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Native returning for a visit. Need recs.

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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):
• Animal?
• AOC?
• 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)
• Other?

2. Casual lunch with 4 year-old in tow:
• Ink.Sack (anywhere to sit?)
• Short Order
• Langer's
• Pizzeria Mozza?
• Other?

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?
• Other?

Is there anything in Pasadena worth looking at? My brother swears by AKA Bistro, but I know nothing about it.

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  1. 1. The Royce at the Langham Pasadena http://www.thediningroom-langham.com/

    2. Fiore http://fioremarketcafe.com/

    3. Providence http://providencela.com/

    In Pasadena, I really like Vol94 and Sushi Kimagure and Sushi Ichi.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      doesnt ike have a new sushi joint in pasadena? how do your recs compare, if youve been?

      1. re: linus

        Ike's new sushi place is Sushi Kimagare.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          thanks.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        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.

        1. re: condiment

          Didn't sample the cured meats, but did enjoy the hangar steak and scallops.

      3. 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).

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

        Border Grill
        1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Langer's Delicatessen
        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

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        Manhattan Beach Post
        1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        1. re: wienermobile

          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.

        2. Animal booked.

          Royce sounds great. We went to Dining Room during Voltaggio's stint, so opted for a new locale this time around.

          Heard great things about Providence. Forgot about that one.

          Maybe Langer's, Ink.Sack or Pizzeria Mozza for lunch. Leaning towards Mozza.

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          1. re: biscuit

            Pizzeria Mozza a good idea for lunch. The four-year-old is not going to be happy at Ink Sack - there are no chairs, and nothing will be to her taste. Langers is great too, of course, and Baco Mercat would work too.

            Providence is splendid.

            1. re: biscuit

              Son of A Gun is the newer seafood restaurant from the two Chef's from Animal. Another great choice.

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              Son of a Gun
              8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048