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The one restaurant you resolve to try in 2007?

What's the one place you keep reading about here, or keep driving past, or you've heard your friends talk about that you vow to try this year? For me, it's Nook. It's constantly getting recommended, and it looks like a place Mr. Writergirl will enjoy. (It would have been Taqueria Sanchez, but I tried that today, yum!) I'd love to hear others'!

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  1. Hey! When I saw your post's title, I immediately thought "The Nook!"

    Also, it's not a "try" so much as "go back to again after too many years" -- Musso & Franks.

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    1. re: gsw

      Great minds (or palettes!?) think alike!

      1. re: gsw

        Me too! We've been trying to get to Nook for AGES... but lately have been on a health kick and I KNOW I'm going to have to order that Mac N Cheese...


        1. re: Cali

          Second on Providence -- though the way I've been saving up I may actually be able to embark on a trip there by March! :)


          1. re: AquaW

            Mission completed! A sublime experience though surely not a place I'll go again anytime soon (due to budget and because there are so many other places I want to check out). Cut & Bistro K are next on my list.

            Will be bloggin' about my Providence nine-course meal soon.

            PS - wee for getting the 100th reply to this! :)


            1. re: AquaW

              Please do post your review. That's on my hit list after AOC, but not sure if it's worth the trouble & expense and towing an 8 year old along. Saw a few mixed reviews...

        2. Hatfield's! Everything I read about it sounds amazing and I salivate when I look over their menu.

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          1. re: Newkie

            GO TO HATFIELDS. Get the tasting menu with the wine pairings. They have a very impressive hard-to-find wine list. The food and service is outstanding. Unique, delicious, with little bursts of flavors exploding in your mouth.

            And their rolls are crispy and delicious-- YUM.

            1. re: Newkie

              Me too! Met too! Every time someone mentions it I wonder why I haven't just tried it already. Hopefully sooner than later.

            2. BABITA.

              I have been wanting to try it and never seem to get there. I think 2007 is the year.

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                1. re: Snackish

                  I was at Babita last night for the Chiles en Nogada. Wonderful as always.

                2. re: Marco Polo

                  Yup! I need to take SO! :)


                    1. re: cinzia

                      Babita Restaurant
                      1823 S San Gabriel Blvd
                      San Gabriel
                      (626) 288-7265

                  1. Did it last night, ZenChi, see here:

                    I guess next would be Cut.

                      1. re: PaliBruin

                        Mine are exactly the same as yours!

                      2. cut, but frankly i'm really wary of "attitude"...i don't really enjoy paying $200 a head to feel like a second class citizen.

                        hatfields and providence probably, but i'm not really in any rush.

                        osteria mozza if it opens

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                        1. re: manku

                          there's actually not mention in the way of bad attitudes at cut.

                          it's a great joint from service to the all-around exceptional food. to call it a steakhouse would be putting it lightly though.

                          1. Sona... i always hear different opinions... need to try it and taste/experience it myself.
                            Mastros... always hear the steaks/ ambiance/ service is worth it, unlike CUT.
                            Capo in SM. everytime i drive by, it reminds me i haven't been there yet and should go next time.

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                            1. re: addict2food

                              Save your money...skip Sona. I thought the same thing but Providence and Spago were MUCH better. Trying Opus tonight - the board seems to love it and I rememebr the room from when it was the Atlas. Really want to try Ursawa but will have to wait for a special occassion to splurge like that!

                              1. re: addict2food

                                Anyone who doesn't adore Sona hasn't tried the miso braised short ribs, one of those dishes you'll remember forever. The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely and the wine list superb. Service is the best you'll find in any L.A. locale.

                                1. Hatfields and Pagolac are 1a and 1b.

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                                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                                    I've hit Hatfield's for 1a. Now I just need to go to Pagolac for 1b.

                                    I guess I'll add Mozza and the Wat Thai temple.

                                        1. I vow to try one of these:

                                          The French Laundry

                                          And at least one of these:
                                          Mozza (reservation already made!)
                                          Dining room at the Ritz in Pasadena

                                          1. GSW,
                                            Great pick - Musso & Franks - what a legend of a place, and underappreciated by so many. They opened my eyes back in the 80s to standards that are now virtues like great service, style, and of course - great food. I had my first, and probably one my best bowls of Bouillabaisse at Musso & Franks. How many restaurants outside of french cuisine could even spell that word back then? The waiter serving us at that time already clocked in forty years there - the "rookie" of the wait staff that night was there only for a mere fifteen. If there ever was a restaurant in LA that defined style - versus fashion - like Frank Sinatra versus Brittney - Musso & Franks' longevity alone is the watermark.

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                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                              I went once, perhaps ten years ago. I resolve to go again this year!

