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  • panoz Oct 24, 2006 06:07 PM
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I will soon be leaving my home and birthplace of Los Angeles and moving to another state. I'd like to go to one more last meal, and make it count. I've been out of the whole foodie/eating thing for the last year and a half, so I'm really out of touch.

I'm thinking of something on the caliber of Lucques, Jar, Campanile, AOC, etc kind of feel and food. But not any of those, because I want to go somewhere I haven't been before. What new places have sprung up in the last year and a half that would match those restaurants?

I'm not looking for romantic, opulent, or prix fixe menus. But somewhere for a party of 5 and a good meal.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. Grace is relatively new and have quite a menu selection with wild game meats. I've only been there once but was impressed. http://www.gracerestaurant.com

    Another place worth checking out Josie in Santa Monica, great truffle fries and a generally yummy (yes, I'm being technical here ;) ) menu. http://www.josierestaurant.com

    -AquaW
    http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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    1. re: AquaW

      I second the Grace recommendation. It's absolutely lovely all around.

    2. Since you're leaving LA, I would go for an LA experience - by eating outdoors. My recommendations would be Whist at Viceroy, Koi, Katana, Les Deux -- you get the idea.

      1. For me it would depend upon where I was going, and what I loved about Los Angeles food. I think for my final meal in town, I would definitely do Mexican, especially if I was moving somewhere where I knew I couldn't get good Mexican.

        In that vein, if I wanted festive and great food, I'd probably go somewhere like Babita, La Cabanita, La Serenata or La Huasteca.

        Babita
        1823 South San Gabriel Blvd
        San Gabriel
        (626) 288-7265

        LA Cabanita
        (818) 957-2711
        3447 N Verdugo Rd
        Glendale, CA 91208

        La Serenata De Garibaldi
        (323) 265-2887
        1842 E 1st St
        Los Angeles, CA 90033

        La Huasteca
        3150 East Imperial Highway, Suite 100
        Lynwood, CA 90262
        (310) 537-8800
        http://www.LaHuasteca.com

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        1. re: DanaB

          Babita is certainly the finest Mexican restaurant in the L.A. area. La Huasteca is not quite as good... but its location inside Plaza Mexico makes it a fun good bye:

          http://www.plazamexico.com/

          Actually sampling something from each of the various restaurants would probably be the perfect blowout Chowish experience.

          They have eateries that specialize in specific regional items like:

          Birria
          Barbacoa Hidalgo Style
          Mazatlan Style Seafood
          Fish Tacos
          Fruits & Smoothies

          etc.,

        2. Hi Everyone,

          Thank you for the suggestions thus far, but I am looking more of an the mid/high end dining like the ones noted in the first post. Grace and Josie are in that category, but I have been there before. Is there anything else that had opened in the last 2 years?

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          1. re: panoz

            Some recently opened high-end places ...

            Providence (french/seafood)

            Cut (haute steakhouse by Wolfgang Puck)

            Wilshire (Californian)

            Not new, but there is of course Urasawa for the ultimate in Japanese.

            1. re: panoz

              La Babita definitely qualifies as mid/high-end dining.

              1. re: broncosaurus

                Yeah... a 4 Course Meal with Cocktails & Wine will run about $100 a person.

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  No cocktails at Babita - wine and beer only.

                  1. re: Debbie W

                    Try asking again... they also periodically have Pulque that is not on the menu.

            2. It's not new, but Saddle Peak Lodge is in that range and it's definitely a unique-to-LA experience.

              1. Cut is a good idea.
                A recent arrival that I liked better than some of the other names mentioned is Hatfields.
                And those are very nice people.

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                1. re: jcwla

                  jcwla has two very good ideas.
                  Here is the Hatfield website for more details. It is not in the high end dining economics arena by comparison to Cut, yet you will feel well taken care of for your final meal, leaving your wallet moderately in tact.
                  http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com/

                  The side patio is a very nice area to sit, yet with 5, the front patio can be ok, but the Beverly Blvd. traffic noise can be an issue - depends on the night you are going.

                  1. re: jcwla

                    Haven't been, but Cut was just named best restaurant by Esquire Mag.

                  2. Spago, Ritz Carlton Huntington, Providence, Water Grill, Angelini Osteria...so many more! One isn't enough for a farewell!

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                    1. re: Babette

                      I have been dying to try Sona's tasting menu. And though I haven't been there yet, it would be my (next) blowout. I also understand Providence to be one of the best new restaurants in town and Ortolan has had a lot of raves. Both have been prohibatively expensive for me at this point but a food editor I worked for couldn't say enought about Ortolan on 3rd.

                      Have fun!

                    2. Looking at all the responses, looks like Hatfield fits the best. Thanks folks!