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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 http://www.greattacohunt.com/ 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.

            1. Hi miss chicken wing,

              Welcome to L.A.! :) Per your recommendations:

              "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)"

              It should be noted that a Japanese Izakaya isn't a place you'd go for Sushi. But here some recommendations for both for your "just the best the city has to offer..." request:

              * Mori Sushi - Make reservations at the Sushi Bar and request to be seated in front of Mori-san (Chef-Owner). He's an outstanding Sushi Chef with amazing knife work and a great eye for presenting fresh and delicious Sushi preparations. Arguably the best in the city. :) Let him take care of you and simply mention "Omakase" (Oh-Mah-Kah-Seh) and you'll get the best he has to offer.

              * Izakaya Bincho - On the Redondo Beach Pier, overlooking a charming little dock and the Pacific Ocean, is a humble little husband-and-wife operation featuring some of the best Izakaya (Japanese Pub / "Small Plates") dishes in So Cal. Be sure to click on the Chow Place Link and look at the various threads about recommended dishes (like his Agedashi Tofu, Buta no Kakuni (Braised Pork Belly), Zosui (Made-from-scratch, amazing Chicken Rice Soup), etc. :)

              * Torihei - This is not an Izakaya, nor Sushi, but it's a great Japanese Oden and Yakitori specialist. Wonderful dishes! :) (Again, check the Chow Place Link and follow some Discussion Threads linked there for recommendations and thoughts.)

              While I wouldn't say this is "Californian" completely, what's "hot" in L.A. for "just the best the city has to offer" without pretension, you might consider:

              * Animal - Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are absolute masters of giving you ultra luscious sexy dishes of pure bliss. :) Wonderful Pork Belly creations, Foie Gras, Fried Quail and more. Do a search on the LA Boards and you can see everyone's recommendations. :)

              Enjoy L.A.~

              Mori Sushi
              11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Izakaya Bincho
              112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

              1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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              1. re: exilekiss

                I think Animal is definitely the "hottest" restaurant in the city right now.

                For sushi, I still think Kiriko is the best. The lunch omakase, about $30 for nine pieces of high-end nigiri and a blue crab roll, is one of the best sushi deals in town.

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

              2. LA is huge so be ready for lots of travel. Imho, Gjelina in Venice is the quintessential LA restaurant (make sure you sit on the patio). Search for sushi and you will find a plethora of comments-we like Z-Sushi in Alhambra. Other LA-icons: Langers for pastrami, Philippes for a French dip, go to Guelaguetza for Oaxacan (go to the Olympic loction and you get live music). Consider Thai town-Jitlada and Ruen Pair are our favorites. LA has a huge Armenian population-Marouch (Lebanese-Armenian) is superb or go to one of the Persian places on Westwood Blvd. Spend an afternoon at LA Farmers Market (Fairfax & 3rd) where you can pick from many different small eateries. Go to Neptune's Net in Malibu. There's more but I have to run...

                Ruen Pair Restaurant
                5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

                1. Thanks all for the brilliant tip... arrggh there's just too much choice. Sold on Wilshire, definitely going for pastrami at Langers and quite like the sound of The Griddle for breakfast.

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                  1. re: miss chicken wing

                    I would recommend most of the other restaurants before Wilshire. It's okay, but nothing particularly special. I would definitely recommend Animal before Wilshire.

                  2. Anything that was hot in New York 2 years ago.

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                    1. re: MBShapiro

                      West Coast hater... That's OK, we have the best pastrami, with Langer's here in L.A.

                      Lively & fun, with lots of food options: The Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax.