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mmmclapclap May 7, 2007 05:26 PM

HI

I am looking to take a friend out Thursday night and Id like to strike a balance between great food, great wine list and great ambiance. Not too loud, but active, where the food is the most important thing. In our 30's love beautful environments and great service but the food should be the main thing.

Thinking maybe Grace, Jar , Chop, AOC. Ive been to Sona, Hatfileds, BLD, Tasca and Hungry Cat, Lucques, Mozza lately to give you an idea of my tastes..

Where have you had a great meal lately? We would prefer west hollywood/ Hollywood but will go anywhere for greatness...

Thanks!
mmmclapclap
think i used the word great enough?

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    Food Good May 9, 2007 01:59 AM

    I think I just had the best meal I've ever had in LA tonight at Hatfields.

    1. Emme May 7, 2007 10:34 PM

      Definitely between Grace and Providence. I think Grace's ambience is nicer, though depending on the evening, I think Providence edges out for food with the tasting menus. Now, there's an idea, eat dinner at Grace, dessert tasting menu at Providence.

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        mmmclapclap May 9, 2007 12:12 AM

        thanks!

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        bite bite May 7, 2007 08:40 PM

        Can't go wrong with AOC but my current fave is Grace -- warm, welcoming and lovely space, good mixed crowd, the kind of place where you can really relax and sink into a meal. When I eat at AOC I like to sit at one of their bars as I find it more comfortable than their tables.

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          djdebs May 7, 2007 08:29 PM

          I'd go with Grace. Great in every way (although I also love AOC and Jar).

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            bubbles4me May 7, 2007 10:23 PM

            I must admit that I have yet to go to Grace...(pink faced) but it is on my list. Could you recommend a must try dish for my first visit?

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              djdebs May 9, 2007 12:38 AM

              They have a fabulous boar tenderloin.

          2. ipsedixit May 7, 2007 08:18 PM

            Bin8945

            http://www.bin8945.com/

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              bubbles4me May 7, 2007 06:48 PM

              I would second AOC. I went for the fourth time about a month ago and they had a farro salad that I find myself dreaming about. I've never had a bad meal there and find the service both relaxed and knowlegeable. Clean, fresh, thoughtful food that is remarkably wine friendly...good thing because the list is awesome.

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                glutton May 7, 2007 06:38 PM

                Josie and Joe's come to mind. Opus isn't a bad option to consider either.

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                  cynthia105 May 7, 2007 06:37 PM

                  AOC

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                    mmmclapclap May 9, 2007 12:23 AM

                    ...FUNNY I WENT TO OPUS TONIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AT THE WILTERN...THE SNAPPER AND CHARD ROMAINE WAS EXCELLENT. THANK YOU

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                    Diana May 7, 2007 06:26 PM

                    Providence

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                      mmmclapclap May 9, 2007 12:11 AM

                      providence? can you tell me more?

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