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Old 07-07-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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anybody ever had the torta cubana at el flamin?

Al Pastor, Monterrey Jack Cheese, Milanesa, Egg, Ham, a hot dog and 1/2 an Avocado and Sour Cream.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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Favorites: Animal, Hatfields, Lazy Ox, Langers, Iroha Sushi

Least Favorite: not sure I have one. Jerry's maybe. Dodger dogs if that counts.
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:11 AM
 
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The food at Jerry's isnt so bad per se (though it's nothing special), but the extremely high price and terrible service indeed make it one of the worst restaurants in LA. I would compare the quality and taste to Norms, which is half the price.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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My least favorite is Pink's. I flat refuse to go there, line or no line.

My favorite "dress nicely" restaurant isn't in L.A. proper, it's in Pico Rivera. I'm all about the fifties.

My favorite Mexican food, especially the birria and the various organ meats, is El Parian, 1528 W. Pico.

My favorite coffee shop is Pann's.

My favorite chickin 'n waffles is Roscoe's. I prefer the store on W. Manchester, leaving the store at Sunset & Gower for the tourists.

Favorite place for a hot dog is Skooby's on H'wood Blvd. near Musso & Frank.

Favorite place for a life-threatening gut bomb is Oki Dog.

My favorite BBQ is Bludsoe's in Compton.

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Old 07-08-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Fontucky: I'm kinda surprised at how well versed you are with L.A. restaurants - it's a long drive from Fontana to be eating at Bludso's. What is it about Pink's that turns you off so violently?

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I don't get out enough and I'm not critical enough to be picking favorite restaurants, but I just have to comment on the thumbs down that The Original Pantry and Clifton's have been getting. These places are time machines. I'd be disappointed if they clambered onto the molecular gastronomy bandwagon, no matter how tasty it was. I guess Clifton's has a big enough menu to accommodate newer dishes in addition to the classics. Shouldn't every major city have at least a few places serving relatively bland but classic American comfort food?
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Because you've never been there, never read about it or heard about it from friends and had no clue what the level of quality is until you tried it? That's the way I discover the places with crappy food. Be adventurous!
That was going to be my answer. We went to a Chinese restaurant in Pasa a couple of years ago. It had been recommended, we thought it was one we used to frequent 30 years ago and were really excited. Well, it wasn't the place we thought, it was on the pricey side for Asian food and though, not the worst we ever had we were really disappointed. There were 8 of us, all of us felt like we had been riped off.

Nita
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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More Than Waffles - Encino. Great place for early Sat or Sun breakfast.
Jinkys - Sherman Oaks. Another GREAT place for breakfast and hanging out.
Jumpin Java - Studio City. Crowded and always great.
Cant remember the name, but the deli at the top of Beverly Glen in the Pets Of Bel Air complex.
Carousel - Glendale. Best middle eastern food in Los Angeles. Great shows as well.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Fontucky: I'm kinda surprised at how well versed you are with L.A. restaurants - it's a long drive from Fontana to be eating at Bludso's. What is it about Pink's that turns you off so violently?
Just because I live in Fontana now doesn't mean I always have. I worked in L.A. for 25 years, not to mention being born there. I've been around.

The chili dogs were the worst I've ever had. 2 bites and they went in the bin.

Edit to add: To put my L.A. restaurant experience in perspective, we used to get the pink boxes of donuts from Randy's when I was a kid, but it wasn't called Randy's back then, it was The Big Donut.

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Jinkys - Sherman Oaks. Another GREAT place for breakfast and hanging out.
Jumpin Java - Studio City. Crowded and always great.
Yes.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Fontucky: I'm kinda surprised at how well versed you are with L.A. restaurants - it's a long drive from Fontana to be eating at Bludso's. What is it about Pink's that turns you off so violently?

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I don't get out enough and I'm not critical enough to be picking favorite restaurants, but I just have to comment on the thumbs down that The Original Pantry and Clifton's have been getting. These places are time machines. I'd be disappointed if they clambered onto the molecular gastronomy bandwagon, no matter how tasty it was. I guess Clifton's has a big enough menu to accommodate newer dishes in addition to the classics. Shouldn't every major city have at least a few places serving relatively bland but classic American comfort food?
Nobody's bashed the Pacific Dining Car yet (which I've never been to) nor Musso and Frank's (only drank there, never ate there), and nobody's bashed Langer's, Philippe's, or Taix (all of which I have been to and love) so not all old time places are getting slagged.

I get the picture that pre-WW2 L.A. was not the greatest city to eat in. Vintage restaurant guides and books on food suggest this as well ; for example, late 1940s/1950s books on American food and restaurants mention how Los Angeles was beginning to overcome its bad reputation as a place to eat which it had prior to the war to the point that it could be considered as worthy of mention.
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