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2.5 Days in L.A. (2011)

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With help from all of the other great posts on these boards, my husband and I have put together a comprehensive food list for our trip at the end of November, but I’d love to get some feedback, see if there are any glaring omissions, and help filling in some of the blanks. We live in New York and want to try to eat things we couldn’t normally get. We are renting a car and will travel for anything great. Thanks in advance!

Breakfast/ Brunch
Dim sum at Sea Harbor
I would love to have a healthier/ local/ raw/ smoothie type breakfast… not sure if that’s fighting too many of the basic foodie principals, but suggestions would be great

Lunch:
We arrive around noon, and would like to grab some great Mexican food right off the bat anywhere between the airport and our hotel in Mid-City West. Taco trucks, farmers markets, and sit down restaurants are all fine as long as the food is great (and relatively quick since I think we’ll be hungry.)
Pizzeria Mozza – is this actually better then any other good Italian/ thin crust pizza place? We love Italian food and the menu looked great, but I’m worried it’s something we could easily get at home…

Dinners:
Mori Sushi (at the bar)
Animal

Desserts:
Cheese course at either LQ@ Starry Kitchen or FIG
sprinkles cupcakes, scoop ice cream, or coolhaus (we actually have that on in NYC now but I really like it so I’m not ruling it out just yet)

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Mori Sushi
11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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

Starry Kitchen
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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  1. First things first, The Cheese Cart at LQ@SK is the way to go - but it depends entirely upon the day you're coming in as it's a pop-up and Chef Quenioux's cheese is only at Starry Kitchen when he is... call ahead.
    Then, while I believe Westsidegal may disagree with my cheese choice I have no doubt she would heartily recommend Mariscos Chentes for lunch (assuming they open that early).

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    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Starry Kitchen
    350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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    1. re: FranklinJefferson

      you are right on both counts.
      my cheese choice would be FIG.
      although i like french cheese, would not want to be limited to it.

      all sides of the issue are, i think, discussed in this thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814402

      i believe that Mariscos Chente's/Coni'Seafood is open for lunch (although i've never been there for lunch myself).
      310-672-2339

      3544 west imperial highway
      inglewood ca 90304

    2. You prob wouldn't be able to get the pizzeria mozza crust at home. I personally hate it. It's a cracker crust, delicious on its own, but not so good when it's topped with stuff (ie, made into a pizza) because it gets immediately soggy and limp with the appeal of wet cardboard.
      My fav pizzas are on the eastside.

      Definitely agree on the LQ cheese cart.

      I find both Scoops and Coolhaus to be kind of watery. Great ice cream: Carmella, Mother Moo's, Bulgarini for gelato, again all on the eastside. Eastside trumping westside on some things. Also, Sprinkles is ok. Big Man Bakes is better.

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      Mother Moo
      17 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, CA