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kreutz2112
02-06-2007, 12:44 AM
So this probably isnt the best time to post this (ie 2:40 in the morning) but...I am arriving in L.A. on the 26 of April and taking my girlfriend shopping and out to dinner for her birthday. She is then flying home on the morning of the 27 and I am driving to Empire Polo Club...anyway...does anyone have any recommendations as to where we could go to eat in L.A. i dont know where we are staying yet, but it will probably be ~20-30 miles away from LAX in any given direction. Also, I only want to spend around $175 - $200 for the entire meal.

Thanks for your help.

Philthy
02-06-2007, 03:35 AM
Basically - the ONLY place to take someone for a meal in LA is the Pirates Dinner Adventure.

http://piratesdinneradventure.com/california/index.html

devachan
02-06-2007, 05:23 AM
99 Essential Restaurants in L.A.

http://www.laweekly.com/general/features/99-essential-la-restaurants/13846/

Stefinitely Maybe
02-06-2007, 05:26 AM
I reccomend this place (http://www.yelp.com/biz/eoOJbi94rj9277dG7WIv0A).

TomAz
02-06-2007, 06:41 AM
http://www.foodandwine.com/restaurants/list.cfm?geo_label=the-los-angeles-area

Boourns
02-06-2007, 07:04 AM
Basically - the ONLY place to take someone for a meal in LA is the Pirates Dinner Adventure.

http://piratesdinneradventure.com/california/index.html

I've seen that place when I went to the Pofolks across the street and I can't imagine the food is anything to write home about, for that's to be expected from those dinner show places. Is it fun?

mozabilly54
02-06-2007, 07:06 AM
The Cat and the Fiddel on Sunset near Switzer. Awesome place.

http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

waxybk
02-06-2007, 07:07 AM
I don't really like fast food but whenver I come to Cali I love to eat In & Out Burger...sure to impress any date!

It's one of my guilty pleasures....well then I guess I should post it in the guilty pleasures thread.

arbouler
02-06-2007, 07:08 AM
ROSCOE'S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES!!!

amyzzz
02-06-2007, 07:17 AM
I like how the resident Brits are suggesting places. You are really men of the world, aren't you?

breakjaw
02-06-2007, 07:28 AM
Oki Dogs.Mmmmmmmm Oki Dogs.

bmack86
02-06-2007, 08:51 AM
Roscoes...Haha.
What sort of food are you looking for?

bmack86
02-06-2007, 08:56 AM
and, Devanchan, thank you for that. Now I have more restaurants to visit.

Boourns
02-06-2007, 09:00 AM
I went here (http://www.picanharestaurant.com/index.php) on my birthday last year and loved it.

tessalasset
02-06-2007, 09:09 AM
Electric Lotus (http://www.electriclotus.com/) has great indian food and even better atmosphere.

CuervoPH
02-06-2007, 11:15 AM
Electric Lotus sounds wonderful. I'm thinking Thursday lunch will be Indian.

kreutz2112
02-06-2007, 11:26 AM
Roscoes...Haha.
What sort of food are you looking for?

It doesnt really matter what type of food it is (maybe italian or like a traditional american steak house)

thank you all for your suggestions

Stefinitely Maybe
02-06-2007, 11:38 AM
There is an In N Out in Indio, too. I suggest stopping there on the way to the festival- it's a great hangover cure.

http://i.pbase.com/o4/05/664805/1/59941233.coachella_06_009.jpg

arbouler
02-06-2007, 11:50 AM
lawry's
papa cristo's greek food
philipes french dip
diddy reese
fred 62
pho cafe (hipster pho on sunset)
rambutan thai right next to that hipster pho
gingergrass
blair's
canter's

Stefinitely Maybe
02-06-2007, 11:52 AM
Oh also Musso and Frank's.

hawkingvsreeve
02-06-2007, 12:20 PM
Magic Castle

ThomThom
02-06-2007, 12:34 PM
If you want amazing seafood go to "The Lobster" and if you want to have amazing Steak go to "BOA". Both of these places are down the street from eachother on Ocean Drive in Santa Monica. Keep in mind that dinner for two with dessert at both places will run you around $150-$200 but she will kiss your ass for the next few months for it.

bmack86
02-06-2007, 12:54 PM
Good call on Philipes. Their sandwiches are awesome.

SFChrissy
02-06-2007, 01:00 PM
On your way to coachella stop in at Cuca's...guaranteed the best burrito you'll ever put in your mouth...In Redlands right on the I10 east bound!!!

Courtney
02-06-2007, 01:46 PM
The Cat and the Fiddel on Sunset near Switzer. Awesome place.

http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

I've seen Morrissey there a couple times; he seems to like the place.

gaypalmsprings
02-06-2007, 01:50 PM
Pink's Hotdogs

Courtney
02-06-2007, 02:02 PM
It doesnt really matter what type of food it is (maybe italian or like a traditional american steak house)

thank you all for your suggestions

For Italian, my vote would be either Angelini Osteria for a gourmet (but not over-priced) special occasion sort of dinner, or La Buca for more homestyle but still amazingly yummy Italian. Both are very small, so make reservations.

But then again, you probably don't want to be driving all over town stuck in traffic, so it really depends where you'll be staying.

bleep
02-06-2007, 02:21 PM
Valentino on Pico Blvd. Santa Monica/West LA area. Italian food. Somewhat ritzy (make reservations) but it is definitely possible to have a gourmet three-course dinner for two there under $200.

http://www.pieroselvaggio.com/valentino_santamonica/contactus.asp

bleep
02-06-2007, 02:36 PM
and if you're looking for Japanese food, try my neighborhood, Sawtelle Blvd (between Olympic & Ohio). You can find restaurants of different price ranges there and the food is good - ramen, sushi, teriyaki, etc.....

arbouler
02-06-2007, 02:36 PM
nyala for ethiopian fairfax and pico area

Meadowsmeister
02-06-2007, 02:44 PM
i half live in england half the year, half in the U.S and the only place to take a lady in L.A is Katana, on sunset. fucking expensive though

get trashed in there, then off down to santa monica in the morning for a full english to recover!

i love being a brit in america sometimes...

fatbastard
02-06-2007, 03:38 PM
Here are a couple of suggestions for Italian and Steaks fairly close to LAX

Encounters-This restaurant is actually on the grounds of LAX. Why waste time when you can just walk to this place? The food is good and the view is even better. You will not be rushed at this place.
http://www.encounterlax.com/

Proud Bird-This restaurant is located on the edge of the run way of LAX. This place is expensive but it will fit within your budget. The food and the staff are good. Ask for a window seat so that you can view planes landing. My wife still flips out whenever a plane passes by. This place is best for wine choices.
http://www.theproudbird.com/

Houstons-This restaurant is within a 1/2 mile of LAX. You can get both Italian and steaks at this place. Everything, everything is good. This place is proboly the best of the 4 for mixed drinks.
http://www.hillstone.com/

