Restaurants - User Favorites

March 31, 2007

User Favorite: Super Schwarmas in Oregon

Schawarma Abu’s Oasis Deli makes great Lebanese food. We really enjoy their schwarmas, which consists of grilled steak or chicken, onions and a really wonderful sauce all wrapped in a pita. My wife always gets chicken, while I get either steak or chicken. They’re made with lamb too, and you can even get them without meat.  –Eric Ball, Grants Pass, Oregon.

Abu’s Oasis Deli, 1330 NW 6th St., Grants Pass, OR 97526. Tel:  (541) 476-1425.

March 27, 2007

User Favorite: Lemon Chicken in Illinois

Everything is wonderful at I Am Siam, but I especially like the lemon chicken.  It’s not on the menu, but Bonnie Nanakon, the host and owner, suggested it.  It is chicken breast, deep fried quickly, I think, very juicy and with a crust on the outside, served sliced on a platter.  The lemon sauce has pieces of chopped lemon in it. Divine. –Gail G., Highland Park, IL.

I Am Siam, 1 Huntington Lane, Wheeling, IL. (in a small shopping center). Tel: (847) 419-0698. 

March 24, 2007

User Favorite: Not Chicken Salad

I thoroughly enjoy the special chicken salad at Leonor’s Mexican Vegetarian Restaurant in North Hollywood. I get it 90 % of the time I go there. The chicken is made of tofu, and it’s combined with cabbage, shredded carrots, red onion, olives and soy mayonanaise. They put avocado and carrot sticks on top and give you a homemade whole wheat roll on the side. It’s so good, you can’t stop eating it. --C.J., Valley Village

Leonor’s Mexican Vegetarian Restaurant, 11403 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, Calif. Tel: (818) 980-9011

March 19, 2007

User Favorite: Pho in Florida

Pho_hoa_1_2 There is very little English spoken at Pho Hoa in Tamarac, Florida. We usually order the more exotic dishes, such as pho chin, nam, gau, gan, ve don, which is noodle soup with brisket, flank, tendon, fatty and crunchy flank steak. But every one is a winner. We've tried almost all of them. --ELMO, Columbia County, New York.

Pho Hoa, 5435 North State Road 7, Tamarac, Fl. 33319-2921
Tel: (954) 739-9888

Editor's Note: Pho Hoa is an international chain with a branch in Southern California. The address is  9211 Bolsa Ave., Suite 101, Westminster, CA. 92683-5567
Tel: (714) 899-4886

March 14, 2007

User Favorite: The Lowdown on Laja

Laja_restaurant For fine dining in Southern California, there isn't a restaurant I've been to in LA--Sona, Lucques, AOC, Campanile, etc--that thrills me as much as Laja on Highway 3 between Tecate and Ensenada. Best yellowtail of my life there….carpaccio with avocado, preserved lemon and fennel. And a grapefruit and yerba santa granita.

Manzanilla in Ensenada comes a close second. Both use true Southern California produce, meat, fish and WINE, and the experience is like eating Tuscan cuisine in Tuscany.

Laja is the Chez Panisse of the late 80s that LA deserves...except it's in Mexico. ---Rae, Los Angeles

Laja is located at Kilometer 83 on Highway 3, heading from Ensenada toward Tecate.  Tel: (011-52) 646-155-2556