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There was a restaurant that used to advertise on TV in Southern California in the late 90s early 2000s. The theme was like a log cabin/ski lodge and the commercial would talk about the "generous portions" and it showed a family eating and this kid had like a huge glass of root beer. Does that ring any bells for anyone? I drove past it once a few years back and from the exterior it's also designed to look like a log cabin.

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I get it that most people here use Yelp and I think it has its place but lately I feel like I've been stepping on too many restaurant landmines with too many 4-5 Star restaurants that are anything but that. It's especially bad when it comes to any kind of Asian restaurant or Thai restaurants. Whenever I go to a new neighborhood I typically start sorting filters to $ and $$ then by rating or by number of reviews or by Yelp elite members but the fake review landmines are increasing in number. Trip advisor is my 2nd best app but they don't specialize in food either so it's hard to find gems anymore. Wondering how you guys are finding your secret restaurants. Ones that aren't on any top 10 lists.

Urbanspoon got bought out by Zomato but they seem to mainly focus in India so I'm trying to decide if it's worth my effort to build up their database.

SynchroLife appears to be centered around Japan and Blockchain but their app keeps crashing too.

Just trying to get some opinions

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Does anyone know a good place in LA with cheese fries? I live on the west side by Santa Monica so someplace close would be good!

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So I'm moving thing around this week since some people didn't want to see so much of the food trucks in the beginning of this List. Will Probably reorganize it by having the repeating events at the end and new events near the top. Feel free to comment and leave any events I've left out or missed.
 

                          Free Special Events    

 

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival
The Festival will feature an international array of food, including many authentic Japanese items.
Sat - Sun April 21 - 22 Monterey Park
 

The 13th Annual Thai New Year / Songran Festival 2018
The 13th Annual Songkran Festival / Thai New Year will be held in Thai Town. Six big city blocks (1mile stretch) located on Hollywood Blvd between Western Ave and Normandie Ave. This is one of the largest Festivals in the Los Angeles area
Sunday April 22nd from 9am to 8pm

 

CicLAvia's 25TH CAR-FREE STREETS EVENT HEADS FOR THE HILLS
This is only on the food events calendar because of the food trucks and because most people take the opportunity to sample all the restaurants they pass by while biking, rollar blading, skating and traveling along the designated car free zones.
Sunday, April 22

 

Upland Lemon Festival Carnival
When life gives you lemons, pucker up and head out to the Upland Lemon Festival, where everything lemony is celebrated - from food to contests to entertainment. Celebrate the city's citrus history with lemon pie-eating contests and a crate label exhibit. Cheer on your favorite contestant in Upland's Got Talent and enjoy new attractions and tribute bands. With free admission and conveniently located in downtown Upland, the Lemon Festival is perfect for all ages.
Friday - Sunday April 27th - 29th - Pomona

 

                         Paid Special Events 

 

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
April 7th through May 20th, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
$30 Adult Tickets - Irwindale California
 

7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
Stroll along Fair Oaks and Mission for an evening of tastings, music and family fun. Special VIP Wine Tasting. $25. Proceeds benefit local Charity. Free Parking
$35 April 17th

 

The Taste of the Valley 2018 - Food, Wine, Spirits and Microbrew Festival The Taste of the Valley is the San Fernando Valley's ultimate wine, brews & spirits tasting and food festival.
$50 - $1,500 Thursday April 19th Woodland Hills

 

Tacos Y Cerveza Festival - Santa Anita Park

The best local taco vendors in LA and San Gabriel return to serve up their signature creations at Tacos y Cerveza. Delicious flavor options, cerveza artesanal tastings and world-class Thoroughbred racing combine to create one of our biggest events of the Spring
$25 April 21st

 

Sauce Angeles 2018 (unlimited beer, wine, pizza, desserts, all included!) Pasta sauce competition, beer, wine, pizza, and more.
$45 April 21st 2018, 3pm

 

2018 Taste of Fountain Valley
For one low entry price, you can enjoy unlimited food samples from some of the finest restaurants in Orange County!
30+ participating Restaurants / Beer & Wine / Music & Entertainment / Silent Auction & Raffles / Childcare Available
$40 April 21st

 

Taste of Huntington Beach
For one all-inclusive ticket price, you can: Feast on unlimited tastes of food from over 50 local eateries Sip on samples of wine and beer from premier California wineries and breweries
$70 - $90 Tickets - Huntington Beach
April 29th
 

                     **Recurring Weekly Events**   

 
Most Tuesdays
Santa Monica Food Truck Lot
One of the most beautiful locations to have food trucks. They are located adjacent to the Victorian Bar in Santa Monica.
 

