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One dinner in LA + never been before = please help

Hi all,

I'll be out in LA for a wedding this January, and will be staying on Beverly Blvd in LA, at the Hotel Sofitel. I've never been there before and since we're committed to wedding food on Saturday night, I'd like Friday dinner to be a uniquely LA experience. I don't know the area, don't know what's around us, so don't know how to hone down choices. The LA board can be overwhelming without a GPS guide!

I'd welcome suggestions for a moderately priced (less than $200 for 2?) dinner that will give us a taste of LA and isn't too much of a hike from where we're staying. Although, truth be told, I'll hike for good food...

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Haha! Just read about Animal and Hatfield's, both featured in Food & Wine this month...I usually run from restaurants after they get a big shout out like that (mob scenes, most) but Hatfield's really sounds quite nice. Is it still lovely in a bigger space? The menu is making me drool...

      1. re: nycreba

        Yes, the food is still good, although I prefer it's previous locale.

        Animal has been (mostly) a mob scene even prior to the F&W expose.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        Can't go wrong with either Mozza but reservations are still hard to come by. Be warned they start taking reservations 30 days out so if you want to go call soon. Great Food at both the Pizzeria and the Osteria.
        http://www.mozza-la.com/

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        Pizzeria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Osteria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      3. I'm thinking A.O.C. might suit your purposes.

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

        1. Bistro LQ just down the street (less than 5 minutes by car) fits your description and has some of the best and creative food in LA. For the best experience go with the full tasting menu

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          Bistro LQ
          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: honkman

            I second Bistro LQ & the full tasting menu. Definitely one of my tops this year!

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            Bistro LQ
            8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          2. AOC is a great choice. Lucques may be a good one as well. I think that's even walking distance from the Hotel, just go North on La Cienega and turn right on Melrose. It's only a few blocks away. Also, you are just down the road from Madeo if you like Italian. Also, if you are looking for a more casual spot, Angeli Caffe on Melrose is one of my favorites. All of these suggestions are very close to your hotel. Less than 5 min in the car. A good sushi place is also walking distance from the hotel- Hirozen. It's in a strip mall and I have never had a bad sushi meal there. Jar is also down the street from the hotel. I used to live in the area...

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

            Hirozen
            8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Madeo Restaurant
            8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Lucques
            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            1. Ok! I'm narrowing it down.
              So if I had to choose (remember: one meal!) between Hatfields and AOC for a truly memorable meal in LA, thinking of service, of presentation, of actual taste & so on...

              Which one??

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

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              1. re: nycreba

                Did you look at Bazaar? Without drinks it should meet your price point and it is the most memorable nearby. A ten to fifteen minute walk and you're there.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  bazaar is a really good suggestion! hard to get reservations though, at least it was for me a month ago but i was trying for a specific day. I haven't been to the new hatfields location, but was not in love with it when i went a few years ago. I would pick AOC out of those two, but if you throw in Bazaar, that's the one i'd personally pick.

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

                2. re: nycreba

                  I like AOC but Hatfields is in a different league regarding creativity and taste etc.

                  1. re: nycreba

                    Ok! I'm narrowing it down.
                    So if I had to choose (remember: one meal!) between Hatfields and AOC for a truly memorable meal in LA, thinking of service, of presentation, of actual taste & so on...

                    Which one??
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                    Hatfield's ... and it's not even close.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Yes, Hatfield's definitely. Doesn't seem fair to compare the two.

                      1. re: baloney

                        Indeed, and it is not slam on AOC to say that Hatfield's is in a different league.

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