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The Travelin Man

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RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 11:44 AM (permalink)
I am dismayed to hear the loss of Killer Shrimp. I really enjoyed that place the last time I was there. IIRC, there were two locations, at one time. Perhaps one of the locals can confirm/deny the existence of a second, and perhaps, still operating location?
 
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    MiamiDon

    RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 11:47 AM (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by The Travelin Man

    I am dismayed to hear the loss of Killer Shrimp. I really enjoyed that place the last time I was there. IIRC, there were two locations, at one time. Perhaps one of the locals can confirm/deny the existence of a second, and perhaps, still operating location?


    There was/is another location on Ventura Boulevard. I didn't make it up to that part of town, so I did not check on it.
     
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      The Travelin Man

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      RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 12:00 PM (permalink)
      The location you attempted was the one where we ate. Second floor...quiet little place. I am bummed...I think you would have liked it.
       
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        doggydaddy

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        RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 12:01 PM (permalink)


        Miami;

        Your shots of Jody Moroni's explains why hotdogs may be more important in the east and I took them for granted out west. In California, the tubesteaks are made with and for real flavor. Connecticut may be famous for hotdogs, but you wont find a place like his in this state...or in the deli counter.
        Thanks for the shots of Venice Beach. I lived in Huntington Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita and miss the southern Calfornia lifestyle.

        I used to love driving up Beach Blvd. and I wish I could remember the place where I went for the best Mexican food along that route. Every kind of meat and parts of animals were cooked for your dining enjoyment, served with fresh tortillas, hot from the press. Aqua frescas were made right in front of you. You can't miss it, as there are no tables and most folks are out eating in the driveway.
        Thanks for your Mexican food shots. Miss that out here too.

        The most fun and best drive is along the coastal Route #1. There is a incredible ice cream shack above the cliffs with view of the Pacific as you reach Newport Beach, heading south. They have date shakes. Besides the view of the ocean, you should be able to see the other hill with the million dollar mobile homes..!
        Along with the well kept autos, it is against the law to look too old in California.
        Keep up the great work. Wait, this isn't work, you're having fun and eating too well.

        mark
         
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          Baah Ben

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          RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 12:10 PM (permalink)
          I was glad to hear that Pink's used a natural casing hot dog. I wonder if John Fox has ever been to Pink's?

          Thanks again Don for the great, great photos.
           
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            Voyageur

            RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 12:22 PM (permalink)
            doggydaddy, the date shakes at the Orange Inn, on Hwy 1 just south Newport Beach, used to be absolutely awesome (a destination in themselves for me), but sadly I believe it closed a few years ago probably because that site was just too valuable for such a small business (a similar situation to all the mom and pop motels replaced by high-rise condo buildings north of Miami Beach). Hopefully, someone will say it's still open and still great.

            There's a place with the same name in Laguna Beach, but don't know if it has the same owners and menu.

            NOTE to folks who subscribe to this topic, Miami Don keeps adding to his original message on page one. Make sure to go back there for more great pictures and descriptions, as his trip continues.
             
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              MiamiDon

              RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 12:47 PM (permalink)
              DoggyDaddy: Just for you, a trip to Huntington Beach.
               
              #37
                catosaurus

                RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 1:03 PM (permalink)
                I echo all the others who've praised this trip report: AWESOME!

                I'm an LA native, and haven't been to some of the places you highlighted.

                Great job ... it makes me want to go out explor-eating again!
                 
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                  wanderingjew

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                  RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 1:18 PM (permalink)
                  Enjoying the reading and photos so far....

                  You're giving ME some ideas for my trip back to So-Cal next April- specifically the Tacquitos and Pinkberry.
                   
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                    CajunKing

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                    RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 2:18 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by The Travelin Man

                    I am dismayed to hear the loss of Killer Shrimp. I really enjoyed that place the last time I was there. IIRC, there were two locations, at one time. Perhaps one of the locals can confirm/deny the existence of a second, and perhaps, still operating location?


                    According to google there were two places, but just one now.
                     