Il Fornaio-This place is within 15 miles of LAX. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. I mention this place because it's directly across the street from the Santa Monica Pier. I small walk after dinner holding hands would be a nice touch.
http://www.ilfornaio.com/page1.htm

itsalltoomuch
02-06-2007, 03:54 PM
taco lita!! best burritos and tacos ever!!!

fortydollarsworthofmeat
02-06-2007, 04:19 PM
taco lita!! best burritos and tacos ever!!!

dude, dustin. my teenage years just flashed before my eyes. yes.. taco lita. yes.

tessalasset
02-06-2007, 04:28 PM
its just about the sauce.

bmack86
02-06-2007, 04:29 PM
Where is this Taco Lita?

itsalltoomuch
02-06-2007, 04:51 PM
on duarte rd in arcadia! and it is not just about the sause, although it is amazing.

vinylmartyr
02-06-2007, 04:57 PM
Domianos on Fairfax. UUUUUUUMMMMMMM GOOOOD

bmack86
02-06-2007, 05:05 PM
THe food threads are really opening LA up for me.

tessalasset
02-06-2007, 05:07 PM
seriously. im taking notes.


Domianos on Fairfaxi thought you typoed Dominos for a second.

vinylmartyr
02-06-2007, 05:08 PM
You and Dani should go there.

Courtney
02-06-2007, 05:09 PM
i thought you typoed Dominos for a second.

I recommend Pizza Hut :laughyou

SojuGorae
02-06-2007, 05:18 PM
Cha Cha Cha's
The Stinking Rose
Lawry's
Dar Maghreb
Versailles
El Morfi

Courtney
02-06-2007, 05:24 PM
Encounters-This restaurant is actually on the grounds of LAX. Why waste time when you can just walk to this place? The food is good and the view is even better. You will not be rushed at this place.
http://www.encounterlax.com/


Encounters is excellent for a Jetsons-style martini when meeting someone at the airport. I'm not so sure about the food.

kreutz2112
02-06-2007, 06:09 PM
Here are a couple of suggestions for Italian and Steaks fairly close to LAX

Encounters-This restaurant is actually on the grounds of LAX. Why waste time when you can just walk to this place? The food is good and the view is even better. You will not be rushed at this place.
http://www.encounterlax.com/

Proud Bird-This restaurant is located on the edge of the run way of LAX. This place is expensive but it will fit within your budget. The food and the staff are good. Ask for a window seat so that you can view planes landing. My wife still flips out whenever a plane passes by. This place is best for wine choices.
http://www.theproudbird.com/

Houstons-This restaurant is within a 1/2 mile of LAX. You can get both Italian and steaks at this place. Everything, everything is good. This place is proboly the best of the 4 for mixed drinks.
http://www.hillstone.com/

Il Fornaio-This place is within 15 miles of LAX. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. I mention this place because it's directly across the street from the Santa Monica Pier. I small walk after dinner holding hands would be a nice touch.
http://www.ilfornaio.com/page1.htm

I will check these out...and again, thank you all for your suggestions.

stills5446
02-06-2007, 06:32 PM
If you want to spend the money (about $40-$80) a plate I would highly reccomend Social Hollywood.

woogie846
02-06-2007, 07:06 PM
Magic Castle

Isn't that invitation only?

You will have absolutely no trouble finding a place to go. There are hundreds of good restaurants in L.A. Just by driving around you'll be able to find a place.

kreutz2112
02-06-2007, 07:08 PM
Isn't that invitation only?

You will have absolutely no trouble finding a place to go. There are hundreds of good restaurants in L.A. Just by driving around you'll be able to find a place.

Yeah, thats what will probably end up happening.

suprefan
02-06-2007, 07:11 PM
Ruth's Chris is good. I went there on my b day in 2005 and it was a good. Expensive of course. You could always go to Cheescake Factory since their menu is solid all around..

pewter14
02-06-2007, 07:22 PM
I cannot recommend any places in LA ... as for being at or near the festival for those staying off site ... we always hit up Las Casuelas in Palm Springs the night before the festival (Thursday this year, I guess) ... good food, better drinks, and a hefty tequila menu ...

garrett222
02-06-2007, 07:58 PM
pinks, phillipes, and THE APPLE PAN for a good burger!

arbouler
02-06-2007, 08:10 PM
eh cholo on western. i just went there for the first time tonight and they actually give 50% discount on any meal with my school's student id!

la barca off of vermont and adams

bmack86
02-06-2007, 08:10 PM
what's your school?

arbouler
02-06-2007, 08:11 PM
that school across town
the ghetto one.
the one your school so proudly beat 13-9

RickeyinLA
02-06-2007, 08:39 PM
I can't believe no one has said El Coyote on Beverly west of La Brea. A must for my out-of-town visitors. And the Farmers Market not far from there.

Zankou Chicken for the tarna sandwich plate, yum.

I could go for that right now.

empty
02-06-2007, 08:56 PM
3 places for you: Toi on sunset (thai/american)
the hungry cat on vine (raw bar/seafood)
R23 in downtown arts district (sushi)

msvictoria
02-06-2007, 09:12 PM
take thom thom's suggestion the lobster and boa are great!!! also for steak is Pacific Dining Car OPEN 24 hours!!!haha and Arnie Mortons is fantastic as well both are steak houses....for Italian..you can try farfalla in los feliz or palermos is way casual and southern italian style but one of my all time faves!
Not sure about high end Italian though...hmm...good luck
namaste!!!

bmack86
02-06-2007, 09:35 PM
I've heard Toi is really good.
And, Arbouler, rockin. We play you tomorrow. Big game, i hear.

arbouler
02-06-2007, 09:43 PM
^no shit. we were so close to an upset a couple weeks ago. one more try tomorrow.

sandinmyeye
02-06-2007, 09:54 PM
i love how some people name these very trendy places, yet claim to be "so indie"

SneakySneak
02-06-2007, 11:14 PM
Pacific Dining Car in downtown LA for steaks in an old-school atmosphere..

Jenniehoo
02-06-2007, 11:53 PM
Bossa Nova on Sunset. It has a Coxina appetizer and a fountain. And it has nice ambience and good Brazilian food. And it has a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.

bmack86
02-07-2007, 12:08 AM
I've really wanted to find a good Brazilian restaurant, and Bossa Nova looked intriguing. Thanks for the tip, Jennie.

vinylmartyr
02-07-2007, 12:13 AM
Bossanova is that pizza place near Rock N Roll Ralphs?

vinylmartyr
02-07-2007, 12:15 AM
Sometimes I go in the El Pollo Loco down the street from that place and steal soda. Brad Pitt used to work there. The one on Sunset an La Brea.

bmack86
02-07-2007, 12:51 AM
I've been to that one. They have the story of El Pollo Loco on the wal.
Bossa Nova is fairly close to Cheebo, if i'm picturing the area correctly.
Rock n Roll Ralphs?

vinylmartyr
02-07-2007, 12:53 AM
Rock N Roll Ralphs is the Ralphs on sunset west of La Brea.