                                            2. Stonehill Tavern, the Michael Mina restaurant in Dana Point and possibly Lucques.

                                              1. Babita, Mastros and the Hungry Cat.

                                                1. Cassels
                                                  Caffe Angelini
                                                  Bistro K

                                                  1. These two have been on my radar for a while now:

                                                    La Buca


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                                                    1. re: Moose

                                                      Go to La Buca soon, they are expanding into the space next to them and I fear will lose some of the charm that makes this such a great place.

                                                    2. the Griddle for pancakes.



                                                      Chinese islamic

                                                      Do I have to nly choose one..I can't.

                                                      1. AOC, definitely. Next month.
                                                        Table 8
                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                        Cassa Bianca. My wife has never had their pizza.

                                                            1. There are so many!! But on the very top, we don't too often go to fine dining places, but for ages I've been wanting to try Grace because of their varied pork offereings... that talk of a berkshire pork tasting menu a few weeks totally did me in...


                                                              1. urawasa.

                                                                i am putting away $40 a month and will try the place out in fall/winter '07. hahaha!

                                                                  1. Urusawa.
                                                                    Totoraku (if I can get in).

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                                                                    1. re: BabyLitigator

                                                                      Somebody HAS to know a way to get a rez in this place. I know quite a few of the posters here have eaten there, so how did you get in if you have to know the chef to get a reservation? I've been dying to go to this place for a YEAR now! Help!

                                                                      1. re: Plague

                                                                        I think rameniac's exact words were:

                                                                        those who know about fight club don't talk about fight club! (>_<)

                                                                    2. Soot Bulgurim
                                                                      Taco trucks in East LA
                                                                      Too many more to list...

                                                                      1. Cut again but this time actually getting some of the prized real kobe from kysuhu.

                                                                        Babita sounds good too, but always usually pass it up for Chinese food in San Gabriel.

                                                                        Urasawa, if i can figure out a way to afford it.

                                                                        the new locale of Sasabune, I'd like to see if it has improved from the old Sawtelle location.

                                                                        chinois on main.

                                                                        1. Musso & Frank gets my first vote, haven't been there in years. Closer to home is La Serenata De Garibaldi. Passed by there many times but never stopped. And I'd love to check out a new BBQ joint in Fontana that was featured the "Let's Dine Out" show on KVCR-PBS channel 24 recently.

                                                                          1. Mozza (not for the pizza, but for this Tuesday-night duck thing that people keep raving about)

                                                                            others I've been meaning to try for a while:
                                                                            Bistro K
                                                                            Zelo's Pizza

                                                                            not really food-food, but whatever:
                                                                            tiki bars (even though I'm not a fan of sweet drinks...)
                                                                            getting past the lavender lemon bar at Cafe Surfas

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                                                                            1. re: PseudoNerd

                                                                              Lucques is consistenly great -- esp for anything braised. Highly rec you go there outside of the Sunday supper for an optimum experience.

                                                                            2. This month!
                                                                              I'm going to Orris this Wednesday

                                                                              Those two are a good start of "Places I've never been" for 2007.

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                                                                                1. re: cinzia

                                                                                  It's on Sawtelle... innovative Japanese dishes

                                                                                  1. re: glutton

                                                                                    Ahhh... I just went to Orris last night... divine. I may like it as much as AOC.

                                                                                1. go to OPUS. it's awesome. very affordable.
                                                                                  i want to try hatfield's, too.

                                                                                  1. How about some recommendations for the poorer gourmands in the SF Valley area?! LOL! I work for pittance but enjoy good food, but am on a > tight < (underline, squeeze type together, embolden) budget.

                                                                                    1. I love all these answers! I've had so many "oh, definitely" moments reading them...Babita is definitely on the list now, as is Cut (and Providence and Hatfields and...)

                                                                                        1. I'm going to Lucques next week, but I also really want to try Mozza.

                                                                                          1. I heard the new pizza place at highland and melrose is nancy silverton's new place. anyone know? if so, I need to try it. anyone already try it?

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                                                                                              1. I think Hatfields and Mozza sound interesting.

                                                                                                1. On my must-do dining out list for 2007 :

                                                                                                  AOC (booked)
                                                                                                  Asian Noodles
                                                                                                  Boca del Rio
                                                                                                  Lu Din Gee
                                                                                                  Luscious Dumplings
                                                                                                  Tacos Baja Ensenada
                                                                                                  Gaja Okonomiyaki
                                                                                                  La Casita Mexicana
                                                                                                  Craft (when it opens)

                                                                                                  The problem is every time I read chowhound I add something to the list, and the list is growing faster than my ability to make time to visit all these places!

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                                                                                                  1. re: notmartha

                                                                                                    Progress report:

                                                                                                    Boca del Rio - went - pass (yuck!)
                                                                                                    Lu Din Gee - went - will go again (but not for the peking duck)
                                                                                                    Luscious Dumplings - went - great!

