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Diana Jun 12, 2008 08:15 AM

SOmetimes, I want HIM to plan a fun and nice meal out. Every single time, he wants to go to Rahel or Woodlands

Don't get me wrong, I love these places, but now and again, I'd like to be surprised with something different.

I love all sort of food, (can't eat thai or vietnamese for fear of nut contamination!) like to eat any meal out, and can go for any price range. I really really hate crappy service. I'm not scared of holes i the wall or exotic stuff, as long as there are no nuts or peanuts! Tripe? Sure! Tongue? Why not! Feet? OK! The only thing I don't think I'd eat is eyeball. Oh, and oysters. Those guys are in league with the nuts.

So, gang, if you were Diana's hubby, where would you go. Let's make it easier, lets set some categories, and two or three places to go for each, do one category, or all, or some, however many you feel like filling out.:

Diner Breakfast:

Nice Buffet Breakfast:

Road Trip Lunch (within an hour of SFV or so)

Romantic, upscale dinner (I've been to PRovidence and Spago):

BEst Italian:

Wine themed:

Girly:

Fun for all:

Hamburger besides FO-big, juicy, interesting toppings:

Seafood Bonanza:

Bakery:

Milk Shake:

Apple Pie (NOT Apple pan, please, and no nuts!):

French (could include fancy or creperies or whatever):

Crazy weird:

doughnuts:

Tea, anyone?:

INdian Snacks and Lunchy things:

Eagle Rock (I want to live there):

The Hubby's in trouble and needs to fix it, fast!:

Take the dog:

again, a suggeston in one, a few, or whatever is so highly appreciated. He's just needing a little help thinking of CHowish and new places. I will be forever thankful!

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  1. maxzook RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 09:16 AM

    For any of the following categories ...

    Road Trip Lunch (within an hour of SFV or so)
    Romantic, upscale dinner (I've been to PRovidence and Spago):
    Wine themed:
    Girly:
    Fun for all:
    French (could include fancy or creperies or whatever):
    The Hubby's in trouble and needs to fix it, fast!:

    If my SO was in trouble and wanted to make up with me, I would probably demand dinner or at least a weekend brunch at the Ranch House in Ojai.

    Foodwise it may not be on par with the major LA foodie meccas, but you will be guaranteed a very pleasant meal in a gorgeous outdoor setting. RSVPs are a must, esp. on weekends, since they are often closed for private events in the summer.

    http://www.theranchhouse.com/

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    Ranch House
    500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

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      Diana RE: maxzook Jun 12, 2008 09:43 AM

      looksa nice! I like Ojai, too. how is it compared to Aubergine (sp)?

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        maxzook RE: Diana Jun 13, 2008 11:25 AM

        I think you must be referring to L'Auberge (the nearest Aubergine I could find on Google is in Balboa). To tell the truth, Ranch House is the only fancy restaurant I've ever been to in Ojai.

        Reading the Irene Virbila LA Times review of L'Auberge, I can see similarities. I suspect L'Auberge has a more au courant menu ... Ranch House is the kind of place that features menu items that haven't changed in thirty years (cf two of my faves, wild mushroom strudel and the "New Orleans delight" dessert). The price range seems to be about the same.

        The photo of the outdoor deck at L'Auberge reminds me of the Ranch House gestalt. Almost all the seating at Ranch House is outdoors, and several of the prime tables are semi-secluded in the walking garden.

        One last note: If you've never been to Ranch House, bring a map or a GPS. It's not so much that it's hard to find as that it's in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and I always feel like I've taken a wromg turn just as I'm about to get there ...

        Times review of L'Auberge:

        http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

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          Diana RE: maxzook Jun 13, 2008 04:49 PM

          That's the place! Thanks!

    2. mollyomormon RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 09:22 AM

      I think you've mentioned that you haven't been to Musha (fun for all category?), Pann's and Dinah's (diner breakfasts), 3 Square (get the pastry basket at brunch with homemade raspberry jam and plugra butter and it fits in your bakery category), Jin Patisserie (girly, tea).

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        Diana RE: mollyomormon Jun 12, 2008 11:31 AM

        all sound yummy!

      2. Dommy RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 12:28 PM

        I suggest you do what I do...everytime I run across a place that piques my interest here on the board, I write it down in my planner (Palm, iphone, hello kitty, whatever you have) with the general location and then when P. gives me that blank stare, I just pull out the 'list'.

