Native returning for a visit. Need recs.
Haven't been home in a couple of years, so I know much has changed. Have been trying to keep up, but not an easy task.
So, planning ahead with your help. We will be staying in the Pasadena area, but willing to travel.
Need the following (have included my ideas so far):
1. One special night out with wife (but doesn't have to be pricy):
• Campanile (I've been for lunch once before)?
• Osteria Mozza (though we have molto of Mario in NYC, a few hours away)
• Border Grill (never went)
2. Casual lunch with 4 year-old in tow:
• Ink.Sack (anywhere to sit?)
• Short Order
• Pizzeria Mozza?
3. Dinner with Mom, wife and 4 year-old:
• Lawry's (I know, I know, but I've never been there either)?
• AKA Bistro?
• Pizzeria Mozza?
• Border Grill?
Is there anything in Pasadena worth looking at? My brother swears by AKA Bistro, but I know nothing about it.
Yes to Animal and both Mozza's, I recommend Scarpetta and Spago in Beverly Hills. Also Gjelina, Manhattan Beach Post and Rustic Canyon if you don't mind the drive down to the beach area.
For me a pass on Border Grill.
A big yes to Langer's pastrami but they are only open till 4pm and closed Sundays.
And yes Grandparents truly love Lawry's and their creamed spinach (and so do I).
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Lawry's Prime Rib
100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Scarpetta Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
I like Scarpetta....but you have the New York one. I think lunch at Pizzeria Mozza with your four year old sounds like fun. I love Providence....my favorite restaurant when you want/need to treat yourself. Also...if you haven't been to Rivera, I might consider that. And I haven't been....but hear really good things about the Royce at the Langham.
Vol. 94 is pretty wretched. As if it were somebody who learned about charcuterie from a book without actually tasting the stuff. The new Haven, a few blocks away in the old Jerry's Deli space in Old Town, may have a few too many TV screens for my taste, but the cooking, in a similar charcuterie-intensive gastropub vein, is both less precious and leagues better than its neighbor.