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We had a lovely double-date experience at Water Grill. We started with cocktails, fresh oysters and stone crab claws (first of the season). Two members of our party ordered the same cocktail and upon delivery, one was noticeably more well-crafted than the other. We sent the one back with a busboy and when it returned, it was only half-heartidly fixed. Thankfully, our server quickly fixed the situation and everything was uphill after that moment. Our oysters included the Tomahawks and Mermaid Cove's, (all east coast). They were wonderfully briny and super fresh. The crab claws did not dissapoint. In addition to the raw bar, each couple ordered wedge salads and clam chowder. Our server was smart enough to have the kitchen split each item without us asking. Kudos to her. The chowder was probably one of the best I have ever had. It was loaded with clams which were sweet and tender. It also included thinly sliced fingerling potatoes which I thought was a nice touch. The wedge was wonderfully crisp, and had the perfect amount of blue cheese with generous bits of lardon. The soup and salad alone would have been a perfect meal. Since we were so full from the first two courses, we each decided to split lobster rolls and get a couple of sides. Having had lobster rolls all over the east coast, in addition to many of the popular sea food places around LA (Connie & Teds, Hungry Cat, Littlefork, assorted food trucks), I can honestly say, this was one of the best I've had. The roll was piled with tender lobster. It contained the perfect amount of mayo which allowed the flavor of the lobster to shine. I washed it down with a glass of Turley Zin, which is one of my all-time favorites. I was super-excited to see it on the wine menu. We finished with the Key Lime pie, which was good, but maybe a tad bit tart for my taste. Overall, service was spot-on. The staff understood we were two couples catching up and enjoying each others company. They were attentive and not obstrusive. The food itself is amazing and I'm already craving the clam chowder. We had a great experience and we're looking forward to going back.
Yamashiro Restaurant is a "CalAsian" restaurant up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, CA. Great views. Great Atmosphere, Incredible service - but just OK food even though the Mothers' Day buffet presentation was beautiful. When you are about to spend this much money ($400 with tip for 5 people) you expect substantially more in the overall food quality. The sushi section was beautifully presented but the ingredients were mediocre at best and pedestrian in quality and taste. I mean 3/4" diameter rolls of mostly rice. The inari sushi could have been stuffed with something more than basic white rice - whoever heard of inari without delectible sushi rice with all of the good stuff blended in? There was to be a table where shyumai and gyoza were presented - what was served was a really tough, thick doughy wonton that was deep fried - serious disappointment. And no Yuzu-based ponzu sauce was to be found. Very sad. Then there was the main buffet line. When I heard yakisoba, I was hoping for real yakisoba - common Japanese comfort food that is commonly found at street cart vendors all over Japan. It was more like stir fried spahetti. Yecch. The roast turkey and prime rib were delectible and nicely hand-carved. When asked for paper-thin, the server did a beatuful job. Well done. The fresh fruit presentation was awesome. The pineapple was very ripe. The strawberries and kiwi were not quite ripe - closer to green. Yikes. Our server, Risako was 100% on top of her game. Incredible service, incredibly accomodating and commanding her help with ease - she made our experience at the restaurant good. Overall opinion? I'd go back on a non-buffet day to try it. However, not for Mothers' day again. Chris
We made a reservation at 6 p.m. on Sunday and when we got there, it was already packed. The place is very small (can probably fit 30 people or so) so reservation is a must on weekends. We had an amazing Travelozoo deal where 2 glasses of wine, 2 appetizers, 1 pizza or pasta, 2 entrees are only $65 for two! For appetizers, we tried Baccala (whipped salt cod croquettes. salsa rossa) and Fichi (figs. whipped sheeps milk ricotta. saba). Baccala was good but a bit too salty and wasn't my favorite. Fichi, on the other hand, was amazing. I loved it. The next course was pizza; we chose Margherita D.O.P. (tomato. mozzarella di bufala. basil.). This was our waitress's #1 recommendation but it was very disappointing; it wasn't good at all. For entrees, we had Agnello (colorado lamb chops. potatoes. artichokes. black olive) and Port Braciole (neapolitan ragù. swiss chard). Both are very good but not the best Italian dishes I've had. The restaurant was packed so it took forever to bring the food; we didn't mind since we were not in a hurry but I saw two separate guests that night complaining to the manager. Our waitress was very apologetic and checked on us many times and they gave us free dessert so that was nice. I didn't see any self parking space or valet but you can find paid meter parking; but only 1 hour max so we had to leave the restaurant to feed the meter again while waiting for the food. Overall, I liked the restaurant and its ambiance and because of the Travelzoo deal, it was very good deal. But, I'm not too sure if I would come back here again anytime soon (I would rather want to check out other Italian restaurants in the area...)
