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MrsDRock Oct 22, 2011 03:44 AM

My husband and I are heading to LA in a few days and we've been slowly gathering restaurants we want to try. We do want to try some nice dinners while we're there (H is there for business). We've got reservations so far for:
- Providence
- Animal

We're from Cincinnati, OH so we are excited to try some unique foods while we're out in LA.

We're also interested in looking at Wolfgang Puck restaurants (Spago? Chinois? etc). Are they worth it? Any specific one?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Chinois
2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

  1. Servorg Oct 22, 2011 08:03 AM

    Spago definitely worth the calories, especially if you let them do a tasting menu for you. Chinois is great if you like fusiony food. My only issue with Chinois is the noise factor, but some like that sort of high energy place so don't let that put you off necessarily.

    If you have interest in sampling one of LA's strongest ethnic food scenes then I suggest you give Park's Korean BBQ a visit while you're in town.

    My last suggestion would be a lunch excursion to Langer's Deli just west of downtown for arguably the best Pastrami sandwich in North America. Only open from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday.

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

    Spago
    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Langer's Delicatessen
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Chinois
    2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      wienermobile Oct 22, 2011 08:18 AM

      Servorg just named some of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. I can't tell you how much I love Langer's Pastrami and Park's BBQ and their Gal-Bi (Seasoned Prime Beef Short Rib). I do prefer Spago to Chinois, also Spago has a wonderful patio. I would just add Pizzeria Mozza to your list delicious list. If you make it down to the Santa Monica/Venice area I would add Gjelina and Rustic Canyon two examples of great California cuisine. Welcome to LA.

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      Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
      1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Pizzeria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Gjelina
      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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        MrsDRock Oct 22, 2011 08:30 AM

        Thanks for the response- What did you eat at Spago that was so fantastic?
        Also, for Korean BBQ, I have written down Kogi, Chosun Galbee, and Park's- which would you recommend of all 3?

        I do have Gjelina and Langer's Deli written down as well.

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Kogi
        Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        1. re: MrsDRock
          wienermobile Oct 22, 2011 08:35 AM

          For me Park's BBQs is my favorite. Incredible cuts of meat that are better than most steak houses with wonderful flavors and great service. Great place to experience Korean cuisine for the first time.

          At Spago I would recommend either Five or Ten Course Tasting Menus. They change seasonally. Wonderful surprises then await you.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            MrsDRock Oct 22, 2011 08:46 AM

            Man, you're just making it so much harder for me. I wish we could be in LA longer. Thanks for the recommendation @ Spago. Just out of curiosity, how much would a 5 or 10 course tasting menu cost?

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            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            1. re: MrsDRock
              wienermobile Oct 22, 2011 09:03 AM

              Five course 95/ Ten course 145

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                MrsDRock Oct 22, 2011 09:12 AM

                Great, thank you.

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                  drsmoke Oct 22, 2011 02:28 PM

                  "Cut", Chef Puck's place in the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills is fantastic, and expensive, but worth it.

      2. re: Servorg
        Dapuma Oct 23, 2011 01:15 PM

        what is the average price of park's - i didnt see any prices on their website

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          Servorg Oct 23, 2011 01:24 PM

          You can figure mid $20's to mid $30's for BBQ meats.

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        BSW6490 Oct 23, 2011 11:26 AM

        Spago and Chinois are both worth it. You want to sit on the patio at Spago. The pizzas make great starters. They are famous for the smoked salmon pizza and the duck saussage is also great. As an entre, the duck is very good as are many other items. At Chinois, go for the whole catsish. Both are in areas that are nice for walking before or after. Have fun.

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Chinois
        2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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          kevin Oct 23, 2011 02:45 PM

          Go for the tasing menu at Spago.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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          maudies5 Oct 23, 2011 12:13 PM

          I am surprised that no one has mentioned WP 24. This is Wolfgang Puck's latest venture (until Hotel Bel Air restaurant reopens). WP24 is located on the 24th Floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant is gorgeous, the food is good ; some dishes are outstanding, others not so much. Suggest going there for cocktails and appetizers and see the breathtaking views. The views from every window are spectacular. This is definitely where I would take an out of town visitor.

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          WP24
          900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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            MrsDRock Oct 23, 2011 12:39 PM

            Thanks for the recommendation! So many choices...

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              kevin Oct 23, 2011 02:46 PM

              Which dishes are outstanding at WP24?

              Thanks.

              And does he still have foie gras dumplings on the menu?

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              WP24
              900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              1. re: maudies5
                J.L. Oct 23, 2011 10:59 PM

                I'll be the voice of dissent and say that WP24 is not worth the pilgrimage (for their entrees, at least).

                I will concede that the view from the 24th floor is breathtaking, and the appetizers and very very good. But the entrees and the desserts are meh (and pricey!). That's the deal-breaker for me.

                If you do go, sit in the lounge area, order the appetizers, and just enjoy the view.

                Now, if you DO end up at the latest installment of Wolfgang Puck in L.A. at the Hotel Bel-Air (opened last week or so), PLEASE do report back by all means!!!

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                Hotel Bel-Air
                701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

                WP24
                900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                anotherfatcow Oct 23, 2011 08:52 PM

                Yes, Spagos definitely. Lee Helfer is the executive chef and Sherry Yard is the pastry chef, both famous in their own right now. My favorite dish at Spagos is the Hong Kong sea bass. If you like Wienerschnitzel, it is fabulous. Light an crispy. Even if it's not on the menu if you ask for it sometimes they'll make it. They are famous for the smoked salmon pizza. Wolfgang was actually the first one to make pizza with unusual toppings. For dessert the Kaisersmaren is out of this world.

                Chinois is also good. Very loud.

                WP24 has an awesome view, and a good menu. but If you are limited for time go to the flagship restauraunt.

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                Spago
                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Chinois
                2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                WP24
                900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                  MrsDRock Oct 24, 2011 03:28 AM

                  Thanks so much, especially for the entree recommendations.

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                  JudiAU Oct 24, 2011 12:21 PM

                  Spago has very good food, especially the European dishes. I don't like Puck's Cal-Asian anything so I don't recommend those dishes or Chinois. But note that it is NOT "Spagos" It is Spago, as in how was your dinner at Spago? DInner at Spago was great. Lunch is also good and if you want their pizza, you have to go then. Finally, active bar scene so don't think you need a reservation to eat there (and you won't get a table on the patio, so don't bother). (And as an aside, do not order drinks without looking at the wine list/prices.) Cut is a great steak restaurant but I assume you have steak in OH.

                  Do not go to Puck branded catering like god forbid the hell which is Kidspace in Pasadena.

                  Providence and Animal are both terrific. Good job getting reservations lined up.

                  Langers is worth planning a meal (pastrami on rye, nothing else) around but Pinks is NOT.

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                  Spago
                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                  Chinois
                  2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                    rickym13 Oct 24, 2011 12:36 PM

                    i also agree with spago, park's and langers! i would be a very happy camper with those 3.

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