The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread - Page 195
I agree about BL. Girls seem to like it, though. Must be the macarons.
Can't help much, I pretty much never get downtown anymore other than around Staples/Grammy Museum/Nokia, and everything there is pretty obvious. I'm sure there's cool shit over in the Brewery district, but stuff downtown turns over all the time now and I don't know what's good.
Birdies has awesome fried chicken and is 24 hrs on the weekends. Pellicola is my favorite pizza downtown and they're open late. The Pantry is kinda ok in a nostalgic way. Stephanie's taco truck at 9th and Hill is almost always there til 2-3am and my favorite taco truck in LA. Daikokuya is open til 1am some nights (hoping they follow Sawtelle's lead and move it to 3-4am at some point). LA Cafe is always open, some stuff is okay.
I still drive to Fairfax and go to Canters when I'm hungry at 3am, tho.
brooks - I'm old so never go out late anymore, but have recently eaten at both Birdies and The Pantry (live DTLA so not too far away). I was pretty disappointed by the sandwich at Birdies - bread was bad/not fresh, the meat to bun ratio was ridiculous (a giant, unwieldy slab of chicken), and the chicken breading was surprisingly flavorless for the spicy, and just not very good. Had been meaning to go and just order their actual fried chicken pieces, but sandwich experience was so mediocre haven't made much of a priority. For a greasy spoon diner place, I actually really like The Pantry. Their hash browns, sausage patty (can be ordered as a side), bacon are all great IMO, my wife loves their pancakes, and they do eggs well -- not worth a really long wait though (have noticed at peak times huge line forms -- not sure what it's like late night...)
Questions for LA Metro Folks:
1) Leather Worker / Maker -- I am looking to get a new leather strap made for my Filson 257 - does anyone know of someone who works with leather and could do a custom strap job?
2) Watch Repair Shop -- I need to get some new holes punched in some leather straps I bought. Does anyone know of a watch shop that could do a good job with this? Also, just general Watch repair shop rec for servicing?
@AloysiusSF Have you called Willie's Shoe Service to see if they could make a new leather watch strap for you or punch holes in your watch straps?
I've never asked them about watch straps since I have no need for watch straps.
@Roycru great suggestion, and thanks! Just called and Raul was helpful - gonna take the strap in to him and see if he can do an in-between hole punch that is clean / won't disturb the integrity of the strap. He can also make bag straps, will see how it goes on that front as well. Thanks again!
Eh, maybe. I've always had that view as well, but have been happily proved wrong in my cynicism on a few occasions. My first visit (years ago in each case) to Chinois, Spago, and Patina (original Melrose location), all during their respective 15 minutes, probably belong in that category. Also, La Super Rica in Santa Barbara.
Haven't been to Bestia, so I'm not disputing your and eto's conclusion that it falls a bit short of the mark.