This place used to offer anything on the breakfast/brunch menu, if you came on Saturday or Sunday before 10AM, for $7.95! Ah, those were the days! And the food they offered for brunch was some of the most inventive in town. Now, you pay full price anytime all the time, but the food is still better than most breakfast joints. Their homemade granolas are incredible. I have it topped with fresh fruit and vanilla yoghurt. The fruit is always well selected and very fresh. They make about six different benedict dishes that all have the potential to make this place legendary. The ingredients are always fresh as can be and the hollandaise needs just a bit more lemon to make it perfect. However (and this is a BIG however), they really have an overall problem with plating. It effects everything they serve but it almost ruins the benedicts. I know hollandaise is a delicate suace that can't get too hot, but how you deal with that is too make sure you pull all the ingredients together quickly. Pull the eggs out of the poaching trays, get 'em atop those slabs of Canadian bacon and pour the sauce on and GET IT TO THE TABLE. The eggs should help warm the sauce a bit in this scenario, but it seems they are always putting luke warm sauce on top of eggs that have gotten cold. The dish comes to you tepid and makes you think it has been sitting around. Not too appetizing. Sad, as I know from the flavors they have a potentially great benedict. Too many other inventive and mighty tasty dishes to mention but I can say the pancakes are quite delicious! All portions are very generous and the prices, even though not as low as days of yore, are still really fair.
I've been going to this restaurant because they have that hard to find authentic home style taste and they make tortillas fresh - on the spot - and they're so good you could eat them by themselves. Their menu is just right, having all the components that make up just about every dish you can think of - it's a small (hole in the wall) restaurant and at times you may have to wait 10 minutes, but it's worth it and you will see people waiting - why? Because honestly, there's almost no dish that is not good (and they serve menudo and cocido every day, even birria!) - and there are some that are just plain great. Before my mother passed away I would go to lunch with her all the time and she was a great cook, so she was as picky as the sun is hot - and more then 1/2 the time when I asked her where to? She'd say, with a smile on her face, 'Chispa!'....which made me happy to make her happy. I couldn't rate this any better, to impress my mom meant you took care in the details (to mom that was roasting fresh chiles, cooking on low heat when necessary, fresh ingredients, just the right amount of spices - never too salty or bland, salsas that let you know someone knows how to cook and consistant, consistant, consistant). And everyone there is friendly and they already know what I like -so I don't even have to say the whole dish (lengua en salsa de tomatillo con frijoles y arroz - THE BEST!) - I almost regret rating it cause that means I might have to wait longer....but my mom shared this place so can I. Take your parent(s) out to this little place...they'll want to go back and so will you.
Eating at Enzo and Angela's Restaurants was one of the highlights of our vacation. We were exhausted and getting ready to return to Chicago when we decided to dine out. Upon entering, it was the perfect remedy for a stressed packed day. The ambiance was charming and inviting. The waiter was extremely personable. It was almost like walking into another world. The waiter brought warm bread to our table and I can honestly say, it was the most delicious bread we have ever had in our lives. I personally am not a "salad" person, but the salad was fabulous...fresh, crisp and inviting. Next came the homemade pasta which we thought was "out of this world." Angela, one of the owner's, came over to our table and was absolutely charming. We had such a wonderful experience that we returned the next week only to discover that it was closed for vacation time. We were so disappointed that we decided to tell all of our friends to eat there. We also have made a vow to never visit LA unless it includes another wonderful dinner at Enzo and Angela's. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Ironically, Chicago is known for its fine Italian cusine, but for what it is worth, I would rate this restaurant up with the best that we have in Chicago... Perhaps higher because the prices were soooooo reasonable. Joyce Moone' and June Ryl-Kuchar Palos Heights, Illinois
After a fun visit to a nearby costume shop, our hungry group of 12 set out to find some good food to enjoy together before returning to the office. One of our group said that Loteria was a favorite of hers, so we trekked on over on her recommendation. I found the menu to be interesting - a variety of vegetarian selections (the one who recommended the place is a vegetarian) including a cactus salad and a succotash of zucchini and roasted corn to name a few. It was cool that there was something on the menu for everyone in our mixed bunch. I'm a big fan of carnitas myself, so I ordered a carnitas burrito. In addition to being super spicy - just the way I like it - the meat was tender and tasty, and the composition featured black beans instead of the refried variety. The burrito was also on the larger side. I could only finish half, but was delighted to have something to enjoy or share later on. The only downside to our visit was the service. We arrived before the lunch hour - around 11:30 or so - and were the only patrons in the place for at least the first 20 minutes of our time there. Yet table service was slow (i.e. bringing water to the table and taking drink orders), and one entree was completely forgotten about. Also requests for salsa, chips and other sides / condiments were either ignored or completely forgotten. Still the place is promising, has a nice atmosphere, and is a real find that's just a few blocks away from Hollywood & Highland.
