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Native hound coming home for the holidays

biscuit Nov 17, 2007 10:36 AM

Wife and I looking to get out for a couple of nice meals during a 10-day stay. We are also open for some quick lunches, but may have the baby in tow for those.

Haven't been around for almost 3 years, so I'm sure my list needs a refresh. As always, I defer to you fine folk as wisdom of the hounds usually prevails (with a little tweaking).

Here's my old list, recently updated:
Spago B.H.
Geoffrey's Malibu

Note: We may want to skip Mozza if it's anything like Babbo in NYC, where we were a couple of months ago. And is Geoffrey's really good for anything but the view? I'm wondering if the drive is worth it.

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  1. Emme RE: biscuit Nov 17, 2007 08:01 PM

    I don't know if you've already skipped over these, but I'd add to my list...
    Bastide (maybe)
    Angeli Caffe
    Via Veneto
    Saddle Peak Lodge
    Hungry Cat

    Maybe do some Thai for lunch (Jitlada or Sanam Luang)
    Griddle Cafe would be great for breakfast/lunch with kid
    Quality and Toast would both work too

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    1. re: Emme
      ipsedixit RE: Emme Nov 17, 2007 08:19 PM

      Hungry Cat is closed for renovation for the next 2-3 weeks.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        hrhboo RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2007 02:51 PM

        Hungry Cat isn't closed yet, it will be closed from the 25th of November till the 10th of December.

      2. re: Emme
        biscuit RE: Emme Nov 18, 2007 12:59 PM

        Only heard of Saddle Peak, Melisse, Jar, and Angeli. What do the others offer up?

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          Emme RE: biscuit Nov 18, 2007 01:19 PM

          Bin and Sona offer some great tasting menus.

          Via Veneto is great Italian down on Main St. in Santa Monica

          Tasca does small plates.

      3. ipsedixit RE: biscuit Nov 17, 2007 08:24 PM

        Skip Geoffrey's. It's a summer time restaurant.

        Don't do Mozza if you have access to Babbo. At least skip the Osteria side, the Pizzeria might be worth considering, however.

        Other places not on your list worth considering: Bin8945, Lou's, Grace, Cut, Valentino and Water Grill.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          biscuit RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2007 12:58 PM

          Sounds about right. Heard good things about Grace, Cut, Valentino and Water. Don't know the others.

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            ipsedixit RE: biscuit Nov 18, 2007 01:41 PM

            Lou might be worth checking out. Lou and Bin8945 are both very wine-centric, if that matters to you.

            Enjoy your stay.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            Woolsey RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2007 02:19 PM

            Regarding Mozza, Babbo probably cancels out the Osteria, but the Pizzeria should still be visited. In fact, I'd say Pizzeria Mozza should be their first stop between the two, Babbo or not.

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            marlane RE: biscuit Nov 18, 2007 01:24 PM

            Second Valentino
            Last meal I had at Josie sucked service wise.

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