Culinary SOS: Your restaurant recipe requests answered
10:28 AM PDT, September 27, 2013
Dear SOS: The Overland serves a moist, well-seasoned turkey loaf. Would you please research?
September 7, 2013
Dear SOS: Every year my husband and I celebrate our anniversary at the Sunday brunch at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. They have the most fabulous red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting I've ever had. Would the hotel be willing to share its recipe?
August 31, 2013
Dear SOS: I would love to have the recipe for the lemon cheesecake we had recently at the Dutch Frontier.
August 24, 2013
Dear SOS: Cedar Creek in San Juan Capistrano makes the most wonderful garlic bread. I've tried every garlic bread recipe possible to duplicate it but can't quite get there. Maybe it's the blend of cheeses they use? I hope they're willing to share the recipe. Since they closed their location in Laguna Beach, I have to go farther for a fix.
July 27, 2013
Dear SOS: About a year ago, I was in Huntsville, Ala., attending a graduation at Oakwood University, my alma mater. While I was there, I visited a restaurant named 1892 East New American Restaurant & Tavern for a Sunday brunch. I ordered the crispy French toast, and it was to die for! Is there any way you can get the recipe? I live in California, so going back to Huntsville is out of the question, of course. I would be forever grateful.
July 20, 2013
Dear SOS: During my family reunion in Portland, Ore., this past summer, we stumbled upon what we all decided were the tastiest beer nuts. We had them at Deschutes Brewery at 210 NW 11th Ave. I also discovered, upon returning to California, that some of my friends didn't know what beer nuts were! I would very much like to make some and share with them.
July 13, 2013
Dear SOS: We had dinner at the Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena last week and loved the couscous. Could you provide the recipe?
July 6, 2013
Dear SOS: I went with my family to watch the whales at Newport Beach and had lunch at the Harborside Restaurant. Although we were stuffed, we decided to try the buñuelos, and, boy, were they delicious! We live an hour away from the restaurant but would take the trip just to eat them again. Is it possible for you to get this recipe?
June 22, 2013
Dear SOS: I recently returned from a cruise to northeastern Canada and the U.S. While visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, our tour took us to a charming Irish pub called Durty Nelly's for lunch. Several in our group ordered the seafood chowder. It was a delicious, creamy, flavorful and hearty bowl of chowder, but not fishy tasting. Can you please try to get the recipe?
June 15, 2013
Dear SOS: On vacation, my husband and I ate at an amazing restaurant in Coronado, Calif., called Costa Azul. They have the best smoked salsa we've ever had. Unfortunately, we live 21/2 hours away. I asked the waiter for the recipe, but he said they don't give it out. I would love to surprise my amazing husband on our anniversary with it. Could you please get the recipe?
June 1, 2013
Dear SOS: The chilled tomato soup at the Obika Mozzarella Bar in Century City is bright, refreshing and delicious. Any chance they'd be willing to share?
May 25, 2013
Dear SOS: I read your articles every week, and I am finally writing to ask for a recipe, because my husband and I are crazy about the Bolognese sauce at Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach. Although this is a French restaurant, its sauce puts most Italian restaurants in the L.A. area to shame. I haven't been able to duplicate this one at home, so I need your help.
May 11, 2013
Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch.
May 4, 2013
Dear SOS: I recently visited the beautiful little town of Capitola, next to Santa Cruz on the California coast. Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria is a special place. Along with mouth-watering baked goods, I enjoyed two delicious dishes: a kale and quinoa salad and a very yummy artichoke frittata. Could you please try to get the recipes?
March 30, 2013
Dear SOS: I am a former California native, having lived in Pasadena for almost 47 years. Our family used to eat at the Lawry's establishments all of the time. I am trying to find a recipe for the Lawry's chocolate Kahlua mousse.
March 16, 2013
Dear SOS: I love the delicious short ribs served at Kendall's Brasserie, the Music Center restaurant run by Patina. The ribs are so flavorful, meaty and tender. Please, please try to get Patina to share the recipe.
March 9, 2013
Dear SOS: I recently was in Aspen, Colo., on a trip through the Rocky Mountains. The ham and bean soup at the Creperie du Village was wonderful. Is there any way you might be able to get the recipe?
March 2, 2013
Dear SOS: I'd love to have the recipe for salmon bisque at Robin's in Cambria.
February 9, 2013
Dear SOS: My co-worker raves about the chicken tequila fettucine from California Pizza Kitchen. Her birthday is coming up in February, and we would like to make the dish for a girls' night in to celebrate. Do you have the recipe?
February 2, 2013
Dear SOS: Sweet Butter, in Sherman Oaks, uses shrimp in the freshest tasting and most flavorful ceviche I have ever tried. Can't stop thinking about it. Any chance of snagging the recipe?