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                      doggydaddy

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                      RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 3:05 PM (permalink)


                      ====Opposite the base of the pier, at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, there is a large, modern shopping and dining structure. Not very Roadfoody, eh? ===


                      Yeah, I remember that monstrosity, it was across from the beach volleyball courts. Keep a eye out, as there is where you will see the future olympic stars.
                      My memory is semi-refreshed as I have taken out a map and think that I took a drive up Beach Bvd. and down Harbour Bvd. to make a great culinary circle

                      ===the date shakes at the Orange Inn, on Hwy 1 just south Newport Beach, used to be absolutely awesome (a destination in themselves for me), but sadly I believe it closed a few years ago probably because that site was just too valuable for such a small business (a similar situation to all the mom and pop motels replaced by high-rise condo buildings north of Miami Beach). Hopefully, someone will say it's still open and still great.
                      There's a place with the same name in Laguna Beach, but don't know if it has the same owners and menu.
                      The same may hold true for the ice cream shack===

                      Even here, I may be spotty in memory but it seemed that there wasn't much space beside the road, the building and the cliffs below. You could be right, but I loved driving PCH and the other routes mentioned that there was no such thing a a wrong turn.

                      mark


                       
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                        MiamiDon

                        RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 3:12 PM (permalink)
                        I just got off the phone with a pal who lived for some time in the L.A. area. He said that[url='http://www.jackshrimp.com/']Jack Shrimp[/url] is related to Killer Shrimp. He said that the Killer Shrimp owner is Jack's sister. Anyway, if you follow the link you will see that there is a Jack Shrimp in Newport Beach on the PCH.
                         
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                          mar52

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                          RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 4:06 PM (permalink)
                          Sad to say that the Valley location of Killer Shrimp has been closed for quite some time. With their Marina del Rey flagship closing that ends their reign.

                          I'll have to check Jack Shrimp out some time.
                           
                          #43
                            MiamiDon

                            RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 6:18 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by The Travelin Man

                            The location you attempted was the one where we ate. Second floor...quiet little place. I am bummed...I think you would have liked it.


                            From what I originally gathered from various posts on and off of Roadfood (and my above-mentioned call to an ex-California friend), it was something similar to New Orleans "BBQ Shrimp". For those not familiar with this, it is a sauteed hot-sauce/butter/garlic/herbs/spices concoction that is not "barbequed". One eats the peel-and-eat shrimp, and the delicious sauce is sopped up with french bread. The New Orleans Creole version is wonderful.
                             
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                              rptyper

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                              RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 7:00 PM (permalink)
                              Excellent report and pictures. You were able to experience a lot of LA in a short time! Thanks for sharing.
                               
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                                ellen4641

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                                RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Thu, 08/21/08 11:17 PM (permalink)
                                Great "job", Miami Don !!! I was really looking forward to your report, and boy did you produce!!
                                We're now up to your "Tuesday afternoon lunch"; I can hardly wait to hear about those Tuesday luncheS!!

                                I love the all beef HOFFY brand that PINK'S uses! I usually sit in the hidden patio, like you did.
                                Hollywood Park Casino on Century Blvd, near LAX, has a PINK'S hot dog cart set up there, with no lines.

                                Glad you got to experience the VENICE beach boardwalk! It's quite a cast of characters on there.
                                Did you get to see the dark skinned guy on roller skates who plays the ukelele? (he's a regular there,
                                and of course, he has his tip jar out; and he's always smiling!)
                                When living and visiting L.A., I would occasionally go to Venice to get my stimuli fix, particularly if I was looking for a new fanny pack waistbag, or some new beach shoes.
                                I like the all beef hot dog at Jody Maroni's, as well as their garlic fries.
                                Recently, I enjoyed a Jody Maroni's hot dog, while on a layover in the CLEVELAND AIRPORT!

                                Hopefully you got to see Santa Monica, as the view from the pier,etc is very pretty! And I also love Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey.

                                That URBAN MALL you referred to is called the WESTSIDE PAVILLION. (cause it's the "Westside" of L.A., the westside is often thought of more desirable, cause the west is where Beverly Hills and the beaches, etc are.) There is a decent Italian restaurant in that mall called Sisley Kitchen, with another location in Sherman Oaks. They've got a cool wide granite counter one can sit at; it's a hip looking place, but yet casual and down to earth, and not crazy priced.
                                The Westside Pavillion also has a movie theatre inside called the Lamelle Theatre that has some good independant movies playing there.

                                Great PORCHE PIC, Miami Don! Love his license plate, and the guy really seems to "go with" the car!
                                I'm sure you also saw tons of Mercedes there, as well.

