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.
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.
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.
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.
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.