a good "L.A./california" meal?
we're having guests from Denver this week and want to treat them to a nice and affordable meal that is casual but classy, and unique to LA or California.
they are staying in downtown LA, but we live in Hancock Park, and are willing to drive 15-20 mins.
BYO options would be awesome, but not required... and our price range is entrees around $20/each...
musso and frank, imho, is simply an expensive chop house, with nothing particularly unique or terrific about the food they serve.
there are TONS of expensive chop houses in denver and all over the rest of the country (including LA) that do a better job with the food, so musso and frank's is the last place i'd bring visitors.
Violet provides a nice SoCal experience and I think the prices are right, though portions may be a bit small (it's a sort of hybrid small plates restaurant)
La Serenata de Garibaldi, for higher class Mexican seafood dishes, with a variety of sauces, a decent wine list, yet you can bring your own (do not know the corkage issue), but it is nicely done in a classy setting, although getting to the valet station through the alley suggests you have lost your mind!!!
1842 E. 1st Street in Boyle Hts.
Try the LA Cetto Nebbiolo wine from Ensenada, which while red, still goes well with the seafood flavorings.
Definitely something they will not be doing in Denver!