January 19, 2013
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November 24, 2012
Dear SOS: I enjoy reading your column, and it occurred to me that you might be able to answer my request. "It was a dark and stormy night," like many we've recently had, when friends and I happened into Smitty's in Pasadena after the theater. Not being Pasadena locals, we didn't realize our good fortune. It was a perfect night for their signature chili and corn bread specials. Not your ground beef variety, the chili seemed to be prepared with flank steak and the corn bread was the best ever. Any chance you could wheedle their secret for your readers?
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July 14, 2012
Dear SOS: I have been to Lawry's Carvery many times. I wish I knew how to make their baked macaroni and cheese. I hope you can acquire this recipe. They have many of their recipes on the website, but the mac 'n' cheese is not on it.
July 7, 2012
Dear SOS: I had lunch with a friend at Chaya Downtown restaurant, in Los Angeles. We ordered their chopped salad with grilled shrimp in an aioli jalapeño dressing. It was superb! I'd love to make it at home. Can you get the recipe from the chef?
June 30, 2012
Dear SOS: I recently moved from San Luis Obispo to Denver. I miss the berry bars at House of Bread in San Luis; they were my favorite breakfast after a run or before class, and they were even my last meal before commencing the 18-hour drive from SLO to Denver! I'd love the recipe so I can have a slice of my old college town here in my new big city. Thank you!
June 23, 2012
Dear SOS: Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach makes the best strawberry mojito I have ever had. Can you please get the recipe from them so I can make and enjoy it at home? It's the perfect drink. Thank you.
June 16, 2012
Dear SOS: We've just returned from a trip to Chicago, and I tell you, we were there for just five days, but we were at the Purple Pig three times. My fave is their fried pig's ears with crispy kale. What an amazing dish! Can you see if they are willing to share their recipe with your readers? Appreciate it very much.
June 9, 2012
Dear SOS: The San Diego bakery the Cravory (formerly 410 Degrees) makes the most amazing cinnamon roll cookies. Any chance of getting the recipe? Many thanks!
June 2, 2012
Dear SOS: I was at Kuleto's in San Francisco recently, and we had the best minestrone soup. It was fabulous. I have called and emailed, and nothing. Can you please obtain the soup recipe? Thanks for your help.
May 12, 2012
Dear SOS: I just made the kale gratin from last week's edition, and it was luscious. Thanks. My 6-year-old daughter eats like a bird but absolutely loves the brisket from La Sandia at Santa Monica Place. It is one of the only meals she asks for. We actually splurge on the non-kid menu entree for her whenever we go there. I would like to replicate it as best I can at home. Can you please get the recipe?
April 21, 2012
April 14, 2012
Dear SOS: I am eagerly and desperately looking to replicate the most delicious, amazing salad I have ever had. My fiancé and I are regulars at the Tender Greens in Culver City, and we finally tried its best dish on meatless Monday: the happy vegan. It successfully combines the tastiest health foods such as red quinoa salad, green hummus and farro, with toasted hazelnuts, all on one plate. Please help me with the recipe!
7:00 AM PDT, March 17, 2012
Dear SOS: I am from North Carolina and recently visited Los Angeles. While there I visited Julienne in San Marino. The double-chocolate espresso walnut cookie is the best I have ever eaten. Would it be possible to get the recipe for this cookie?
March 1, 2012
Dear SOS: My husband and I have enjoyed eating at Taix French Restaurant for over 30 years. It's a genuine Los Angeles institution, with old-fashioned ambience and service. The quality of its food and the value for the price has always remained high.
February 9, 2012
Dear SOS: My husband and I recently visited downtown Napa, Calif. The amazing chocolate dessert at Carpe Diem is absolutely the best chocolate dessert I've ever tasted! And I am not a big dessert person. Satin-smooth chocolate with a texture between a pudding and souffle, but better. Not too sweet and topped with a small drop of whipped cream and then sprinkled with perfectly roasted and salted pepitas [pumpkin seeds]. Divine.
February 2, 2012
Dear SOS: Recently my best childhood friend treated me to a creekside birthday dinner at beautiful Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. We both had the Thai green chicken curry, and it was absolutely incredible. I tried an online recipe that was good but just didn't reach the level of excellence that Novo's creation did. I would love to have the privilege of getting that recipe if possible!
January 26, 2012
Dear SOS: Milk has the best molasses cookies I've ever had. My entire family adores them, and I would love to be able to make them for my dad on his 66th birthday. Please help? These cookies are out of this world. I need the recipe, before I spend my last dime on them! Thank you!
January 19, 2012
Dear SOS: I was in Santa Barbara recently for a little vacation and stopped at Palazzio. Loved everything we had there, but especially loved the mac and cheese pie. It was incredibly rich, but so delicious. I'm especially curious as to what technique they use to make it so dense. Any chance you could get their recipe? Thanks!
January 12, 2012
Dear SOS: My family and I just got back from a trip to Traverse City, Mich., where I had the absolute best veggie burger I've ever had. Is there any way you could coax North Peak Brewery Co. to give up its recipe for its Black Bean and Portobello Mushroom Burger?
