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Old April 7th, 2008, 06:56 PM
ronward ronward is offline
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Pretty women at the varsity, lol? I must have missed that.

Ron,
You're not talking about the Rx in Clarkston, are you? I lived in Scottsdale in College (yeah, I know....) and remember the Rx there from when I was little. I never went back in, though.

Nope, Dinglewood Pharmacy in Columbus, GA.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 10:25 PM
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Pretty women at the varsity, lol? I must have missed that.

Ron,
You're not talking about the Rx in Clarkston, are you? I lived in Scottsdale in College (yeah, I know....) and remember the Rx there from when I was little. I never went back in, though.

Lots of pretty women at the Varsity, lots of GT sorority girls.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 10:26 PM
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Yeah, to me the V is as much a way of life down here as Coca-Cola... Down the street from my neighborhood is an old pharmacy with a "soda fountain" counter and tables. The place is famous for it's chili and hotdogs, the crown jewel being the Dinglewood Pharmacy's "Scrambled Dog". I'll take a pic and post it up when I get back from the beach this weekend.

I've been there and had the scrambled dog quite a few times. It is damn good.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:23 AM
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... lots of GT sorority girls.

lol...
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:28 AM
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Yes, LOL indeed.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 08:04 AM
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Pacific Dining Car

Speaking of late night dining...



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Old April 8th, 2008, 08:07 AM
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I like eating at Dining Car, but I've always been turned off by the prices. The food at Dining Car is really expensive for what you get.

The same might be said of Johnnie's. It's weird blowing $20 on a pastrami, fries, and a beer.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 08:10 AM
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lol...


I don't know what GT sorority girls were like back in the day, but now there are some major hotties up here.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 10:11 AM
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It's weird blowing $20 on a pastrami, fries, and a beer.

If its good pastrami, its worth it. I was in Manhattan a few years ago and had a pastrami at one of the good spots, I can't remember which one. The sandwich was $14, but oh my was it worth it.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Oh yeah, nice things cost money.

If a sandwich is worth $20, then it should cost $20. But the pastrami at Johnnie's isn't worth $20. I think my usual at Canter's is around $20. I usually order a Fairfax sandwich, pickle, and a drink. With tip that comes out to around $20 if my memory serves. If I'm extra hungry and get the matzo ball soup in addition to the sandwich, I'm pushing $25 or $30. My usual at Philippe's pushes $20 as well. Both Canter's and Philippe's are well worth the price tag.

I can't remember what a steak meal cost at Dining Car. I think it was like $100 or $150. That's not a crazy amount. But it's more than what the meal at Dining Car is worth.

In fact, all of these steak joints are on the pricey side, I think. Smith & Wollensky. Ruth's Chris. Morton's. I think they're all over $100 on average for a meal. Compare that to $50 or so for Lawry's. Lawry's is a true bargain for what you get.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 01:53 PM
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I've often wondered if the burgers from these places are worth the price http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_2526

I saw a clip on the travel channel where they were visiting all 20 establishments. Some of the burgers were over $25.00, for just the burger.

I've had some pretty good burgers off a Weber grill. It would be interesting to see how these burgers compare.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 02:13 PM
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6. California Burger
Houston's
Santa Monica


That's bullshit. The Houston's California Burger is not that good. It's not shit by any means. But to put that burger at number six and Tommy's doesn't even make the Top 20? No way.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 02:37 PM
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Crossroads

Price is certainly of consideration for daily meals, but... you never know what pleases one person to the next. A nice meal at PDC around 3am..., where else?

The best burger I've ever had is at Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree. I think I've had it twenty times by now! Of course, a weekend jamming quartz monzonite and "running-it-out" off 1/4"ers from the 70's will make most things taste delicious. If you like a rustic atmosphere, Crossroads makes for a pleasant meal after some time in the desert.





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Old April 8th, 2008, 04:06 PM
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I don't know what GT sorority girls were like back in the day, but now there are some major hotties up here.

I'm not buying that. The hags at GT were legion when I was at UGA up the road in Athens. Trust me, you'll find better on a battleship soon.

BTW...congrats on joining the US Navy, I salute you. Tellico in two weeks, you coming?
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Old April 8th, 2008, 04:09 PM
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I'm not buying that. The hags at GT were legion when I was at UGA up the road in Athens. Trust me, you'll find better on a battleship soon.

