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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?

www.atyourserviceconsulting.blogspot.com

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

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Thanks
Adam

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XIV
8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. 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

      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. Gjelina in Venice is wonderful. Reservations are a must.
      http://www.gjelina.com/

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

      1. I suppose Saam is de riguer.

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

        1. 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.

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          XIV
          8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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

          Red O
          8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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

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

              thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

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              AOC
              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Hatfield's
              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

              XIV
              8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

              Street
              742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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

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              1. re: AYSConsulting

                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).

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                XIV
                8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                1. re: AYSConsulting

                  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.

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                  Angeli Caffe
                  7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                  1. re: mc michael

                    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?

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                    Filling Station
                    201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

                    1. re: AYSConsulting

                      Ford's:
                      http://tiny.cc/km87n

                      Tasting Kitchen
                      1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
                      CA 90291-3744
                      (310) 392-6644
                      http://tiny.cc/we28q

                  2. re: AYSConsulting

                    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).

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                    Bistro LQ
                    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    Eva Restaurant
                    7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    Culina
                    300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    WP24
                    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

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

                    1. 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:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701081
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/338345

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                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

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                        Scarpetta
                        225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          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

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

                          1. re: AYSConsulting

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

                            1. re: AYSConsulting

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

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