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Sep 17, 2010 12:48 PM

Visit From SF Foodies! Help!

What restaurants/eateries/locales showcase the best LA has to offer, top to bottom? My girlfriend's parents are coming and are going to expect a show!

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  1. For Japanese - Urasawa

    For Korean BBQ - Park's

    For Creative Meat - (but they've got veggies and fish too) Animal

    For Upscale CalMed&Seafood - Providence

    For Italian - Mozza Osteria and Mozza Pizzeria

    For Mexican - Babita

    1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Park's BBQ
    955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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

    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: Servorg

      Great list Servorg. I truly love Park's BBQ . Maybe add Wofgang Puck's Cut for steaks.

      9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

      1. re: wienermobile

        For Mexican there are probably at least another 3 or 4 places that can be added like Huasteca and La Casita (before we even venture into the Oaxacan food corner of the Mexican world). I think Cut is great, but I keep waiting for my friends with the Corporate expense accounts to invite me... ;-D>

      2. re: Servorg

        Don Dae Gam is probably better than Park's for Korean BBQ, esp. if your preferences lean towards swine.

        1. re: Servorg

          How about Rivera for modern mexican/latin cuisine?

          1050 S. FLOWER ST #102
          LOS ANGELES CA, 90015

          or... Mariscos Chentes for some ceviche? You can do a CH search for the different locations.

          Mariscos Chente
          4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        2. i like servorg's recs a lot. to add...

          you could also take them to the Farmers' Markets -- at 3rd/Fairfax, Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc.

          also, perhaps a sweets tour? like Persian ice cream at Mashti Malone's, Nata's Pastries for natas, Porto's, Compartes' for chocolate, or Chocolatt!, Teuscher for champagne truffles, Primo's for buttermilk bars, Jin Patisserie, etc.

          for a decadent brunch, Griddle Cafe, or for brasserie brunch, Anisette

          other places I'd consider:
          Monte Alban
          Jitlada Thai
          Father's Office
          Lunch at The Getty for the view
          somewhere in Malibu or the Lobster in SaMo for the view; or drinks at the Huntley Penthouse
          Los Balcones de Peru or Mario's Peruvian
          ...and I could come up with many more if I wanted to give a show...

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

          Monte Alban
          11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Mashti Malone's
          143 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206

          Jin Patisserie
          1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          Mario's Peruvian
          15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

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

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

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          1. re: Emme

            As a former long time SF resident and still frequent visitor, I think you and servorg are both close to right on, even though I haven't eaten at all of your choices, just many of them....My few nitpicks:

            1. take Peruvian off the list. Lots of good Peruvian options in SF and environs. Could it really be that much better?

            2. Not sure about Osteria or Pizzeria Mozza. (though I've only eaten at the Pizzeria and there only once a few weeks ago). Liked it very much and both have the 'celebrity chef' factor that tends to be less common in SF (though we do have Incanto which is arguably run by a celebrity chef though not on the same level), but I think you can get just as good in SF. Italian is one of our big strengths....OTOH, what makes them interesting may be the chance to compare. So I guess it depends on how often these folks make it to the Southland....(and all you LA folks have to come up to SF to try my favorite Italian/Sardinian restaurant, La Ciccia).

            Yes to the Getty though I am not sure you need to have lunch there.

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

            1. re: susancinsf

              oh yeah, and add Langer's to the list. SF lacks good, (some would even say decent) deli.

              I guess my point is that OP shouldn't just put on a show, but should also concentrate on the cuisines and options that are harder to get in SF, unless his visitors will be coming frequently.

          2. My top three right now for food, service and decor/wow factor:

            Cut by Wolfgang Puck
            The Bazaar

            Also the new WP24 inside the Ritz-Carlton was incredibly great when we were there last weekend. Every dish a pleasure, great service and spectacular decor enhanced by a breathtaking view of downtown LA from the 24th floor of the hotel.

            900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015