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If all your meals for a month had to be at one restaurant in the LA Area, which one would you select?

JeetJet May 22, 2007 09:25 PM

Because a week is too short to show what you would really like every day. A month just seems right.

I would be at Pann’s. Real people and real food in a Googie Dream.

Breakfast, Wings, waffles, Country Fried Steak, or Country Breakfast.
Lunch, Split Pea, Wings, Meat loaf, Patty Melt
Dinner – The Specials

6710 La Tijera Blvd (Cross Street: La Cienega Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 776-3770

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    bulavinaka RE: JeetJet May 22, 2007 09:32 PM

    How does this place go from chicken wings to bouillabaisse and everything in between? And really nice staff to boot? And a membership card? And how do I explain to my seven-year old that this architecture is a local treasure? Man, you make it tough to go from here...

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      mollyomormon RE: bulavinaka May 23, 2007 08:12 AM

      I introduced my boyfriend to this place over the weekend -- best biscuits and gravy that southern boy has eaten in LA so far! I really love it there.

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        Diana RE: mollyomormon May 23, 2007 08:55 AM

        how are the hotcakes?

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          mollyomormon RE: Diana May 23, 2007 10:04 AM

          I haven't tried the hotcakes, but the guy sitting next to us at the counter was going to town on his. We shared a waffle (in addition to our own big breakfasts: two fried eggs, a biscuit with country gravy, grits) and it was very good.

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          bulavinaka RE: mollyomormon May 23, 2007 09:36 AM

          Hey Molly, thanks for the rec on biscuits and gravy... a kindly thumbs-up from your Gentleman of the South is good enough for me... my only problem with this place is keeping my son at bay - he eats like a hungry weasel that's been let loose on the table when we eat there... he loves their burgers and fries... and my fried chicken... and my wife's bouillabaisse... he won't touch my daughter's plate though - she bites...

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            Jeryy RE: bulavinaka May 23, 2007 02:35 PM

            Kate Mantilin's - great selection, open early and late, good bar, TV (playoffs are on)

            Great bread, soups, sandwiches,fish, salads, chicken pie, fresh veggies. Expensive but real good.


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        Diana RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 06:20 AM

        some place with a massive menu that had healthy options.

        Brent's has a big menu, but I wasn't thrilled by it.
        Not Very Healthy.

        Maybe Hugo's? Good Options there.

        OR Follow Your Heart.

        Do I have an unlimited budget here?

        Most likely, I'd just go to Gelson's. They have deli options for any meal. Or bakery. Or I'd buy off the shelf. I know it isn't a restaurant per say, but It would be the best optin for reasonably good food that I can stay fit on.

        A pretty good Salad bar, a reasonable sushi bar with a chef who humors me and my requests, a nice deli, a Wolfgang Pucks for pizza splurges, great produce, Victor Bene's (more splurging there) and a nice coffee station that also sells gelato for more splurging.

        I would go to either Encino, North Hollywood, Calabasas or Westlake. Westlake has fresh fish soup at the fish counter!

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          Emme RE: Diana May 24, 2007 12:50 AM

          I second Gelson's or even Whole Foods (particularly the Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, 23rd/Wilshire, and San Vicente/Barrington locations). They both have such comfort foody prepared food as well as fantastic salad bars...

          I know heresy perhaps but somewhere with a large menu like Jerry's (if only I ate something there besides egg white omelettes, which I could live on for a month no problem) would be ideal, not Jerry's, just somewhere with a variety as wide.

          As others mentioned, somewhere that offers a tasting menu as well as a gourmet menu and renowned chef at your beckon call...

        2. jcwla RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 06:38 AM

          My stock answer to this has always been The Grill on the Alley. You'd still have menu items left to try after a month, all of them fresh, wholesome and good tasting, in a comfortable, friendly environment where good old-fashioned customer service is a matter of pride.

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            tdo ca RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 06:58 AM

            The Restaurant at the Hotel Bel Air. Preferably with a suite included.

            1. SauceSupreme RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 08:06 AM

              If I had to eat breakfast lunch and dinner at one place, I'd honestly choose BLD. :p

              The menu is large enough to offer diversity, and the food is obviously quite tasty.

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                mc michael RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 09:47 AM

                Seems like you'd want a place with a chef who can cook anything so you could order off the menu. That said: Spago, Providence, Hungry Cat, AOC, Lucques. Or, you could just go to Victor's, they've got lots of decent stuff and an interesting crowd.

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                  LisaStitch RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 09:51 AM

                  I could eat Vito's Pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

                  Runners up -
                  Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel
                  26 Beach (shortest drive for me)

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                    thepete RE: JeetJet May 23, 2007 11:05 PM

                    Easy...In-n-Out Burger

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                      donnival RE: JeetJet May 24, 2007 01:48 AM

                      I'd eat breakfast and lunch at Nook Monday through Friday and then do takeout Friday night and Saturday night to tide me over until the next week.

                      No joke. I'm there practically all the time anyway so this isn't a stretch.

                      1. mollyomormon RE: JeetJet May 24, 2007 10:44 AM

                        I thought about this a lot and I think my answer is Bloom Cafe. Large, varied menu with lots of healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

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