Came here for a work function the other night. Woohoo! I didn't have to pay except for the valet tip! Score! Thanks Boss! Let me start off with the one negative aspect of this restaurant. I http://YP.com'ed it - Mapquested it - I Yelped it and I STILL COULDN'T FIND THE BLOODY RESTAURANT! I ended up passing it (no well lit up sign), busted a U and almost passed it again if I hadn't seen the unlit address numbers "3626". The valet suggested I complain to the manager. I'm complaining on YP.com since we all know they read our reviews, right? Service: Waitress was friendly & informative. Water boy was all smiles & constantly refilling our water glasses. *thumbs up* Appetizers: - Cheese Plate (looked delicious but my coworkers all scarfed it down...I was sitting at one end of a long table for 10 so I didn't bother trying to nab a piece or two or the whole plate) - Fried calamari & mixed veggie tempura (pretty tasty - not too oily) to be dipped in a side of balsamic-tarragon mayo...I preferred using a Tabasco mix to create my own special concoction - yum! Entree: Was trying to choose between the scallop/shrimp risotto, grilled rib eye w/ peppercorn sauce (one of the chef's special of the day) or the sauteed rainbow trout. Waitress said the trout was her fave. Done! The trout skin was nicely crisped on the outside, de-boned (except I did chew on one small piece of bone that I promptly fished out & left on the side of my plate), 2 thin slivers of lemon slices in the middle to flavor the flesh, covered with crunchy almond slivers & parsley. It was slightly saltier than I like my food - but I am a bland eater. It was very savory & flavorful. I would definitely order it again...but might ask for "low sodium". Dessert(s): Mine: Chocolate Pot de Creme - very thick w/ a dollop of whipped cream on top & 2 strawberry slices. I prefer it to be made more with dark chocolate than milk chocolate but we all liked it (shared it w/ coworkers - so I could finagle a tasting of their desserts as well - hehe, my master plan!) My Coworkers: - Flourless Chocolate Cake w/ orange marmalade - very dark & rich & delicious! - Creme Brulee - nice crisp burnt top w/ a smooth custard underneath - also delicious! Ambience: Outdoor patio w/ super hot heating fans above - I didn't even need to start drinking my wine to feel like my forehead was being burnt to a crisp. They kindly shut that thing down asap & turned on the other standalone heating lamp behind us that actually had an adjustable temp. All in all a nice place to come for dinner. I think I'll bring my mom here - she always wants to "try something new" that isn't "Asian food".
Sensei DeDonato and his training partners embrace a philosophy that values and respects the skills and talents of all participants. Sensei goes out of his way to personally work with each training partner to achieve the integration of mind, body and spirit through traditional training methods including forms. For the price ($40 per month), you would be hard pressed to find greater martial arts training value. The instructor holds a Master Instructor license from Okinawna and a Fifth degree black belt. Many of the training partners are also serious black belts including some very tough women. A couple of caveats- 1) If you are looking to put your 11 year daughter into a martial arts class you will have to look elsewhere. The training is for serious adult martial artists. Additionally, Sensei DeDonato (at his web site www.uechi-la.org) states that classes go from 8 to 10 pm. on Monday and Wednesday nights. Location is quite convenient at 10604 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064. Often times, Sensei DeDonato gets caught up in teaching and will work with training partners (he prefers this term to students) until they say "enough - we want to go home" which may be 10:30 or later 3) There is contact involved in the practice of this traditional Okinawan system called Uechi-ryu. The contact is slowly built up via "iron body" conditioning. Impressive levels of hardness are demonstrated when sensei "tests" senior training partners. New training partners may be put off by the physicality of the "testing". Just remember that new training partners are slowly (over a long period of time) brought up to a strong muscular level of hardness. 