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I recently moved to the area and this place is just a few blocks away. Happy to say, it's become one of my neighborhood joints. I typically stick with the small plates since they're great to share with my significant other. Our favorites so far have been the fried oysters, the chicken and waffle croquettes, the spinach pierogi, the pumpkin ravioli and of course, the kaya toast. I'm all about the kaya toast and we've been known to get two orders on occasion. Also, and to pretend like we're being healthy, we'll order something green, such as the (crispy) brussels sprouts or the house salad. They have a terrific drink menu with cocktails that are too difficult or time consuming for me to make at home, (which is what I look for in a drink list). I can make my own, great old fashioned. I like trying a new drink every time I go. They also have a nice wine list when I'm in the mood for a glass. The service has always been great and the staff has always been friendly. I would recommend making a reservation before going since seating fills up pretty fast. Otherwise, get there once they open for dinner, like we usually do, and seating shouldn't be an issue.
Nicole at Henri Salon rocks! She is an exceptional (and fun) hair stylist. Her own hair looks good too. I'm a 29 year old guy in LA and about a year ago I was looking to find a regular hair stylist who makes it easy and enjoyable for me to keep well groomed and looking my best. I stopped by Henri Salon, liked the light/nice space, got a haircut from Nicole, and have been going back ever since. Nicole is professional, has a great personality, and loves what she does. She tells me about new stuff all the time. Nicole listens to detailed requests and handles them really well when I have them but also knows my current look, and brings suggestions, so I can just space out and let her do her thing. When I think I'm done, Nicole fusses over the little things. Eyebrows for example. I generally don't think or ask about those items, but much appreciated! Must also mention scheduling as Nicole is kind when dealing with my hectic schedule. Thanks Nicole! Love all the compliments I get
The San Antonio Winery Is The Only One Left In Southern California! Anthony DeGoede and I were finally able to visit the San Antonio Winery back on Sunday, August 21, 2016. I have been living in Los Angeles since 1994 & I was Not sure if the winery in business or Not & I did some research & learned that they are still around & paid a visit! The winery started back in 1917 & tours are offered daily which will include showing you the wine kept in barrels, the fermentation area & where they process, pack and box up the wine & after you can taste many delicious wines. I also met Stefano, the former owner who is now 95 years old & his uncle is the one who actually started up the business. Thank You to Arturo, our Tour Guide who gave us a wonderful tour, as well as to all of the people, including Rosemarhy who served us the wine. You Are All The Best And We Hope To Visit You All Very Soon! Howard Paul Shore, Customer And Tourist Anthony DeGoede, Customer And Tourist
We went to Clifton's tonight and found it really underwhelming. The atmosphere is interesting - the faux woodland diorama thing makes it like a hipster Rainforest Cafe. Some of the place was clearly renovated with care, while other parts appear half done. Most of the floors were not open to the public tonight, so we were stuck on floors 1 and 2 (got to go up to the front of 3 for about 10 minutes before it closed for evening set up). The decor in the center by the giant tree is cool, but it looked better on the higher floors. The food is...fine? I guess? Not bad, not great. We originally wanted to get into the new Tiki section, but it was invite only tonight, which wasn't advertised anywhere - and only some of the staff knew about it. The basement bathrooms were so bad: one stall out for busted (overstuffed) toilet, one stall closed with a laptop on the floor of it, a third stall working, and a fourth with no toilet paper. Overall, not super impressed.
I love this place. We go here at least once every two weeks or so and try our best to get one of the large booths by the front windows. Great place to have one of the best Bloody Mary's in town on a warm Saturday afternoon. I love the menu - it's not huge, but what they do offer is usually fantastic. I dream of their mussels with bread sops, the brussel sprouts with bacon would make a few vegetarians go back to the dark side and the savory pies take me back to London. They also feature a great beer menu plus all sorts of interesting cocktails. My favorite drink is the Ginger Top - a glorious amber beer topped with ginger beer. I had my 40th birthday party here a few weeks ago in the back room and the chef, managers and staff went above and beyond in terms of helping me plan and prep. It was the best bang for our buck and our guests had a fabulous time. In a nutshell: great food, great staff and never a negative experience.
I have been there 3 times and plan to go again. With each visit, the staff was very friendly and cordial. My first visit was alone and I noticed each time I have been there, there are people who also enjoy doing the same. I think that speaks volumes about the food and service. Who would go to a bad restaurant alone, right? Their 3 course special is awesome and appropriately portioned so that you are not stuffed when you reach the dessert course, which is delicious as well! The wait staff work as one team and you don't have to look for "your" waiter as they all willingly respond to your request. I have not tried their hot meals to-go because I can't imagine a steak or seafood plate reaching my door in the same searing quality it would reach my table. There's microwaveable fast food for that. I recommend this restaurant for a casual evening in LA with friends. You'll like it!!
My daughter is the Country singer-songwriter Imaj. I am her manager. We are always on the road for months at a time on tour. In the past it was always a tradition to get braids in the summer. Florida was my home. I now reside in Dallas. I've been wearing my hair really short. But I've been feeling the need to get my braids again. While I was home in Dallas I couldn't find anyone that could braid really short relaxed hair. I thought I would have to wait until I return to Miami. But while traveling in Los Angeles I found Braids Your Way and it was the he ultimate experience. From my initial call to the professionalism yet warmth and concern by Marthea (the owner) to the actual braiding experience itself was truly superb. So excellent that I will make a point to travel to have my hair done over again and again. Thank you "HAIR YOUR WAY"!
So I only had a piece of cake from the take-away counter at the front of the restaurant, but I gotta say that cake was really, really, really good. Really good. I did have cocktails though - in the "secret" (but everyone knows about it) Tiki bar on the 3rd floor - Seven Seas. I recommend getting reservations (you can just email Cliftons to get one), because there is usually a line to get in (also killing the secret). The drinks were delicious and reasonably priced for tiki cocktails (about $14 each - but they're loaded with liquor). The service was fantastic. Instead of having the standard waiters and waitresses, the bar has "hosts" that socialize with you, tell you stories about Cliftons, and also get your drink orders. And of course, being Cliftons, the decor was incredible. A worthwhile visit.
Jack is Rocks! He has to be one of the talented stylist. I was new to the area .I did some research. I read the reviews online. I had decided to go Sanat hair Salon. Jack transformed my hair from huge afro to straight. This was not easy deal, It hadn't been this manageable in over a year. I love the Keratin Treatment. It was life changing experience. He gave trim too :). If you want to really bee good to yourself. Try the Keratin Treatment. I highly recommend the Keratin Treatment and hair cut by Jack. He really did hard work on my afro hair. Thank you Jack :) I will come back. I can confidently say that this the great stylist and friendly Hair Salon in the area. Cute Clean, good parking spot, there is nice coffee shop to if you want to try the coffee shop.:)
We started with an order of the gougeres and salted guava butter: a pile of warm pastry tucked inside a folded napkin with a generous side of butter. We were concerned they would be too rich, but they were light and fluffy. Entrées were the licorice rubbed duck and the roasted kabocha squash agnolotti. The duck was was cooked perfectly and the flavors were unique: salty with a little bit of sweet and dark licorice-spice. The pasta dish was beautifully plated and tasted as amazing as it looked. Soft pillows of pasta swimming in a broth-like sauce of mushrooms and squas. We ended our meal with the maple custard which we thought was the perfect balance of rich and sweet. Service was top-notch, the atmosphere was fun and we had a great experience.