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Dec 2, 2002 12:05 PM

Ultimate Restaurant Ranking

  • m

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.

Here’s 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.

Here’s the Grubman’s list:
1. Josie
2. Water Grill
3. Café Blanc
4. Yongsusan
5. Cicada

When the votes are in, we should have created the Los Angeles Chowhounds Ultimate Restaurant Ranking. Pythagarub will tabulate.

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  1. 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?

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    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: mc michael

        Cinespace sounds interesting. Sounds like a SF place, Foreign Cinema. Have any more details?

        1. re: LBQT

          Actually, I should have said CineSpace. Opens in early January at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard. Right now, that's all I know. Oh yeah, the Chef has worked at North on Sunset.

          1. 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."

            1. re: HomeChef

              So will this have the effect of discouraging conversation while people stare at the screen? Gee, sounds great....

              1. re: Scooter Pie

                Sounds like the most notable failure of 2003.

              2. re: HomeChef

                It sounds kind of like the Shakey's Pizza I went to as a kid that played old movies and shorts from the 20's-30's like the little rascals. Except really pretentious.

                1. re: C. Sprouse

                  Don't think they had/have digital sound at Shakey's. Been a while since I've been but I recall they used to have some old guy playing the bango and (shades of karaoke) the lyrics projected on the wall. what goes around....

                  1. re: mc michael

                    I meant digital cinema. They sure don't have that at Shakey's. In fact Shakey's describes the sort of projection they used to have in my youth.

          2. m
            Melanie Wong

            Here's a link to the one the Chicago hounds are working on.


            1. Melisse
              Saddle Peak Lodge
              Tito's Tacos
              Carousel (SFV Lebonese)

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              1. re: HomeChef

                I like Carousel as well. I go to the Hollywood store. I was pleased to note that if you are a KCRW Fringe Benefits member you can now get a 15% discount!

              2. Spago Beverly Hills
                Grand Central Market
                Lawry's (though it's popped up in numerous other cities now)
                Sushi Nozawa
                NBC Seafood