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The stomach wants what the stomach wants -- but I need your help anyway.

I have been reading this board extensively lately while trying to come up with my dining plans for my upcoming trip to Los Angeles. I am staying downtown (at least I think its downtown -- this will be my first visit to LA) at the Marriott at LA Live. I will not have a car. I am a female dining solo.

My list of possibilities keeps getting longer. Right now the only reservation I have is for dinner at Jose Andres Bazaar. I understand that nothing in La is close -- or that's what I've been told, but I think I can take the bus to the general area. My spending should cap at around $75 with tax and tip.

Here are my other choices:
Lazy Ox Canteen, Animal, Rivera, Cuidad, Kaysuya, Café Des Artistes, Angelini Osteria,
Osteria Mozza, Tavern, La Market and Lucques.

What do you think? I have 5 nights to account for. Thanks for the help.

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Angelini Osteria
7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  1. You have some excellent picks. Some of your locations are a bit of a ways away from your hotel. The Bazaar is in Beverly Hills, and though, there are buses....navigating and timing might not be as convenient as you think. I would suggest a cab or car rental if you are set on your choices.

    1. Animal is a must while in LA. Definitely go there.

      I would also suggest Church and State, great food and also relatively close to where you are staying.

      1. You have a nice mix! Tavern is quite a distance from where you'll be staying and though it has its fans on this board, I don't think its worth the trip. I love Osteria Mozza and prefer it over Angelini Osteria.

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        Angelini Osteria
        7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. Try looking for food that's located near the stops on the red line (or purple line) subway; the territory it covers is limited, but it's fast and it goes close to some great Thai and Korean food.

          Whatever you do, make sure to read up on what to order at Jitlada before you stop by. It's not in the same league atmosphere-wise as what you have listed, but the food is spectacular.

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

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          1. re: Bjartmarr

            I'd recommend using www.mta.net for trip planning over google maps. The MTA site gives a better idea of how long it can be between buses. (Not a slam! I've been happily relying on public transport in LA for three years now.

            )

            What kinds of food do you have access to? Does your stomach go towards anything specific?

            1. re: cjla

              Thanks! I will check out the MTA website to try to plan out transportation and see how long it will take me.

              My stomach says "get your money's worth!" lol. On a day to day basis money is tight and I wouldn't be looking to spend $75 a night on dinner for myself, but on a business trip it is kind of a reward for working so hard -- even on the weekend when I would normally have time off.

              I've now made reservations at Bazaar and Animal and I am very excited about both. So I have three others to plan.

              1. re: Disneyfreak

                Maybe I can help you narrow down your list.
                Is Kaysuya meant to be Katsu-ya? If so, puh-leez don't bother.
                And Café Des Artistes is really nothing at all to spend your cab fare or bus time on. Tavern and Luques have the same chef-owner - Luques is much closer to downtown and better. You have so many fantastic options in and near downtown to try, but if you feel compelled to travel more you ought to consider Spago as well.

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                Spago
                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  I would second Spago, it's worth the trip. And I would add Pizzeria Mozza for some wonderful LA only tastes.

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                  Spago
                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    I will third Spago.

                    It's a classic of LA. And the food is superb. One of the few that consistently lives up to it's hype.

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                    Spago
                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    1. re: Jennalynn

                      Third for Spago. Also, agree Pizzeria Mozza (for their apps, more than their pizza, tho).

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                      Spago
                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

          2. Since you can walk to it, I'd definitely include Rivera. Anything with mole, anything with black cod, duck enfrijolada, crema Catalana.

            If you can time it for lunch or late night, it's a better value than dinner.