                                                                                                    AOC in the next 2 weeks. Gaja in April, still waiting for Craft to open. Will add Renu Nakorn (but thought the voicemail said opening in late summer).

                                                                                                    1. re: notmartha

                                                                                                      Another progress report -

                                                                                                      AOC - went - it was great. Will go back again.
                                                                                                      Babita - went - pretty good. Need to go back and try the house special nogada
                                                                                                      Have been unsuccessful in going to Gaja - they don't open for lunch on Sundays...

                                                                                                      Still waiting for Craft to open. Will be going to Opus (added to my list) in lieu of Mother's day.

                                                                                                    2. Oh writer girl, what a difficult question. Just one? Hatfields. One cause it sounds devine and two because I haven't been able to get a reservation the last three times I called!! On principle and growling stomach I will persevere.

                                                                                                      Everyone should do the tasting menu at Provedence.

                                                                                                      Never tried Saddle Ranch, is it fun and good?

                                                                                                      1. For 2007:
                                                                                                        Hungry Cat
                                                                                                        Some of the recommended tamale places
                                                                                                        Then maybe Grace, Lucques, Cut... they're all the same place in my head

                                                                                                        For 2017 (saving a dollar a day until then):

                                                                                                        1. Lu din gee - been craving peking duck since New Years

                                                                                                          1. Hey, I was just wondering how everyone's doing on their New Years lists so far. March is right around the corner. So far I've hit 3 of my 4 (Hatfields, Pagolac and Wat Thai). I still have Mozza to go, and I guess I'll tack on Vincenti's in Brentwood, Craft when it opens, and Izakaya on 3rd.

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                                                                                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                              I've been to Sushi Zo and love it. I'm so glad I tried it. Still need to get to Monte Alban.

                                                                                                              1. re: hrhboo

                                                                                                                I just went to Monte Alban today for the first time. I'm actually having quite a bit of fun trying to decide which restaurant I resolve to try THIS WEEK.

                                                                                                                1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                  How was it? I always go to Guelaguetza for Oaxacan but I've been meaning to try Monte Alban for months.

                                                                                                                  1. re: hrhboo

                                                                                                                    Not completely decided, but if you held a creme-brulee torch to my head, I'd answer Guelaguetza.

                                                                                                                    My blog post on the matter: http://www.taste-buzz.com/holy-mole

                                                                                                                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                      Great review, and beautiful pics too. Kudos for managing to avoid the clayuda, I can never get past it! I'll definitely check out Monte Alban next time the urge strikes.

                                                                                                                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                        Interesting. From the picture the chicken is a piece of breast meat? I wonder if the flavors didn't blend because the chicken is cooked separately and just covered with a mole sauce to finish off?

                                                                                                                        1. re: notmartha

                                                                                                                          Could be. As a I said in my blog post (and a similar thread), the tamal was Afreakin'mazing.

                                                                                                              2. Wanna try Hatfields (booked)
                                                                                                                then either Spago or Cut mid-April for my birthday

                                                                                                                1. I'm so glad people went beyong "the very ONE to try," because when I saw the title of the posting, 3 or 4 immediately popped in my head, and I plan on trying several new places this year! A lot of the ideas come from the board, so thank you...I'm thinking:

                                                                                                                  Hatfields (since it started the list)
                                                                                                                  Providence (possibly for my birthday with my parents, seems like a special place)
                                                                                                                  Opus (because even though I read all sorts of things, I had never heard of it before a few 3
                                                                                                                  weeks ago on the board, so now I'm just curious!)
                                                                                                                  Sushi Zo - omakase of course (was supposed to go a few weeks ago, and still need to...)
                                                                                                                  Culver City new places, ie Tender Greens, K-Zo
                                                                                                                  Kiriko for dinner (so I can eat more!)
                                                                                                                  Square One ( I love brunch)
                                                                                                                  Bin 8945 (hmmh...because I come from a wine family?)
                                                                                                                  Sawtelle Kitchen (sounds so up my alley and everyone seems so excited that it reopened)
                                                                                                                  Itzkaya (finally Katsuya food near me!)
                                                                                                                  Craft (because I've been obsessed with the concept since it first opened in NY)
                                                                                                                  and finally
                                                                                                                  Urasawa (that birthday? it's the 30th...maybe I can get the parents to really splurge on my favorite food!)

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Quesera

                                                                                                                    So I can cross one off my list...I hit Itzkaya by Katsu ya last night...and it was what you'd expect. didnt get to try much interesting, sat at the sushi bar and mostly stuck with sushi dishes, but I like the casual atmosphere and the location. I'll definitely be going back...want to try the veggies, etc.

                                                                                                                  2. Providence.

                                                                                                                    And Urasawa if some cash falls on me from the sky.