Every Thursday
  North Hollywood Food Truck Collective
Art, food trucks, music and games in North Hollywood art district
 

Every Friday
Granada Hills Grubfest
Considered one of the worlds largest food truck event, held every week with 20-30 trucks. Located in the San Fernando Valley
 

First Friday of Every Month
Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Every First Friday day of each month starting at 5pm, held near Venice Beach in their Art district.
 

Weekly Beer Tours
I don't really want to list this one but it is something fun to do and a more responsible way of visiting alot of the different breweries we have here in LA.
 

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Went to Portugal this past summer. Couldn't stop thinking about Leitão after I had it. If someone knows a porchetta place too I'm down.

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Is there any place in LA to get cheese curds outside of the yard house?

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I used to live in LA for a couple years so I had a good sampling of most popular places.

Its been 2 years since I moved. Taking suggestions on any new or even old but lesser known places to eat. Ill be going around between West LA to San Gabriel valley. A few things that popped up on my radar after i moved away were Howlin Rays and Lock and Key.

Thanks!

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Should there be a weekly thread of all the different food events happening each week or this month in Los Angeles ? I'll start with some that I can think of. Some repeat every week and others come along once in a long while. Feel free to recommend any to add to this list  

Most Tuesdays
Santa Monica Food Truck Lot
One of the most beautiful locations to have food trucks. They are located adjacent to the Victorian Bar in Santa Monica.
 

Every Thursday
  North Hollywood Food Truck Collective
Art, food trucks, music and games in North Hollywood art district
 

Every Friday
Granada Hills Grubfest
Considered one of the worlds largest food truck event, held every week with 20-30 trucks. Located in the San Fernando Valley
 

First Friday of Every Month
Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Every First Friday day of each month starting at 5pm, held near Venice Beach in their Art district.
 

Weekly Beer Tours
I don't really want to list this one but it is something fun to do and a more responsible way of visiting alot of the different breweries we have here in LA.
 

Special Events - Free Public
 
Downtown Burbank Arts and Animation Festival
More Art than Food but they will have a Beer Garden and a good chance to explore all the areas restaurants while touring the art exhibits.
Saturday - Sunday April 14th -15th
 

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Shodo, Bonsai, Ikebana, Singing Meditation Bowls, Bento Box Lunch and the Okamoto Food Truck, Travel to Japan table, Japanese Language Info, Kimono Fun, Live Music with D.J.
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10am-3pm Glendale
 

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival
The Festival will feature an international array of food, including many authentic Japanese items.
Sat - Sun April 21 - 22 Monterey Park
 

The 13th Annual Thai New Year / Songran Festival 2018
Sunday April 22nd from 9am to 8pm
 

Special Events - Paid
 

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
April 7th through May 20th, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
$30 Adult Tickets - Irwindale California
 

Food & Wine Tasting At The Eclectic - North Hollywood
Join The Eclectic on April 10, 2018, at the restaurant in North Hollywood for a Food & Wine Tasting event featuring Ammunition Wine!
$35-$50 tickets
 

To Live and Di(n)e in LA
35-person supper club, where guests will dine with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history, as they navigate the city’s sordid past through cuisine, cocktails, and cabaret-type performances. $135
 

Splash of Love - Hosted by Mario Lopez
Splash of Love is an annual gala event and fundraiser where attendees enjoy an evening of entertainment, heavy passed Hors-d'oeuvres exceptional whiskey pours from your favorite distilleries, be introduced to new brands, premium wine tastings, and community networking. $100 April 14th Downtown
 

Half Way to Oktoberfest at Old World
Huntington Beach
April 13th - 15th
 

Santa Anita Wine Dinner Series
Chandelier Room at Santa Anita, for an exclusive dinner and wine pairing experience. Featuring a special menu prepared by Santa Anita's Executive Chef Paula Smagacz combined with outstanding vintages from Cambria Winery
April 13th
 

