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The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread

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The Blind Rabbit is fantastic and a lot of fun.


Blind Rabbit is probably the best part of the Anaheim Packing House/District/whatever (I can't hate on Hammer bar either). But I have been very underwhelmed by the food there - granted I haven't had all the spots but from what I've had, I'm saying 4th Street Market is the king of OC fancy food courts
 

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Which part of Namm were you attending? Bunch of my buddies were constantly texting me about the new DJ gear.


Not sure what you mean by "which part"? I was there with my friend's company as guest exhibitor artist & default general counsel. We were half joking as I was really there just to hang out and network. It's all 3 floors of the convention center just packed with everything you can possibly imagine related to music.

Blind Rabbit is probably the best part of the Anaheim Packing House/District/whatever (I can't hate on Hammer bar either). But I have been very underwhelmed by the food there - granted I haven't had all the spots but from what I've had, I'm saying 4th Street Market is the king of OC fancy food courts


By "there" you mean the Packing House generally and not the Blind Rabbit correct? I thought the food at BR was quite good. The Hammer bar was actually recommend to us by the bartender at the North Left but we didn't have a chance to check it out.
 
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Continued my research today. I think that I liked the spicy fried chicken sandwich at Plan Check Sawtelle (that I had the last time) better than the regular fried chicken sandwich than I had today, but they are both very good, and, as you can see, either the regular (in the picture) or the spicy, coordinate well with a yellow OCBD shirt if you are trying to coordinate your lunch with what you are wearing......

 

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A couple things from Bestia.

Mussels and clams… very good.

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Orange Creamsicle torte (sounds terrible… tastes amazing!)

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The food in general is great. The bone marrow and hand made tiny gnocchi-esque pasta was deliciously over-the-top …. as well the chicken liver something-or-other.

I'm not going to turn this into a Yelp review, but suffice it to say that IME the hipster-ish aloofness vibe runs strong down here to the point that had I not been with company I would have told the servers and front-of-house people to go ***************. The alcohol selections here are equally as off putting. Bullshit "crafted" cocktails that take 15 minutes to make in the optimal temperature and humidity, and 3 slurps to suck down with a straw firmly ensconced in a glass full of ice. $15?? Not even a martini 100% full of booze should be 15 bucks. The wine list is similarly obtuse and extremely overpriced.
 
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sucks to hear about the atmosphere I'm looking forward to checking it out

nothing worse than waiting forever for a ******* "mixologist" to craft your drink
 
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Any recommendations for GOOD coffee around the Anaheim area? Closest I could find is Portola Coffee Lab inside the 4th Street Markets.....
 

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A couple things from Bestia.

Mussels and clams… very good.

700


Orange Creamsicle torte (sounds terrible… tastes amazing!)

700


The food in general is great. The bone marrow and hand made tiny gnocchi-esque pasta was deliciously over-the-top …. as well the chicken liver something-or-other.

I'm not going to turn this into a Yelp review, but suffice it to say that IME the hipster-ish aloofness vibe runs strong down here to the point that had I not been with company I would have told the servers and front-of-house people to go ***************. The alcohol selections here are equally as off putting. Bullshit "crafted" cocktails that take 15 minutes to make in the optimal temperature and humidity, and 3 slurps to suck down with a straw firmly ensconced in a glass full of ice. $15?? Not even a martini 100% full of booze should be 15 bucks. The wine list is similarly obtuse and extremely overpriced.


I have such a love hate with Betsia. Food is amazing, service is okay-ish, everything else I ******* hate. No joke, my wife called for their first available Saturday 7:30pm reservation, she called in mid December, we got February 20th. Stoopid. It's good, but not nearly that good.
 
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sucks to hear about the atmosphere I'm looking forward to checking it out

nothing worse than waiting forever for a ******* "mixologist" to craft your drink


I've been twice and the 2nd time was worse re: the service and attitude … I'm not going to recount to whole situation, but it was not acceptable by any means.

And yeah I would skip the "crafted" drinks entirely. I've been to few places where all the pomp and circumstance actually results in a uniquely worthy, proper cocktail, legitimately flavorful and boozy … those places are few and far between. I would have a beer here with dinner and that's probably about it.


I have such a love hate with Betsia. Food is amazing, service is okay-ish, everything else I ******* hate. No joke, my wife called for their first available Saturday 7:30pm reservation, she called in mid December, we got February 20th. Stoopid. It's good, but not nearly that good.


Admittedly it's going to be difficult on the weekends. I think last time we went on a random Tuesday precisely for that reason… and the service still sucked. Food is definitely very good however.
 
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We went to Taste on Melrose for lunch today. I had a Club Sandwich on toast with mixed greens and my friend had Penne Cecca Pasta with shrimp. As the picture shows, the Club Sandwich was closer to the original version of club sandwiches, with only two, rather than three, slices of bread, which is probably better for modern preferences.

When we go out for lunch, my friend very seldom eats her whole lunch, but she liked her Penne Cecca Pasta so much that she ate the whole thing. (I always eat my whole lunch.)

http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/



After lunch (even though it was nearly 90 here today) we swanned around on Melrose Ave and Melrose Place. We went into the Shag Store that recently opened on Melrose Avenue and saw some very good advice on a graphic there......

 

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Anybody headed to Inspiration L.A. This weekend?
Thinking about going. Much to buy? Cash or credit?

I'm not going, but I saw this graffiti on Melrose Place yesterday......

 

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