Ultimate Restaurant Ranking
- Mr Grub
Two houndly needs repeatedly arise on the LA Board:
1. We are visiting from East Jesus for a week, where should we eat?
2. I need a very special restaurant for a very special occasion.
Heres the LA hound challenge. What are your TOP FIVE restaurant recommendations for food-driven visitors or discerning locals? For purposes of the ranking, food should account for at least 75% of your consideration; all else, no more than 25%. Geographic limit: Los Angeles County.
Heres the Grubmans list:
2. Water Grill
3. Café Blanc
When the votes are in, we should have created the Los Angeles Chowhounds Ultimate Restaurant Ranking. Pythagarub will tabulate.
Oh, but I don't think it as simple as that my esteemed Grubmeister. Are visitors to La La Land only looking for "high end", "high cuisine" experiences, or could they, to some extent, be looking for "ethnic", or "classic L.A." experiences? So then, does this list need to be split in to multiple lists, by category?
re: Chino Wayne
Excellent questions from my distinguished colleague from the Vast Wasteland. This is the ultimate list, ie, taking all factors into consideration, where would you send visiting chowcentric firemen? Only qualifier is the 75% weight to the chow itself & LA-based. Consider high-end, holes-in-the-wall, ethnic, fusion, confusion, Chuck E. Cheese ... everyone's eligible.
In no way am I disagreeing with your list. I simply haven't been to all the places you've selected. I'm taking your choices to mean cost is relatively not an object and we are looking for good food and a special atmosphere. That said, I'd pick: 1) Spago, 2) La Cachette, 3) L'Orangerie, 4) The Ivy, 5) R-23.
Ask me after the first of the year and my ideas might change. In particular, I hear a place called Cinespace will open in Hollywood, featuring good food and independent film.
re: mc michael
This is what I found:
CineSpace: Supper Club/ Digital Cinema Lounge
Another "cool" addition to the growing hospitality scene in and around Hollywood Blvd. is CineSpace, a unique "Supper Club and Digital Cinema Lounge." CineSpace, slated for opening in January 2002, will be the first venue of its kind in Southern California, allowing patrons to dine on exceptional contemporary American cuisine, drink cocktails, and view the latest and most cutting-edge entertainment. Monica May, formerly of North, will serve as executive chef. Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week in a venue consisting of a large dining/screening room that will seat up to 100 guests in luxurious booths. Programming will consist of shorts, independents, classics, animation, music videos, and video installation art. Another unique feature of CineSpace will be the large adjacent bar/lounge with an open-air dining/smoking patio overlooking Hollywood Blvd. This lounge will showcase unique visual art and projections along with live DJs and music. There will also be a luxurious VIP screening room that will seat up to 20 people, perfect for private screenings. All rooms contain state-of-the-art digital projection and sound equipment, allowing CineSpace to service special event/private party crowds upwards of 400 people. CineSpace will be located at 6356 Hollywood Blvd."
Spago Beverly Hills
Grand Central Market
Lawry's (though it's popped up in numerous other cities now)