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Oct 16, 2006 07:46 PM

One dinner in Los Angeles

Out of town visitors, one night. Open for anything.

Where would you take them for dinner?

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  1. I would take them someplace that's unique to L.A. and different from what they are accustomed to. L.A. has so much to offer..French, indian, lebanese, african cuban, great steaks and seafoods.....Narrow your pathways a little. What area do you want to be in?

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      They will fly in and out from Burbank and I live around Westwood. I agree totally--unique to L.A.

      1. re: Scotty

        What strikes me as uniquely LA, unless you're going for institutional kitsch like Pinks, is the authentic Korean and Mexican food. You can always take them to an upscale Korean BBQ place like Chosun Galbi, for example, or take them to El Taurino for Mexican.

        1. re: Scotty

          But, Scotty, from where are they coming??? Midwest? East Coast, Cyprus? ..............If they're coming from the midwest for example, I would offer a place near the ocean. Many from the midwest have never seen the ocean before.

          1. re: Kitchen Queen

            I'm embarassed to say they are just flying down from the Bay Area. (But they go MANY years between trips).

            1. re: Scotty

              Well Scotty, SFO is a tough place to beat! However, maybe you can entice with something like Little Ethiopia -Rosalinds, Nyala, Meals by Genet??
              If I was to entertain, I'd choose something off the beaten track. If Ethiopian is too funky, how about Saladang in Pasadena? Make sure you go to the larger of the two places and sit outside among the large palms. It's really a treat. Try a special of the day and a seafood something. Always winners! Had a seafood curry about 2 years ago that I still can taste on my lips! Last, on past posts, I saw a new place in Koreatown that made headlines: Mongolica - Mongolian cuisine which is unique to most folks anywhere. If they're not foodies well, it's a grab bag. I love Pasadena - It's fun to walk around in the evening and find a dining spot in old town. There's plenty. Good Luck and let us know what you decide :)KQ

        1. Urasawa, Spago, Providence, Jar, Chinois on Main.

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            1. Urasawa is the only restaurant L.A. can really brag about in terms of being a world city. A.O.C. was revolutionary in its own way. Spago is a good idea, mostly for what it once represented.

              There are other ideas -- R23 is a place people from out of town will remember as much for its funky location and cardboard chairs as for the great food, The Grill on the Alley is tops for service and selection, Peppone is the old-school Italian of nostalgic reminiscences...