December 29, 2011
Dear SOS: I am in love with a cookie from Euro Pane in Pasadena. It is the mocha cookie. We were in the restaurant last weekend, and I asked for the recipe, and they laughed at me. I thought you might have a better chance.
December 22, 2011
Dear SOS: We recently dined at Ciopinot in San Luis Obispo. We tried their "no work" cioppino, and it was the best cioppino we've ever eaten. Wonder if they will share the recipe? Thank you.
November 10, 2011
Dear SOS: I have never been able to find a vegetable soup that comes close to Coral Tree Café's. I know they must have a secret ingredient in there that gives it that extra something special! With fall approaching (and hopefully cooler temperatures), I would love to make this soup at home.
November 3, 2011
Dear SOS: A wonderful restaurant in Newport Beach called Il Barone has by far the best tiramisu in the world. It is limoncello tiramisu, irresistible and worth whatever calories it contains. It is very light, moist and unforgettable! We would love this recipe!
October 13, 2011
October 6, 2011
Dear SOS: Can you please get the bread pudding recipe from La Boulange? By far, it's the best bread pudding I've ever tasted. It is so good! Thank you very much!
September 22, 2011
Dear SOS: My husband and I just returned from a trip to Israel to attend the wedding of one of his former students. We stayed at the beautiful Mount Zion hotel in Jerusalem, which served an incredible Israeli breakfast. In addition to a wide array of delicious salads, they offered a hot cheesecake dish. The hot cheesecake was amazing: light, soufflé-like, not overly sweet. A perfect breakfast dish! We're still dreaming about that dish and would love to have the recipe.
September 15, 2011
Dear SOS: Recently, my husband, some friends and I were at Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey for the restaurant's 20th anniversary party. Besides the delicious food, they served an amazing white sangria made with fresh peaches. Everyone enjoyed it so much, and I'd love to make it at home if they will share the recipe. It's the perfect refreshing drink.
September 8, 2011
Dear SOS: During a trip to north Mississippi and the Delta, we ate a memorable meal at Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford. The brandy-spiked pain perdu was a stand-out among the dishes we ordered (with stiff competition from the house-cured bacon and biscuits). Since I don't anticipate being back in the area soon, is there any chance you can obtain the recipe? Thanks.
September 1, 2011
Dear SOS: I'd love to get the recipe for the couscous at Hillstone (formerly Houston's) in Santa Monica.
August 18, 2011
Dear SOS: On a trip to Zion National Park, we had the most delicious meatloaf at Wildcat Willies in Springdale, Utah. Please ask the chef to share the recipe. I'd love to try it.
August 18, 2011
August 11, 2011
Dear SOS: A large group of us descended from the higher elevations of the Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego County, a little grungy from camping and hiking. No matter: We received excellent service during lunch at Jeremy's on the Hill, just a few miles outside of Julian. Everyone, from the professional chef/fancy hotel executive to the foodies to the children who ate off the kids' menu, thoroughly enjoyed their meals. I, however, had the wise sense to order the waitress' favorite, the artichoke-potato au gratin, which came with broccolini and a house salad with balsamic reduction.
August 4, 2011
Dear SOS: I have had this wonderful bread pudding at Pete's Cafe & Bar on 4th and Main in downtown L.A. Could you please get me the recipe?
July 21, 2011
Dear SOS: Hello! I utterly crave the Green Goddess dressing they make at Dish in La Cañada Flintridge. It has just the right balance of tart and mellow tastes. I would love to be able to make it at home. Thanks,
July 14, 2011
July 7, 2011
Dear SOS: I love the Sweetie Pies Bakery in Napa Valley. Last time, I tried the sweet-glazed currant scone. Would it be possible to get the recipe?
June 30, 2011
Dear SOS: Had a lovely lunch last Friday at the Lucca Cafe in Irvine. The meal was wonderful. The payoff was their brownie. It was so good that several of us ordered an extra one to take home. It almost seemed as if the outside were a chocolate meringue and the inside a very moist, soft chocolate. If you could secure the recipe, we would be forever grateful!
June 23, 2011
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Dear SOS: Last summer while vacationing in Sedona, Ariz., our family had a fabulous dinner at an Italian restaurant called Cucina Rustica. For dessert we had the most delicious three-chocolate mousse cheesecake. I would love to have this recipe. It is divine! I am hoping that you can procure this recipe.
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April 14, 2011
Dear SOS: My family recently vacationed in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and our favorite meal by far was at Nani's Cucina Italiana. The surprise star of the evening was the tortino di fagiolini, a delicious green bean tart that reminded us of a refined Italian version of green bean casserole. Maybe you can convince them to share the recipe?
April 7, 2011
March 24, 2011
Dear Culinary SOS: My son and I enjoyed a delightful take on lasagna at the Westwood Palomino in early December. We requested a recipe. The dish was: deconstructed lasagna and contained a lamb mixture, cheese and mafalda pasta. The young lady would not divulge the recipe. The great blending of flavors lingers even now. We hope you can get it for us. Living in South Pasadena, we do not visit Westwood too often.
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