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Anniversary Dinner in Hollywood--recommendations

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brentbacher Jun 24, 2008 11:19 AM

I'm taking my wife to see Wicked at the Pantages in Hollywood for our 11 year anniversary. For lunch we will be dining in Thai Town. However, for dinner I wanted to get some recommendations for a great dinner spot. We love great food and are willing to try just about anything.

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    Nicole Jun 24, 2008 11:31 AM

    If price isn't an issue, definitely go to Providence. It's probably the board favorite in the Hollywood area.

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      brentbacher Jun 25, 2008 02:52 PM

      thx ill investigate.

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        TailbackU Jun 25, 2008 10:19 PM

        2nd, 3rd, 4th,... 9th Providence.

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          brentbacher Jun 29, 2008 08:57 AM

          Thanks a million, we dined at Providence last night. This was the best meal I've ever had, we did the 5 course tasting along with the wine pairing.

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            prschouten Jun 29, 2008 11:04 AM

            Hi Brent,

            I've been thinking of this for a special occasion for my best friend. Was the 5 course menu filling enough? How were the wines that were paired? How did you like the atmosphere? Thanks for any further details you can provide!

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              TailbackU Jun 30, 2008 02:21 PM

              based on my observation, the 5 course menu has bigger portions than the 9 course or the chef's tasting menu. It should be plenty of food for most people. Wines are always excellent and you'll get to try some unique wines.

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                brentbacher Jun 30, 2008 07:23 PM

                Yes the 5 course tasting was just fine, you can always add on an item during the meal i.e. spot prawns, turbot for two or the cheese tray. My wife and I did not add on any items and we were completely satisfied. the table next to us got the "full tasting" which looked amazing. for a first timer the 5 course is adequate, note that the portions are small but amazing in flavor and very creative. our menu included yellowtail, diver scallops, halibut, veal and a dessert. We had 3 white wines from around the world, 1 red wine from CA [which was my favorite--Sean Thackrey Pleiades] and then a dessert wine. The atmosphere is hip, fresh and very confortable. BTW, the martinis are wonderful as well we tried 3 different ones our favorite was the Asian Pear.

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                Nicole Jun 29, 2008 06:23 PM

                Thanks for reporting back. So glad you enjoyed it!

            2. Emme Jun 25, 2008 10:26 PM

              Providence is a good choice.

              Closer to the theater but really good is Hungry Cat.

              I also just had a really good dinner at Hatfield's.

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                omakase Jun 25, 2008 10:32 PM

                A block away from Providence, which I love too and will 10th it, is one of my favorite "old school" Italian restaurants - Marino's. Just wanted to throw it in there. This is a very nice white tablecloth restaurant, excellent service, and a family atmosphere. I know that everyone is doing fried calamari, but their's is exquisite. I also love their salads, minestrone soup, mussels, pizza, pastas, and either their stuffed pork chop or stuffed veal chop. Lots more to choose from. Closed Sunday's.

                Marino's
                6001 Melrose Ave.
                Hollywood

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                  rednyellow Jun 29, 2008 09:44 PM

                  I LOVE their stuffed veal chop....best since the old Le Dome at Sunset Plaza

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