JelloPuddingChat
02-07-2007, 04:36 AM
http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com/
I know it was a joke earlier, but seriously, don't deprive yourself. Just don't eat for a day before entering.

Philthy
02-07-2007, 04:36 AM
I've seen that place when I went to the Pofolks across the street and I can't imagine the food is anything to write home about, for that's to be expected from those dinner show places. Is it fun?

It is SO much fun. I had an awesome time. SO worth the money!

I need to go there again!

arbouler
02-07-2007, 07:18 AM
i go to roscoe's on average once a week. it's so fuckin good!

bmack86
02-07-2007, 08:46 AM
damn, once a week! Impressive

leo01g
02-07-2007, 09:09 AM
Go to Boa, its in the sunset strip, in Hollywood,just make sure you get reservations because it can get really crowded. After you can go dancing theres A LOT of clubs around there.

leo01g
02-07-2007, 09:14 AM
If you want really good brazilian steak, go to Agorra, its a rstaurant in border of irvine and costa mesa. Its really good food and youll probably spend less than 150 dollars.

Boourns
02-07-2007, 09:52 AM
pinks, phillipes, and THE APPLE PAN for a good burger!

I've always wanted to go to Phillipes, but nobody will ever go downtown with me to try it out. And Pinks rocks. I must say that their chili burgers are better than the chilli dogs, and I hear the sausage rocks.

Apple Pan does indeed have a delicious burger. Johnny Rockets is soooo ripping off that place, it's not even funny. But my favorite burger is at The Counter in Santa Monica. It's all about the customization, and nothing beats a fresh burger grilled to perfection the way YOU want it, not the way some restaurant tries to force you to eat it. Oh yeah.

http://www.thecounterburger.com/

Courtney
02-07-2007, 09:57 AM
Mmmm... Phillipe's french dip is so damn good. Although, for what it's worth, Cole's is very good too and they have better alcohol.

Also Langer's for pastrami, if you're going to be near downtown.

Yablonowitz
02-07-2007, 10:01 AM
Mmmm... Phillipe's french dip is so damn good. Although, for what it's worth, Cole's is very good too and they have better alcohol.

Also Langer's for pastrami, if you're going to be near downtown.

That's what she said.

fatbastard
02-07-2007, 11:36 AM
Encounters is excellent for a Jetsons-style martini when meeting someone at the airport. I'm not so sure about the food.

I found the food quite good at this place. Was it as good as The Pacific Dining Car (great suggestion) or Proud Bird, not really but the enjoyable just the same. My only complaint was limited selection of desserts.

fatbastard
02-07-2007, 11:40 AM
El Coyote and Zankou (mmmmm).

thaipod
02-07-2007, 12:15 PM
The best lunch/breakfast spot in LA is Grub. They make the best BLT and the best tuna melt in town. And their blueberry lemonade is awesome. It's pricey, it's hard to find, but it has a great stmosphere, cool staff, and great food.

www.grub-la.com

Also, Square One on Fountain (across from the Scientology Center) is another great lunch/breakfast spot. They have this eggs benedict with smoked salmon that owns. And a smoked salmon sandwich on hazelnut bread that rocks the reservation.

Phillipe's French Dip is also great.

Japanese food on Sawtelle is great. Get some udon up at Yashima over there, or some Ramen at Asahi.

Chicken! CAlifornia Chicken Cafe has some of the best rotisserie chicken in LA. Their chicken wraps are awesome too. There are a couple of locations, two in West LA and on Melrose.

You want tacos and burritos? Any taco truck will do. Or if you can't find one, look for King Taco or Benito's. Good shit.

In-N-Out Burgers are the best damn fast food burgers on the fucking planet. GO! THERE! EAT! ANIMAL STYLE!

I second the Apple Pan for a good burger. That's my favorite place to sit down and have a burger. So fucking good. Also, go to Father's Office in Brentwood. Not only is their burger good, they've got a great selection of beers.

Pink's Hot Dogs are good, but not a big deal to me. I prefer those bacon wrapped ghetto dogs you get on those little carts outside of Staples Center events.

I like Roscoe's too.

Boourns
02-07-2007, 01:37 PM
I miss living in Westwood. So much cheap food within walking distance. I practically lived off those bean & cheese burritos from Jose Bernsteins.

SFChrissy
02-07-2007, 01:40 PM
Blowfish Sushi...is mmmm

arbouler
02-07-2007, 05:17 PM
damn, once a week! Impressive

one of these days i'll die from a heart attack. it's very likely.


oh mccormick and schmick is pretty decent too.

Melchoir
02-14-2007, 11:49 AM
Phillipe (chinatown) = French Dip, i second or third this suggestion. Though ask for extra sauce, i like my Dips wet.

Pink's Hot Dog (Hollywood) = Good, Famous, asking for heartburn, lines a little long, but i die for that Polish Pastrami every time.

Killer Shrimp (Marina Del Ray/Studio City) = 3 dishes, but always go with the original; a bread bowl and a cajun soup, dip away!

Roscoe's Chicken & Waffle (Hollywood + all over) = A Staple is u visit any sort of clubs/music venue in Sunset Hollywood area.

Gaja (Lomita) = This is way out of the way, but its damn good Japanese Pancake things, can cook urself for a fun experience.

Fred 62 (Los Feliz) = 24 hr. Breakfast. Lots of small chairs for skinny hipsters but that's ok because the food is pretty cool. I mean, comon' "Breaded Mr. Frenchy"

Lucky Devil (Hollywood) = my favorite Burger in LA... Kobe, Big, & Bacon. Though a little pricey.

Zankou Chicken (West Side, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena) = Chicken, Sharwma, Tarna = crazy delicious.

Tamale Liliana (E. LA) = Cant say i'm expert on Mexican food, but this Tamale is really good. I love the corn sweet ones. Simple, warm, and sweet.

Of course these are more like late night food, for real restuarants, the LA weekly 99 list is pretty good. But i like this list for 1-2 day guests that isnt into Big pricey places.

arbouler
02-14-2007, 11:55 AM
i went to pinkberry last night (yogurt ice cream stuff. the only flavours are original and green tea. and you put toppings on em). it's gross.

kroqken
02-14-2007, 05:40 PM
A good restaurant is Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, they have amazing seafood and several locations in southern California. The waitresses tend to be hot and coquetteish.

tessalasset
02-14-2007, 05:54 PM
gabe's brother works at blowfish.

corbo
02-14-2007, 05:58 PM
take the bitch to king taco on the corner of washington and sanpedro

corbo
02-14-2007, 06:00 PM
by the way everyone keeps listing pinks hotdogs as a must-eat place...i finally went there a couple of months ago and asked myself "what is the big fucking deal?" theyre not THAT good.

arbouler
02-14-2007, 06:15 PM
theyre not THAT good.

i think it's more of a place to hang out. people wait in line for half an hour with their friends and talk shit. that's all there is to pinks.

