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AYSConsulting Dec 10, 2010 06:35 AM

Hey everyone, I'm heading to LA for MLK weekend and I could use some suggestions. I am in love w Osteria Mozza (was there last time I was in town) and loved Animal too. What are some of the newer fun restaurants I should look at?

Check out my blog so you can see the tye of places I like to go to?


I am thinking of Jar, XIV (not too new, but they are still on my wishlist heheh



8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    AYSConsulting Dec 10, 2010 06:37 AM

    PS: Im thinking anyhwere from SM to WeHo. I generally don't venture into the Valley or downtown when I have limited time.

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    1. re: AYSConsulting
      cdub Dec 10, 2010 06:51 AM

      that's a shame. i went to lazy ox in little tokyo about 2 weeks ago and it was great. similar to animal but different.

      there's also scarpetta if you like italian in beverly hills.

    2. wienermobile Dec 10, 2010 07:19 AM

      Gjelina in Venice is wonderful. Reservations are a must.

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

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        mc michael Dec 10, 2010 08:41 AM

        I suppose Saam is de riguer.

        Saam at The Bazaar
        465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. Ciao Bob Dec 10, 2010 10:07 AM

          Boo on Jar and XIV. Both are fairly average, IMHO. XIV has a lively crowd and is fun for a drink but the food is pretty ho-hum. Jar's food is occasionally good, though I have had some very lousy dishes...quite inconsistent...and I find it boring.

          Totally agree with the Bazaar/Saam, Gjelina, Lazy Ox recs you've gotten. Tasting Kitchen would be another idea. I presonally do not like Red O but a lot of folks do.

          8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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

          Red O
          8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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            Juji Dec 10, 2010 10:29 AM

            You might want to check out Cleo at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. The food is really good and the atmosphere is energetic.

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              AYSConsulting Dec 11, 2010 05:49 AM

              Thanks for the input so far everyone! Here's my short list of someplaces Im thinking of (some for lunch some for dinner):
              The Farm of BH (been there before)
              Test Kitchen
              Fords Filling Station
              Buffalo Club (been there too)

              thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              BLD Restaurant
              7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Filling Station
              201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

              Buffalo Club
              1520 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

              8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

              742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Philippe - LA
              8284 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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              1. re: AYSConsulting
                Searching4Dunny Dec 11, 2010 06:11 AM

                You might want to substitute Tasting Kitchen for Test Kitchen (better reviews on here); specify Saam at Bazaar instead of Bazaar (if you are looking for a more special dinner w/ set menu/multiple courses), drop Street and do a food truck or ethnic eats (mexican, thai, korean, viet), and do XIV only for drinks (the food was a bit of a letdown past few times I've been).

                Also, do you mean Philippe's for French Dip? If so, you may want to consider Cole's for French Dip or just do Langer's for arguably the best pastrami in the country (since so many claim this it should be worth a try).

                8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                1. re: AYSConsulting
                  mc michael Dec 11, 2010 07:27 AM

                  That's a pretty big weekend you have going there. It seems you don't want to go east of LaBrea which is fine. Keep in mind, there's a whole other world out there including the downtown scene and the SGV delights. If you start getting full of rich innovative food and just want some comfort food, consider Angeli Caffe.

                  Angeli Caffe
                  7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                  1. re: mc michael
                    AYSConsulting Dec 14, 2010 05:38 AM

                    Yeah were only in town for 2 1/2 days so we are trying to keep our range to places that wont tak too much time to get to, hence the weho/h'wood some west la focus. There definitely are a ton of great places in the SGV but we just don't have the time to make it there this trip unfortunately.

                    Where is Tasting Kitchen?

                    What do we think of Fords Filling Station? It looks like it could either be really good or a big disappointment. Is it like a Hash House agogo?

                    Filling Station
                    201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

                    1. re: AYSConsulting
                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 14, 2010 04:11 PM


                      Tasting Kitchen
                      1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
                      CA 90291-3744
                      (310) 392-6644

                  2. re: AYSConsulting
                    New Trial Dec 11, 2010 12:20 PM

                    Unfortunately, Test Kitchen will no longer be open after next week as the space gears up for its permanent tenants. XIV, Street, Farm and BLD (other than for breakfast) can all be dropped without being much of a loss. Conversely, I would add Jar back onto your list as I think it is terrific (especially the pot roast). Others to consider adding would include Bistro LQ, Culina, Eva, the Friday or Saturday night Famiglia dinners at Mozza's Scuola di Pizza--the Saturday pig dinner is particularly wonderful, and WP24. I also like the recommendation for Langer's and food trucks (if you can find the LudoTruck, jump at the chance).

                    Bistro LQ
                    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    Eva Restaurant
                    7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                    sushigirlie Dec 11, 2010 07:57 AM

                    I would recommend Tasting Kitchen (over Gjelina, in the same area).

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

                    1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2010 08:03 AM

                      i had my best meal of the year at Scarpetta recently, but with all due respect to cdub, since you live in NYC there's no point in going to Scarpetta here.

                      knock the Farm of BH off the list - it's not worth going even if you hadn't been there already.

                      and one last thought - not to make things more complicated, but since you reviewed 5 Napkin on your blog, i'm guessing you're a burger guy. "best burger" is a hotly debated topic here in LA if you have any desire to check out one of the CH recommendations for a more casual bite:

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                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        ipsedixit Dec 11, 2010 10:57 AM

                        Re: Scarpetta. Might be easier to get a reso in LA than in NYC, but, yeah, otherwise, skip it.

                        225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                          AYSConsulting Dec 14, 2010 05:40 AM

                          Yeah Im thinking of Umami Burger. Any thoughts? that and tracking down Grill em All truck. I missed them while they were in NYC a few months ago. I'm gonna be a fat MF after this trip hahahah

                          Umami Burger
                          850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                            tablefor1 Dec 14, 2010 12:28 PM

                            Umami - Yes
                            Grill em All - Nah
                            Fat MF - Yes!

                            1. re: AYSConsulting
                              J.L. Dec 15, 2010 04:08 PM

                              Skip Umami and go to Father's Office (Helms location) or The Golden State for the burger experience.

                              The Golden State
                              426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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