Two days in LA - Where to take out-of-towners (non-tourist trap)
My sister is coming in town for 2 days (separated by a week of work). She likes quality and is willing to spend the $$ if it's worth it. She's not the most adventurous, but we're asian so we eat more than chicken and veggies. I want to give her a taste of LA but not get stuck in a total tourist trap. I'm thinking one day will be doing the hollywood thing with stops at Roscoe's and Skooby's. And then I'd like to end the day at some place cool/nice/quality for dinner. Originally thinking somewhere in Malibu, but am open to suggestions.
I'm also open to suggestions on a possible itinerary for day 2.
Oh and though it's not required, a celeb-sighting or two could make the night interesting.
If you want scenery then Malibu if fine (and maybe even a celeb siting if you go to Nobu in Cross Creek) but for excellent food not such a good idea. If you want great Thai food then you'll be near the mecca of LA Thai, Jitlada in East Hollywood (Thai town). They specialize in Southern Thai food and you should consult with Jazz (she is one of the owners) if you go about a menu for you and your sister.
Here is a recent thread about celebrity spotting in LA that is very recent:
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Hollywood is not that far from Langer's.
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
you wouldn't be "ending the day" at langers because langer's is not open in the evenings.
imho, langers is the culinary equivalent of a one-trick pony. the trick (their pastrami) is amazing, but i wouldn't bring a visitor with very little time in LA into that part of town for a pastrami sandwich, no matter how terrific it may be.
re: Ciao Bob
Giorgio Baldi is good if you're a celebrity yourself, or one of their longtime regulars. Otherwise, expect cramped seating, shockingly rude service*, and tired, apathetic cooking. After getting this treatment two years ago, we nevertheless returned a few months later, thinking "that must have been an off night ... it can't possibly be THAT bad", and sure enough, it was once again THAT bad.
[* Seriously, our waiter made the dim sum cart ladies at 888 seem downright charming by comparison. And on our way out, we were treated to the sight of the manager screaming at a waiter - sadly, not ours - in the parking lot.]
"And then I'd like to end the day at some place cool/nice/quality for dinner. Originally thinking somewhere in Malibu, but am open to suggestions"
One possibility, if the dinner is on a Saturday, is the Restaurant at the Getty Center.
Another possibility is Saddle Peak Lodge.
Another cool spot to consider would be Animal.