4) Would-be Ninja's need not apply. If you are looking to be a ninja or earn a black belt in under 12 mos., go elsewhere. This is traditional karate training which requires discipline and much practice. More info can be found at: www.uechi-la.org or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I stumbled upon Puran's on accident one night. I was in Los Feliz with a friend to pick-up some music from another friend and there was a ton of traffic and we were starving so we pulled over at the first place we saw which was Puran's. I was blown away how good the food was! It was a really cold day, and the server suggested this pomegrante & lentil soup that was a special and it rocked! I also ordered the organic herb dover sole upon her suggestion that was grilled w/ warm cous cous, and I felt like I inhaled it. It tasted so good! My friend got the warm rice salad with black beans and then got the homemade ground filet burger and fries and loved it! We were not going to get dessert, but our server suggested the homemade apple tartin, and we were so glad we listened to her. Warm, tasty and we again inhaled it. I have not had such a great meal and such great service in a very long time! The vibe was casual and it is a nice room. It was not busy when we walked in about 6:30 pm, but it was pretty packed when we left. They also had some cool ambient background music on that we really liked and would have not expected them to be playing. The server was a girl and I did not get her name, but she really knew the menu (which is huge and has a little bit of everything on it), and definitely steered us in the right direction. She also explained that all of the food is really healthy and that Puran (Chef & Owner) does not use anything from a can and that everything is made fresh daily. Our server was really good and you can tell the food is all really fresh the minute you take a bit. The had a ok wine list, and prices were really good and they had a really decent beer selection which both of us opted for. I have been thinking about this meal for over a week, and that is why I decided to post this. I will definitely be back!
I wondered exactly what this place was about! the pictures on the web give you no clue to how great it truly is in this place! The seating is so comfortable I felt like never leaving! plus I felt like I had just arrived home! they rolled out the welcome mat for me, a total stranger! I felt like I was getting the same treatment any of Hollywoods elite would have gotten! And, when they offer you a soda, it tastes like no pop I have ever had! I can't describe it to you, but it had this rich and clean taste! it was as though it had been specifically made just for them! It was even bottled in 10oz glass bottles! He brought it out to the table and poured it as if it was the finest wine! If price is an issue, you better wear a blindfold when you look at the menu! It is pricey and it tasted so good! my son had French toast, and it came with fruit! The fruit was the freshest cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes I had ever seen! here I had a burger that tasted like a steak! the garnish for it was some of the freshest produce! I thanked my server and knew that one day I would be back! probably a regular! When he brought the ticket to my table he called me by name and treated me with the utmost respect! Thank You for an experience I would fully recommend!
The music is great, the people are awesome, the club itself is one of a kind.... my only complaint would be the evil bartender lady. When I went there last night I asked her for a glass of water and when she handed it to me she said it was $1. I asked my friend if she had a dollar on her cus I had no cash on me and she couldn't find her $20 bill. We told the bartender that we would get the dollar from my other friend, and I stayed there with the drink while my friend went to get the money, as soon as she saw my friend leave, she grabbed the water out of my hand and told me, "I'll hold this for you 'till you come back with the money". My friend and I couldn't believe it! We were shocked that she would actually do that for a glass of water. We weren't trying to pull a fast one, we were really gonna get the money, yes, a whole dollar for a glass of water! Since I've been going there for the last 4 years, I've noticed she always tends to charge girls more for their drinks than the guys. My friend told me she went there about 5 months ago and that same lady, the only one that's always there, over-charged her credit card by $20! , I would give this club 5 stars, but that bartender is such a complete %$#@, she needs to take her attitude somewhere else!
