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Aug 24, 2008 07:37 AM

Going to Los Angeles

We are going to LA on Tuesday and staying through Saturday. I know there is a million "good" restaurants out there, but I want realy good food, vegetarian friendly and foodie approved.
Could anyone please help?
We are actually staying in Newport Beach. Any reccomendations out there too?

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  1. For a tasting menu, come up to LA for Grace or La Cachette; they both do excellent veggie tasting menus.

    1. M Chaya in Culver City. I find the Melrose branch of this really good, very veggie friendly place to be way too sceney and tiny. You'll love their peanut kale, Big Macro (veggie burger), and quinoa with beets. And you may even spot a celebrity or two.

      M Cafe De Chaya
      9343 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. Jey, the link won't work so I can't figure out where you are from, but staying in Newport Beach is definitely NOT going to Los Angeles. Newport Beach is on the coast fairly south in Orange County, where traffic is horrific. Getting north as far as Long Beach is quite a drive, and that still leaves you almost an hour away from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, the westside, or downtown where most of the well-known restaurants are. You might do the excursion once, but unless you want to spend your entire trip in your car, you probably aren't going to want to do it again -- Saturdays are much better, Fridays are the worst. I strongly suggest that you reconsider, and post again asking specifically for Orange County coastal recommendations -- there is a lot of money down there, so there are a lot of restaurants.

        4 Replies
        1. re: nosh

          ditto everything nosh says here.
          newport beach is not really near los angeles
          (i used to commute from LAX to newport beach--trust me on this. find some orange county restaurants.)

          1. re: westsidegal

            There are plenty of great places to go in Newport and the environs... I personally like Sage.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              How close is Newport to Laguna? There is a thread on Laguna Beach just a bit below this one that has numerous suggestions.

              1. re: nosh

                Not horribly far... certainly better than driving to LA.