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Jun 24, 2010 09:46 AM

What's hot in LA???

Heading to LA from the UK for 3 nights in mid-July - what's hot at the moment?

Do not want anything fancy schmancy, formal or overpriced, just the best the city has to offer... especially keen on:

Sushi (recently someone mentioned a great Japanese izakaya in LA, but didn't catch the name)

Great sea views (will be with my boyf, and could do with one place that's a little romantic.... )

Brunch places

and Mexican, Asian, Californian... anywhere that's lively and good value.

Also someone mentioned the bread at the La Brea Bakery is superb, is that the case?

Budget not huge, but given that I usually pay London prices to eat out I expect everywhere will seem more reasonable.


La Brea Bakery
624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. Brunch with crazy good french toasts or a amazing burger would be 26 Beach. The sea/ocean view would be The Lobster for me, food is good. Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo or Sakura on Centinella. La Brea Bakery used to be great try Le Pain Du Jour on Pico really nice pasteries also. If you want to be a little wild here is a bog about taco places, some great stuff Have fun!

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

    La Brea Bakery
    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Le Pain Du Jour
    828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    16871 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    1. For sushi, go someplace fun like Nobu (either Malibu or Hollywood) or Katsuya or Koi or Katana. All of these are real LA vibe places, with locals and a scene.

      For a view, I like Catch at Casa del Mar hotel or else go to Moonshadows for romance.

      Mexican there is a lot to choose from - where are you staying?

      For uniquely LA - go to Gjelina in Venice. Also go to Bazaar at the SLS Hotel

      8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

      Katsuya Hollywood
      6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

      Koi Restaurant
      730 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      1. hot, i'm not sure what of these qualify for, but here are my thoughts re your requests...

        Sushi - Kiyokawa

        Brunch - Griddle Cafe, Square One Dining, 3 Square, Jar, Porta Via

        Mexican - Monte Alban (Oaxacan), Gilbert's El Indio, Lares on Pico, Tacomiendo

        Asian - Musha (izakaya), Jitlada (Southern Thai), SGV for dim sum

        Californian - Wilshire, Ji-Raffe, Saddle Peak Lodge

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

        Saddle Peak Lodge
        419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        Square One Dining
        4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        3 Square Cafe
        1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        Gilbert's El Indio
        2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Porta Via
        424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. Go to Campinile for classic brunch which is excellent and located right next door to La Brea Bakery. You hit two birds with one stone.
          For sushi you have endless great options in this city. '
          There arent many high quality restaurants with sea view so I would hesitate to recommend any but The Lobster would probably the choice.
          For Californian I would go to Lucques.
          For trendy Mexican you should try Rivera or Red O.

          La Brea Bakery
          624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

          Red O
          8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          1. You can get La Break bread in some grocery stores in London. I can't remember which chain. I find their bread hard as a rock and overrated.