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I need two things...red velvet cake and an amazing restaurant

phantom1 Apr 16, 2010 09:12 AM

My GF's birthday is coming up in two weeks. I need to find her the best Red Velvet cake ever made on this planet (in the Los Angeles area) and a restaurant with amazing food. Some good italian or an amazing steak or maybe the most amazing burger. Any suggestions???

  1. aching Apr 16, 2010 09:15 AM

    Give us a little more to work with on the restaurant - desired area, price point, ambience, etc.?

    Although without any additional information, I would highly recommend Craft. I'm not exactly sure why, but there is something about Craft that feels so celebratory to me - and the food is amazing.

    2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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    1. re: aching
      phantom1 Apr 16, 2010 09:48 AM

      well nothing too expensive. 125 dollars tops for the both of us. anywhere in the L.A. area. I just want her to bite into something and be amazed at how good it is.

    2. Servorg Apr 16, 2010 09:17 AM

      "...or an amazing burger." You probably need to read this post and then come back if you are still in doubt about the "burger" component of your search (lol): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7010...

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      1. re: Servorg
        phantom1 Apr 16, 2010 09:49 AM

        That was an AWESOME article. Thanks for the link!

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        toonoble Apr 16, 2010 09:36 AM

        You do both in Beverly Hills. Get her red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles then go to Mastros for steak. One stop shopping.

        Mastros Restaurant
        2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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        1. re: toonoble
          vinosnob Jun 10, 2010 09:43 AM

          +1 Mastros

          -100 Sprinkles: Soooo overrated

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          attran99 Apr 16, 2010 09:53 AM

          If you want a really good red velvet cake...not cupcakes, SusieCakes makes are great rendition. I was at their Newport Beach location a few days ago, and loved their fantastic creation. I believe there are locations in the West L.A. area, too.

          2043 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA

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          1. re: attran99
            wienermobile Apr 16, 2010 10:00 AM

            Susie Cakes is also now in Manhattan Beach.

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              mollyomormon Apr 16, 2010 11:47 AM

              Yes, they have a location in Brentwood as well. Red velvet cake is my favorite kind of cake and I think the one at Susiecakes is the best ever. I bring it to parties all the time and it's always inhaled. If I were you, and wanting to take her somewhere where every bite is incredible, I would take her to Animal. It's not steak or Italian, but it is amazing. Then I'd take her home to cake from Susiecakes.

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              Burger Boy Apr 16, 2010 11:25 PM

              I am gonna chime in here after having another amazing burger at 26 Beach, their Katsu's California Roll Burger. This thing is so good and unique. It is all the ingredients of a california roll on a hamburger, crab, ginger, nori, avocado and wasabi mayo all on a home made bun. For the Red Velvet I would try Big Man Bakes in Downtown, not sure if he does cakes but he does cupcakes, cal The Big Man. If you want to go the steak route check out old school Dal Rae in Pico Rivera, I love it's old school flavor and service and the food is great. Get the pepper steak, onion tomato slices with italian dressing whith grated blue cheese. Do not forget the grilled artichoke appetizer and the potatoe thing with onions and jalapenos. Save room for dessert, bananas flambe table side!


              26 Beach
              3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

              Dal Rae
              9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

              1. m0squito Apr 16, 2010 11:31 PM

                Never had a complaint only OMG's and other similar praises when I come to any gathering with a red velvet cake from Doughboys. There were 2 locations, but the former one on Highland and Lexington is now The Hollywood Corner; they still, however, supply their desserts from Doughboys. Trust me, this one will not disappoint! Price range is about $35.

                Most amazing burgers I've had to date include the ones at Hungry Cat (with the egg), Umami Burger (the original), 8 oz. and The Bowery. Ones I am dying to try are the ones at Cube Marketplace and Rustic Canyon.

                For best Italian, Angelini Osteria is the correct answer. But I'm also quite a fan of Osteria La Buca and Terroni. All of these are all across the board and have their appeal in different ways.

                Good luck!

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

                The Hungry Cat
                1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                La Buca
                5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                The Bowery
                6268 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                8136 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Umami Burger
                850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                The Hollywood Corner
                1156 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

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                1. re: m0squito
                  Burger Boy Apr 16, 2010 11:52 PM

                  Cube does a burger? Huh? Have you treid 26 Beach? Check out Excilekisses Burger Throwdown! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7010...

                  26 Beach
                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                2. creamfinger Apr 17, 2010 12:06 AM

                  Can somebody explain the appeal of the red velvet cake? I've never had it. Isn't it just yellow birthday cake with food coloring?

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                  1. re: creamfinger
                    jackattack Apr 17, 2010 01:27 PM

                    Recipe I saw called for chocolate cake with a whole bottle of red food coloring added.

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                      JackonCrack Apr 19, 2010 10:52 PM

                      a real red velvet should have buttermilk and cocoa in, with red food dye added. Too many cheap imitation RVC are "just yellow birthday cake with food coloring". If you can't taste that hint of buttermilk and cocoa, it's not RVC.

                      1. re: JackonCrack
                        Burger Boy Apr 19, 2010 11:06 PM

                        I think vinegar is also a key, yes?

                    2. JackonCrack Apr 17, 2010 11:31 AM

                      La Grande Orange in Santa Monica (http://www.lagrandeorangesm.com/) or in Pasadena (http://www.lgostationcafe.com/


                      The Pasadena one has more ambience (for a nice dinner) They have some great dishes and a REALLY GOOD Red Velvet Cake (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/3...


                      La Grande Orange Cafe
                      260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                        phantom1 Jun 10, 2010 08:51 AM

                        Late UPDATE: After reading the article that Servorg provided via link, I decided to take her to Father's Office for a burger and a beer. We loved our burgers (i didnt know they only had one kind of burger) , the fries were good. Im not a beer guy but we shared a peach flavored beer she ordered...quite tasty.

                        Red Velvet Cake...well i thought it would be nice if i made the cake myself...3 hours, a sink
                        full of dishes, a floor covered in flour, and three dry layers of cake later I decided on Doughboys. The red velvet cake was great! Thank you all for your suggestions.

                        Father's Office Bar
                        1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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                        1. re: phantom1
                          Servorg Jun 10, 2010 09:13 AM

                          Thanks for reporting back. Which FO's location did you end up going to (hopefully it was the Helms Ave. FO's since it was your GF's birthday and that is a much nicer venue)?

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