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jaykayen Nov 2, 2007 01:47 AM

Which of these is going to give it to me?

For two people, doing 1 app/1 entree/1 dessert at Spago or Grace or go to AOC instead?

AOC is good, the dates would be a 3 or 4/5 WOW. But most of the dishes, were milder, 1-2 wows.

I know Spago is capable of a mind-blowing, 5/5 WOW! I'm going to miss foie gras five ways. Also, I know I can get away with sharing every dish here, because it's so intense that one person can't possibly finish the whole thing.

I haven't been to Grace yet.

I'm looking for consistent, serious wows. Other restaurant rec's are also welcome.

  1. Servorg Nov 2, 2007 04:01 AM

    Had you seen this previous, recent thread? It may be on point for your search and should give you some excellent ideas for the future as well.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410495

    1. westsidegal Nov 2, 2007 03:03 PM

      i've only been to aoc once, and i've only been to the hungry cat once, but to my tastes, the food at the hungry cat was far superior.

      imho, nothing that i ate at aoc was truly a 'wow,' whereas both the main dishes we ordered at hungry cat were 'wows.'

      so, if you decide to go to a suzanne goin restaurant, my vote would be for the hungry cat.

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      1. re: westsidegal
        hrhboo Nov 2, 2007 03:10 PM

        To me, Lucques has more "wows" than Hungry Cat. I love HC, it's one of my favorites, but it lacks the wow-factor that many of Lucques dishes have.

        1. re: hrhboo
          ipsedixit Nov 2, 2007 03:15 PM

          I have sort of mixed feelings about Lucques (esp. recently), but the veal cheeks I had there a long time ago was so f-cking good, I almost picked up the plate to lick it clean.

        2. re: westsidegal
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          jaykayen Nov 2, 2007 07:59 PM

          cool! I agree, AOC is not all that.

        3. paulfromla Nov 2, 2007 11:49 PM

          hello, sona...

          1. riceflour Nov 3, 2007 02:48 AM

            I second the Sona rec, but would also like to throw my two cents in for Hatfield's. I had the seven course tasting menu Wednesday night and was blown away by six out of the seven dishes, which were designed to pair well with the small bottle of vouvray I was drinking. And there's foie--always a plus!

            1. Jennalynn Nov 3, 2007 10:53 AM

              In my mind, Spago is the only place that actually lives up to its hype.

              If I had one last big splurge meal, I'd pick Spago.

              And it's a lovely setting... to me that adds to the wow factor.

              1. r
                Reginald Nov 3, 2007 01:13 PM

                According to how you want to eat: Hatfields. Grace is really good, the produce is impeccable, the restaurant is absolutely beautiful, but the food is satisfying like comfort food kind of way, not in a haute-cuisine way. I have not yet been to Bastide under the new helm of Walter Mantzke but I've had his food in Carmel: the man can really cook. It's subtle and restrained though, at least what I ate the one time in Carmel.

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