                                Great looking burrito! I love Cal-Mex food, and I've had many a good and reasonable heuvos racheros for breakfast in the southern Cal. area.

                                I like the way you made the transition from your morning OJ to your afternoon brews!
                                Can't wait to see more, Don !!!!!!
                                 
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                                  mr chips

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                                  RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 9:04 AM (permalink)
                                  Have enjoyed your reports and photos very much. Thanks for sharing.
                                   
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                                    mar52

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                                    RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 9:55 AM (permalink)
                                    Don, I am absolutely loving your photo journal and narration. You should travel and do this more often.

                                    You're really getting around!

                                    I've never had anything at Dupar's other than their pancakes with melted butter. I really should branch out and give other things a try.

                                    Funny that you've never seen a Weinerschnitzel before. I still call them Der Weinerschnitzel which is how they began. Not sure how they're still in business, but I guess they're doing okay. Maybe their paring with Tasty Freeze is helping. Never liked their hot dogs but I've been known to stop at one every 5 years or so for a chili cheese. Something so different about the taste of the hot dog.

                                    I've scoured your pictures for familiar faces but so far no luck.

                                    You've been lucky this week. The temps outside have been fairly mild and gas is down about 40¢!

                                    Hoping now that you get back to Culver City and give Tito's Tacos a try.

                                    Warning... when going home if you leave from the Orange County airport.

                                    It's true. The jets go almost straight up, then lower the nose and almost cut the engines.

                                    Blame the folk that live in Newport Beach!

                                    Keep eating, enjoying and posting! I'm loving it!
                                     
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                                      wanderingjew

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                                      RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 10:06 AM (permalink)
                                      OK- Now I'm getting impatient

                                      I'm still waiting for the REAL REGIONAL ROADFOOD that LA is known for
                                      You know what I'm talking about!
                                       
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                                        MiamiDon

                                        RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 10:17 AM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by wanderingjew

                                        OK- Now I'm getting impatient

                                        I'm still waiting for the REAL REGIONAL ROADFOOD that LA is known for
                                        You know what I'm talking about!


                                        If you mean the Cobb Salad at the Grill on the Alley... sadly, I did not make it there.

                                        Or, do you mean....[check for new addition to report].
                                         
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                                          wanderingjew

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                                          RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 10:44 AM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by MiamiDon

                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by wanderingjew

                                          OK- Now I'm getting impatient

                                          I'm still waiting for the REAL REGIONAL ROADFOOD that LA is known for
                                          You know what I'm talking about!


                                          If you mean the Cobb Salad at the Grill on the Alley... sadly, I did not make it there.

                                          Or, do you mean....[check for new addition to report].


                                          I feel like I'm in the cliffhanger of the 1960's TV Version of Batman...


                                          Actually I was referring to Sushi and Smoothies.
                                           
                                          #51
                                            MiamiDon

                                            RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 10:59 AM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by mar52

                                            Don, I am absolutely loving your photo journal and narration. You should travel and do this more often.

                                            You're really getting around!

                                            I've never had anything at Dupar's other than their pancakes with melted butter. I really should branch out and give other things a try.

                                            Funny that you've never seen a Weinerschnitzel before. I still call them Der Weinerschnitzel which is how they began. Not sure how they're still in business, but I guess they're doing okay. Maybe their paring with Tasty Freeze is helping. Never liked their hot dogs but I've been known to stop at one every 5 years or so for a chili cheese. Something so different about the taste of the hot dog.

                                            I've scoured your pictures for familiar faces but so far no luck.

                                            You've been lucky this week. The temps outside have been fairly mild and gas is down about 40¢!

                                            Hoping now that you get back to Culver City and give Tito's Tacos a try.

                                            Warning... when going home if you leave from the Orange County airport.

                                            It's true. The jets go almost straight up, then lower the nose and almost cut the engines.

                                            Blame the folk that live in Newport Beach!

                                            Keep eating, enjoying and posting! I'm loving it!


                                            I'm already back in Miami! Just slogging through photo processing, and posting. I took them in high-res, and have to resize them, etc.

                                            My Priceline.com package required me to use LAX, so I was spared a noise-reduction take-off.

