I don't know exactly why, but I love eating in hotel restaurants. Of course, there are the popular ones - Casa Del Mar, Four Seasons, Loew's, etc. But I'm looking for the not-so-obvious. Any suggestions? Anywhere in L.A. is fine.
I like having breakfast at The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Not only is the food good, but I love listening in on the deals being made around me. Note: since CAA moved from Beverly Hills, I don't know if it is the power breakfast spot anymore.
I recently wrote about LA hotel restaurants, actually. My list here: http://gridskipper.com/travel/los-ang... has 7 places on it, of which my personal favorites are La Terza in the Orlando Hotel and Knoll at Le Parc Suites in WeHo.
Obviously CUT is high on the list, debate about quality vs. extreme price aside. But I believe there's another restaurant there at the Beverly Wilshire, called The BLVD, I think, with somewhat more reasonable fare.
SImon LA is a good choice. Granted the menu won't blow your mind in terms of creativity, but it's familiar, upscale comfort food and the kitchen did a great job the last time we went. Plus, they did not charge us a corkage fee.
Good to hear something positive about them as I've mostly heard people complaining. My one dinner there was okay but nothing spectacular. I may give them another try before Sofitel shuffles it off for a new roll of the dice.