JohnJohnIII
02-15-2007, 07:31 AM
Korean BBQ - The Corner Place in Koreatown
Sushi - Noma in Santa Monica
Indian - New India Grill in Westwood
Steak - Arnie Mortons in the Valley
Seafood - The Lobster in Santa Monica or Tony P's in Marina Del Rey
Mexican - La Cabana in Venice
Burgers - Brennan's in Marina Del Rey

My two cents.

kimery08
02-15-2007, 08:06 AM
the hat - best pastrami in the world. and if there are like 5 of you going, get the chili cheese fries with pastrami and jalepenos on it. no joke.

kimery08
02-15-2007, 08:07 AM
and bakers. fast food joint. theres one off cedar going 10 east. about 10-15 min past ontario airport.
bean and cheese burrito with curl your tongue hot sauce.

bmack86
02-15-2007, 10:47 AM
El Parian. Best damn Carne Asada that I've ever had. I'm pretty sure you need to speak spanish to get anywhere in there. My friend tried to order in english and they stared at him blankly

fatbastard
02-15-2007, 11:29 AM
A good restaurant is Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, they have amazing seafood and several locations in southern California. The waitresses tend to be hot and coquetteish.

He's on Figueroa. A block from the 7th city marketplace. Good desserts.

fatbastard
02-15-2007, 11:33 AM
the hat - best pastrami in the world. and if there are like 5 of you going, get the chili cheese fries with pastrami and jalepenos on it. no joke.

There is no better pastrami than the hat. The chili cheese fries is a meal in itself.

ocpathfinder
02-15-2007, 11:50 AM
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breakjaw
02-15-2007, 02:13 PM
a meal in itself.
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SojuGorae
02-15-2007, 02:15 PM
Eastside Market's got the best Pastrami sammich's in LA.

ratmfan105
02-15-2007, 03:10 PM
pinks hot dogs in/by hollywood worth the trip

vinylmartyr
02-15-2007, 03:40 PM
http://www.latimemachines.com/ind0055.JPG

Culver City.

vinylmartyr
02-15-2007, 03:42 PM
Beeps in Van Nuys is good if you like cheap diner food.

fatbastard
02-15-2007, 05:16 PM
http://www.latimemachines.com/ind0055.JPG

Hmmm. I have never heard of this place. I will have to look into this place. Thanks for the recommendation.

Mctommy
02-15-2007, 05:40 PM
The Hat - pastrami & chili cheese fries.

Philippes - French dip and potato salad.

Pinks - YUCK.

Roscoes - Chicken, waffle & gravy.

Zankou - Rotisserie chicken and garlic paste.

Cask n Cleaver - cheaper but good steaks. (mostly in the IE and north OC)

bmack86
02-15-2007, 05:41 PM
I don't get it, is this a list of places you like? Because that doesn't sound like a glowing rec for Pink's. I like Pink's, but they are definitely not the end all for hot dogs.

arbouler
02-15-2007, 06:10 PM
i need to bring all of you to eat at roscoe's!
let's have a coachella gathering at roscoe's!

i went last night. i went last weekend too. and the weekend before that. and the weekend before that. so on.

...

bmack86
02-15-2007, 06:12 PM
Which Roscoe's do you go to?

drgonzo89
02-15-2007, 06:22 PM
Canter's Deli on Fairfax
Pink's on Melrose
Arie's in Montebello (blows the hat's pastrami out of the water)
Phillipes of course
The Pantry downtown
Clifton's Cafetiria downtown
Tito's Tacos in culver city
Afloat Sushi in pasadena
The Apple Pan in westwood
THE BOAT IN ARCADIA FTW!!!
as far as ontario or anything on the way id go to Bakers, Homestyle cafe(biggest pancakes ive ever had) in ontario, and Hamley's for date shakes in the desert.

drgonzo89
02-15-2007, 06:25 PM
oh also Cupids chili dogs and Tommy's chiliburgers.

arbouler
02-15-2007, 06:25 PM
Which Roscoe's do you go to?


um the only one ive been goin to is on pico and la brea.

me and my buddy have been wanting to go try the other ones but we always end up being too lazy and just go to la brea.

arbouler
02-15-2007, 06:26 PM
oh p/s california chicken cafe!!! i havent been there since last summer

kroqken
02-15-2007, 07:38 PM
Did anyone hear on KROQ this morning when Kevin and Bean were debating who had the best burger, In 'N Out or White Castle? I still think Fatburger, Wendys and Tommys are the best.

arbouler
02-16-2007, 12:07 AM
im eating wendys right now. the chicken sandwich is gross. but i love it anyway cuz its only a dollar.

Melchoir
02-16-2007, 09:44 AM
um the only one ive been goin to is on pico and la brea.

me and my buddy have been wanting to go try the other ones but we always end up being too lazy and just go to la brea.

I can tell u the one in Pasadena just doesnt seem to be Ghetto enough for the Chicken and Waffles. hands down i'm a fan of the Hollywood one, thought the Pico one is also quite good and much larger.

Havent been to the others, but mainly, avoid the Pasadena one...


I don't get it, is this a list of places you like? Because that doesn't sound like a glowing rec for Pink's. I like Pink's, but they are definitely not the end all for hot dogs.

Ya Pinks' seems like a tourist spot. I think they aint bad, mostly not worth the 30 min.+ wait. But it is a fun experience for visitors. People all seem to know about Pinks' form out of town, it must of been in some sort of Food Channel episode.

Personally, I would also throw in Skooby's (hollywood) and The Stand (Encino) for good hot dogs.

fatbastard
02-16-2007, 10:15 AM
http://www.latimemachines.com/ind0055.JPG


I am eating a pastrami from this place right now. I went to the Crenshaw and Adams location.

ocpathfinder
02-16-2007, 11:20 AM
I am eating a pastrami from this place right now. I went to the Crenshaw and Adams location.

sorry fatbastard - THE johnnie's is on sepulveda and washington in culver city. like vinyl said.

Courtney
02-16-2007, 12:41 PM
I've never even heard of Johnnie's. But I do like pastrami from both Langers and Canters. Perhaps this calls for a visit.

Zipkoppie
02-16-2007, 12:57 PM
nice thread, I'm also in L.A for a couple of days before going to the festival. Is there any type of food specifically that California is know for? Want to take in as much culture as possible while over there.

sonofhal
02-16-2007, 01:02 PM
AGO (8478 Melrose Ave) is a pretty nice Italian. Not all that cheap tho

Melchoir
02-16-2007, 01:14 PM
nice thread, I'm also in L.A for a couple of days before going to the festival. Is there any type of food specifically that California is know for? Want to take in as much culture as possible while over there.

California? besides over priced food, i guess we have California Fusion, Pan Pacific, Fresh Mex and maybe we might have a hand in California Pizza Kitchen... think we are having a tapas movement, though we cant claim credit for that.

