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May 27, 2009 07:25 AM

Best of LA - help some OC'rs

I'm planning a weekend trip to LA to see some of the sights I normally don't get to. My knowledge of LA is mostly nightlife, Hollywood and Highland center, and some parts of Hollywood. Need some help on food, I have Saturday planned but need dinner recs for Friday and Sunday. No Mexican, Vietnamese, or Korean as we have plenty in OC. What's quintessentially LA (but not tourist kitschy like Pink's - I've been there)? Not looking to spend more than $50 or so total for dinner for 2 so that rules out the higher end stuff. Here's my list so far, what am I missing?


Coffee and AM pastries at Little Next Door
Pizzeria Mozza

Griddle Cafe

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  1. Tommy's! - Rampart and Beverly Blvd. Eat standing up, get everything on your doublecheeseburger. That is all.

    Tommy's Original World Famous
    2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    1. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

      5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      Vito's Pizza
      846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      Chameau Restaurant
      339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
      1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

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      1. re: Servorg

        Is Jitlada any better or different than Thai Nakorn in Stanton? Trying to figure out whether or not to put it on my list.

        1. re: groover808

          It's their Southern Thai dishes/menu that makes Jitlada special (that and the personality and assistance that Jazz lends to those who come in and want to have a special meal).

      2. If you have time for drinks...I like taking out-of-towners for drinks at the Bonaventure in DTLA. The drinks are a little overpriced, but you do get to keep the glass they're served in and the rotating 360 degree view is simply amazing.

        1. Should I bother with Bottega Louie, even just to look around? Would it be a destination worth the 1 mile each way walk from my hotel in DTLA - near Disney Concert Hall? Is it generally ok to walk around DTLA during the daytime?

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          1. re: groover808

            I'm comfortable walking DTLA during daylight hours. There's a quite of few restaurants near WDCH, and a search will reveal that.

            Here's another thread that might be useful: -- Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2008: The Poll Results [LONG]

            1. re: groover808

              Yah go check out Bottega Louie. We had luch there last Sat and the pizza and cesar salad was pretty good. They serve a good organic coffee and we loved their black color muti grain bread. After lunch we walked around to burn off the carb and it was pretty safe.

            2. Here is a map that this guy made about the LA Mag 100 best cheap eats in LA