What would you like to see food wise that does not exist in L.A?

I’d been screaming this for years. Still no dice.


Had a chance to compare the coal-oven pizza at Tony’s in SF last week. It’s very good (and they have pepperoni cups!) but Grimaldi’s is still better.

I really think Grimaldi’s may be the best pizza in CA right now. Certainly my favorite.

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It’d be amazing if I could get some hainan chicken rice, chili crab, char kway teow, and laksa all in one sitting!

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No, but isn’t (or wasn’t) there also a food truck that did frankie’s? I think it was called “India Jones” or something like that?

Hi @paranoidgarliclover,

Yah, India Jones food truck has Frankies. They’re tasty. :slight_smile:

Sadly this place is … not so good. Things started off well with a tasty mango lassi and crisp samosa. But the namesake frankie needs major improvement.

First problem is they’re made with naan, instead of paratha, and with no egg wash I could discern. Add to that white meat chicken, and the result is bland and dry. The chutneys and potatoes add some moisture and flavor but not enough to overcome the arid filling and bread.

What’s really baffling is they have parathas on the menu. Why not at least use those for the frankies? I might go back to try a paneer frankie if they switched. But avoid that chicken – dry as the desert.

Yes! I thought that place was good not great – but still light years ahead of these guys.

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I want really good Puerto Rican and Dominican food myself… and Brazilian. Things we had in Boston.

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Definitely more “make your own salad” places!!! More restaurants with any of the following words in their name:

God I hate LA.

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You got a place in LA for some solid feijoada?

nope… best Brazilian I’ve had so far is the one up in Ventura. Aint shit here I can think of…

need to still check out Cantinho

Wood Spoon (DTLA) makes it only on Saturdays due to the extended prep time. I had a taste of my friends bowl (his first time trying it and he loved it) and I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as the version my former Brazilian neighbor made w/ his family’s recipe (his was “funkier” and took days to make–so he only made it a couple of times a year), but still good.

Still true, no good Singaporean?

As far as I know, unfortunately. The only passable place was the short-lived Grainivore.

If you’re ever around Walnut, give Chop Chop a try. Their chicken & rice is very respectable. They offer a fair amount of other Singaporean/Malaysian dishes in their menu as well. It definitely itely scratches the itch.

What else is good there?

I have always wanted to try this place.

The only Singaporean dish I can easily get is Hainan rice. What I could go for is laksa, curry mee, roti canai, and Singapore-style rendang.

We only went once last summer. Along with the chicken and rice, we had the paratha/curry, laksa, nasi lemak and curry puffs. We enjoyed all of it.

I’m pretty sure the online menu either isn’t up to date, or they offer more items on a board. I recall more dishes being offered. Looking at the yelp photos tells me they do make more.

Chop Chop states that they make their dishes to order - we were told our order would take 30-40 minutes. It took about 20. And they were very busy around 2PM on a Saturday.

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My mom is from Singapore, so she cooks Singapore/Malaysian food, and I also cook it quite a bit. But when we were in the mood to go out and eat things we didn’t make at home, Little Malaysia in El Monte (RIP) was where we’d go to scratch our itch. Their mee goreng (one of my favorite Malaysian foods) was excellent – just like the hawker style mee goreng mamak I get when I go back to Singapore/Malaysia. I’d always ask for it extra spicy though. Wasn’t a fan of their roti canai – the curry was too sweet. The char kway teo was also very good as were their other dishes. We always ordered the nasi goreng istemewa each time because they did a good rendition. They knew us there, and knew we could handle the spicier version of the food, so they’d kick it up for us to make it more like the foods we get back in Singapore/Malaysia.

Has anyone been to the place that took over that location? I read that they serve Malaysian and Burmese food. We’ve been meaning to get over there – my dad grew up in Burma so we’re curious to try a place that has both cuisines in one restaurant!

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it’s more indonesian/malaysian but have you tried q q kopitiam? their laksa is actually quite good.

penned by our own @JThur01


the laksa is as of october 2017:


it’s on the list of places to try but i have yet to get there.

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