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May 15, 2011 10:58 AM

Young Graduates, Moving to LA: Where Would they like to dine?

Hi: I live in DC and am looking to give gift certificates to some young people who are new to the area and trying to make a career there. One of the boys is a 24-year old writer learning to work the phones, the other are two recent film school graduates moving to LA.

I want to get them something special, something LA/Hollywood. I'm thinking like $40 each and a place that I could get gift certificates online and give it to them as a graduation gift.

One is vegetarian, one lives in Studio City. Got any ideas?

P.S. My recommendations to you as a return favor are: when you are in New Orleans, go to Cochon. When in NYC, go to DBGB. You'll love the.


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  1. Make it $50 each and make it Animal (not for the vegan) or Son of a Gun or Mozza.

    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Osteria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

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    1. re: mc michael

      $40.00 pp @ Pizzeria Mozza would definitely work.

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

      1. re: mc michael

        Judging from the OP's recs for Cochon and DBGB, Animal would be the perfect recommendation...except for that vegetarian thing.

        Second with vegetarian options would be Pizzeria Mozza or AOC.

      2. I think Farmers Market has gift certificates that can be used at any stall. They can use them to eat (Loteria, Bob's Doughnuts, etc) or shop for fresh produce, meat or poultry. it is over the hill (the basin as opposed to the Valley) from Studio City, but I imagine that the Studio City graduate will spend plenty of time nearby anyway. This would provide a lot of flexibility and choice.

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        1. re: coffeebrownies

          This is interesting. Two of them are coming from Cornell and I know they love the Ithaca Farmer's Market, This is an interesting idea. thanks.

          1. re: Regymos

            i'd guess that the ithaca farmer's market is very different than the collection of permanent retail businesses and restaurants that make up the farmer's market at the grove.
            (a real farmer's market would not contain an Abercrombie and Fitch store)

            1. re: Regymos

              Farmers Market is a place, not a vegetable/fruit market. Google it, and you'll find it's probably not a good idea.

              Mozza is the best idea, another idea would be Chateau Marmont or one of the restaurants at Hollywood Roosevelt or even W Hollywood.

              Chateau Marmont
              8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              1. re: yogachik

                Farmers Market is quintessential L.A. and even in its current form, it's filled w/ L.A. history, which makes it (I think) a very interesting choice. Also, it's very popular w/ industry types. The retail stores are part of the Grove, which is adjacent and indeed connected to the Farmers Market, but not the market itself. There are a number of good dining choices there (Loteria, Banana Leaf, Brazilian bbcue, M. Marcels, etc) + the gift certificate would go very far. Also, the fruit/vegetable stands there are very good (if not the same as weekly farmers' markets) and for the carnivores, Huntington has great sausages while Marconda Meats has excellent prime beef. Lots of interesting food stands for stuff to take home.
                Well worth considering.

          2. Umami Burger is very LA and has vegetarian options. Plus, industry types eat there a lot, and $40 will cover two or more meals, which not-so-flush new transplants might appreciate.

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

            1. For the writer, I would get a GC for Musso & Frank's. Not that it's a CH fave or anything, but it's very "LA," and a lot of famous writers would dine there.

              Strictly food-wise, I think the above recs for Animal and Mozza are great.