BTW...congrats on joining the US Navy, I salute you. Tellico in two weeks, you coming?


Thanks Ron! I'd like to go, but wont be able to take the disco. If I find a seat, I may just have to go.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 08:51 PM
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Now, TOPPERS, in Athens. They've got some good food.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 10:28 PM
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Fawnskin... north shore cafe. grilled fish sandwich.

so Jack, how was it?
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Old April 8th, 2008, 11:23 PM
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That's bullshit. The Houston's California Burger is not that good. It's not shit by any means. But to put that burger at number six and Tommy's doesn't even make the Top 20? No way.

Very true. Their French dip is the winner off the Houston's menu hands down.

But My #1 pick Would be the Office Burger from Father's Office in Santa Monica.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Fawnskin... north shore cafe. grilled fish sandwich.

so Jack, how was it?


That sandwich is about as good of an idea as Sheki's romance with the waitress.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 08:33 AM
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The Burger at Normas located in The Parker Palm Springs is an absolute masterpiece.

I get mine medium rare with Gorgonzola, avocado and bacon served on a toasted English Muffin. Sweet Potato fries with truffle oil mayo for dipping. Epic.

But, for my neighborhood I have to agree with John, Tommy's at Rampart and Beverly is the best!
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Speaking of English muffins, another masterpiece is a perfectly executed eggs benedict. So many restaurants try to get all gourmet with goofy hollandaises and simply can't execute it.

I must say, the best I've had was mine. To make it a nice PNW eggs benedict, I used toasted English muffin, poached eggs with just the right amount of runny yolk, smoked sockeye salmon, and homemade classic hollandaise sauce.

I'm really hungry now.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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the best eggs benedict i've had to date was at "Eggberts" on Kauai...oh momma
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:50 PM
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Well, it's not exactly an Old School Los Angeles eatery, but those of you who went to UCLA may be familiar with this joint:




Falafel King isn't that old:




Falafel King isn't a dive at all. The stuff is all fresh and clean:




You walk in and the guy takes your order:




You get shuffled down the line as they prepare your meal:




When your meal is ready, the guy plops it on the countertop and you pay your cash:




My brother ordered the falafel, smoked eggplant, spicy eggplant, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves:




Also included is the pita bread and fried chips.

I love the hummus and grape leaves, but usually get the shawarma instead of the falafel or eggplant. But it's all good.

Being a Lee, my nephew loves the chips and Perrier:




The chips are my favorite thing at Falafel King. And I'm always in a dilemma when I hit Falafel King because a plate of whatever includes about three or four chips. That's not enough for me. So I usually want to order an extra side order of chips, which is ridiculously large (sort of like the fries at Island's). I have never finished the order of chips. In fact, I'm grossed out by the chips if I eat even half of the side order. So do I order the extra side of chips or be happy with the teaser chips on the plate? If you know me, you know that I usually end up ordering the side of chips anyway.

My usual at Falafel King:
Shawarma Pita
Side of Chips
Perrier
Here's my nephew outside Falafel King:




While in Westwood, my brother took some shots of the old Fox Theatre:










He also snapped a pic of Stan's Donuts:




I hate this place. It's so overrated. All of the Zagat-type ratings rate Stan's highly. I think it's shit.

Stan's is one of those joints that is famous for its gimmicky donuts. You know, sort of like those bagel joints that are famous for their weirdo bagels. Those places are shit.

To me, the test of whether a donut joint is good is their plain cake's quality. That, or how good is their old fashioned? Try a donut shop's plain cake or old fashioned and you will know immediately if that place is the real deal or not. No glaze or other bullshit to hide the quality of the dough or fry job. Just pure dough and a great fry job. That's the test.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:57 PM
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After he hit Stan's, my brother got the idea to hit some of the famous donut shops in Los Angeles.

So he hit Randy's:




You've probably seen Randy's in various commercials.

Randy's is pretty hard to miss:




Randy's is near LAX, so you often see planes flying through the donut:




I've never been to Randy's so I don't know how good or bad it is.

My brother also hit The Donut Hole:




The Donut Hole is a drive-through:




I mean really a drive-through:




My brother said that his minivan barely squeezed through.

I've never been to The Donut Hole either.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Oh man. Your brother is a mini-van-man?

What editing software is he using?
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