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Week in LA and Santa Barbara

I'll be in LA for 2 days, then Santa Barbara for 2 days, and then back to LA for two days. It's been a while since I've been to LA, and I'm interested in eating well throughout the trip. Here's what I'm looking for: 1) 2 upscale dinners in LA (thinking Providence and Josie but open to any suggestions as I've never been to either), 2) 2 lunch or brunch places in Santa Barbara 3) Some kick-arse, can't-miss mexican food in LA (i know it's there) 4) a great seafood place. Thanks for all the input, and I look forward to the responses.

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  1. In SB - La Super Rica for lunch.

    1. In SB: Went to this terrific new american restaurant on State Street called Opal. Highly recommend (although that was a dinner for us -- don't know if they are open for lunch.)

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        1. re: Diana

          "New american cuisine" not new "american cuisine". LOL!

      1. One of my favorite lunch spots in SB is Paradise Cafe. It's just off State St., on Anacapa and Ortega. They have a quaint patio and great burgers. Have fun!

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        1. re: browndoggie

          I second this rec. The Paradise Cafe has been around forever and captures the essence of Santa Barbara perfectly.

          http://www.paradisecafe.com/

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          1. Folks, sorry for the interruption. Los Angeles has its own forum, so we'd like to ask everyone to keep responses here focused on Santa Barbara chow.

            chucktowneater has another thread on the L.A. board. if you'd like to suggest good chow in the Los Angeles region

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390806