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Deidre7 Nov 2, 2009 09:42 PM

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. Servorg RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 05:00 AM

    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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      carter RE: Servorg Nov 3, 2009 07:37 AM

      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.

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        Deidre7 RE: carter Nov 3, 2009 10:00 AM

        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. OCAnn RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 08:30 AM

      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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        maxzook RE: OCAnn Nov 3, 2009 10:32 AM

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

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          OCAnn RE: maxzook Nov 3, 2009 10:43 AM

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

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            peppermonkey RE: OCAnn Nov 5, 2009 02:03 PM

            can we just have a DU oc poll instead??

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              OCAnn RE: peppermonkey Nov 5, 2009 04:04 PM

              Sure, ask him.

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              maxzook RE: OCAnn Nov 5, 2009 03:45 PM

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

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                RicRios RE: maxzook Nov 5, 2009 05:24 PM

                Max, you da man!

        2. LA Buckeye Fan RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 08:57 AM

          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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            Deidre7 RE: LA Buckeye Fan Nov 3, 2009 10:01 AM

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

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              mollyomormon RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 10:20 AM

              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. mollyomormon RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 09:09 AM

            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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              Steve2 in LA RE: mollyomormon Nov 3, 2009 09:46 AM

              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

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                Deidre7 RE: Steve2 in LA Nov 3, 2009 10:02 AM

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

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                  namstermonster RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 11:56 AM

                  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 :)

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                    mollyomormon RE: namstermonster Nov 3, 2009 12:01 PM

                    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

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                      Steve2 in LA RE: mollyomormon Nov 4, 2009 11:27 AM

                      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

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                        afpargh RE: Steve2 in LA Nov 5, 2009 06:50 AM

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

            2. SilverlakeGirl RE: Deidre7 Nov 3, 2009 02:38 PM

              Urasawa has to be on the list.

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

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                krick RE: Deidre7 Nov 5, 2009 04:13 PM

                With the huge caveats that I haven't been to a couple of these places in quite a while and there are tons of places that are supposed to be great but that I have not yet tried. . .

                Top 5 expensive:

                No. 1: CUT

                Nos. 2-5 (no particular order):

                Providence
                Melisse
                La Botte
                Osteria Mozza

                Top 5 moderate (no particular order):

                Animal
                LudoBites
                FIG
                Fraiche
                Pizzeria Mozza

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                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. bodie RE: Deidre7 Nov 5, 2009 06:08 PM

                  I'd be happy to give you my list.

                  However since you choose to exclude

                  a) the San Gabriel Valley, which has among its many cuisines, the best Chinese food in the world (outside of China, HK & Taiwan) not to mention fantastic Vietnamese & perhaps the best Mexican restaurant in all of LA County, Babita
                  AND
                  b) the San Fernando Valley, which has Sushi-row in addition to magnificent Peruvian, Middle-Eastern and Thai restaurants

                  then I must question your judgment and any bona fides you claim as a Chowhound.

                  So, go ahead and stick with downtown, the westside, hollywood.
                  You'll definitely eat well enough (great pizz, Italian, Mexican & Seafood) but certainly not as well as someone who is willing to actually eat in Los Angeles, which, despite your posting, includes the dreaded San Fernando Valley.

                  1. maxzook RE: Deidre7 Nov 9, 2009 09:26 AM

                    Not that I mind the competition ;p ...

                    but the eighth annual Chowhound Ultimate L.A. Restaurants poll is here:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665207

                    And these results will be tabulated!

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