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Revisiting favorites with family in town: an overview

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In the last week, have visited all of my go-to favorites with my foodie family all here, together.

Started with Wilshire, which was outstanding as always. Was very surprised to see Short Ribs on the menu at only $15, which 2 out of 4 ordered. Huge meal with grilled vegetables (the onions are beyond amazing) and mashed potatoes. The Caesar Salad is probably the best in town, and goes wonderfully with their Petite Filet, which is cooked to perfection (my favorite steak in LA).

Monte Alban the next night - not a lot to say except that there's nothing like their Consomme - anywhere - and the Verde Mole is still my favorite of their mole sauces. The large Consomme is a meal in itself.

Then to Chaya Venice which is, after all these years (decades!), consistently great. Everyone ordered something different and everyone was more than pleased. I am a huge fan of their steak salad, which is an appetizer ($15), but I make a meal of it as an entree.

Catch. A shame that this room is quite empty these days because the food is exceptional. It's the kind of place where you want to linger (great view, beautiful room), and I hope business picks up because I love what the chef is doing here. Every one of us ate every morsel, and one of the things I love especially is that it's not a heavy sauce place, and you leave feeling satisfied, but not overly full. It's so flavorful, yet light.

Primitivo. Our waiter, Aaron, recommended many things, including the wine, and was spot-on with every suggestion. After all these nights out, it was a pleasure to let our server do the choosing. His wine selection of Chocolate Block, a South African red wine, is the winner of the week. Primitivo continues to be my favorite small plates restaurant, and every bite of every dish reconfirmed this (standouts: crab cakes, lamb, endive with roquefort)

La Cabana - every year, a visit here. The best of the greasy Mexican with the greatest margaritas on the westside.

Dan Tanas is another family tradition. More for the atmosphere than the food, always a great time. Great Caesar - one of the best.

Hong Kong Cafe. Because sometimes you just want Chinese (and don't want to drive to SGV). Happened to hit it on a good night with a great chef. Everything was quite good and not overly sauced or salty.

Still have places to visit this week, after tonight's reprieve (and fast). Thought I'd share because it really is a great tour of westside (except for Dan Tana's) restaurants and runs the gamut. It's my idea of a perfect week of meals.

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  1. Thanks for posting this! Being fairly new to the westside, and a veritable short rib fanatic, this is great info :)

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    1. re: Vaya Con Carne

      I also love the short ribs at Primitivo (they're great!), but the Wilshire short ribs are a major bargain at one of the city's best restaurants, which is normally about $50/person.

    2. Nice post, yogachik. Please let us know how the subsequent week compares.

      One question re: the shortribs at Wilshire -- on their online sample menu, they are listed at $26. Was this a special, a restaurant week, some other temporary promo, or just a mistake? Most important, is it still available?

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      1. re: nosh

        It must be a current special, nosh, because it's in the middle of the entree list, but outlined. We all thought it might be a typo, but no! We're going back Friday, in fact, because we keep talking about our meal there.