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Mar 8, 2008 08:17 AM

Where would you take a couple of Frenchmen?

I will be entertaining a couple Frenchmen next month and while my boss ALWAYS takes them to a rather, "Crusty" French restaurant in long Beach I think there is a better way to show them what LA is all about. These guys are youngish and very laid back so I am turning to the Hounds.....where would you take them? Price non issue and open to any area at this would you show them LA?

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  1. Wow, that really depends on their personalities. We had a few Frenchmen visiting us, and we took them to Damon's in Glendale for some "Real American steaks" and they were horrified, couldn't believe that we eat that much food, don't we all have cancer from the charred crust, etc. But someone that wants to experience something very different from French food or something truly American kitsch might get a kick out of it. There is so little "American" food in LA...maybe Harold and Belle's for soul food? Our European friends (English, Spanish, and Frenchies too) all seem to looooove the taco trucks! Maybe you should take them out drinking and hit those instead, or a late night Korean BBQ!

    1. French people love the beach -- probably the Lobster or what's the place right on the Venice Boardwalk, if you can get trendy and beach together that would be perfect -- maybe Abode, Penthouse, Viceroy? They might like anywhere they could spot someone famous, maybe Koi or other hot spots du jour around Hollywood.
      I can't imagine why you'd want to take them to a French restaurant because they would just turn up their noses, but the ex-pats here do seem to like The Little Door and the Little Next Door if they're homesick. Anyplace in Malibu would be good. In my experience with the French, you will never really impress them with the food, so stick to the scene and the scenery and you'll be fine. Oh, and they don't usually care for anything very spicy or very exotic, so be careful about "real Mexican" or "real Chinese." However they might enjoy someplace like El Cholo.

      1. My mandatory to-go place for French people is Chinoise on Main.
        It never fails, they all love the place.

        1. For California cuisine, take them to Lucques. Never disappoints.
          For French, I would take them to Ortolan, and let them know the chef is from the Loire.
          For Italian, I might try La Terza.

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          1. re: herculesmulligan

            A chic steakhouse like BOA in Santa Monica or great sushi could be good. The new Nobu just opened on La Cienega or you could go to Katsu-ya in Brentwood or Hollywood which are very cool in decor or Koi. Italian at Giorgio Baldi on West Channel in Santa Monica has a great beach vibe that could be fun and the food is excellent. The Ivy at the Shore or the regular Ivy on Robertson are very American and different from anything in France.

            129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

            113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Ivy At the Shore
            1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Nobu La
            903 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            Katsuya - Brentwood
            11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049

            Katsuya Hollywood
            6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Giorgio Baldi Ristorante
            114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

            730 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          2. Don't take them to French (ahn zis eese Francaise?)! Don't take them to steaks (Zeese American, such simple tastes horrible)! You are in LA! Take them out for Mexican, Japanese, Viet, Thai...