Cheebo apparantly prides itself on being 'organic.' Here is the beauty of that. I've eaten there about a dozen times, as it is just up the street, and I've taken many visitors from out of town to Cheebo as I feel it is a great spot to eat and squeeze in a little entertainment. For one, the location almost guarantees a celebrity sighting and the paper table cloths and Crayolas at every table give you the opportunity to conduct impromptu Rorschach tests on your guests. But that is beside the point. Point is, I had no idea they were organic. The food is traditional but always tastes above par for the course. Salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas are all on offer in many varieties. Not your typical organic menu no? Sounds somewhat everyday, but as I said, all of these seem to be a bit more than you'd expect in flavor and presentation. Specialty entrees are always plated beautifully though I've never ordered one. I come to Cheebo for their pizzas. The crust is amazing and their choice of toppings always fresh. Finding out that ingredients are organic puts to rest that lingering question I've had about Cheebo. Why is the cheese so good? I guess organic mozzarella is the way to go. It is creamy and stringy and stretchy and just so right on with their wild meshroom and pesto pizza. You can eat on the cheep at Cheebo, but by adding one beer you tack on about ten dollars to your tab. So, keep that in mind if you are planning on making this your local haunt.
I miei fratelli e sorelle! It's been awhile and I've been pleasantly adrift Lord knows where but when I finally resurfaced, I was craving a quick Italian fix. The stupor caused by mind numbing days at the office caused me to forget about the dirty old neighborhood friend (shoot, you know we all have 'em, okay) in Di Vita's. Old dirty Di Vita's. My ex-supervisor used to order from this place ALL THE TIME. Calzones - he swore by them. There used to be a gi-normous blond gal behind the counter there and she was feeling my ex-boss something fierce. Why, there were days when he went down there and I thought he might not make it out alive. Forgive me but I digressed. Anyhow, we were craving quick-fast-and-a-hurry eats...cheese pizza, chicken alfredo and something for dessert was what we ordered. Well, you probably get the idea here - it's never that memorable but it gets the job done and gets it done on the cheap. BONUS! - they deliver. It's been awhile since I been to the spot but I drive by there all the time. It's not much on decor but sometimes, you don't need to dress up to stuff the pig, capiche? Anyhow, keep this place in mind when you're in a bind (or just desperate and need something easy and quick). Dunno about you but I ain't too proud to beg - even for Di Vita's. Ciao for now! Good eating to you!
Being the first time I've ever been to a Trader Vic's, I have to say I was very much surprised on how good it was. Not that I had low expectations, but it was way better than I had imagine Hawaiian / Asian Fusion cuisine could be. First things first... start off with a nice strong drink from their Tiki Bar. They have a huge variety, and who can say no to a drink from the people who invented the Mai Tai. I went with the Big Kahuna which came topped with a flamming lime .... interesting, crowd pleasing, and tasty. If you're there for more than just drinks, I'd recommend several items on their dinner menu. The lamb by far was my favorite. It was flavorful and tender. Cooked perfectly in their Han Dynasty old smoking oven. My second pick would probably be the Miso Sea Bass. Although it's "normal" for a Asian fusion restaurant, it was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of miso. The sea bas was tender, flakey, and buttery ... just perfect. The pork chop was pretty good as well, not super juicy but not dry either. The portions were at least pretty good. Lastly, their cheese cake was awesome. We also had the banana fritters, but they were more "regular". I'd definitely go again, but I have to save up. It ended up being a little pricey at $60 / person (tip + tax included)