Los Angeles, CA
I am a Bostonian transplant in Los Angeles, and was thrilled to find that this bar and grill downtown is not just Irish, but a Boston bar as well. I was very happy to have a comfy place to drink Guinness and watch the Red Sox win the World Series in 2007. Really good pub food, good prices, good beer, great ambiance, very nice patio...all in all, a great spot. I highly recommend the Guiness Stew and the corned beef and cabbage. Big favorites.
My Irish (and very picky!) husband is a big fan of Casey's, which I figure is as good a review as any.
I have been to this salon more than once, and have been pretty happy with Kim as my hairdresser. She was a Level 3 the first time I saw her and is now up to Level 2, so the price difference is pretty steep, but she does do good work and does what I ask. My biggest problem is that essentially upon walking in you're constantly being upsold...if I come in asking for a partial highlight, I'm told that I simply cannot possibly leave without a full highlight. Saying no gets a look of muted disapproval and further talk of a $45 Keratase treatment (I caved once and it does feel fabulous...don't get me wrong...a hand massage comes with that treatment as well, which is very nice) but I do often end up feeling very uncomfortable when I should be relaxing. Again, I do feel like I am in good hands, but they aren't necessarily good enough to warrant the amount of money I've spent. I'm in the market for another salon.
This restaurant was an awful experience for my husband and me. We were both initially quite impressed with the ambiance, the decor, and the place was quite full when we went in...all making us assume that we were in for a lovely Italian treat. We waited for 25-30 minutes before someone came over to take our order. We started with an appetizer plate that was billed as fried calamari, chicken fingers, etc., but looked like someone had scraped all the "fried" off of the calamari and passed that off as an appetizer. Just a huge pile of deep fried, unidentifable flakes. When we were finally served, (I had the lasagna) the food was quite bland and unexciting. Because of the way the tables are set up, I spent half my meal with a waiter's rear end in my face, but still had a hard time getting his attention for water refills or to ask for the check. The prices were relatively reasonable, but I'd probably rather stay home and eat spaghetti than eat at this restaurant again.