I'd like to tell everyone how much I like to come onto this board, post a question or two, reply when I can, but I'd also like to point out that this a community. If I use its resources, shouldn't I also try to review and add my two cents where appropiate?
I've gone out, I've eaten, and now I'd like to summarize. I live in Glendale and work in Sherman Oaks, so please, pardon the extreme regionality.
I have a few favorite spots. I enjoy the Toasted Bun on the weekends for eggs and coffee. Its on Glendale and California. The menu is focused(its a small diner) and the decor is favorably described as "comfortable." There's rarely a line, and with my repeat visits I now recognize the weekend regulars, and can chat up the server about recent movies.
I reflected on the Chicago board about what makes a successful breakfast place...the difficulty lies in making similar menus seem appealing. There's enough butter in the preparation to make the food tasty, but not so much to give me an upset stomach for the rest of the day.
I've also been to Billy's Deli on Orange, north of the Galleria. The coffee is great, and I really enjoy the complimentary saucer of pickles for each table. The pastrami sandwich stands out for me, and I enjoyed the matzoh ball soup.
El Sauz tacos is a taco stand on San Fernando, a little north of Los Feliz and has the best pork burritos. I don't speak Spanish, so I feel a little
lost ordering off the menu, asking questions, etc. When you get your order to go, they include a baggie with lemon slices, radishes, and grilled peppers.
Porto's has been discussed ad nauseum, I'd like to add I had a cheesecake from there at Christmas dinner that I am still(!) thinking about.
As a former Chicagoan, I am doubtful about recs for pizza. I've given Casa Bianca three tries. I love their eggplant pizza, but I think the quality goes down the larger the pie gets. Large, which feeds myself and Mr.CurlyJulia, is as big as I get. We braved the line and ate there once, and I was impressed with the generosity of the pour for my glass of chianti.
Fu Shing 2960 E. Colorado, four blocks east of San Gabriel Blvd.
Four of us ate there Saturday night. I was surprised how large the place was, I giggled to a friend it was the Chinese version of the Cheesecake Factory on the way to our table. We got two sets of the dinner for two option. It included pork fried rice, egg rolls, salad, won ton soup, and an entree for $14.95.
We were served a nice pot of tea, without having to ask for it. For our entrees we chose the kung pao chicken, sweet and sour shrimp, beef with snow peas, and filet of sole with fire roasted garlic.
In order of service, the eggroll was nothing special, the soup was good. I asked the waiter if the soup had shrimp in it, (it was)if it was prepared with it in the broth(no), explained I was allergic. He brought me a special cup sans shrimp, and I really enjoyed it, the wonton quite tasty. The salad was yucky, the lettuce was wilted and maybe the whole thing had been dressed in the beginning of the evening. As an aside, I usually am not crazy about Western salads in Asian restaurants. The beef with snowpeas was good, but not reinventing the wheel and everyone seemed to enjoy the shrimp. I ordered the kung pao spicy, and it was not, but all was forgiven when I tried the sole with garlic. Instead of a whole fish, it was served as bite-sized pieces with a light batter. It was hot when served(fresh from the frier or pan) however, it was not greasy at all. It had an enjoyable punch with its spices, and was one of the best things I've had in a Chinese restaurant in a while. After the plates were cleared we were given hot damp washcloths to wipe our hands with, and later we got fortune cookies with orange slices. The service was very pleasant, with no rushing us out. Definitely worth a return trip.
I went to Apple Pan late on Friday night. The hamburgers wouldn't make me travel to get them, but their coconut cream pie was fantastic. I'm now daydreaming about getting one slice of all the pies to go and gorging on them.