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Merrill Shindler's
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Merrill Shindler is editor of the Zagat Los Angeles Restaurant Survey, host of Feed Your Face on KABC Radio, and author of “American Dish” and the “El Cholo Cookbook.” He's from the Bronx, where he was raised on deli, pizza and Chinese on Sunday nights. He firmly believes that ketchup is nature's most perfect food.
THE YARD HOUSE ( Yard House, San Gabriel)
In part, the success of the Yard House is predicated on its massive beer selection – for a suds lover like me, it's akin to having died and gone to brew heaven. But the food is good too. In fact, it's very good. Which runs wholly contrary to the way things are supposed to be. The rule of thumb has long been that the more beers a place serves, the less palatable the chow. The reason for this is simple: The point is to serve beer and lots of it. If the food is greasy and salty (two of my favorite ...
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For Whom the Wontons
For Whom the Wontons ( PF Changs, chinese food)
With dozens of branches from coast to coast, from Boston to Boca Raton and Bethesda to Bellevue (including some two dozen in California, most notably the newest operation in the Paseo Colorado, where it's consistently the restaurant with...
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Lotsa Pasta
Lotsa Pasta ( BUCA DI BEPPO, pasta, minnesota)
It's really hard to believe that the ebullient, joyous, cartoonish world of Buca di Beppo had its beginnings in Minnesota. Minnesota has long been, for the most part, a land of stolid, blond-haired, square-faced Scandinavians -- not the sort of folks who raise their voices in a rousing rendition of "That's Amore," while...
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