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Jul 24, 2010 07:38 PM

One Night in LA -- sell me on your Chow

Hey Los Angelenos, the BF and I are visiting LA (from Boston) with an eye to moving their, and to attend a friend's wedding. Time's limited, so we'll only get the chance for one dinner.

I'll admit that the weather is inviting, but I'm already missing clam chowder, lobster rolls, Portuguese food, etc., etc. So what one meal can sway me to LA? What is the thing that I can get in LA and nowhere else that will win me away from clam cakes?

Additional consideration: I'm already buying two dresses for this wedding, so entrees under $20 would be appreciated!

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  1. Without knowing anything about where you are staying and what kind of food you like, my best advice is to just read thru this recent discussion, hope you find something.

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    1. re: mlgb

      It would also help to know your approximate age.

      1. re: mc michael

        Demographically it might be important if you were looking to produce a statistics driven theory/study. But practically, for individuals, I have to say that this is a meaningless stat (unless you want to direct them to someplace like Father's Office - which is 21 and over).

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

        1. re: Servorg

          there are places, for example, that i would not recommend to someone over 40, and places i would not recommend to someone under 30--particularly if they are looking at one night and only one. so far the only data I see is entrees $20 and under and not available anywhere else (not sure if there is such a thing in the wow! category)--not much to go on.

          1. re: mc michael

            My point is that age is nothing more than a number that has no meaning in and of itself when it comes to dining. Some couples in their 70's may be world travelers who have spent their lives wandering through the back streets of developing countries and are up for THE most hole in the wall places in the "worst" neighborhoods. Someone else in their 30's who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth may only feel comfortable in a place with white table cloths and the most impeccable European service in the toniest part of town. Or vice versa. You just can't tell unless you know the players well. So asking for age in a forum like this is likely to mislead you into making assumptions that have no basis in fact.

            1. re: Servorg

              Every little bit of data--as opposed to speculation--helps. I get your point.

    2. I would skip dinner and go straight for dessert at Scoops. Just had an amazing banana pandan ice cream. haha

      1. Hi, HazelShade!

        Check out this recent thread started by a fellow Bostonian:

        If that doesn’t work for you … try “Josephine’s” traditional Rhode Island clam fritters at LA’ finest seafood venue:

        5955 Melrose Ave
        Los Angeles, CA 90038
        (323) 460-4170

        Owner/Executive Chef Michael Cimarrusti, formerly of Water Grill fame, has succeeded in bringing the finest fresh seafood preparations to the SoCal. Most offerings are small plates, kaiseki style. Suggest the Chef’s Menu at the price/quantity level of your choice, with or without wine pairing. Note: please prepare to exceed your target of $20 per entrée.

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        1. re: degustateur

          She said Entrees under $20. Providence does not Qualify .

        2. Ok as a Transplant I know the things you can get here which you can't get there. but please let us know what area you will be in since LA is as big as Rhode Island proximity can make a difference. In the meantime, here are some ideas...


          Musha in Santa Monica and Torrance. innovative Small Place in a jovial Comunal Atmosphere.

          Izakaya Bincho in Redondo Beach. Like Musha but the cooking is more elemental and it is more intimate with one chef in a small open kitchen 'area' making up everything pretty much to order.

          Mariscos Chente which ever outpost Sergio is cooking at now,[I think Inglewood] Mexican seafood like you've never tasted. Ceviches to Grilled whole Snook to great Camarones [shrimp] dishes

          Babita Mexicuisine in San Gabriel [about 20 mins east of DTLA] Best high end Mexican in LA. Most of the entrees are under $20 And one of the Spiciest dishes in LA can be found there which is Shrimp topolobampo.

          Antojitos Carmen in East LA, excellent, down to earth Mexican comfort food.

          If you have a few people in your Party, more than 2, I would might try and go for Korean BBQ at Parks BBQ on Vermont Ave

          That is it for now let us know if there are other ways we can point you in the right direction.

          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Mariscos Chente
          10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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

          Antojitos Carmen
          2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

          1. One Night in LA, sounds like a crazy hijinks filled film . . . Hazel had to get to a wedding, but she was looking for the perfect LA meal to share with her boyfriend. Little did they know what they were in for . . . I would say you could go for the LA film experience. Go to like Swingers, or find your own place, LA is for the venturesome, Go west young lady . . .

            8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            802 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401