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My reviews of recent suggestions...

TastyJon | Feb 21, 200311:24 PM

Often when you post a question, by the time you get to check out some suggestions your posting is almost forgotten. So here's a recap of recent experiences to Qs I've posted...

1. Was looking for good refried beans "to go" near Culver City for a Super Bowl buffet. Several suggested El Abajeno, which I went to... a very interesting place. It's a restaurant, but you line up at a buffet/deli-like counter before heading to your table. I wasn't there to eat, just to grab take-away... but did observe the process. Portions for those dining were huge. Burritos looked the size of a fireplace log... a place to check out again sometime when starving. I bought a giant tub o beans and another of rice... absolutely everything I was looking for. Thanks to those who propped this.

2. Always looking for decent, inexpensive French places between downtown and the westside. On accident (a client took me there) went to Brasserie de Artistes for lunch. Hard to rate because I had a huge breakfast and wasn't really hungry, but it seemed a cool place and decent fare. Will have to return with both intent and hunger to properly rate (maybe at night). On the flip side, I hit Cafe Angelique downtown with both hunger and intent... as a downtown worker, it has got an interesting location/scene, but I was not very impressed with the fare. Had the steak with peppercorn sauce and frittes. Steak was nothing special, sauce was blah (and looked like mush) but the rest was fine. The portions were large. Much prefer the Cafe Dijonet in Culver for the same meal. Still waiting to try Bistro de la Hermitage. Any other suggestions? Anyone else rather have a smaller portion/better tasting dish these days? Give me a 5oz taste orgasm rather than a half pound of blah.

3. Based on rave reviews for Ambala Dhaba in Westwood, I chose to have a brake job near the joint so I'd have an excuse to try it out for a long, slow lunch. It was excellent. Went for the goat. Felt I got less meat than my regualar Indian place serves, but then again it was all delish... salad, rice, naan, meat, two sides and a drink for around $7. The flavors were strong, pure, sharp and yummy. I had happy burps the rest of the day. I went on a Sunday and nobody else was there, so I'm a bit worried it won't survive. It's off the road, between other places, so let's hope they gain a regular crowd. I'll be back.

4. Sodas. I noticed the discussions about Galco's and filed it in the "to do" part o the brain. Last week I went to a Valentines party where all food offerings had to be red. It was on the way, so I stopped in and picked up 20 or so bevs, all the right color. It's a great, unique place with workers who give a damn. Selection is potent and the party folks loved the variety and effort (in truth, it was as easy as walking down the aisle and grabbing one of everything red). If you ever wondered what Radar's Grape NeeHi tastes like, they got it.

5. Still scouting for a funky dive-type bar/eatery for a birthday. The Prince was suggested. Swung by during the week. Very cool. Still am unsure. Interested in knowing what the Sat. scene is like... but this suggestion seems to be in the right direction. Old school 20's hollywood art deco pub but filled with Korean patrons, music and food. Only in L.A. - which is what I love!

Thanks, Jon

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