Though i cant say i've tried a lot of fusion stuff, i do recommend Roy's in downtown LA. A bit on the pricey side, but its original store in Hawaii was awesome and it has carried some of that greatness to its LA store.

Of course there's a list of famous LA restaurants somewhere, but i suggest check out the stuff on this thread. Most of em' are from local LA ppl that eat around.

Incase i'll throw in some more places i like:

Cobras and Matador (Mid-Wilshire): For tapas

AOC (Mid-Wilshire/Beverly Hills): Also Tapas

The Kitchen (Los Feliz): Great little California restaurant, really fresh ingredients. Stuff liek Wasabi Mash Potatoes and Beef Stew.

bmack86
02-16-2007, 01:16 PM
The Kitchen sounds intriguing. Maybe i'll try that soon

Courtney
02-16-2007, 01:36 PM
Cobras and Matador (Mid-Wilshire): For tapas

AOC (Mid-Wilshire/Beverly Hills): Also Tapas

The Kitchen (Los Feliz): Great little California restaurant, really fresh ingredients. Stuff liek Wasabi Mash Potatoes and Beef Stew.

These are good recs. Cobras and Matadors has two locations, and if you go to the Beverly one you should know that it's BYOB. The Kitchen is open until like 1 or 2am, which is awesome. AOC is a little fancier/pricier, but it's definitely worth it for a more special dinner.

fatbastard
02-16-2007, 01:50 PM
sorry fatbastard - THE johnnie's is on sepulveda and washington in culver city. like vinyl said.

Damm it. I just called the Culver City location to see if they are related (they are not). I assumed wrong. It was not a wasted trip but I really wanted to make a comparison. The pastrami's at the Johhnie's on Adams have lots of fat on them (for the good). I am still full. I will have to move on to Culver City in the near future. Thanks for the clarification.

fatbastard
02-16-2007, 01:52 PM
I've never even heard of Johnnie's. But I do like pastrami from both Langers and Canters. Perhaps this calls for a visit.

This is another subject in itself. Who do you think serves a better corned beef, Langers or Canters?

Mctommy
02-16-2007, 01:56 PM
say NO to Pinks. You are paying for the overpriced toppings.

You are better off with Costco's $1.50 hot dog or polish sausage and a drink.

Canter's is good too (good Reuben).

As far as Roscoe's goes, I always go to the one in hollywood... small and ghetto.

kimery08
02-16-2007, 01:56 PM
oooo costco has good pizza.

and the best churros around.
even better than the swapmeet.

Mctommy
02-16-2007, 01:59 PM
Best Chain Burger is In n Out... hands down.

Best Chain Pastrami is The Hat!

Zipkoppie
02-16-2007, 02:00 PM
Damn, now I'm hungry.

Courtney
02-16-2007, 02:01 PM
This is another subject in itself. Who do you think serves a better corned beef, Langers or Canters?

Well, Canter's is in a safer neighborhood. And serves alcohol. And is open past 4pm.

But purely speaking about the quality of the food, Langer's wins hands down (assuming you pay the extra $1-2 for your beef to be hand cut). And I'm not the only person who thinks so (http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/020819fa_fact4?020819fa_fact4).

grain
02-16-2007, 02:23 PM
marios on melrose (peruvian)
versailles on la cienaga (cuban)

native foods (vegan)

pinkberry (awesome frozen yogurt)

fatburger (name says it all)

kimery08
02-16-2007, 02:23 PM
i cant read this thread anymore. im fucken hungry.

SojuGorae
02-16-2007, 03:13 PM
Best Chain Burger is In n Out... hands down.

Best Chain Pastrami is The Hat!

Try this place. Best Pastrami in L.A.
http://esmdeli.com/

kroqken
05-10-2007, 01:44 PM
I like Sittons in North Hollywood, Fred 62 in Los Feliz and Swingers in Los Angeles, all are 24 hours or open very late. Charthouse is good for fancy seafood.

fatbastard
05-10-2007, 02:01 PM
I went to this place a couple of weeks ago. They make a smoked pastrami sandwich.

http://www.oinkster.com/concept.htm

kroqken
05-10-2007, 02:06 PM
A restaurant called Oinkster?

fatbastard
05-10-2007, 02:11 PM
A restaurant called Oinkster?

Yep.

kroqken
05-10-2007, 02:14 PM
Oinkster is almost as bad a name as Fatburger.

mistdevil
05-10-2007, 02:48 PM
PINKS!

fatbastard
09-17-2007, 11:21 AM
I've never even heard of Johnnie's. But I do like pastrami from both Langers and Canters. Perhaps this calls for a visit.

This is another subject in itself. Who do you think serves a better corned beef, Langers or Canters?


Well, Canter's is in a safer neighborhood. And serves alcohol. And is open past 4pm.

But purely speaking about the quality of the food, Langer's wins hands down (assuming you pay the extra $1-2 for your beef to be hand cut). And I'm not the only person who thinks so (http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/020819fa_fact4?020819fa_fact4).

I just ate a corned beef sandwich from Langers right now. The Russian dressing really adds to the sandwich. I will have to eat this sandwich at least 3 more times to make a decision. I'm leaning on the idea that both establishments make one heck of a sandwich and cannot be compared.

arbouler
09-17-2007, 01:28 PM
http://www.flagr.com/maps/myla

i made that a while ago. join the group if you wanna add more good places to eat.

also theres a place called wokcano on 3rd and orlando, soooo close to my house, its so good!
the counter is good too

bmack86
09-17-2007, 01:44 PM
The Counter is fantastic.
Vito's Pizza, at 846 La Cienega, is one of the best Pizza Places I've been to in LA.

Cafe 50s, which is on Santa Monica Blvd just to the west of the 405, is a really good cafe.

ShyGuy75
09-17-2007, 02:39 PM
Haven't read the entire thread, so forgive me if this has been posted, but EL COMPADRES is the best mexican restaurant I have ever had. Its on Sunset and Gower. Great food, service, drinks, ambiance, etc. GO!

ThomThom
09-17-2007, 02:45 PM
I went to The Counter for the first time about 3 months ago, I have gone back at least once a week since.

amyzzz
09-17-2007, 02:47 PM
Is there any place good near the Greek Theatre?

whynotsmile99
09-17-2007, 03:17 PM
I dunno if its been said, but Zankou chicken in Glendale, Burbank, LA and Pasadena is fantastic.

Get extra garlic paste

mistdevil
09-17-2007, 03:44 PM
canter's deli!

ThomThom
09-17-2007, 03:49 PM
I could go for a Chicken Tarna rap with extra garlic paste right about now... Oh and in response to Fat Bastard, although not in LA, you should try Brent's Deli in Northridge (The Valley) for a fucking phenomenal Pastrami sandwich, it's right up there with Canter's.

CuervoPH
09-17-2007, 07:34 PM
So now that Canter's has been mentioned, they now have a Canter's at Treasure Island in Vegas. Has anyone been? How does it compare to the L.A. version? (I'll be in Vegas in Oct, so Canter's will be one of my stops...)

fatbastard
09-17-2007, 08:25 PM
Is there any place good near the Greek Theatre?

