  La Vecchia Cucina prepares mussels beautifully. (No fries). The gold standard for me is still Bouchon.

                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                    thor and maudie thanks for the additional tips

                                                    I do need to get back to bouchon for that pate also.

                                        1. If donuts wins, I'd like to expand that to other fried dough dishes, including, but not limited to, beignets, churros, doughboys, funnel cakes, youtiao, but not necessarily anything that crosses into bread or pancake territory.

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                                            1. $10 AND UNDER MEALS AND DEALS

                                              $10 and under for a filling meal. It can be before tax and any tip -- I'm anticipating many of these will be counter-service places. Make my mouth, tummy, and wallet happy!

                                                  1. NOTE: Unfortunately, a family issue necessitates me flying home to St. Louis tomorrow. I'll be in the air in the evening and will not have my usual internet access while there. So I'm going to close the nominations TONIGHT, when I go to bed, and post the voting thread.

                                                    As I see it right now:

                                                    FRENCH FRIES: III
                                                    DELIS: II
                                                    SUSHI/RAW SF: II
                                                    JAPANESE FOOD: II
                                                    OFFAL: II
                                                    DONUTS: II
                                                    PO' BOYS & NOLA: II
                                                    SUNSET BLVD: II
                                                    MEXICAN SEAFOOD: II

                                                    I am not going to deal with a vote with over four nominees. So please nominate and break the logjam before 10 or so tonight. Obviously, any nominees that don't make the final vote can be nominated next month.

                                                      1. FOIE GRAS!

                                                        The real stuff. It can't be sold in restaurants but it can be had (wink, wink - nudge, nudge).

                                                        Where are you comped this mighty fine organ?

                                                          1. ITALIAN DELI SANDWICH

                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                COFFEE DRINKS
                                                                MEXICAN SEAFOOD
                                                                SUNSET BOULEVARD

                                                              2. LA dish of the month for September 2014: