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Aug 10, 2010 09:31 AM

Seeking advice: Pick from these options for a "Last Supper"

I have been perusing these boards for about a month now and I am ready to take the plunge and ask a question! My parents are dropping me off at school in LA. We are avid foodiesand I have 3 meals with them to have really good food without having to fork out my own cash!

We will arrive on a sun night but we are driving from southern Oregon so we aren't sure on arrival. I know Chinese isn't everyones favorite in la but we really enjoy it and well be close to the SGV. Are sea harbor/elite only good for dim sum? Is there someplace better for dinner? There are so many options it's kind of mind boggling.

For lunch I am trying to pick between Pizzeria Mozza and Itzik Hagadol. I know those are both completely different but we were just in Tel Aviv at their restaurant there and have been craving mezze. But mozza is supposed to be so great!

For my dinner or "last supper" as I see it I am thinking something more upscale. I really enjoy tasting menus but anything inventive is good as well.

I have animal, providence and bazaar as tops. However I still just can't decide. Basically I need other people to make my decisions! If you have any insight it is greatly appreciated

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

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  1. Most, if not all, of the large restaurants that serve dim sum are Cantonese seafood restaurants. I personally like Elite's dinner better than Sea Harbour, but that's really personal preference. You can't go wrong with either one. The other major Cantonese seafood restaurants usually serve pretty good dinners, too (e.g. Empress Harbor, 888, Lunasia, etc.). But if your parents are paying for it, go for Elite. It will be a bit pricey, but it's worth it.

    Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
    3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

    1. I'd go to to Pizzeria Mozza--especially if your parents are paying. Where are you going to school here? I think Mozza is better than Itzik Hagadol--not just more expensive, which it is also.

      1. If you haven't already made your reservation for Mozza, make it right now. It's worth both the money and the wait, but you don't want to risk showing up without a reservation.

        You really can't go wrong in the SGV if you like Chinese/Taiwanese: there are dozens of fantastic places to try there. If you want to counter your experience at Mozza with something way downscale, consider Luscious Dumplings on Las Tunas (cash only, no reservations).

        If you want to sample the LA "scene," make a reservation at Red O on Melrose or First and Hope downtown (again, reservations required). Better to experience those sorts of places before you become all jaded and bitter (your destiny and divine right as a college student in LA) and before your parents cry poor because of all the money they're spending on your education (their destiny and divine right as parents of a jaded and bitter college student in LA).

        Luscious Dumplings
        704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        Red O
        8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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        1. re: Foodielicious

          I never had a problem going to Mozza without a reservation, but if you know you are going, what's it going to hurt? I don't know about becoming jaded and bitter by the college experience in LA, hopefully not, but the cost certainly will make you and your parents jaded and bitter. I am not sure many places in the US are different except like Harvard. Oxford and Cambridge are affordable if you are a UK resident citizen. The UC's used to be a lot more reasonable.

          1. re: apple7blue

            Ok. Mozza it is.

            With the Chinese there are so many options I guess you just kind of have to pick one.

            I am going to school at occidental in eagle rock and I'm hoping I don't get too jaded with la. I think it'll be a good place to live while my parents are still paying!

            I am going to school at occidental in eagle rock. Ho

            1. re: Ocollegefoodie

              Welcome! Once you are on your own and paying for food yourself, try Choo Choo's for chili dogs and Buff Wings for Hot Wings and Ghetto Dogs (both on Eagle Rock Blvd - Buff Wings on the north-west corner of ER & York and Choo Choo further south near the Fresh N Easy.
              If you want good Polish food (although not cheap, but you get a lot of food and it is great) you will be very close to Polka Restaurant.

              Buff Wings
              4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

              1. re: Ocollegefoodie

                Occidental is nice. You should go to Music Circle concerts for Classical Indian. I think it's $5 for students. They are played at Herrick Chapel often. It's in a good location if you like SGV Chinese, quick enough ride on bus or if you have a car really easy. I doubt you will get jaded in Highland Park--well, avoid the gangsters.