Farm to Table - Spring Harvest Dinner 2018
Start with three creative Local Chefs, add Cal Poly Pomona Grown Farm Fresh ingredients and compliment with a selection of perfectly paired California Wines. Cal Poly Pomona
April 14th
 

Peace, Love & Brunch
The SGV LGBTQ Center is having their first Drag Queen Brunch!
Sunday April 15
 

The Front Yard Spring Beer and Wine Block Party
There will be live music from the Rick Cowling Duet, gourmet samplings, and the best beer and wine tastings California has to offer. Sunday April 15
 

7th Annual Eats On The Streets- South Pasadena
Stroll along Fair Oaks and Mission for an evening of tastings, music and family fun. Special VIP Wine Tasting. $25. Proceeds benefit local Charity. Free Parking
 

Tacos Y Cerveza Festival - Santa Anita Park

The best local taco vendors in LA and San Gabriel return to serve up their signature creations at Tacos y Cerveza. Delicious flavor options, cerveza artesanal tastings and world-class Thoroughbred racing combine to create one of our biggest events of the Spring
$25 April 21st

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where they have those alcoholic Slurpee things? and a wide variety of them?

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I was noticing a lot of the posts here have the listings for the best places to eat in the general Los Angeles area or Los Angeles county. Could we maybe do also best places to eat in the smaller individual cities. Maybe create a similar search criteria for people visiting a different neighborhood and looking for recommendations. I can start with Canoga park.

Favorite Lunch spot - Oi Asian Fusion

Favorite post drinking spots - Taco Reyes Food Truck / Street Tacos & Tommy's Burgers

Favorite Pizza joint - Jerry's Pizza

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Not sure if this is the best place to post this but there's a really cool pop-up restaurant starting up this month. It's a small, high-end event - 36 seats in a private residence, valet, multiple courses, paired beverages, wait staff. Food is AMAZING! I can help get discounted tix to a secret opening night next Thursday if anyone is interested. www.citizenmustard.com edit: it's entirely plant-based, though you'd never know

edit 2: tonight's event is sold out but more info about next week's event + discount code in comments for those who are asking!

  • tickets are $245
  • one seating per night, hard limit of 36 guests
  • April event is on the edge of Hancock Park in LA, the address will be emailed to you before your reservation
  • complimentary valet
  • passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktail hour, multi-course plated dinner, wine pairings
  • will always be set in a premium location (changes each month)
  • April menu seems to have 9 courses! (7 plated, 2 passed) citizenmustard.com/menu
  • This is an upscale sit-down dinner event from 7pm to 10pm
  • attire seems to be cocktail-casual recommended, but there are no requirements
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Just found out what this beautiful looking dish is and now I need to try it. Hit me with your favorite spot ~ please and thank you

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I'm setting up a big group hang with some friends and I'm trying to find a nice place where we can all sit on the ground and eat food/drink. Can be casual or formal, but the aim is so we can all catch up and talk to each other...so maybe something with some privacy?

I already know about Electric Karma, so that's on my list to check out. Please feel free to recommend restaurants and bar type locations. -Thanks, Ben

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Hey peeps, if you had a visitor in town for 1 night, where would u take them for dinner and/or drinks? Where would be your #1 recommendation?

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Hi guys and gals, I'm looking for LA foodies to chat to about a new app we're creating to help people discover the best restaurants and bars in LA (and provide discounts to tempt you to try them!). Not just the hyped mainstream places, but also the hidden gems that people so regularly recommend on groups like this! Would anyone be up for a 20min Skype call so I can pick your brains about ur likes/dislikes/habits, and get some honest feedback on our idea? Thanks in advance ❤️

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So there is a serious lack of good authentic Mexican food here in Orlando, and I CRAVE for something amazing at least once. I went to California and had Tacos El Gordo and adamantly believe its the best taco place I ever have been to. Also something that isnt Mexican and just plain yummy recommendation would be awesome! I'll be closer to Woodland Hills I believe, but will be going to the touristy areas since my gf never has been.

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I like my tacos and I have my list of the best authentic tacos in LA...

 

But, I have to admit, that, when near a Del Taco, I do love me one of their grilled chicken tacos.

 

I know it's not authentic - I know it is fast food - but, it is damn good. I cannot deny that. Also, it is priced at $1, so it is hard to make a case against it.

 

Does anyone else eat this aside from just me?

 

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