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9 reasons why I love this board

Debbie W. | Jul 18, 200509:44 PM

Within the last 3 weeks or so, not in chronological order, some were lunch, some were dinner:

Las Fuentes (1st visit) – burrito de pollo con rajas – a huge tortilla filled with about a pound of shredded chicken, poblano strips, grilled onions, cheese and avocado – pretty good heat level generated by the poblanos, the rest of the ingredients melded perfectly. Heavenly. Plus, amazing chips.

Daikokuya (2nd visit) – ramen soup this time – last visit I had the cold ramen dish because it was way too hot for soup – well, it was too hot this time also but I had to have the soup. It puts all other versions to shame. It was my chowhound friend’s first visit, and he was blown away. The gyoza rock, too. Makes a nice lunch outing on the red line from the Valley.

Blue Marlin (1st visit) – two words: uni spaghetti.

Dino’s Pizza (1st visit) – probably the most enjoyable pizza we have had since that place on the highway on Kauai last October. Crust ordered “regular” as opposed to thin or thick, pepperoni and cheese. Mmm…grease!

Cedar House Café (1st visit) – kafta (sp?) kabob sandwich – actually wrapped kind of like a burrito as opposed to a split filled pita. Really pleasant little lunch. More enjoyable sandwich than the sandwiches at Carnival.

A & W Seafood (3rd visit but 1st dim sum) – ok, not as good as SGV – where Sea Harbour remains our favorite – but a helluva lot more convenient to Sherman Oaks on a day when we didn’t even want to drive downtown. Very credible option for the SFV. Good shrimp and scallop dishes on prior dinner visits.

Mei Long Village (at least 4th visit) – pork XLB, crab + pork XLB, need I say more? We like the jade shrimp too, and have been working our way through the cold appetizers. Next time, lion’s head meatballs, whatever they are.

Pie ’N Burger (1st visit) – a classic! How could I have missed this place? I could have been eating those cheeseburgers for the last 30 years! The most enjoyable cheeseburger I’ve had in ages. Fries, ordered crisp, were only so-so. Go for the burger. Banana cream pie – with whipped cream at whatever extra they charged – oh yeah.

Spago (don’t recall how many visits, many, but this was the 1st time we did the tasting menu thanks to the many trusted hounds who repeatedly tout it) – almost 4 hours of pure satisfaction. A perfect coda to our friend’s extended 50th birthday celebration. Truly amazing in every respect, truly.

LA hounds are amazing. And special thanks to Wild Swede – I think we have the same taste, because if you recommend a restaurant and I try it, I inevitably love it. Next up: Mestizo for pupusas.

Las Fuentes
18415 Vanowen Street (at Reseda)
(818) 708-3344

327 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles (downtown)
(213) 626-1680

Blue Marlin
2121 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 445-2522

Dino’s Pizza
3529 W. Burbank Blvd. (at Hollywood Way)
(818) 841-3311

Cedar House Café
7105 Whitsett (at Riverside)
North Hollywood
(818) 769-9994

A & W Seafood
9306 Reseda Blvd. (at Prairie)
(818) 882-6668

Mei Long Village
301 W. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel
(626) 284-4769

Pie ’N Burger
913 E. California Blvd.
(626) 795-1123

176 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills
(310) 385-0880

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