Palermos is on Vermont (cross street Franklin) which is around a mile from the Greeks . They have great home tasting Italian food. Tell Tony I said hey.

RotationSlimWang
09-17-2007, 09:03 PM
Places to eat in LA:

Fucking nowhere, because these douchebags have no taste in anything.

arbouler
09-17-2007, 09:34 PM
Places to eat in LA:

Fucking nowhere, because these douchebags have no taste in anything.

i concur with what this douchebag above said

cansei de ser sexme
09-17-2007, 10:02 PM
taco lita!! best burritos and tacos ever!!!

dont even talk about the best tacos and burritos ever until you have been to la super rica
http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/review_read.asp?pk_restaurant=710

whynotsmile99
09-17-2007, 10:02 PM
Places to eat in LA:

Fucking nowhere, because these douchebags have no taste in anything.


Go suck a goat

Stefinitely Maybe
09-18-2007, 12:31 AM
I really like this restaurant: Home (http://www.yelp.com/redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homelosfeliz.com&src_bizid=eoOJbi94rj9277dG7WIv0A)

4 star rating based on 93 reviews
Categories: Breakfast, Brunch, Vegetarian, American (Traditional)

Neighborhood: Griffith Park/Los Feliz
1760 Hillhurst Ave
CLOSE TIME IS SEASONAL, JUST DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-0211

Hours:
Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Message from this business:
Come hang out on our outdoor patio for breakfast, lunch and dinner and taste our large martini menu. Our lively, fun atmosphere makes for a great down-home meal anytime of the day. The restaurant is equipped with a huge menu and full outdoor bar. It's perfect for an after-work snack or for bringing the whole family for dinner. With friendly service and large portions, there's really "no place like Home!" Free valet parking available!

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes Parking: Street, Valet Attire: Casual Good for Groups: Yes Good for Kids: Yes Takes Reservations: No Delivers: Yes Take-out: Yes Waiter Service: Yes

devachan
07-13-2008, 11:15 AM
Bump for Apostle. :)

tessalasset
07-13-2008, 11:53 AM
wow this is an oldie but goodie

suprefan
07-13-2008, 12:05 PM
Yeah, now Im hungry....

apostle2
07-13-2008, 12:21 PM
haha sunday is going to be a loooong day now. someone suggested Sittons in north hollywood, is that actually good? Being from the east coast, my roommate and I have been looking for a diner, and that's right down magnolia from us

bakersfield
07-13-2008, 12:59 PM
I love Ocean Seafood for great Chinese Food on Hill St in Chinatown.

www.oceansf.com

fatbastard
07-14-2008, 10:46 AM
Eating a bean-cheese burrito and drinking a watermelon agua fresca from La Taquiza on Fig right now.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 10:50 AM
Mr. Bastard, you sir, have great culinary taste reppin La Taquiza.

apostle2
07-14-2008, 11:15 AM
I wish I didn't live up here in the valley. I map every single one of these places with the intent on going immediately, see that it will take 3 freeways, and say fuck it.

whynotsmile99
07-14-2008, 11:17 AM
Oh my god, I just went to Choza Mama in Burbank, right across from NBC studios. It's Peruvian food and it's damn excellent, though very heavy

Amazing. #5 wrap Chicken Sautéed with Onions, Tomatoes, Rice, Potatoes, Lettuce, Cheese, Beans, Salsa Criolla)

might have to be the greatest "burrito" (puervians don't have burritos so they call it a wrap, but it's basically a burrito) I've ever had. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the sauces were the shit

leo01g
07-14-2008, 11:38 AM
Oh my god, I just went to Choza Mama in Burbank, right across from NBC studios. It's Peruvian food and it's damn excellent, though very heavy

Amazing. #5 wrap Chicken Sautéed with Onions, Tomatoes, Rice, Potatoes, Lettuce, Cheese, Beans, Salsa Criolla)

might have to be the greatest "burrito" (puervians don't have burritos so they call it a wrap, but it's basically a burrito) I've ever had. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the sauces were the shit

do you know if they have ceviche? Man I've been dying to find a good peruvian ceviche place in LA or the OC.
Peruvian ceviche > Mexican Ceviche
And im mexican!

whynotsmile99
07-14-2008, 11:41 AM
do you know if they have ceviche? Man I've been dying to find a good peruvian ceviche place in LA or the OC.
Peruvian ceviche > Mexican Ceviche
And im mexican!

they do indeed. I haven't had it here yet, but I can't imagine the food at Choza Mama being bad

here's the menu if you are interested

http://chozamama.com/ourmenu.htm

bakersfield
07-14-2008, 11:56 AM
The place I actully miss most from growing up in Calif. is Shakey's Pizza.
I know it is a chain....but damn I miss the chicken, mojos & pizza.

leo01g
07-14-2008, 12:21 PM
and the buffet? that was always great and still enjoy it sometimes in Newport. Thats the only shakey's i know of

leo01g
07-14-2008, 12:23 PM
they do indeed. I haven't had it here yet, but I can't imagine the food at Choza Mama being bad

here's the menu if you are interested

http://chozamama.com/ourmenu.htm

ah thanks! i might have to go to this on the weekend

leo01g
07-14-2008, 12:23 PM
that huge corn is so good

bakersfield
07-14-2008, 12:30 PM
and the buffet? that was always great and still enjoy it sometimes in Newport. Thats the only shakey's i know of

I grew up on that buffet...love it!

There is one in Redlands--Tennessee exit off the 10 that we hit occasionally as we are driving in from PHX.
Also, Fairfax & I think Olympic in LA.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 12:32 PM
OK I am taking notes of all this since I will be in the LA area in a month. Any hints on the best place to get Sushi in LA?

leo01g
07-14-2008, 12:39 PM
depends on how much you want to drop!

locachica73
07-14-2008, 12:48 PM
It is a vacation so that doesn't really matter. Although I do want to get another tattoo while I am there so I am going to say... ummm midlevel to high but not anything too extreme. I prefer little hole in the wall authentic places to overpriced tourist attractions though.

miscorrections
07-14-2008, 01:15 PM
"Hole in the wall authentic" usually describes Mexican, not sushi. Sushi is trendy, get over it.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:15 PM
I'm going to get some ink done too...

Not necessarily true on the Sushi tip. There are nigiri shops in which you wouldn't think they'd be. Agreed that hole-in-the-wall usually denotes Mexican food and the like, but there are instances where it can work for sushi.

bakersfield
07-14-2008, 01:17 PM
I'm going to get some ink done too...

Go SC !!! on your arm?

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:19 PM
Go SC !!! on your arm?

If I were to get SC it would have to be part of a montage. Something blended so it wouldn't be standing out as a nutjob ink job. Like, for instance, a collection of ink done remarking everything California/L.A. So, if I moved away it would remind me I can always go home again lol.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:21 PM
"Hole in the wall authentic" usually describes Mexican, not sushi. Sushi is trendy, get over it.

