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One notch down from Providence/Melisse - recommendation sought

KansasTornado Oct 16, 2011 09:57 PM

Any help would be appreciated. Places with an option to order a la carte would be great.

We have one non-seafooder so a place with great food, but not an emphasis on seafood would be preferable.

New American/French/Cal Ital would all be fine.

Thank you.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: KansasTornado Oct 16, 2011 10:03 PM

    La Cachette Bistro

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      KansasTornado RE: ipsedixit Oct 16, 2011 10:19 PM

      Thank you very much!

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        westsidegal RE: ipsedixit Oct 19, 2011 02:42 PM

        of the ones mentioned by ipsedixit,
        i would rank La Cachette Bistro and JiRaffe as being superior to Fraiche.
        haven't tried Foundry.

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        coffeebrownies RE: KansasTornado Oct 16, 2011 10:30 PM


        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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          maudies5 RE: coffeebrownies Oct 16, 2011 11:05 PM

          Definitely Lucques.

          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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          New Trial RE: KansasTornado Oct 17, 2011 01:47 AM

          To the recommendations already made (though I think Fraiche has lost some of its creme.), I would add:

          Craft, Eva, Hatfield's and Tavern for American/Cal

          Bouchon or Le Saint Amour for French

          Drago Centro, Valentino's, Villetta or Vincenti for Italian

          10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

          6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Vincenti Restaurant
          11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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

          Le Saint Amour
          9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Bouchon Bistro
          235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Eva Restaurant
          7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

          1. westsidegal RE: KansasTornado Oct 19, 2011 02:45 PM

            in what part of town? where are you staying? or, from where will you be coming?

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              KansasTornado RE: westsidegal Oct 20, 2011 05:41 AM

              Will be staying in Century City. I appreciate your help!

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                TonyC RE: KansasTornado Oct 20, 2011 09:34 AM

                Foundry is notches below Providence. La Cachette is in an uninviting office building. Fraiche... has severe chef retention problems.

                New Trial's list seems more fitting.

                I'd add Ray's & Stark Bar to that list. The diamond chairs are as delicious as the food. Of course, if you're already in Century City, Craft just makes sense.

                9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                La Cachette Bistro
                1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                  westsidegal RE: TonyC Oct 20, 2011 11:48 PM

                  i don't find the building that houses La Cachette uninviting.
                  maybe that's because i like their food, and my taste buds dominate most of my thinking. . . . . ?
                  they also have some booths, and i'm partial to booths.

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                    archer RE: TonyC Oct 21, 2011 01:23 PM

                    Foundry is of course not the dining experience of Providence, but it has a beautiful, inviting patio, carefully prepared, very well-priced food (as well as no or very low corkage) and entertaining jazz in bar to enjoy w/ a post-dinner drink.

                    Also agree w/ Ray's recommendation--particularly nice if you tie it to a LACMA visit

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                samtron608 RE: KansasTornado Oct 19, 2011 04:32 PM


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                  Porthos RE: samtron608 Oct 19, 2011 04:54 PM

                  Agree. Hatfield's fits the description perfectly.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: KansasTornado Oct 21, 2011 01:53 AM

                  I thought of Hatfield's because they have a traditional tasting menu. But their one chance at a first impression left me a bit disappointed. Just didn't tweak my culinary monkeybone.

                  You've got a great place right there in Century City at Craft. They have a traditional tasting menu (or didn't when I was there last), but you could assemble one with wine pairings if you wanted. Or go a la carte. . I've never been remotely disappointed there. Contemporary, creative and delicious. Much prefer it to Hatfield's. And you can order a la carte. (BTW - Melisse and Providence are my favs.)

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