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I have 3 nights in LA. Where should I eat? I am thinking of the following:

Madeo
Katsuya
Bazaar
Church and State
AOC
Hatfields
Comme Ca

Thoughts???

We are doing Pizzeria Mozza for lunch one day. Other lunch suggestions would be appreciated as well!

Thanks.

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Madeo Restaurant
8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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

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  1. Substitution of Animal for Comme Ca (or AOC) is a must.

    One (the best one) of multiple X ten reviews here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6209...

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    Animal
    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. Where are you from? (i.e. what can't you get locally?) Are you only looking for white tablecloth restaurants? Where are you staying? Do you have a car? Is money no object or is there a budget?

      1. i think it depends as noted where you're coming from...

        agree animal is a good choice.

        i'd consider adding Monte Alban (Oaxacan, lunch), Providence, Jitlada (Southern Thai, lunch), Wilshire, Spago (lunch), Mariscos Chente (Mexican seafood, lunch, the one in Inglewood) Father's Office (burgers, lunch if on the weekend), Lares or Glibert's El Indio (lunches)...

        ...hmmm more to follow with more details...

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

        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        Mariscos Chente
        10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

        El Indio
        22816 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

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

        1. i am in LA for three nights too.. which katsuya is best? there are so many locations? also any one been to cecconis? heard good things?

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          1. re: stone44

            The Katsuya in Studio City is the original and the only one owned by the founder. The other locations he sold his name to - they are all much more upscale and 'trendy' while the original restaurant is much more modest and less fancy but IMHO better food. But if you want pretty good food and trendy then go to Hollywood or Brentwood locations.

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            Katsuya - Brentwood
            11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049

            1. re: HastaLaPasta

              he actually has another katsu-ya in encino as well as kiwami in studio city.

          2. I am from New York City so there is no shortage of great restaurants here. i should say we are foodies and enjoy an amazing meal - doesn't have to be white tablecloth, we have a car and money is not really an object when it comes to this trip. I've heard great things about Animal. We are planning to go to the Katsuya in Hollywood.

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            Katsuya Hollywood
            6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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            1. re: Foodie Fiend

              Have a drink at Katsuya but DON"T EAT THERE. It stinks.

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              Katsuya Hollywood
              6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Katsuya is scene over food. There are much better sushi restaurants in Los Angeles.

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                Katsuya Hollywood
                6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: Jwsel

                  Plus there are so many Katsuya-type places in NYC. Why go 3000 miles to get what you can aplenty back at home.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    So you can say what you get here is not as good as what's back home?

                    1. re: mc michael

                      ... Or that the celebs and the TMZ goons are better in LA?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        You've got it!

              2. re: Foodie Fiend

                Definitely Animal--and if you can't get a reservation, you can try your luck at the bar. My friend and I went at 8:00 last Saturday, waited 5 minutes for a seat to open up, and ate a lovely dinner at the bar, with a nice little view of the kitchen (or at least the tattooed arms of the cooks through the service window). Try Jitlada, for Thai, Monte Alban for Oaxacan (exceedingly well covered on this board). For the quintessential LA morning, go to Bob's at the Original Farmers Market for doughnuts and coffee (opens before the rest of the Market). If you can, hit the Santa Monica Farmer's Market on Wednesday or Saturday am. Also, think about Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley (more from others on this elsewhere ont he board). My advice (worth a nickel or less) would be to look for what LA does that New York doesn't do, because there are obviously no shortage of great French and Italian restaurants, for instance, in NYC.

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

                Monte Alban
                11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                1. re: Foodie Fiend

                  If money is indeed no object, then Urasawa is the way to go. I haven't eaten at Masa NYC but many people who have said they prefer Urasawa...

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

                2. I know lots of people have suggested Animal but there's actually a special event - A Vegetable Dinner - at Animal that week that we are not interested in going to. Right now we have Bazaar (does anyone have feedback on this), Madeo, Church and State and AOC. Maybe someone can give additional lunch suggestions - we are definitely going to try Pizzeria Mozza. Anything else???? Also, if we decide to do sushi, would you recommend Nozawa or someplace else?

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                  AOC
                  8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  Madeo Restaurant
                  8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

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                  1. re: Foodie Fiend

                    Second Monte Alban (Santa Monica Bv. between Barrington and Bundy, West LA) for lunch. Try the barbacoa de chiva -- a great lunch.

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                    Monte Alban
                    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                    1. re: Foodie Fiend

                      Sushi Nozawa has been rather contentious among LA Hounds. My gut tells me that you will get many good recs in this category, but is often decided between Mori, Sushi Zo and Kiriko. Each with their own fans, detractors and menu items or sourcing that are unique to themselves.

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                      Sushi Zo
                      9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                      Kiriko
                      11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      Sushi Nozawa
                      11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604

                    2. Bazaar is terrific. Someone was looking for a gluten free meal and Bazaar will be happy to do that, but it is not essentially a gluten free restaurant.

                      See here:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6994...