Actually when you go to a trendy sushi joint and the guy rolling your sushi is mexican that is not really "authentic". When you go to a mom and pop hole in the wall sushi joint like Kan Pai out here and its a Japanese family that barely speaks English, that is much better.

miscorrections
07-14-2008, 01:22 PM
Aaaaaahhhh everyone is getting tattoos and I want another one so bad but I don't have the money right now.

bakersfield
07-14-2008, 01:23 PM
Aaaaaahhhh everyone is getting tattoos and I want another one so bad but I don't have the money right now.

I do not have any...
How much does the average one cost?

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:25 PM
The final piece I want done is going to cost in the neighborhood of 3 grand. It is still in the planning phase...lol.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:26 PM
I'm going to get some ink done too...

Do you know a good tattoo shop in the Redondo Beach area? Last time my friend and I were there we got our work done at a cool shop there but I can't think of the name of it. Probably head back there if I don't get any other ideas of where to go. The guy did a great job but a bit spendy due to it being in the more touristy section of town.

miscorrections
07-14-2008, 01:27 PM
I do not have any...
How much does the average one cost?

Mine's decently big, just black ink, cost $220 but the guy gave me a discount because it was my first one.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:27 PM
Do you know a good tattoo shop in the Redondo Beach area? Last time my friend and I were there we got our work done at a cool shop there but I can't think of the name of it. Probably head back there if I don't get any other ideas of where to go. The guy did a great job but a bit spendy due to it being in the more touristy section of town.

I don't know of any shops in the Redondo area, but I'm sure you could do an internetz search and it'll bring you to the shop you desire.

moviebruin
07-14-2008, 01:28 PM
Cactus #1 is the best food in LA. Urasawa is #2.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:29 PM
I do not have any...
How much does the average one cost?

Most shops charge around $70/hour to $100/hour. The one on my hip is about 8 inches high by 5 inches wide and cost $200 plus $40 tip for 2.5 hours. The one I got in Cali 6 months ago cost $120 for an hours work because it was closest to the beach area.

bakersfield
07-14-2008, 01:31 PM
The final piece I want done is going to cost in the neighborhood of 3 grand. It is still in the planning phase...lol.

HOLY SHIT..... THREE GRAND !!!!?????

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:31 PM
My last one that I got done back in the day was done by either the son/nephew of the late Bert Grimm of The Pike days and even though I paid a flat rate of $150, he also took a 12-pack as a tip. As he got more inebriated, the more worried I got. But damn did he do a good job lol.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:32 PM
HOLY SHIT..... THREE GRAND !!!!?????

It's a full back piece of the ancestral Thai Garuda full decor and done in the traditional Thai format. The 3 grand is part airline ticket/part artwork.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:32 PM
I don't know of any shops in the Redondo area, but I'm sure you could do an internetz search and it'll bring you to the shop you desire.

OK I did my internetz search and the place we went was Yer Cheat'n Heart Tattoo shop. It is in Gardena which was about 10 minutes from Redondo if I remember right but there had been drinking involved so it could have been a longer cab ride. If I had the money I would open a tattoo shop right on the beach because drunk people on vacation love getting tattoo'd. LOL

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:41 PM
It's a full back piece of the ancestral Thai Garuda full decor and done in the traditional Thai format. The 3 grand is part airline ticket/part artwork.

how much time off will you be taking because a full back piece would take several hours of sitting, then healing and going back. It might take a couple months. and OUCH. I have the one on the back of my neck between my shoulders and that was the most painful of all 4. Right on the ball of your neck where all the nerve endings are. I swear it damn near killed me.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:43 PM
I would probably stay in Thailand for like 6 months if I were to go through with this, of course, being the heady person I am--I've made a 2nd full back piece which I can get accomplish here and that one will remain a secret.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:44 PM
Gotta Love a good secret.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:45 PM
Cactus #1 is the best food in LA. Urasawa is #2.

Thank you for the tip, I will try to hit at least one.

Hopeless Semantic
07-14-2008, 01:46 PM
Yeah, well I had a design that I had a co-worker make for me and someone stole his flash book...

and guess what I saw adorning someone at a bar? The freaking design...hater lol.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 01:48 PM
That is why I hate getting spur of the moment tattoos, every one I have I designed myself pretty much either from several different photos combined into one or just ideas off the top of my head. Except the one I got in Cali, I am sure there are a few girls out there with something similar but not exact because I took a piece of their flash at the tattoo shop and had them add a few things to it, but still I am sure people have something pretty close.

bmack86
07-14-2008, 01:56 PM
Cactus #1 is the best food in LA. Urasawa is #2.

Cactus is fantastic. Their Pastor is unparalleled.

fatbastard
07-14-2008, 02:36 PM
OK I am taking notes of all this since I will be in the LA area in a month. Any hints on the best place to get Sushi in LA?

Went to Frying Fish in downtown this past Saturday for lunch.

This place consistently serves fresh and tasty sushi. There's one oval shaped counter in the middle of the restaurant. The sushi guys are in the middle. In front of the counter is a conveyor belt loaded with items to eat while your waiting to order. It's very easy to pick up stuff off the conveyor and get full before even ordering. They charge you by the color of the plate. The wife and myself had at least a 14 inch stack of plates when all was done.

Recommendations
Spicy Red Dragon Roll - California roll with packed spicy tuna and avacado on top

Spicy Black Dragon Roll - California roll with eel and avacado on top

Dynamite - One big ass roll of sushi that's sent into the back room, dunked in tempura then dropped in oil. They bring it back to the sushi guys who let it cool, cut it, then drizzle a sweet sauce on top. Go easy on ordering after one of these. It's delicious but filling.

Baked Mussels - They add a dolup of this creamy kind of mayo or cheese sauce. They stick it in a small oven and let it bubble until it's browned. They lay them on a bed of thinly sliced onions and top them off with roe and green onions. It's easy to down 8 of these with a beer and not even think twice about it.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 02:39 PM
Went to Frying Fish in downtown this past Saturday for lunch.

This place consistently serves fresh and tasty sushi. There's one oval shaped counter in the middle of the restaurant. The sushi guys are in the middle. In front of the counter is a conveyor belt loaded with items to eat while your waiting to order. It's very easy to pick up stuff off the conveyor and get full before even ordering. They charge you by the color of the plate. The wife and myself had at least a 14 inch stack of plates when all was done.

Recommendations
Spicy Red Dragon Roll - California roll with packed spicy tuna and avacado on top

Spicy Black Dragon Roll - California roll with eel and avacado on top

Dynamite - One big ass roll of sushi that's sent into the back room, dunked in tempura then dropped in oil. They bring it back to the sushi guys who let it cool, cut it, then drizzle a sweet sauce on top. Go easy on ordering after one of these. It's delicious but filling.

