Originally Posted by thomasec
When I'm in Flushing, I tend to stick with Chinese, since IMO that's probably one of the more underrepresented Asian cuisines in the City. I haven't been to LA in a few years, but I'd love to try some Thai the next time I'm out there to see how it stacks up against Tac, or even Spoon, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's pretty much the standard out there.
And agreed about Great Lakes, they seriously need to get over themselves. $30 for a fairly basic pie with pretty standard ingredients is fucking robbery.
Do you have any places you like for under $25 per person? As much as I've love to hit up Alinea, Ria, and Everest every night, I can't quite swing that with my current salary.
In Evanston I like 527... there's a few Taiwanese homestyle dishes for under $10 that can be nice.. the lu ro fan , chinese fried rice and some others are good.
Great Lakes is running an operation where they're sourcing very, very good ingredients, doing it with low staff and limited hours (the owners do it themselves) so they can accomodate their lifestyle. Their overhead is enormous, and the price they charge is fair given that people are more than willing to pay for it. If they wanted to make it cheaper, they would no longer be making all the pizzas and overseeing everything, they wouldn't be in the same location, and they would have to expand. All things they don't want to do. So, it isn't that they think they're so great, it's that they're making the right decision for them and their lifestyles, and guess what? There's a waiting list by 5:30 every time they open, so I guess it's just fine by everyone.
I think at Osteria you could share in a large party for under $25. Takashi sunday noodle brunch you can definitely do for under $25.
In Argyle you can have 7 courses of beef for that amount which is phenomenal, although I would just order the soup and a lot of the sausage course.
Tank I don't get... I really think it's very mediocre and that's before I got to real pho on the west coast. I really think the place is just terrible, but I know some people here like it.
Now that I'm in LA I don't think I've spent more than $40 on a meal... the fanciest thing I've eaten at was that Newport Seafood place in Montarey