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Monkeycat799 Sep 4, 2007 08:38 AM

My husband and I will be in LA for one night (at the Beverly HIlton) and since it's our first kid-free night in over 2 years we are looking to make the absolute most of it. Can anyone recommend the best/most interesting area for walking around at night and trying out several great restaurants without having to drive from place to place? Since we'd like to visit a few restaurants in one night, we would be particularly interested in places that have nice eat-in bar areas to sample a couple of dishes rather than any formal sit-down. We especially love sushi so we'd like to stop in at least one sushi place.

We're not from the area, so any help is appreciated!

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    nick_r Sep 4, 2007 10:29 AM

    West 3rd Street, starting at Robertson and ending at Crescent Heights, has many LA favorites (AOC, Little Door, etc.). I don't think you can go wrong there. Sushi Roku is in that stretch; I'm not a sushi person but a lot of people like it and you may well spot some celebs.

    However, you could easily get away with not driving at all from the Hilton and just walking up and down some of the main north/south streets in Beverly Hills (Beverly, Canon, etc.), where you have Spago, Il Pastaio, and many well-respected sushi joints.

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      WORX4FUDE Sep 6, 2007 10:00 AM

      Nick nailed it. 3rd and Robertson is a GREAT place to start. Furthermore, both Main Street and Abbot Kinney in Santa Monica / Marina Del Rey, are vrey good places with lotsa cute eateries.

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        hrhboo Sep 6, 2007 10:52 AM

        Abbot Kinney has fantastic food, Main St does not. The eateries on Main are mostly mediocre touristy spots. Via Veneto is the only place on Main worth making a trip for.

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          New Trial Sep 6, 2007 08:02 PM

          I think Chinois remains a strong draw. And, while not a personal favorite, what about Chaya?

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            nick_r Sep 7, 2007 02:49 PM

            I love Main Street. Chaya, Lula, Library Alehouse, and then Urth, Mani's, Firehouse and Rose Cafe for breakfast/lunch. Except for being a bitch to park on, it's one of the best streets in LA county.

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      Clinton Sep 4, 2007 10:32 AM

      Stop by Crustacean near Bedford and Santa Monica. Great ambience and appetizers.

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        wilafur Sep 4, 2007 11:18 AM

        skip the food. it's overpriced crap.

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        carter Sep 4, 2007 10:37 AM

        nick r's suggestions are very good.
        3rd Street between La Cienega(Beverly Center) and Fairfax, with both AOC and Tasca doing smaller portioned items(start at AOC, you may never leave!), but also Joans, little door, the new FoodCourtLA, Ortolan, La Terza, Sushi Roku among many.
        Or just stroll Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, starting at the Spago end and walking north, including Mastro's, Il Pastaio, Enoteca Drago, Xian among others.

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          Diana Sep 4, 2007 11:07 AM

          3rd street as mentioned above

          Little Tokyo-good sushi, bakeries, pub food, grocery stores and more!

          San Gabriel Valley, Dim Sum, bakeries, chinese banquests Grocery stalls, boba. more for driving than walking, but worth it.

          Eastern Melrose blvd/West Hollywood- Mozza, Angeli Caffe, The Village Idiot and more.

          Pico blvd in Los Angels, West LA- John O' Groats for breakfast, but plenty of other yummy options.

          Sawtelle Blvd in Santa Monica/Venice or Culever city (never sure the city name) for good sushi, pub food, ramen and more

          Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice.

          Main street in Santa Monica

          Visit the Original Farmer's Market on Fairfax for some really nice and varied stalls with great food, from Brazilian BBQ to Sushi to donuts. It's attached to the Grove Maul (and I do mean Maul) but is a really fun place to go. Sort of a one-stop place for food.

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            hrhboo Sep 4, 2007 11:13 AM

            I agree with all your recs, with the exception of Main St. There really isn't much good food on Main at all, other than Via Veneto.

            There's great restaurant-hopping in Culver City too. Most of the places serve small plates so it would be fun to move from place to place and share a small plate at each.

          2. SauceSupreme Sep 4, 2007 12:05 PM

            If you're walking, then absolutely the best option is 3rd Street. I'd start in the afternoon at the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax. From there, you start walking west.