This place has great pizza and terrific wine and beer list. I am so glad it's within walking distance of my house - I can enjoy a few glasses of wine or sangria and not worry about driving, plus I can walk off the carbs. WIN! We've had the "Greens, egg & ham" and the Field Mushroom pizzas and all were tasty and incredibly fresh. After our third time coming here, we branched out and ordered a pasta dish - the chicken and mushroom cavatappi, and almost ate the finish off the bowl. The service is pretty good - attentive staff and very friendly. The patio is especially nice since it's so open and makes a great place to sit on a lovely LA afternoon and sip sangria! One evening we were feeling lazy and rather than walking somewhere to eat, we felt like ordering in. We discovered they deliver, and we've ordered in twice now. On both occasions we ordered the Tuscan bean soup and hand chopped salad which make a great soup and salad combo. The soup is very hearty and warms the heart, and the salad is fresh, crunchy and full of great flavors with the roasted corn and bits of bacon. Ok, so that makes five times now that we've either eaten here or ordered from them. I think it's pretty safe to say this place has a permanent fixture in our dining rotation.
So I called Garage Door Repair 24 Hours 7 Days a week one morning to see if they could come out and take a look at my garage and give me a rough quote on a repalcement. I was on the phone with them for about 15 minutes and in this time they managed to fill me in on everything they were going to do when ordering me a new garage door. They explained the entire process. After so much information I thought I was going to get a heart attack once they named their price for what they wanted out of this entire process, and when I heard that what they were charging was so much cheaper than other companies I spoke with, I was wooed into closing the deal with them then and there. The lady I spoke with on the phone was so nice and patient and she provided great tool to get me started on the new installation. When the technicians arrived at my house, they started working instantly and finished the job a few hours later. They did a great job overall, and I am truly happy that I had Garage Door Repair 24 Hours 7 Days a week install my new fantastic garage door.
It took a couple of decades, but I seem to have found my perfect L.A. pizza pie at Two Boots. Just as I discovered so many other fantastic pizza joints in Silver Lake - a wealth of fab cheesy pies! I knew of Two Boots from NYC, so was eager to try it out when it opened. First thing I liked - the awesome ingredient list. I mean, we're not talking about pre-sliced small mushrooms and standard pepperoni. No, we're talking about things like sopressata (Google it), andouille (Google it), crawfish, Cajun ham (!), tasso, BBQ shrimp, artichokes (finally!), Creole chicken and my lovely portobello mushrooms. My favorite is currently a pie with sopressata, portobello mushrooms and red onions. OM*G. Not to be missed is BBQ shrimp and portobello mushrooms on a white pie. Or try one of their combos, like The Dude (had to restart my heart), the sublime Tony Clifton or the nasty but nice Cleopatra Jones. Seriously, I could just sit there every night and grow happy and obese. That's why I take it home. Nom, nom, nom ...
I don't discriminate. I love pies of all forms. Pizza, nonetheless, is one of my go to food. Whether it's a slice of heaven from Mozza or a hearty tasty slice from Lou Malnati's that really gets the job done, I'm all for it. 800 Degrees deserves anyone's chance to get some love and respect too. It's really simple here. You choose a type of pizza. Classic or burrata on focaccia. Then you pick your base and toppings. 800 Degrees isn't the best pizza in the world. It isn't the fanciest either. However, it does execute reasonably and well balanced for it's price and quality. I normally don't like to build my own entree / food (i.e. The Counter), but I really like that same concept applied on the creation of pizza as long as the ingredients are simple. Even though the quality and ingredient isn't quite like that of Pizzeria Mozza, I'm still a fan of this joint. I'll be looking forward to building my own burrata on focaccia.
Would you believe it if you saw a giant martini filled with cotton candy?! Well it exists here. This is a fun venue for a birthday party around 9-11pm on a weekend night, after that time there's a huge line around the building, lots of dancing and a mechanical bull. A bit too much action for me, but an eventful experience. Visited this place for the for the first time a month ago with my two girl friends. We didn't have to wait long...Our food came out so quickly. Our favorite was definitely the Jalapeno Mac N Cheese. It had many different kinds of cheeses and the jalepenos gave it an unexpected crunch. This was the best mac n cheese I have ever had, and I don't even like jalapenos or gorgonzola, both prominent ingredients. Fun, interesting environment but I think is much better for younger people...