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TheWheel Feb 7, 2008 02:14 PM

Hi Everyone,

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

  1. MyMyNYGirl Feb 8, 2008 11:52 AM

    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!

    1. Emme Feb 7, 2008 09:05 PM

      Hungry Cat
      Pane e Vino
      The Lobster (just for the view)
      Saddle Peak Lodge
      Dan Tana's

      The Griddle Cafe
      John O'Groats
      Jar's Brunch
      Primo's for buttermilk bars

      Lunch spot
      The Ivy on Robertson is pricey but people watching worthy
      The Newsroom Cafe (across the street from aforementioned Ivy)
      Barney Greengrass
      Bay Cities Deli
      Farmers' Market

      Monte Alban
      Tacos Por Favor

      Jitlada Thai
      Nata's Pastries in Sherman Oaks
      Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
      Shamshiri for Persian
      Rahel or Meals by Genet on Fairfax for Ethiopian
      Father's Office

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        dtud Feb 7, 2008 08:55 PM


        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
        the newsroom
        urth cafe
        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.

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        1. re: dtud
          nrique Feb 10, 2008 09:24 PM

          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.

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          potofood Feb 7, 2008 06:10 PM

          Go to Hals Bar on Abbot Kinney in Venice for a great brunch or lunch for good food and people watching.The Venice locals go there.Its a big scene at night.Down the street there is a bar called "The Other room" Fun.

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          1. re: potofood
            glutton Feb 11, 2008 10:10 AM

            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.

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            rickym13 Feb 7, 2008 03:56 PM

            alos..not sure where you are coming from but...dim sum in san gabriel valley or monterey park for lunch is great! it is best thing next to being in hong kong

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              rickym13 Feb 7, 2008 03:54 PM

              for mexican:

              sit down restaurants:

              el tepeyac
              la serenata de garibaldi (boyle heights only)

              also might want to try some taco truck or king taco for very casual food

              1. wutzizname Feb 7, 2008 02:47 PM

                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.


                Jar Restaurant
                8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

                Bar Marmont
                8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                1. re: wutzizname
                  wutzizname Feb 7, 2008 02:53 PM

                  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.


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