4 Days to enjoy L.A. food - Help!
I'll be making my first journey to L.A. in a couple of weeks and would love to hear where the locals would take me if I knew anyone there. Will be with my GF and are looking for the following type places for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We will have a car and be moving all around hitting the touristy spots so all areas are appreciated. We are not picky, enjoy ethnic foods and are also not afraid of those sketchy from the outside places as long as the food is good.
Where would you go?
1 or 2 nice (under $100 a person w/o alcohol) restaurants for Dinner - Good steak with other good options preferable
The great breakfast places that never make the guide books that all the locals know about.
Great lunch spot with quality people watching
Anything else that will put a smile on this foodie's face
Thanks in advance for all replys
Wow - what choices you've been given! LA is like no where else for restaurant choices. Here's a few to add to the well developed list you have so far...
Dinner - (easy to do $100 for two, or slightly less depending on how hungry you are):
Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd
Sushi Ike (Hollywood & Gower - in a strip mall, most definitely worth looking for)
Piccolo Paradiso on S. Beverly in Beverly Hills - amazing for eitheir lunch or dinner though the lunch crowd is mostly business lunches, deal making
Mexican - so many great places to choose from...I would recommend Tlapazola Grill on Gateway on the edge of LA and Santa Monica. Also Lares on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica
Foodie places...mostly ethnic recommendations
Indian - India's Oven on Beverly Blvd
Sushi - Ita Cho on Beverly Blvd
Beachy / Brunchy - Babalu Cafe on Montana in Santa Monica
Italian - Vito on Ocean Park in Santa Monica
Have a great trip!
Pane e Vino
The Lobster (just for the view)
Saddle Peak Lodge
The Griddle Cafe
Primo's for buttermilk bars
The Ivy on Robertson is pricey but people watching worthy
The Newsroom Cafe (across the street from aforementioned Ivy)
Bay Cities Deli
Tacos Por Favor
Nata's Pastries in Sherman Oaks
Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
Shamshiri for Persian
Rahel or Meals by Genet on Fairfax for Ethiopian
pizzeria mozza - the absolute best deal for amazingly creative and well cooked and flavored food for a reasoanble price
lunch w/a view:
pink taco - century city
real food daily
the polo lounge at the bh hotel
don antonio's - pico/barrington
la cabana - in venice
el compadre - sunset near fairfax
monte alban - santa monica near barrington (more authentic)
lots of taco trucks!!!! this is the best way to go in my opinion: see: http://www.tacohunt.blogspot.com/
father's office - on montana near 10th. just an amazing amazing burger.
thai in thai town (east hollywood) - just go where there's a crowd like palms thai.
dim sum in monterey park.
indian in artesia
i eat breakfast out once or twice a year - but an amazing experience is eating breakfast on the venice boardwalk (i think figtree cafe is open early) or at duke's in malibu.
If you are looking for the most UNIQUE way to have amazing mexican food then I second going to a Taco Truck. But don't ignore the Taco Mecca here in the east side of Los Angeles. The BEST of the BEST Taco Trucks are on Olympic Blvd. stretching east ward to Atlantic Blvd. You will find Trucks that serve Beef, Pork and Sea Food and the good ones make their tortillas in the truck.
Also don't miss out on our HAMBURGER JOINTS. Many AMAZING joints to try from sit down restaurants to walk up stands. First off try the best Franchised Burger, In N out and then hit a place like B&R or Hawkins. You won't be disappointed!
There are a few on Going discussions here on the board.
I disagree with the recommendation for Hal's Bar. I've found the place to have spotty food and inconsistent service. Frankly, it just hasn't kept pace with the other good restaurants in the area (Joe's, Beechwood, Axe, Lilly's, etc.). A reviewer last week echoed my sentiments, so it's not just me.
The Other Room is a good bar recommendation.
Such a big spread out land, you're gonna get recs for all over the geography. Filtering them will be up to you. But from where I sit, which is in the center, I'd start your nice dinner list with these two:
And I'd also recommend a more moderate meal and/or cocktails at Bar Marmont.
I'll leave the rest to the rest.
8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Okay one more:
For lunch/people watching, definitely pay a visit to the Original Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax. They have an eclectic collection of food booths, some great, some not so. But the whole scene is a must see, especially for first time visitors.
Foodwise there, I'd go with the Singaporean place called Banana Leaf, or the decent Mexican at Loteria Grill. But there are a couple of dozen other choices too.