                                            I would have had 50% more stops in my report, but I ended up having a lot more demands on my time from extended family in L.A. than I had planned for.
                                             
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                                              MiamiDon

                                              RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:14 AM (permalink)
                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by wanderingjew


                                              Actually I was referring to Sushi and Smoothies.



                                              [Hangs head in shame...]

                                              I made it to neither. I had a lot of family obligations.
                                               
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                                                wanderingjew

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                                                RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:19 AM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by MiamiDon

                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by wanderingjew


                                                Actually I was referring to Sushi and Smoothies.



                                                [Hangs head in shame...]

                                                I made it to neither. Blame it on my 18 relatives.



                                                I would have gone there before I went to those "other places"


                                                With the exception of Philippe, Pinkberry and the Mexican place of course.
                                                 
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                                                  ellen4641

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                                                  RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:20 AM (permalink)
                                                  Nice Farmers Market "additional pics" on your Page 1.
                                                  I've always loved it there (3rd and Fairfax)
                                                  If I knew you were going there, I would have told you to try a carved hot turkey, roast beef or corned beef from MAGEE'S. One watches it get carved right in front of them.

                                                  There was a lot of concern over whether the new addition would ruin the traditional Farmers Market feel. Luckily it balances out things well, and there is still plenty of original places left in the "old" section. I also love the 2 magazine/newspaper places they have there.

                                                  I've given In & Out about 4 tries already. I agree that the fries are PALE!! They taste like SAWDUST to me. And yes, I've always thought that the burger is DWARFED by the big chunk of fresh lettuce and tomato. The small burger has a plain, dry taste to me. I even took my sis there once we were in Vegas, and she said "Please don't take me there ever again!".
                                                   
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                                                    RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:46 AM (permalink)
                                                    You know Don, I think you did pretty awesome for one trip and accommodating family at the same time. It took me a good three or four trips just to hit my little LA repertoire, and you went to a bunch more places than I have. Congratulations all around--very nice job.
                                                     
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                                                      RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:51 AM (permalink)



                                                      Those pork steaks at the Farmer's Market are one of my new favorite cuts of pork. I think that I can get them for a dollar less than the price seen, but still, what cut of meat is that delicious for less than $3.00?
                                                      I agree with your comments about the chorizo, as I prefer the crumbly Mexican style.
                                                      I know of that In-n-Out's location and have been there, leaving with a similar opinion regarding the fries, they become limp fairly quickly. I feel that is a failing that should not be, as the best fries are blanched twice and then fried. They just slice and fry.

                                                      ===For those not familiar with this, it is a sauteed hot-sauce/butter/garlic/herbs/spices concoction that is not "barbequed". One eats the peel-and-eat shrimp, and the delicious sauce is sopped up with french bread. The New Orleans Creole version is wonderful.===

                                                      Throw in some worchestershire sauce and you are -very- close to the real thing. One of the herbs is rosemary.

                                                      mark
                                                       
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                                                        MiamiDon

                                                        RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 11:58 AM (permalink)
                                                        DD, I was going to say something about those pork shoulder steaks. There was a thread here a few months ago on the subject. They are great for grilling. I don't think I have seen them already cut like that. I have to ask the butcher to saw them up for me.

                                                        I make a good rendition of NOLA BBQ Shrimp several times per year - you're right about the worcestershire and rosemary!

                                                        I stayed at the Comfort Suites on Beach Blvd & McDonald, BTW.
                                                         
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                                                          Twinwillow

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                                                          RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Fri, 08/22/08 12:01 PM (permalink)
                                                          Again, great report! Sorry you missed the Apple Pan. As I have written before, it's my personal fave. Although, I wouldn't have turned down a chance to eat at any of the places you visited.
                                                           
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                                                            MiamiDon

                                                            RE: Los Angeles & Orange County Sat, 08/23/08 10:26 AM (permalink)
                                                            Russ Jackson: I came back to Miami on Wednesday. San Diego will have to wait for another trip!

                                                            Twinwillow: I wish that I had been able to eat at the Apple Pan. It looks like such a quaint little place.

                                                            Everyone Else: Thanks for the compliments! Most of my choices were based upon suggestions that I received in the six page where-should-I-eat-in-LA thread. I knew about Phillipe's and Pink's (from the Roadfood books, amongst other sources), but everything else was a mystery.
                                                             
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