Baked Mussels - They add a dolup of this creamy kind of mayo or cheese sauce. They stick it in a small oven and let it bubble until it's browned. They lay them on a bed of thinly sliced onions and top them off with roe and green onions. It's easy to down 8 of these with a beer and not even think twice about it.

The Spicy Black Dragon Roll sounds delicious but then again I love eel. I am not a fan of the dynamite rolls though because once they dunk it in the fryer to cook the tempura it brings out the fishy flavor of the salmon. I prefer raw rolls to the cooked ones unless of course it is the eel. I have heard about the places with the conveyor belts but never been to one yet. I will keep this in mind. We are staying down in Redondo Beach so I am not sure how far it will be from me, I will have to mapquest it.

fatbastard
07-14-2008, 02:48 PM
Redondo Beach is way far from LA.

The good news is that Gardena has a big Japanese community. I'll ask people at work for recommendations.

locachica73
07-14-2008, 02:51 PM
Redondo Beach is way far from LA.

The good news is that Gardena has a big Japanese community. I'll ask people at work for recommendations.

Thank you. We will be driving there though so I will have my car. I would like to do some exploring of the city though, We were there in March and the only exploring we did really was the bars on Redondo Pier and the tattoo shop. We didn't even make it down to the beach because we spent most our time at Kilkenny's with all the locals and tourists.

bakersfield
07-15-2008, 09:04 PM
My skateboarder son won't let me get anywhere near LA without going to Wahoo's Fish Taco's. His favorite restaurant in the world! They cater to the action sports crowd.
Their Banzai Fish Burrito is pretty damn good!

Blinken
07-15-2008, 09:34 PM
Thank you. We will be driving there though so I will have my car. I would like to do some exploring of the city though, We were there in March and the only exploring we did really was the bars on Redondo Pier and the tattoo shop. We didn't even make it down to the beach because we spent most our time at Kilkenny's with all the locals and tourists.

I love Kilkienny's, but I haven't been there in awhile.

locachica73
07-16-2008, 07:52 AM
I love Kilkienny's, but I haven't been there in awhile.

When my girlfriend and I were in Redondo we ended up making friends with all the bartenders in there. Ended up getting a few free drinks out of the deal too, which is always nice. Great irish food, great drinks, it was a blast. We will be there again 8/15 - 8/17 I am sure.

Hopeless Semantic
07-16-2008, 07:54 AM
My skateboarder son won't let me get anywhere near LA without going to Wahoo's Fish Taco's. His favorite restaurant in the world! They cater to the action sports crowd.
Their Banzai Fish Burrito is pretty damn good!

I find Wahoo's to be hit or miss these days. The one in the South Coast plaze (Costa Mesa, CA) is really good, but the original one I know of, the Fullerton one is less than stellar these days.

bakersfield
07-16-2008, 08:39 AM
I find Wahoo's to be hit or miss these days. The one in the South Coast plaze (Costa Mesa, CA) is really good, but the original one I know of, the Fullerton one is less than stellar these days.

The Japanese/Mexican twist they have going on with the food is kind of good & unique for a fish taco shop.
I am hearing that Matt Leinart is an investor behind bringing franchises to AZ soon.

Hopeless Semantic
07-16-2008, 08:42 AM
It'll thrive in the AZ for sure...the ambience is really cool though.

bakersfield
07-16-2008, 08:48 AM
It'll thrive in the AZ for sure...the ambience is really cool though.

The skateboarding stuff & putting stickers where ever you want is probably
why my son loves it so much...food is secondary...

bakersfield
07-26-2008, 06:39 PM
How about Tommy's Chili Burgers?
That will tear any a stomach up!

kroqken
11-20-2008, 09:06 PM
I love Tommys, but I get chili on the side. I prefer the chili on the fries than I do on the burger. Apple Pan in Westwood has awesome burgers. I heard good things about Father's Office, but have not been there yet.

ThomThom
11-20-2008, 09:10 PM
I love Tommys, but I get chili on the side. I prefer the chili on the fries than I do on the burger. Apple Pan in Westwood has awesome burgers. I heard good things about Father's Office, but have not been there yet.

The Office Burger is my favorite burger along with a basket of sweet potato fries and a Racer 5 IPA, which they have on tap at the office. I have to go back there very very soon...

kroqken
11-20-2008, 09:18 PM
Another good burger is the Counter. Their original is in Santa Monica. They let you build your own burger. They now also have locations in El Segundo and Marina Del Rey.

bakersfield
11-20-2008, 09:22 PM
Another good burger is the Counter. Their original is in Santa Monica. They let you build your own burger. They now also have locations in El Segundo and Marina Del Rey.

Good call! I had forgotten, but I love The Counter.

kroqken
11-20-2008, 09:25 PM
The Counter is always so busy. When I was a kid, I liked this burger joint called Flakey Jakes. They were in Northridge and were so fresh off the plate. I was sad when they went out of business.

apostle2
11-20-2008, 09:28 PM
I need a good cheap tip for someplace in the valley for this weekend.

kroqken
11-20-2008, 09:40 PM
A place that has a nice atmosphere and relatively inexpensive food is Laurel Tavern in Studio City. It has a great bar scene.

ThomThom
11-20-2008, 09:49 PM
A place that has a nice atmosphere and relatively inexpensive food is Laurel Tavern in Studio City. It has a great bar scene.

Yeah I was there a few weeks ago, that place is insanely packed, I'm sure it will calm down, where is this "infield" place you speak of?

Boourns
11-20-2008, 09:53 PM
Another good burger is the Counter. Their original is in Santa Monica. They let you build your own burger. They now also have locations in El Segundo and Marina Del Rey.

Seriously. So fucking good. But so expensive. It's an epic burger. Cooked just right, nothing but quality ingredients, and you can make it however you want without having to deal with drama and BS.

kroqken
11-20-2008, 09:54 PM
The "Infield" is at Ventura and Berverly Glenn, where the old restaurant "The Dip" used to be located, on the north side of Ventura.

OutOfmYminD
11-20-2008, 10:03 PM
Brite Spot, Long Beach CA on Aneheim before Redondo across the street from the liquid lounge. Taco special from 10AM - 2AM every day! All things considered it's probably my favorite dive mexican restaurant. Could be because I'm usually under the influence when I go there. Also have good memories because they never used to card us.

kroqken
11-21-2008, 05:35 AM
This board is making me crave a burger. Too bad they do not serve them where I am currently staying.

kreutz2112
10-02-2013, 07:10 AM
I need some recommendations on where to take my girlfriend for her birthday. I'm thinking like Japanese steakhouse/sushi bar type of place.

VigoTheCarpathian
10-02-2013, 07:49 AM
Magic Castle.

VigoTheCarpathian
10-02-2013, 07:51 AM
There is a place i love on melrose called Ago which has really excellent food and is very romantic.

VigoTheCarpathian
10-02-2013, 07:55 AM
Oh, The Bazaar! that place is really good.

flea73
10-02-2013, 09:38 AM
Yamashiro