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Aug 28, 2002 10:36 AM

A Weekend in L.A- Where to Eat?

  • j

I'm coming from the E. Coast for a conference in September and my parents are driving down from San Francisco to meet me for the weekend.

I'd like to find two restaurants to take them to during our stay but have only been to L.A once before and have no clue where to go. I'm an adventurous eater-but my father is more of a meat & potatoes kind-of-guy. We'll be staying in Hollywood but will have a car. These places also need to be in the $10-$20 range for an entree.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks. J

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  1. The parental comfort factor seems to be the main issue here. With that in mind, I'd suggest in roughly this order the following: Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., 323/467-7788 (detailed thread below), Off Vine, a California eclectic in an old house at 6263 Leland Way, 323/962-1900, Pinot Hollywood, an upscale bistro (some episodes of Dinner for Five appear to be filmed here), 1448 N. Gower, 323/461-8800, and a little more sceney would be Cafe des Artistes, another bistro at 1534 N. McCadden Place, 310/652-0445. Have a nice stay. Please post your results.

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    1. re: mc michael

      Returned last night from my whirlwind weekend in L.A...took your suggestion and ate at Off Vine. It was great! A hidden gem, to say the least. We had the crab cakes and Off Vine salad to start...I had the Caribbean Shrimp while my parents had the pecan crusted chicken and chicken marsala...The service was terrific and we were allowed a leisurely dinner (that's a rarity on the east coast)...

      We also had dinner at Le Petit Bistro in Studio City on Saturday night. Also terrific. A great french place with desserts to die for. Next time you're there try the profiteroles- yum!

      Thanks for the suggestions...I can't wait to go back.

      1. re: Jacquie

        Glad you and the parents enjoyed Off Vine. Sad to say leisurely diners are becoming a West Coast rarity as well. Everybody wants to turn those tables. One problem here is that few people go out to eat as their sole evening's activity. It's dinner and a show or a game. The restaurants know this.

    2. Hi J ~

      Here's a couple suggestions for you depending on what you're up for and what meal you're eating.

      Go for an early lunch (by 11am or 11:30 or it'll be too crowded) to JOAN'S ON THIRD (3rd St. and Sweetzer). Joan's has a kind of Greenwich Village feel to it. They've got great salads (try the Schezwan Green Beans!), delicious sandwiches (country turkey meatloaf, rosemary-maple chicken, and a killer tuna melt!), and fabulous desserts (anything!). The website address is

      If you're up for something inexpensive yet delicious (and adventurous), ditch your parents for lunch or dinner one day and drive over to GUELAGETZA (Palms and Sepulveda) for Oxaocan Style Mexican food. Amazing stuff! They serve the most delicious moles you have ever eaten. Try the chicken tamale wrapped in a banana leaf w/ black mole. It's slightly spicy, savory, chocolatey, --- the masa is light and delicious, and the tamale is about the size of a brick! Also try their agua frescas. They usually have Jimaica and Horchata, and then change out different fruit flavored drinks every day. Pineapple, Peach, Mango . . . they're all good. Just writing about it makes me want to go. I'm off to Guelagetza!!!

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you try either place and what you think.