        --Dommy!

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          ElissaInPlaya RE: Dommy Jun 12, 2008 04:09 PM

          haha "that blank stare" must come equiped in all partner software. I do the same thing, but also use back-up bookmarks online and dogeared zagat guide in the car.

          Diana Have you tried Cafe 50's? Not the world's best food maybe, but a fun diner breakfast, and yummy milkshakes.

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            Mattapoisett in LA RE: ElissaInPlaya Jun 12, 2008 10:44 PM

            Well that stare comes from knowing Subway won't do in this situation though that is what I feel like at the moment.

            Take Care

            - P.

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            notmartha RE: Dommy Jun 12, 2008 06:08 PM

            I use outlook contact to keep track of to-try places.Or you can build a google map of lists of places to try and share the link with hubbie.

            For suggestions - Craft for upscale, Original Tops at Pasadena for a good burger. Have you try any of the asian bakeries like JJ's? On my list to try for french/breakfast food is the newly opened Anisette at Santa Monica. Maybe combine a Farmer's Market visit with that.

            For out of town chow, we head up to either Santa Barbara or SF/Napa.

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              Diana RE: notmartha Jun 13, 2008 07:07 AM

              My Husband's Family lives in SB. When we go up, I end up at the Brewhouse, since he is a beer geek. That, or any of the beer spots. I'm lucky if I get to the shellfish co. It's depressing-so many places up there I want to go, but their combined power shouts me down. Momma stand behind her boy, as does Pop, Sis and so on.

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            WHills RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 08:05 PM

            Diner Breakfast:
            Weiler's
            Bobby's

            Road Trip Lunch (within an hour of SFV or so):
            Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo
            H&C Seafood in Oxnard [can also take the dog]
            Malibu Seafood
            Din Tai Fung for soup dumplings in Arcadia
            A number of places in Monterey Park

            BEst Italian:
            Pizzaria Mozza
            Osteria Mozza

            Wine themed:
            Fleming's
            Max or Saddlepeak Lodge?

            Girly:
            Amaranta

            Fun for all:
            Amaranta

            Seafood Bonanza:
            H & C Seafood
            Malibu Seafood

            Bakery:
            Bea's
            Leda's

            The Hubby's in trouble and needs to fix it, fast!:
            Urasawa
            Ruth Chris (if you are into steaks)
            Shibuya
            Go's Mart

            Take the dog:
            See above

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              brandygirl RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 09:20 PM

              Diner Breakfast: Not really a diner, but NY Bagel on San Vicente in Brentwood (and they allow dogs on the patio!)

              Nice Breakfast Buffets: For Sunday brunch, the best I've had are Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey and Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

              Road Trip Lunch: I know it's not LA (so this post may be deleted), but La Super Rica in Santa Barbara. If you can go a little further, Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Ynez has outdoor BBQ tri tip on either Saturdays or Sundays (but you can't bring your dog)-- then stop in Solvang to visit a bakery. Also, if you want an early road trip dinner, Hitching Post in Buellton.

              Wine themed: AOC, Valentino

              Burgers: I think the best one is Houston's--worth the drive from the valley IMHO.

              Seafood: King's Fish House in Calabasas, Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica, Water Grill downtown.

              French: Melisse, Mimosa

              Bring your dog: 3 Square Cafe in Venice, and as posted above, NY Bagel in Brentwood. I love to take my dog to NY Bagel and then take San Vicente to the end, park anywhere on what I think is Ocean Ave., and walk along the grass.

              1. Emme RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 10:21 PM

                Diner Breakfast:
                S&W Country Diner
                Pann's (if you make it over toward LAX)
                Gaffey Street Diner
                Mickey's Fine Pharmacy (diner/counter eating in BH)

                Nice Buffet Breakfast:
                Jer-Ne
                i Cugini

                Road Trip Lunch (within an hour of SFV or so)
                Dim Sum in San Gabriel

                Romantic, upscale dinner (I've been to PRovidence and Spago):
                Saddle Peak Lodge
                Ortolan
                Campanile

                BEst Italian:
                Angelini Osteria
                Vincente
                for cheaper, Palmeri or Pecorino

