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Chowhounding all over L.A. last weekend

patty | Nov 14, 200205:28 PM

Just thought I'd post a few notes on last weekend's (up to Wednesday, actually) eating around town and trying to indoctrinate the chowpups.
Friday night, the usual Zankou Chicken en famille -- the mutabal and tabbouli at the Hollywood location seemed a little undersauced -- viniagrette added the next day made them perfect. Saturday morning, Harry Potter screening in Westwood -- stopped before movie to show kids the wonders of Stan's Donuts, but no one was brave enough to try the banana chocolate chip peanut butter. After the movie, Westwood In and Out -- great burgers, slow service. Chowboy insisted on ordering his entire meal "off the menu" -- Neapolitan shake, etc. Saturday night, stayed home, made chicken with cous cous and vegetables, quite successful. Sunday morning, sister from Berkeley visiting, made run to Brooklyn Bagel to stock up for bagel-deprived Northern Californians. A friend had brought over leftover foie gras from L'Orangerie -- it was excellent on an onion bagel. Sunday night, tried new pizza place in Silver Lake -- Nick's Wood-Fired Pizza. Ordered a clam and garlic pizza with red sauce, it arrived "white" with no sauce. It was ok, didn't seem any better than Hard Times, couldn't taste the "wood-fired" part. Will eat at the restaurant for one last try.
Monday, tried new Mexican place in Farmers Market while pups had DuPars pie and Bennett's ice cream (cabernet sauvignon sherbet!). The menu seemed interesting but the mole chicken taco and the chorizo/chipotle/chicken taco all tasted the same, bland and goopy.
Tuesday night, we tried the wine bar at Cafe Stella in Silver Lake(without pups). Wine by the glass starts at $5, beers also $5. You can order off the menu, no special bar menu. Very cute and romantic, and tiny.
Wednesday night, my company had a party at Koi. Lots of nice little tuna hors d'oeuvres, very tasty rock shrimp with spicy mayonaise, but the sushi didn't seem particularly high quality. More for the scene than the food, I would say.
Not a bad week of eating, all in all.

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