30 hours in LA
I will be in LA for 24 hours in April (prior to a flight to Thailand). My friend and I will be staying at the Beverly Hills Hilton (will take taxi anywhere for good food). I am a total foodie and want to make sure to hit the places that I need to hit while I'm there. I've never stepped out of LAX before. I would kind of like to steer away from Asian (since I will be over there for 2 weeks). Otherwise, I will be eating 2 dinners, one breakfast and one lunch. I would also like some place fun for drinks on Sat. night. Thanks!
there are so many places and neighborhoods...since you are staying at BHH, you will be very close to La Cienega/Melrose/3rd street area known for it's restaurants, so i suggest that you start looking there. my favorites are Taste, LA Food Court, Cynthia's, Jar, Quality, Toast, BLD, Table 8, Vito's, and Village Idiot, and very close by is Larchmont neighborhood where Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza are located. if you want to venture out further, then go to Culver City, Santa Monica, or even Downtown
LA is huge. I'd stick to Beverly Hills area, Mid-City (Beverly blvd and 3rd street) and West Hollywood -- above is right, no-one takes a taxi from BH to Eagle Rock, that's silly.
Here's some suggestions (do a search, much discussed on boards):
Beverly Hills Hotel/Polo Lounge (lunch or drinks)
Angelini Osteria (Italian -- amazing)
Spago (if can afford)
Bel Air Hotel (never been, suppose to be great for upscale dinner - hotel beautiful)
Sprinkles - cupcakes, BH (famous - the cakes are good)
Peninsula Hotel - drinks
Nate N Al - deli in heart of BH.
Al Gelato - soups, sands and gelato, BH on Robertson. Lunch.
Jack N Jills or Cheesecake Factory -- casual lunch places in heart of BH (out of towners love Cheesecake Factory, but not a huge chowhound pick)
Le Pain Quotidien - BH. French upscale lunch chain.
Carney's or IN N Out - good fast-food, burgers
Btw, Cut is in Century City -- very corporate environment, if you're into that -- a bit impersonal to me but Top Chef guy (Tom C) owns it.
Sorry you haven't gotten too many replies yet. For one thing, there've been a lot of similar posts in recent weeks, so folks may be suggested out. Also, it's such a broad question for such a broad land (geographic and culinary) that people sometimes don't know where to begin.
Might help to clarify your definition of "foodie" too, as that can often point to high-end celebrity chef type places OR down and dirty ethnic joints that offer things you might not find in a lot of American cities. Or both.
Here are a few threads mining similar territory:
Good point. I live in Minneapolis and travel/eat regularly. I am willing to pay for a memorable meal, so the sky is the limit. But that being said, I have spent plenty of money on meals that were less that stellar so expensive doesn't always mean good but I trust your judgements out there. I would like to steer away from chain restaurants, however I have never had an IN-and-Out burger before? Thanks again. I can't wait!
What type of cuisine, and budget? That'd help us to give you feasible and logical suggestions.