The San Antonio Winery Is The Only One Left In Southern California!Anthony DeGoede and I were finally able to visit the San Antonio Winery back on Sunday, August 21, 2016.I have been living in Los Angeles since 1994 & I was Not sure if the winery in business or Not & I did some research & learned that they are still around & paid a visit!The winery started back in 1917 & tours are offered daily which will include showing you the wine kept in barrels, the fermentation area & where they process, pack and box up the wine & after you can taste many delicious wines.I also met Stefano, the former owner who is now 95 years old & his uncle is the one who actually started up the business.Thank You to Arturo, our Tour Guide who gave us a wonderful tour, as well as to all of the people, including Rosemarhy who served us the wine.You Are All The Best And We Hope To Visit You All Very Soon!Howard Paul Shore, Customer And TouristAnthony DeGoede, Customer And Tourist
We went to Clifton's tonight and found it really underwhelming. The atmosphere is interesting - the faux woodland diorama thing makes it like a hipster Rainforest Cafe. Some of the place was clearly renovated with care, while other parts appear half done. Most of the floors were not open to the public tonight, so we were stuck on floors 1 and 2 (got to go up to the front of 3 for about 10 minutes before it closed for evening set up). The decor in the center by the giant tree is cool, but it looked better on the higher floors. The food is...fine? I guess? Not bad, not great. We originally wanted to get into the new Tiki section, but it was invite only tonight, which wasn't advertised anywhere - and only some of the staff knew about it. The basement bathrooms were so bad: one stall out for busted (overstuffed) toilet, one stall closed with a laptop on the floor of it, a third stall working, and a fourth with no toilet paper. Overall, not super impressed.
You can't argue with the huge popularity of this place - it's an institution. The good news is that the food portions are VERY generous and pretty darned tasty. It's just not *great* - other Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area can lay claim to that title.But the heck with semantics - you'll enjoy your eating experience, particularly if you get the very sweet slippery shrimp. If you eat at the restaurant, don't order one entree per person, unless you plan on taking a lot of food home. This is meant to be shared. So experiment, grab a few entrees and everyone have a taste. Fun.Be aware that the line to get in is typically very long, due to the popularity of the place. I prefer to order take-out, where I can enjoy Yang Chow food in my home with my friends. Always a fun treat. Our friends from London insist on us ordering Yang Chow food whenever they come to town!
The only way to get real authentic and delicious pupusas, is to have a freind or family member whose origins are from el salvador.....the process they go through once a year to make the tamales ( nothing like mexican tamales ) and pupusas, is painstaking and time consuming....as many el salvadorians restaurants as there are in los angeles, few if any, make them the way they're made in the homes of those whose tradition it is, to go through this social event....having said that....the pupusas are fairly good here....like many latin restaurants, they tend to cook everything OVER-WELL.... the puree beens are good......the service is fair to good here ...but they dont let you switch much on the menu....the place is clean and now they've added a bar... 4 is probably a bit too high, I actually say 3-1/2 is closer to right...
Just tried my first restaurant in Los Angeles China Town. Plum Tree looked interesting from the outside, so thought we'd give it a try. As chance would have it, there was a big event going on. Good (albeit 80s) music, interesting crowd, etc. Wait staff, while quick to refill a drink prior to, was nowhere to be found during the meal. Had to wait for 10 minutes after finishing before we could flag the waiter down for the check. Further, when asking for the leftovers to go, he threw the boxes down and hurried off to another table -- hastily returning to slop the food I had not yet managed into a container. We had two dishes -- one hit, one miss -- but even the hit was just ok. Quite sure we're not going to give it another chance. Was hoping for more authenticity (and definitely better service).
So I only had a piece of cake from the take-away counter at the front of the restaurant, but I gotta say that cake was really, really, really good. Really good. I did have cocktails though - in the "secret" (but everyone knows about it) Tiki bar on the 3rd floor - Seven Seas. I recommend getting reservations (you can just email Cliftons to get one), because there is usually a line to get in (also killing the secret). The drinks were delicious and reasonably priced for tiki cocktails (about $14 each - but they're loaded with liquor). The service was fantastic. Instead of having the standard waiters and waitresses, the bar has "hosts" that socialize with you, tell you stories about Cliftons, and also get your drink orders. And of course, being Cliftons, the decor was incredible. A worthwhile visit.
I have quite a few faves when it comes to Thai restaurants. Bur my latest favorite is Palms Thai in Hollywood. Service is quick, although not polite, but then show me an authentic Asian restaurant that actually has polite waiters and I will show you the million dollars I carry in my pocket when I take a bus to Pico and La Brea on Sat nights.The food is nothing short of amazing. While I didn't like their jungle curry, their Pad Tai, the Panang curry, the Tom Yum Gai soup, the Green Curry and their Fried rice are all delightful to the taste buds.There is always a line at this place but then I have only been there twice and both times on a Sat night for dinner. So maybe you won't get a line on a weeknight. They even have an Asian Elvis performing live on weekends.