last blowout meal
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.
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
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.
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.
1823 South San Gabriel Blvd
3447 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
La Serenata De Garibaldi
1842 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
3150 East Imperial Highway, Suite 100
Lynwood, CA 90262
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:
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:
Barbacoa Hidalgo Style
Mazatlan Style Seafood
Fruits & Smoothies
It's not new, but Saddle Peak Lodge is in that range and it's definitely a unique-to-LA experience.
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.
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.
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.