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Jul 12, 2006 03:29 AM

Two days for lunch and love food where should we go?

I am a chef in Napa and my husband is a winemaker, We love great food and wine of course however, we love to be exposed to new things. For example, ethnic?! We fly into Ontario and we are staying somewhere in Hollywood? Thanks for the replies! If you are in Napa let me know?

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  1. A.O.C.
    Cobras & Matadors

    For ethnic -- do you have time to go to San Gabriel Valley?
    Sea Harbor or New Concept
    Vietnam House where they have a 7 course beef meal for 15$
    Tung Lai Shun -- Islamic style Chinese
    Ding Tai Fung -- famous soup dumplings

    P.S. love Napa, adult disneyland!

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Oh no! We used to love to do hotpot there in the winter/fall.

    1. Thanks for the leads! I am not to sure where San Gabriel Valley is? We are staying at 8445 Beverly Blvd. in Beverly hills( the elan hotel). Is anything you suggested close? Yes, we love living here in Napa. So blessed!

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      1. re: chezmargie

        You are pretty close to

        AOC - tapas; a favorite place among LA Chowhounds; able to taste wine by the half-glass.
        Mako - Japanese, but famous for its more tapas style dishes
        Grace - fine dining
        Angelini Osteria - Italian
        La Terza - Italian
        Cut - steakhouse
        Mastro's - steakhouse
        Providence - seafood, fine dining

        welcome to LA!

      2. Mastro's in Beverly Hills is a personal favorite. A bit pricey, but you'll probably spot a celeb or two, the service is excellent and the food is outstanding! Get the bone-in ribeye (served on a 400o plate. Also make sure you order the lobster mashed potatoes. One of my favorite dishes ever! It's gotta have at least a whole lobster in there. 3 of us at it at the restaurant and I still had left overs for two nights afterwards. TIP: If you and your hubby share a steak and an appetizer, you could get out of there for probably less than $60. But you can easily spend $60 per person too...if not more.

        1. Napa and Sonoma have so many amazing places to eat that I can't help but think some of our "finer" places may seem like pale shadows next to what you've got.

          If you are in WeHo, you may have a lot of fun roaming the Farmer's Market at Fairfax and 3rd -- we like the Gumbo Pot, but there are some excellent places to eat and eat and eat.

          Then you could head south down Fairfax and pick from any number of good Ethiopian places in Little Ethiopia: I think the two best are Meals by Genet (Board and critical fave) and Messob (personal preference).

          If you want excellent homey bistro French, go to Mimosa at 8009 Beverly Boulevard. It's been around about a decade, so it tends to get overlooked, but it's really good food and lovely ambience.

          Mako is a great suggestion; Orris and Beacon are similar, but Mako is the best of the three (I think) and also closer to you. It's on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

          AOC --eh-- never could understand the fuss -- you've probably got something far superior where you live. I'm in the minority on this board, but I think it's pretty overrated.

          1. If you are not going to venture out to the San Gabriel Valley, then for ethnic, try Manna Korean Cuisine for Korean BBQ.

            3377 W. Olympic Blvd.
            (323) 733-8516

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              The problem with Manna is that if you're in a small group (say, 2), they won't take reservations, but then when you get there they seat all the large groups first and it can take hours to get seated. I'd send them to Beverly Soon Tofu -- not the same kind of food, but better and much quicker.

              To the OP: As for the San Gabriel Valley, you'll be driving through it on the way from ONT to Hollywood. It's on the 10 and 60 freeways, from about the 57 to the 710; exit the 10 at San Gabriel, Del Mar, New, Garfield or Atlantic for the best Chinese food in SoCal.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Also in San Gabriel, Babita, Mexican cuisine you are unlikely to experience in your neck of the woods. Worth the brief exit (head north) off the 10 freeway for some of LA's best Mexican. A review is included in the LA Weekly's recent list of 99 restaurants, which you may find to be a useful reference:


                1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
                San Gabriel, CA 91776
                (626) 288-7267