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missinformation Feb 4, 2009 08:14 AM

what are the coolest, to-the-minute places to eat in LA, Santa Monica and Hollywood right now? i'm planning to be in town (just a three-day weekend) and want to be sure to make reservations ahead. thanks so much!!

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    yogachik Feb 4, 2009 07:38 PM

    Bazaar at SLS
    Katsuya in Hollywood
    Penthouse at the Huntley is still hopping
    Gjelina or AK on Abbot Kinney in Venice

    1. Pepsi Monster Feb 4, 2009 04:09 PM

      2nd that. It wouldn't be hip anymore if it actually get mentioned out in the open.

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        dfoldes Feb 4, 2009 02:37 PM

        animal on fairfax

        gordon ramsay @ the london hotel (wouldn't reco based on their usual prices but with the deals they're working now i'd say it's a go).

        and then for the westside:
        riva

        gjelina

        ak

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          ohdaylay Feb 4, 2009 02:45 PM

          I second that, dfoldes. Riva is mighty tasty and somewhat affordable.

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          ohdaylay Feb 4, 2009 01:55 PM

          You try Wokano in Santa Monica yet? I think there is also one in Pasadena if I'm not mistaken. Good stuff, nice decor. And, surprisingly inexpensive.

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            wilafur Feb 4, 2009 03:53 PM

            food is fair at best. go for the boozing, not for the food.

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              ohdaylay Feb 4, 2009 04:33 PM

              wilafur, I must agree. I guess all the happy hour brews skewed my taste buds or something. The decor is pretty cool, though.

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            sheila1 Feb 4, 2009 01:28 PM

            I haven't been to the Bazaar but have been to XIV. I'm sure some will disagree but not only is it a fun/exciting restaurant but thought the food was interesting and tasty. We did the 8 course menu if I recall correctly (it's tiny tapas so don't feel overwhelmed by that number).

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              attran99 Feb 4, 2009 10:01 AM

              The Bazaar and XIV have been frequently reviewed since their openings.

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