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Ready, set, GO! TOP 5 Restaurants in LA

I love to see what people's Top 5 choices for dining in LA is. I'm not talking about the Valley, Pasadena, or OC...I'm wanting to know about LOS ANGELES! From downtown, to the Westside, up to Hollywood down to Inglewood. Please include price range, fave dish, atmosphere and why you dig it!

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  1. Of course the Valley is as much LOS ANGELES as any of the other places you list (and even more so than Inglewood - which isn't Los Angeles at all, but rather its own city). That said, and assuming that someone like Maxzook steps up and REALLY takes one for the team, you will be here for the 2009 version of http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580125 (and if you go back in time has been happening for the last few years on the LA board). So stay tuned to this station and get your voting finger lubed up and ready to go! And if no one takes on the Herculean task of running the 2009 version, then my apologies in advance.

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    1. re: Servorg

      And I am sure OP also would include the cities of West Hollywood and Culver City and Beverly Hills in that territory, yet omit one third of the entire city of LA by not including the valley.
      Personally, there are none in the valley worthy of the question, so the point is moot.
      but if Maxzook is up to the task, be prepared as Servorg stated.

      1. re: carter

        LOL @ Valley and the Inglewood reference haha...basically, I'm a public transer so I don't care about the Valley as much hahaha...ewww @ finger lube!! DIRTY!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. There's usually a poll at the end of each year, so I anticipate a full scale one next month. Here's last year's poll & results:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580125- Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2008: The Poll Results [LONG]

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      1. re: OCAnn

        Which reminds me ... let me know if you're planning to do the OC poll again?

        1. re: maxzook

          I was hoping someone else would; but rather than go w/o an OC poll, I'd gladly do it again....

          1. re: OCAnn

            can we just have a DU oc poll instead??

            1. re: OCAnn

              I hear you, sister ... the LA poll is going up sometime this weekend.

        2. My list should be taken with a grain of salt...as I live in the excluded areas. But here's my list:
          Gilbert El Indio--I love the margaritas, marinated carrots and chile verde burrito. Very nice people.
          Asahi Ramen because of noodly goodness and cheap.Budget strategy...eat their for dinner, have drinks at someplace hip.
          Warsawa-cozy on a rainy night. Roast duck and spatzle. Entrees around $25 IIRC.
          Mastro's-split the bone in ribeye and scalloped potatoes. $$$$ a very special occasion
          Empress Pavilion-because it's a nice saturday morning with my family and I Iike to buy tchockes.
          I'm terminally unhip.

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          Asahi Ramen
          2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

            LOLWhere is Gilbert El Indio?? I love nice people and margaritasssssss....yum @ Warsawa

            1. re: Deidre7

              Gilbert's is at 26th and Pico in Santa Monica. I love it too. The food is like the best Americanized Mexican food I grew up on, the cadillac margaritas are strong and the people are super nice. There's a reason it's on my top 5 list too!

          2. While you're waiting for the ultimate poll, many people have thier top 5's listed in their profiles (although often those include non-LA restaurants).

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              In no particular order and for no reason other than personal preference (don't think less of me for omitting In & Out Burger . . . )

              Spago
              Animal
              Osteria Mozza
              Jitlada
              AOC Winebar

              1. re: Steve2 in LA

                Should I try Animal for my first taste of foie gras or is there something better?

                1. re: Deidre7

                  there is indeed better but more for the reason that u should try a simpler prep for ur first time... u should go elsewhere. i prefer seared and my personal 2 faves were at the dining room in sf (ron siegel) and cinc sentis in barcelon. sorry but don't have faves in this locale but just IMO i think you should try another place before animal's :)

                  1. re: namstermonster

                    I love Animal but agree that maybe trying foie for your first time would be better at somewhere with a simpler prep where it's just the foie.

                    Here's a good list:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/658738

                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      I too agree about the foie. I wasn't particularly keen on their foie on biscuit with maple- gravy. I've had better at Spago and elsewhere as well. On the other hand, shredded pig's ear with chile, lime and a fried egg is about as good as food gets.

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                      Spago
                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      1. re: Steve2 in LA

                        the biscuit with fois gras is unbelievable! i would definitely go and eat it their for your first time.

            2. Urasawa has to be on the list.

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              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210