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Oct 10, 2011 12:17 PM

critique our itinerary!

I'm heading to LA with a couple of girlfriends the first weekend of November. We are all early 30s architects - 2 coming from Charleston, SC and one from Atlanta, GA - so mostly looking for great spaces & interiors (sadly, my friends have said that's more important and/or celeb sightings than great food, though I've been trying to steer towards good food too). This is my 2nd time to LA and their first. We are staying in West Hollywood. Here's our itinerary so far for your critique:

Arrive Friday am -
lunch: Santa Monica - I think they want Umami Burger
afternoon: the Getty
dinner: currently open, thinking low-key as we'll have a long day (wanted Mozza here, but couldn't get a res)

Sat am - hiking Griffith Park
lunch: on the way back to our pad (casual, in hiking clothing), thinking Ricky's Fish Tacos or Yuca's
afternoon: sightseeing Hollywood
dinner: reservation at STK

Sun - sightseeing downtown / the Grove / Melrose Trading Post / Beverly Hills
brunch: thinking Campanile or AOC
dinner: cheap dinner or takeout (going out late-night)

Mon - WB studio tour + Conan
lunch: WB Studio Plaza Cafe (lame, less than 1hr btw end of tour & Conan check-in) or off-site if we have time?? - maybe In & Out.
dinner: reservation at Pizzeria Mozza

Tues - depart

I wanted to put Thai in - perhaps on Friday night or Sunday night, but one of my friends is dealing with new food sensitivity issues and has narrowed down nuts as one of the offenders (she's worried about peanuts in lots of Thai dishes), along with beer, chocolate, caffeine, oats and fried food.

What are we missing that should go in Friday/Sunday night? We're also planning to hit a couple of nightclubs for late-night dancing & drinks - any recs for what's "hot" these days?


8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Pizzeria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

Ricky's Fish Tacos
1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. I suggest filling in one of your empty slots for korean bbq. korean food in LA is probably the best you can get outside of Korea. Suggest Parks BBQ (for high quality) or Soot Bull Gip (smokey bbq atmosphere). probably best for your sat lunch after griffith park as korea town is between the park and your hotel.
    Im not a big fan of STK..think you can do better on that one...
    dinner after the getty: you probalby want to stay in the west LA area so let me throw out the Sawtelle /Olympic blvd area: a little street with numerous small japanese restuarants.

    have fun!

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    1. re: samtron608

      Thanks for the Korean BBQ tip!
      Any other recs for steak in a great atmosphere?
      We're actually staying at a house via Airbnb, so we're scheduled to meet the owner to check-in at 6pm Friday in West Hollywood.

      1. re: rehabitat

        CUT is the de-facto standard for LA steak + scene

        1. re: ns1

          Much appreciated, but my friends thought CUT interiors looked like an office building cafeteria. Need more glam. :p

          1. re: rehabitat

            Go to Dan Tana's and order the "Dabney Coleman" steak...Old Hollywood "kitch" and dine place in your immediate locale (WeHo)...

            Dan Tana's Restaurant
            9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            1. re: Servorg

              Dan Tana's is fun and old school, good food and if you go a little later there are celebrities. Love Soot Bull Jeep for Korean, would be great coming from the park.

              Dan Tana's Restaurant
              9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

              Soot Bull Jeep
              3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

            2. re: rehabitat

              just take your friend to geisha house.

              1. re: ns1

                If you are looking for scene plus steak, I would argue that BOA has to be right near the top.

                1. re: ellaystingray

                  Cut is very nice inside. Not sure what you mean by glam, but I think you want more high style than cool contemporary. (just thank God Barbara Lazaroff isn't still at the design helm of Puck's restaurant efforst!). Too bad Ortolan is closed - VERY sexy room.

                  BOA - I'd pass on. It's not bad, just like the kind of place you'd see Paris HIlton (which is who I saw when I last ate there). Dan Tana's has a great weird cool to it. But it isn't architectually interesting. There are a lot of interesting places architectually - like Katsuya in Brentwood (Philipe Starck), or

                  Campanile or AOC are a little past their prime. Campanille is still a nice room, but the food has been disappointing for a few years now. I never got AOC. There are SO many places you can go that are more interesting.

                  Picca has a very fun vibe - the place buzzes with excitement. And the food won't disappoint (I'd say read some reviews beause the menu can be daunting).

                  8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  Dan Tana's Restaurant
                  9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                  9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

        2. re: samtron608

          +1 for Park's BBQ. Great food. Great meats, better than most steak houses. Great service. Love their Seasoned Boneless Beef Short Rib • 주물럭 and the Pancake w/ rock shrimp & green onion • 파전. Some of the best food in LA and open late.

          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          1. re: samtron608

            YES! PARKS BBQ OR SOOT BULL JEEP! You cannot miss korean food in LA. It's awesome. For Sunday, i DO really like AOC. It's very close to the Melrose Swap meet so it's a good choice. The one time i went to Campanile, i wasn't blown away. Have you investigated Drago Centro downtown? I don't know much about architecture, but look at some photos online. The food is great, though $. I haven't yet tried Ricky's Fish Tacos but i highly recommend doing that-- it's on my list! I hear mixed reviews regarding Unami. I've never been. But def check out IN-N-Out. you cannot beat the price or the quality! if your looking for a good burger, my burger lover friends RAVE about Stout in hollywood. Also, we have excellent Sushi here. Are you interested in any suggestions there?

            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Drago Centro
            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            Ricky's Fish Tacos
            1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          2. "lunch: WB Studio Plaza Cafe (lame, less than 1hr btw end of tour & Conan check-in) or off-site if we have time?? - maybe In & Out."

            InO might be a mad house depending on what time you're there; might not be doable <1 hour.

            plenty of porn star sightings @ the Cahuenga InO though :laughs:

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            1. re: ns1

              I'd walk up to Olive & Thyme, overpriced as it is, myself... despite having a lot of restaurants, there aren't very many GOOD restaurants within walking distance of the WB lot.

            2. Unless you're going to STK for the "scene", i would substitute that out for a proper steak house, cause the food is not good there.

              Or maybe even do a good sushi dinner.

              1. You'll get plenty of good recs for food, so I'll suggest that you cross-reference with the list of past AIA Restaurant Design Award winners and maybe kill two birds with one stone.


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                1. re: TracyS

                  i was going to suggest the same thing.

                  some more places:

                  a-frame: formerly a wienerschnitzel.
                  manhattan beach post (office)
                  pann's: 50s googie, near the airport.

                  old school...philippe or cole's, among others already mentioned. sorry to say, clifton's is currently under renovation.

                2. i would replace STK with any of the following:

                  Lawry's: very LA..huge nice asthetic dinning room. this place is split amongst the LA hounds, but its classic LA and would fit the bill for you.

                  Cut: yes, office space, but very good food.

                  Bazaar: tapas..expensive but scene is what you are looking for, you will find it here.

                  oh and for dancing: well, its been a while since ive been in that scene, but a new one is Drais (or spelled Drias..not sure). its on vine/sunset blvd.

                  or you can try Edison in not sure if there is a large dancefloor, but its underground in an old electrical place. pretty neat sure you can find pics on the web.