                Wine themed:
                Tasca
                Upstairs 2
                Cube or Lou on Vine

                Girly:
                not sure what defines girly other than fancy drinks
                Chateau marmont
                Bar1912

                Fun for all:
                Musha
                Palms Thai

                Hamburger besides FO-big, juicy, interesting toppings:
                Morton's
                26 Beach
                Hungry Cat

                Seafood Bonanza:
                Malibu Seafood
                The Lobster
                Ocean Ave Seafood

                Bakery:
                Susiecakes
                Amandine
                Beverly Glen Market has a great bakery with great cannolis and cakey soft black and whites

                Milk Shake:
                The Counter
                Mel's Diner

                Apple Pie (NOT Apple pan, please, and no nuts!):
                Jar- hot a la mode
                Al Gelato
                Filling Station - apple caramel
                The Counter
                Costco

                French (could include fancy or creperies or whatever):
                Chez Mimi
                Wine Bistro

                Crazy weird:
                Mashti Malone's for rosewater ice cream and those crispy noodly things
                The eat in the dark place (blanking on name...)

                doughnuts:
                K's Donut Emporium (in your hood at Bev Glen and Ventura)
                Primo's

                Tea, anyone?:
                The Peninsula
                Tudor House (my fave)
                Royal/T

                The Hubby's in trouble and needs to fix it, fast!:
                Spago
                Vibrato Jazz and Grill for music and good food
                Tasca wine bar
                Josie
                Urasawa (I know wayyy out of price range)
                Melisse

                Take the dog:
                Kreative Organic Kafe, Le Marmiton, Blue Plate, Babalu, Cafe Luxxe
                Toast, Doughboys
                3 Square, Rose Cafe

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                  mollyomormon RE: Emme Jun 12, 2008 11:32 PM

                  Oh, I had no idea i Cugini had a breakfast buffet -- thanks for the tip! What do they serve on the buffet?

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                    Emme RE: mollyomormon Jun 12, 2008 11:57 PM

                    their sunday buffet includes all the typical breakfast (eggs, potatoes, meats) fixings plus seafood (crab legs, shrimp, etc.) as well as salads and a lovely dessert bar. mimosas are part of it too i believe. forget if it's saturday AND sunday or just sunday. i know we did father's day there last year or the year before...

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                    Diana RE: Emme Jun 13, 2008 07:12 AM

                    Nice! I've been to some of these spots-have my KCRW donor reward of a GC for 3 pint at Mashti's (Love the ginger rosewater!) waiting for my birthday.

                    Doesn't Fords FS use nuts in their pie? I thought so.

                    I so want to try Campanile!

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                      Emme RE: Diana Jun 13, 2008 08:36 AM

                      I'm talking about Filling Station in Orange... apple pie / road trip category :)

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                    gordita RE: Diana Jun 13, 2008 09:18 AM

                    I only have a few minutes so I'll include some quick picks. Girly, Scarlett Tea Room in Pasadena. Tea or lunch (I think the lunch is great) also open for dinner. Beaujolias (french) in E.R for dinner, also Auntie Em in E.R has amazing baked goods, cupcakes, pies. The York in Highland Park has a good burger(with harissa sauce) and the fries are REALLY good. Craftsman beers on tap. I double Cold Stone Tavern as I wonderful place to go for a weekend drive/lunch. Plus you can do some tastings in Santa Ynez after (or before).
                    Cliffs Edge in Silverlake is a magical spot to feel like your out of the city, good for lunch/dinner. Descanso Gardens is doing a very Asian styled tea service , back in the Tea house. Worth checking out. Good Luck and have fun!

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                      Diana RE: gordita Jun 13, 2008 09:43 AM

                      For some reason, he hates the Cold Stone Tavern. Again, he's a Santa Barbarian, so he has had experience of going there. he loathes it.

                      I've been curious about Beaujolais.

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                        gordita RE: Diana Jun 13, 2008 09:49 AM

                        It's a neigborhood place (Beaujolias), very unpretentious. Waiters are gorgeous....nice plus for all us old married ladies! Didn't realize he is S.B native. Makes sense C.S Tavern wouldn't be an original place to go.

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                      gordita RE: Diana Jun 13, 2008 09:24 AM

                      Almost forgot Bel Air hotel for romantic lunch/dinner...

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