For those 'hounds who may have missed the details:
This is it L.A. hounds, the announcement that you have been waiting for, the all important details of the first, of possibly many, L.A. Chowhounds Roving Chow Fests. This event will be a celebration and appreciation of the diversity of dining opportunities in the greater L.A. area. Everyone is invited, so put on your official Chowhound T-shirt, break in to the piggy bank, gas up the car and pin on your official Chowhound pin. (Dont have a Chowhound pin or T-shirt, shame on you, go to the link below immediately and order a few of each.)
Everyone is welcome to travel the entire itinerary, or to climb aboard, or hop off at any of the stops along the way. The entire purpose of this jaunt is for hounds to enjoy some chow, enjoy each others company and enjoy the day, and, importantly, raise some operating funds for the Chowhound site. SOUVENIR ITINERARIES will be available, while they last, at each of the venues in exchange for a $5.00 donation. The souvenir itineraries both list the itinerary and include the official L.A. hounds Miles Per Meal calculator. After all, this is southern California, home of the car culture, and every self-respecting L.A. hound will want to be able to quantify their chowhounding experience by using the Miles Per Meal calculator. All donations received in exchange for the souvenir itineraries will be used to purchase Goodwill at the Chowmarket. All proceeds of donations will be passed along to Chowhound, all time and materials used to stage this event, collect and pass along donations is provided gratis by the participating hounds.
There will be a limited number of souvenir itineraries available, so get yours early before they run out, you dont want to be left in the dust by your fellow hounds and not be able to calculate your Miles Per Meal.
So here it is the itinerary for June 1:
9:30 Breakfast - DUPARS, Farmers Market, Third & Fairfax, L.A. - Pancakes and egg dishes, assorted bakery goods, classic American breakfast.
-->Please note, Gilmore Bank will be hosting a classic [station wagon] car show beginning at 11:00 on June 1, so get there early for parking. Parking is available at the Farmers Market and in the parking structure at the adjacent The Grove. Hounds may want to consider using the parking structure at The Grove all day, and carpooling from there, check The Groves parking rates first. UPDATE: Whole Foods Market will be having grand opening festivities at their new Farmer's Market location all day.
11:30 - Mid-morning Snack - LANGERS, 704 South Alvarado (Alvarado & 7th; parking ½ block east on 7th), L.A. - Arguably the best pastrami west of the Hudson, and maybe east of it.
-->TO REACH LANGERS FROM FARMERS MARKET, drive south on Fairfax to Wilshire, turn left on Wilshire, driving east on Wilshire to Alvarado, turn right on Alvarado and proceed south to Langers.
1:30 Lunch - MR. CECILS CALIFORNIA RIBS, 12244 W Pico (2 blocks west of Bundy) L.A. - Ribs & sides that dont come out of a commercial commissary.
-->TO REACH MR. CECILS FROM LANGERS, drive south-west on Alvarado, which will intersect with Hoover at an angle, turn left on to Hoover, proceed south on Hoover to W 20th, turn right on to W 20th, proceed west on W 20th approximately 1-1/2 blocks to Wilmot, turn left on Wilmot, proceed south approximately ½ block to the 10 freeway westbound onramp. Enter the westbound 10 freeway, proceed west to the Bundy exit, take the Bundy North exit, turning right on to Bundy, immediately move to the left lane. Turn left on Pico proceed approximately 2 blocks to Mr. Cecils which will be on the left side of the street.
3:30 - Afternoon Snack - DAMORE, 12910 Magnolia Bl (at Coldwater) Sherman Oaks - New York style pizza tossed and baked in front of your eyes in a little hole-in-the-wall.
-->TO REACH DAMORE FROM MR. CECILS, drive east on Pico back to Bundy, turn right (south) on Bundy, immediately get in to the left lane, proceed under the freeway and turn left on to the 10 freeway eastbound on-ramp. Proceed east to the 405 freeway, merge on to the northbound 405 freeway, proceed north. When approaching the intersection of the 101 freeway, move away from the right lanes of the 405 freeway, there will be a huge traffic back-up in the right lanes of the 405 from the intersection with the east and west 101 freeway. Bypass the 101 freeway intersection, proceed north on the 405 to the first exit past the 101 which is Burbank. Exit the 405 at Burbank, turn right and proceed east on Burbank to Coldwater. Turn right on Coldwater and proceed south to Magnolia. DAmore is in a small strip center on the southwest corner of Magnolia and Coldwater, parking is tight, there may be parking on the northwest corner of Magnolia and Coldwater at the Ralphs supermarket.
5:30 Dinner - CAROUSSEL, 5112 Hollywood Bl (between Winona & Normandie), Hollywood - Classic Armenian/middle eastern food tucked away in a strip mall.
-->TO REACH CAROUSSEL FROM DAMORE, drive south on Coldwater, when approaching the 101 freeway move over to the left lane. Proceed under the freeway and turn left on to the eastbound 101 freeway onramp. Proceed east on the 101 and then southeast on the 101 past the intersection with the 134. Exit the 101 at Hollywood Boulevard and turn left on Hollywood, proceed east on Hollywood approximately .9 miles, Caroussel will be in a strip center on the right (south) side of the street.
7:30 Dessert - PANOS BAKERY, 5150 Hollywood Bl (at Winona), Hollywood Classic international baked goods and specialization in Armenian baked goods, a short walk from the dinner table (you will need the walk by then).