                                                                                                                    1. I'm a rookie chowhounder...don't laugh but I have yet to try Lawry's, I will be going soon! Oh and Morton's too, I know I'm deprived.

                                                                                                                      1. The new, improved Renu Nakorn, when it opens.

                                                                                                                        The new, improved Thai Nakorn, when it opens.


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                                                                                                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                                          Where and what are these? Never heard of them.
                                                                                                                          Culinary Vixen

                                                                                                                          1. re: Vickie McCorkendale

                                                                                                                            Both Thai restaurants. One is burned down, not sure when it's supposed to be rebuilt. Another is being remodeled until August/Sept. Search the board - plenty of reviews there.

                                                                                                                            1. re: notmartha

                                                                                                                              And the third is a Vietnamese place in Westminster renowned for its bo bay mon (seven courses of beef). Renu Nakorn is in Norwalk; Thai Nakorn was in Garden Grove but will be relocating, not sure where to.

                                                                                                                        2. Hatfield's
                                                                                                                          Campanile (because i've NEVER been)
                                                                                                                          Bistro K
                                                                                                                          Tender Greens
                                                                                                                          Would love to venture into SGV but feel I need a guide, or a way more adventurous SO to venture out there with me.

                                                                                                                          1. Babita, Jar, Urusawa, Totoraku, Takao

                                                                                                                            1. Soot Bul Jeep (sp?) since everyone here raves about it. :)

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                                                                                                                              1. re: katkoupai

                                                                                                                                Extremely good choice if you've never been there! Also Sa Rit Gol is a magnificent experience.

                                                                                                                                At both restaurants, the experience improves as the size of your party increases. Do not bother going to either by yourself or (debatable) with just one other person unless you're starving.

                                                                                                                              2. Hard for me to narrow it down to just one. I've been to Providence, for example; don't care about pizza regardless of who makes it; and can't afford Urasawa unless a vendor springs for it. So...

                                                                                                                                On my tab:

                                                                                                                                Chichen Itza
                                                                                                                                Hungry Cat

                                                                                                                                Expense account outings:

                                                                                                                                Bistro K

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                                                                                                                                1. re: ttriche

                                                                                                                                  Bistro K is really not that expensive, as you byo the wine or beverage of choice at no additional cost to you. And the food, as long as you do not do the tasting menu, is quite reasonable.
                                                                                                                                  Even if you do the tasting menu, it is still quite reasonable, yet more than you might want to spend.
                                                                                                                                  Here is the menu of the moment:

                                                                                                                                  Go asap!

                                                                                                                                2. Mozza and The Penthouse at the Huntly

                                                                                                                                  Going to both in a 4 day span the last week of March.

                                                                                                                                  Extremely excited.

                                                                                                                                  1. Ambrosia Restaurant
                                                                                                                                    Turner New Zealand

                                                                                                                                    1. Babita
                                                                                                                                      The Nook
                                                                                                                                      Sona -- although a little nervous on this one as seems to have very mixed reactions...

                                                                                                                                      1. If I could only choose one, it would be Mozza. I love pizza and I love Mario Batali. Been waiting so long for it to open, now I just have to find the time to get there.

                                                                                                                                        And as a burger lover, I swear this is the year I get to Father's Office and The Counter, especially since I've moved to the west side, now I have no excuse!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: LisaStitch

                                                                                                                                          A note on the turkey burger at the Counter: baaaaad. So dry, no flavor. Just awful. And completely overpriced. But I'll have to assume the regular (beef) burgers are good, based on the generally good comments about the place.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: slacker

                                                                                                                                            Their regular burgers aren't much better. Totally flavorless and the bun falls apart after the first few bites.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: slacker

                                                                                                                                              the people who like the counter the most, and i am definitely one of them, tend to be fans of the blue cheese topping.
                                                                                                                                              the intense flavor of the cheese certainly goes a long way to ringing my bell.

                                                                                                                                          2. With the year half over, how's everyone doing so far? I can now strike Craft off my list, with only Vincenti to go.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                                              I suck. Monte Alban was the only one on my list and I haven't made it there yet. Shameful!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: hrhboo

                                                                                                                                                OP here.... I made it to Nook, and can't wait to go back! I really enjoyed my meal there, but whenever I call to get a table, they're already booked. :-( I must learn to plan better! I had also added Opus to my must try list, and boy am I glad I did! I love Opus, it's now one of my favorite LA restaurants. I love all of the progress reports, I'm getting lots of ideas of places to try (Babita!)

                                                                                                                                            2. Water Grill
                                                                                                                                              Astroburger/Fatburger (only because I've tried In'n'Out and didn't think it was revelatory)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: katydid13

                                                                                                                                                From the ubiquitous to the sublime, such an interesting string. So, when I hit the lottery...

                                                                                                                                                Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                Jin Patisserie
                                                                                                                                                Fogo de Chão Brazilian Churasceria (maybe this one first)