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Returning to LA after 4 years away-need AOC-like dinner recommendation

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My husband are coming to LA from DC for a long weekend--our first return visit since moving away nearly 4 years ago. We have most of our meals plannned (tacos! Sushi!) but we're in need of suggestions for Saturday night. AOC was one of our favorites before we left--both the food and the light, bustling atmosphere. We're considering going back, but are open to trying a new spot that has a similar sensibility-doesn't have to be small plates though--we want someplace that showcases CA's bounty, excellent wine, not too stuffy, etc. Preferably midtown or Westside, price doesn't matter. And of course, a place we couldn't find in dc or NYC.

thanks!

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

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  1. Osteria Mozza or Gjelina?

    Unfortunately, AOC is not as 'bustling' as it was 4 years ago

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

    Osteria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: LATrapp

      AOC is starting brunch service this weekend. I saw the menu and it looks phenomenal

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

        1. re: LATrapp

          AOC is not as HOT as it was 4 years ago - but it's still quite bustling.

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

        2. Have you looked at either Animal or their new offering, Son of a Gun? If not they both deserve some serious consideration.

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          Animal
          435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Son of a Gun
          8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          1. Not midtown or Westside, but I recommend the Lazy Ox Canteen. Gjelina is also a very good recommendation.

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            Lazy Ox Canteen
            241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            1. Have you looked into either Playa or Eveleigh?

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              Eveleigh
              8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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              1. re: Phurstluv

                I just tried Playa and loved it. And would add a recommendation for Rivera.

              2. Gjelina for sure. Try to sit on the patio.