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"COOLEST" neat restaurant in W. Hollywood area?

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kel Sep 16, 2007 01:02 PM

Friends coming in from Italy and planning to stay at Ch Marmont, or Mondrian, or on La Cienega: Their question: " what are the cooolest, best, newest ' in ' restaurants in that general area?" Not necessarily the fanciest, or most expensive tourist places. Please help with some specific ones.

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  1. Servorg RE: kel Sep 16, 2007 01:07 PM

    Bastide on Melrose Place in WeHo

    Sona on La Cienega in WeHo

    Lucuqes on Melrose in WeHo

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      lizziee RE: Servorg Sep 16, 2007 02:21 PM

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366513

    2. Local RE: kel Sep 16, 2007 02:30 PM

      Bin 8945.

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        Obessed RE: kel Sep 16, 2007 02:34 PM

        La Cienega: Gonpachi, Tanzore
        Sunset: Bar Marmont

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          wutzizname RE: Obessed Sep 16, 2007 03:11 PM

          Yes to Bar Marmont. If they're staying up the hill it's obviously a no brainer. Even though it's been around a long time, it recently reopened with a minor makeover. And it remains the hippest place on the strip, in my opinion. And food is very good too.

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          droyal RE: kel Sep 16, 2007 11:45 PM

          It's not upper end cuisine, like Bastide or Sona, but Tokyo Table is a little different and often fun, with good pricing.

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            thomtompkins RE: kel Sep 18, 2007 04:44 PM

            You absolutely cant go wrong with Hatfields, Sona, Lucques, Aoc, Osteria Mozza, Angelini Osteria. New or not, I would not let them miss Spago Beverly H if they have not been previously. No, its not new but the food is as cutting edge as anything anyone else is doing and its also not afraid to serve a whole portion. I also think its really fairly priced for what it is. A no loose deal

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              nick_r RE: kel Sep 18, 2007 05:02 PM

              If they're from Italy they may scoff at the Batali/Silverton compound (even though Nancy's caprese is as good or better than anything I've had in The Boot).

              But if they stay at the Mondrian (or even if they don't, but it'll be harder to get in), definitely take them to Skybar; the available food is average pricey LA, but the trappings and the scene are hard to beat.

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