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recommendations for a memorable new years eve dinner in the San Fernando Valley

Anna B. Dec 9, 2001 11:22 AM

Can anyone offer any suggestions? Somewhere that might offer something a bit different, somewhere perhaps a little more elegant (no trecherous drives through canyons involved please)...I'm all ears (and eyes).

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    michael (mea culpa) Dec 9, 2001 01:29 PM

    3 suggestions: Check out the 11/26 Boston visits LA for New Years thread on this board; 2)consider the Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabassas (altho canyon roads are involved); 3)help keep Chowhound alive by subscribing to Chow News or giving good will now!

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      Bob Barnett Dec 9, 2001 08:56 PM

      1) Drive to Burbank Airport
      2) Flight to SF
      3) Get a bottle of good champagne and wander around Nob Hill at Midnight with the 4 way view

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        Jed Dec 10, 2001 02:50 AM

        bingo !

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          Rochelle McCune Dec 10, 2001 05:20 PM

          Ha, ha. This SF chowhound is spending NYE in LA!!! We're having dinner at Cinnabar - the best restaurant I have eaten at in the Southland.

          See the link below for photos of my last meal there.

          Link: http://www.michaelandrochellessite.co...

          1. re: Rochelle McCune
            michael (mea culpa) Dec 10, 2001 05:36 PM

            Knowing the chef!? That's cheating! (Okay, I'm jealous.)

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              Rochelle McCune Dec 10, 2001 06:01 PM

              Yeah, that's why I didn't go on and on about it. I figured the food photos would speak for me. FYI - we were served off the menu so anyone can have all those luxurious items.

              I frequently recommend Cinnabar to friends traveling south and they all have loved it (with the disclaimer that I know the chef) not only because their preparations are inventive, but because of the quality of their ingredients.

              But hey, here's a challenge - My NYE weekend schedule is not set so I would love to try someplace new. - Send me your recommendations for restaurants of the same caliber and I will make every effort to go.

              Link: http://www.michaelandrochellessite.co...

              1. re: Rochelle McCune
                michael (mea culpa) Dec 10, 2001 06:24 PM

                It's been eons since I went to Cinnabar, but when I last did I had some pretty good escolar (incidentally, when people here say they ordered something "off the menu" they mean they got something that's not on the menu). Anyway, at that time the restaurant was owned by a Mr. Simon, the father of Robert Simon, who runs Bistro 45 in Pasadena which is a great restaurant IF you know Robert, otherwise it's uneven. Robert and his dad used to run a very popular Pasadena restaurant called Cafe Jacoulet. They at some point had a falling out, lawsuit, I think, don't or didn't speak, etc. Fortunately, where Cafe Jacoulet once stood is Cafe Bizou, a rather good value French spot with a $2 corkage policy! Beyond these 2 places, and at least as good in my mind is Shiro in South Pasadena, particularly if you order the catfish. Sort of a spinoff of Shiro is Devon in nearby Monrovia (really, the only reason to go to Monrovia).
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                  Rochelle McCune Dec 10, 2001 06:45 PM

                  Doh! I meant "on" the menu. And thanks, I'll put Cafe Bizou and Shiro on my list and see which I can get to.

                  I've made a notation about Bistro 45, but will probably pass on it.

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