            Hit up Celadon for Asian fusion.
            Then Tasca for Spanish tapas
            Then AOC for Mediterranean small plates (make sure you get the roasted dates wrapped in bacon!)
            Then Little Next Door for a French bistro food
            Then Izakaya for Japanese pub food.
            Then Joans on Third for a high end deli.

            From there, if you keep heading west past La Cienega, in front of Cedar-Sinai you'll find one of my favorite gastropubs, 3rd Stop.

            Or you could head north one block to Beverly to one of my favorite sushi spots, Hirozen.

            Along the way you'll pass by many many restaurants that might strike your fancy, but the ones mentioned above are definitely dish-sampler type of places.

            There was a thread a while back talking about the best restaurant neighborhoods. Of course, I voted for the Mid-City. This itinerary I've created doesn't even cover Beverly Blvd which contains more sit-down places like Jar, Angelini Osteria and Grace.

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            AOC
            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Celadon
            7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Little Door
            8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Tasca Restaurant
            8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Joan's On Third
            8436 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            3rd Stop
            8636 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Hirozen
            8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Izaka-Ya By Katsu-Ya
            8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              danikm Sep 5, 2007 09:42 PM

              I agree completely. The only note: A.O.C. comes geographically between Celadon and Tasca. Don't risk walking to Tasca and then not wanting to retrace your steps to AOC or you could miss the best spot of all.

              Also along the way is a Greek restaurant called Sofi. The food is only okay for the price, but there are some nice meze and the atmosphere is quite romantic (outdoor hidden patio with twinkling lights and music some nights). It's hidden down a long hallway, but keep your eyes open for a green awning near A.O.C.

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                SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 12:53 AM

                The other note about AOC is that it'll be the most difficult restaurant for you to find a seat unless you make reservations. The rest should be fine. If you're doing this itinerary, make a reservation for AOC, and then plan the rest of the trip around that.

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                ITurnedOutTV Sep 6, 2007 02:53 PM

                This is an excellent list, SauceSupreme! I'd also extend your Beverly Blvd suggestions a little farther east to include dessert at Milk and Susina (which would be my fantasy night out, actually...just dessert at those two places!).

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                MILK
                7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Susina Bakery & Cafe
                7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 03:02 PM

                  I'm enjoying a scoop of blueberry ice cream from Milk as we speak. You can also get dessert at BLD.

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                    ITurnedOutTV Sep 6, 2007 03:11 PM

                    Glaaghhh! The only ice cream item I've had there is the butterscotch banana bar thing, and I don't know if I could stray from it!

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                Monkeycat799 Sep 6, 2007 08:53 AM

                Thank you for the great replies! There definitely seems to be a general consensus regarding 3rd street. Our only concerns are parking and crowds on a Saturday night so we may also need to consider restaurants within walking distance of the Hilton (as a plan B) to simplify things. If that ends up being the case, where would we want to start and what do we definitely not want to miss in that area?

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                  Jwsel Sep 6, 2007 09:37 AM

                  You can park at the Grove/Farmer's Market. That's your best bet for the neighborhood.

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                    SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 11:59 AM

                    There's also parking at the Cedar-Sinai end for the Beverly Center. Or just cab it.

                    Close to the Beverly Hilton are Trader Vic's (which I think is re-opened) and Sweet Lady Jane. It's a shorter list, so just cab it you have to.

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                    rds246 Sep 7, 2007 01:09 PM

                    perhaps I have just been really lucky of late, but the several times I have driven to that part of third st. in the past months, I always manage to find a parking spot right where I'm going. Most of the little side streets are permit parking only at night, but I've had really good luck on third st itself.

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                    Juji Sep 6, 2007 03:04 PM

                    You may also enjoy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

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                      yabadabadoo Sep 7, 2007 12:38 PM

                      Great recommendations by SauceSupreme, I would only add that you will be going out on the busiest night of the week and would highly recommend making reservations at AOC, Tasca and Little Door.

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                        Monkeycat799 Sep 7, 2007 07:08 PM

                        Thanks for the great advice everyone! We have reservations at AOC and Little Door and from there we'll see where the evening takes us!

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