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Dine LA Restaurant Week

http://www.dinela.com/data/restaurant...

From Jan 27 - Feb 1
and
Feb 3 - Feb 8

This dining event seems so ametuer compared to SF's lauded event.

Anyhow, looking through this list I only see about 7 actual decent choices

All' Angelo (Italian
)Neomeze (Italian)
Red seven (Wolfgang Puck Pan-asian)
Beacon (Pan-Asian)
Patina (American-Modern)
Grace (American-modern with french influences)
Violet (American-modern, mid-priced) This place already has 25$ dinner Sundays!!
Il moro (Bolognese)

Optional
Table 8 (American Modern, Comfort food, bar menu)
Ocean Ave Seafood (standard Seafood) [Water grill, providence, catch, il grano, hungry cat would have been nice too]
3 on fourth (World Cuisine....I hear the food is average for the price)

I can understand places like Chinois on main, but J restaurant and Lounge? Are you kidding me? SF has some bad restaurants too, but this list makes LA look like crap. No wonder people think food in LA stinks. Why don't our good restaurants participate? Don;t places like the Foundry, Ortolan, Opus, Celadon, Bashan, Canele, Blue Velvet want some more publicity. They could all use it, and all of them are at least decent. This list is a very poor representation of LA.

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  1. Is Violet still open I thought they closed?

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    1. re: cc santa monica

      Violet is still open. I don't think Canele needs any publicity, they're always full and it couldn't cost much to run that tiny room. But you're right, some of those other places, esp. Ortolan, Opus, Celadon and Blue Velvet could use some new customers.
      I agree that the ones Jlrobe names seem like the best choices.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        chowpatty, you are right, canele doesnt need more publicity.

      2. re: cc santa monica

        violet is still open.

        I went 3 sundays ago and had a terrific 25$ three course meal. for whatever reason, it isnt popular, but it reminds me of a typical SF neighorhood restaurant. Qiurky decor instead of overly lavish, decent and affordable wines, mid-priced, chef-owned, pri-fixe specials, good ingredients, etc.

        1. re: jlrobe

          ... ciudad? i've never had anything more than an average meal, straining-to-hear my-fellow-diners-across-the-after-work-crowd hoopla. canele.. what's wrong with a good restaurant getting good publicity when they deserve it? i know canele because it's in my neighborhood, which is where it starts in a place like LA. pulling out the wealth of restaurants that exist in each area. try starting with location. or price range, or type of experience. or type of food. something to narrow the field.... how can you distill LA dining into top 10 lists? that's completely ridiculous... LA can't and has never been so reductive and easily defined. it's a diverse web of distinct neighborhoods/villages/towns and far more complex than anything that can be so easily characterized by lists like this.
          you have to dig around a bit, that's what makes LA so unique...

          1. re: eggimedusa

            We went to Ciudad over the last weekend, and got a very nice meal on the DineLA menu, plus the shuttle to the Music Center. The Atlantic Char was wonderful, and my martini was perfect. Wife had the mojito and declared it her favorite. I've got no complaints.

      3. The ones that look good to me are Roy's, Ciudad, and Asia de Cuba. But I don't really care for dessert, so these events are kind of a waste for me. Although this may be the push I need to finally try the Roy's downtown.

        Maybe the best person for these kinds of events, well at least in LA, is a relatively new foodie, or someone who just doesn't go out to eat very often. To them, most of these restaurants are new to them, so this is a good opportunity to try one or two. And those of us who have already been to most of these probably wouldn't want to be limited to the special menus anyway. At least I wouldn't.

        1. Too bad All' Angelo and Patina aren't doing dinners, Those and Grace are the ones that look good to me.

          Just noticed El Cholo/pasadena is on the list. Yikes.

          1. Considering that this is LA's inaugural Restaurant Week, they haven't done such a bad job putting together a list of places. SF and NY have been doing this for years. What a lot of people don't realize is that there is a significant participation fee for each restaurant (to offset costs of promotion), so there was probably some hesitation on the part of each restaurant to participate something so new and untested.

            Best thing we can do is support Restaurant Week wholeheartedly and try out places we haven't been to, or that are too expensive for us otherwise. The more successful this is, the more restaurants it will attract year after year. And soon it will rank up there with SF and NY.

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            1. re: TinyNancer

              Are you sure this is the first? I could've sworn LA had a Dine Out week last year as well...

              1. re: recovering_vegetarian

                Dine Out LA is a different event, held in August, sponsored by Pellegrino. I believe it runs two weeks.

              2. re: TinyNancer

                By TinyNancer
                "Considering that this is LA's inaugural Restaurant Week, they haven't done such a bad job putting together a list of places. SF and NY have been doing this for years. What a lot of people don't realize is that there is a significant participation fee for each restaurant (to offset costs of promotion), so there was probably some hesitation on the part of each restaurant to participate something so new and untested.

                Best thing we can do is support Restaurant Week wholeheartedly and try out places we haven't been to, or that are too expensive for us otherwise. The more successful this is, the more restaurants it will attract year after year. And soon it will rank up there with SF and NY."

                You are right. I guess I just want LA to shine more. I think my initial response was an overreaction. I moved from SF, and my friends and family cant stop telling me how bad LA is or asking me when I am moving back. Maybe they just really miss me, but it sounds like SF snobbery. Anyhow, I just want LA to showcase its best culinary gems, because in my mind, LA is a very good dining town if you know where to look.

              3. i'd only go if the entrees served arent chicken breast and salmon as it almost always seems to be.... yawwwwwnn....

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                1. re: modernist

                  One of the resto, I believe it was Noe, had foie gras on the menu ....
                  and winter truffle soup. Sounds good, no? Haven't been to the restaurant itself tho but the foie gras is enticing.
                  Napa Valley Grille and Chaya Brasserie also has good menus. Not just chicken breast and salmon ;) just go check out the menus online.