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Pick my places to eat!

I will be in Los Angeles Sept 2nd and 3rd. (Tues, Wed). We are staying in Century City, but will have a car. We plan on doing the whole tourist thing - Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Santa Monica. Here is my delima - there are sooo many fabulous places to eat!! I only have time to do 2 lunches (possibly 2 breakfasts) and 1 dinner. We are going to the Dodgers game on Tues.

So, here's the challenge: if you were me - where would you eat if you only had ONE dinner place and TWO lunch places??? Any area is fine!

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  1. I think a lot depends on your budget so just a few ideas...lunch at Musso and Frank's (not for the food but for the history). Breakfast at Dupars in the Farmer's Market. A burger at Father's Office for lunch...and splurge on a dinner at Spago's, or Mastros. But you will want to get on reservations right away for any higher end dinner places. Have a good time and enjoy the City of Angeles.

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    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

      steak and chop houses like musso and frank's and mastros can be found in any major city. don't know where mandy08987 hails from, so no way to know if s/he'd be interested in steak or chop houses (history or no).
      i do like your spago's recommendation as imho it is more unique to california.

      1. re: westsidegal

        I guess I interpreted the "doing the tourist thing" might warrant a stop at Musso and Franks and the Farmer's Market. But you are correct, not the best food choices. And Mastro's just feels like Beverly Hills to me, but I'm sure that is true of other places. Enjoy Dodger Statium..another spot that is touristy without the best food.

      2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

        Note that Father's Office is not open for lunch on Tues. or Wed. I would only suggest it if the OP is interested in an excellent selection of both craft and Belgian beers on tap and excellent gastropub chow!

      3. agree that budget would help too. also, where are you coming from, so as to avoid eating here what you can get done well at home?

        if you want to do mexican, i'd hit up Monte Alban for Oaxacan for a lunch.

        agree with Spago or if you can really splurge, Urasawa.

        in beverly hills, porta via does a great breakfast. there was a recent thread on bev hills breakfasts, and barney greengrass is another LA option.

        with more info, we can help you pick better!

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        1. re: Emme

          emme:
          i LOVE your recommendations!
          i second ALL of them!

        2. If you're looking for an L.A. old school breakfast...might I suggest the Pantry in downtown L.A. I went there a lot while I was in college. Loved getting breakfast there...still do when I have a chance.
          The Farmer's Market does have great finds. Love the crepes and the homemade ice cream there.
          I'm not so sure how touristy you want to get, but a thing I loved to do every now and then was have drinks at the 360 lounge at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown. It's been in a lot of movies...and the bar is on the top floor and revolves for a 360 view of downtown L.A.

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          1. re: attran99

            Beware: Opinions differ on The Pantry, IMO, The Pantry is, for lack of a better word, crap.

            1. re: J.L.

              if you read the LA times interview of riordan about his methods of managing his restaurants, you'd quickly understand why that is the case and will always be the case as long as he owns it.

          2. First of all, have a grilled not steamed Dodger Dog! They are the best! I recommend A.O.C. for dinner. The food is terrific and the vibe is fun. For lunch I would say go to Larchmont Village, walk from end to end (it won't take long, it's just a couple of blocks) and eat at Prado. Great cuban food. Another fun place is Border Grill in Santa Monica. Right near the 3rd St Prominade, another "tourist" place to walk around.

            1. I'm from Nashville - so no food options are out - and also I am open on dudget - it's for my 30th birthday (driving to Vegas after LA), so we are more than willing to splurge.

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              1. re: mandy08987

                OP Mandy,
                I hope you'll be asking (on another Chow board) about Las Vegas recommendations.
                See, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/471484

                I'd do at least some historical restaurants/touring around LA and go for the high-end dining in Las Vegas when there's more time in a day. So many great restaurants there these days. They have a Spago's that's just as good as Beverly Hills. and more.

                Happy birthday . . . . early!