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Where do the Chefs Go?

Davebr Sep 15, 2008 10:59 AM

I visit Los Angeles fairly often and I want to know where the hard core late night Chefs go to eat and drink?

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    rickym13 RE: Davebr Sep 15, 2008 11:02 AM

    not sure if its true but i have heard they go to places like fred 62 and some ramen shops that are open late

    1. Servorg RE: Davebr Sep 15, 2008 11:03 AM

      One place that used to be mentioned frequently is Nanbankan Santa Monica Blvd. in WLA.

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        susiequeue RE: Servorg Sep 15, 2008 12:58 PM

        Hi -

        There is an article in the magazine "Food & Wine" (July 08 as I recall) that I just read. The writer is Joel Stein (he is a columnist/humorist for the LA Times and can be seen as a talking head on E channel) -- and he followed Tom Collichio around all night, to a number of restaurants. I think Nobu was on the list, but you should look for that article! Enjoy!

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          lesleyb RE: susiequeue Sep 15, 2008 01:39 PM

          That was a total sham article. The places "selected" were't really Tom's choices. They went to places like Bond St and S Bar (both of which the group hated), but they did go to Ruen Pair, which everyone loved. Here's a link to some coverage on Eater LA

          But I also know from talking to some of the people involved with that article...totally choreographed.

          Years and years ago when I was at LA.com, I had a feature/list of where some of LA's top toques went. It's very old, but some shout outs to Sushi Gen, Greenblatt's, etc.

          (Here's the radio version from "Good Food" http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/gf/g...)

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            OCAnn RE: lesleyb Sep 15, 2008 02:09 PM

            Interesting article (from la.com); thank you for sharing.

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              bluemonster RE: lesleyb Sep 15, 2008 02:47 PM

              Years ago, I used to know Ken Frank (of La Toque fame). His favorite after-work spot was Ghengis Cohen on Fairfax!!! I think that most off-duty chefs go to places with stiff drinks and not necessarily stellar food.

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            Ciao Bob RE: Servorg Sep 15, 2008 03:33 PM

            Nanbankan sure does come up, whenever this topic comes up. It is open late, but I've never seent too many chefs there, and of late, I find it going downhill.

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            AquaW RE: Davebr Sep 15, 2008 03:25 PM

            LA.com has a "Where the chefs go?" guide from a while back (the author of that piece now writes/edits for Eater LA):


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