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Easter Sunday- what are my chances at finding a great birthday dinner!

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Clyde Feb 14, 2012 12:00 PM

i know, wrong holiday to post about today. Guessing I'm out of luck Re: sushi so that's a bust. Besides being banished to Sunday, my birthday is also on Easter. Any suggestions? Probably too early to know what's closed. We're fish only. We've done Providence, Mori, Watergrill, AOC, Lucques, Drago Centro, Mozza. I'd not be so into finding a great spot on a Sunday if Saturday wasn't already taken over by something completely non-birthday related :(

  1. Ciao Bob Feb 14, 2012 03:17 PM

    Spago?
    Tavern?
    SGV is a great idea
    Elite?
    Sea Harbor?
    Yu Garden?

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      Clyde Feb 14, 2012 03:36 PM

      Been to Tavern, would go again in a heartbeat for the mac & cheese! but not sure i'm feeling it for my bday. never been to spago, for some reason just never thought of it? Son of a Gun just might work. i do like the idea of Santa Monica as it's pretty far from where we live and it would be nice to kind of leave the home turf. been to the hungry cat in Santa Barbara, i would assume it's the same. mmm, oysters & cocktails! is the hollywood location still around? i just looked up Maison Giraud, couldn't tell much from the website just that the outdoor seating looks lovely.

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        bad nono Feb 14, 2012 04:31 PM

        you'll have a better idea here http://www.kevineats.com/2011/11/mais...

        seems there are several seafood options.

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          Clyde Feb 14, 2012 04:36 PM

          yes! it looks awesome! it's my #1 choice right now, thank you! :)

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      bad nono Feb 14, 2012 02:53 PM

      Hatfield's? Maison Giraud? I would call now and ask and book if available.

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        Clyde Feb 14, 2012 02:57 PM

        I was wondering about Hatfields. I've only been there once in the old spot where Eva is now. I don't remember being in awe of it but have always wanted to try the new spot, in hopes that i'd enjoy my meal more. I can't put my finger on what wasn't special about it; maybe it was too rich for me... One thing i thought of that I may enjoy. I've never really experienced San Gabriel's fantastic Chinese food. Would a standout place there be birthday worthy? I guess not if there are service issues... just wondering.

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          bad nono Feb 14, 2012 03:11 PM

          haven't been to the new spot myself, so I cannot say. But I'd go there over Lucques. I know I'm eying Maison Giraud for my own birthday, but it will come after yours. Don't know about the SGV, it's such a completely different atmosphere it's hard to tell.

          Ah, I really like Son of a Gun. Don't know if it seems birthday-ish enough for you, but the food is truly good and they have really interesting wines.

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            Juji Feb 14, 2012 03:16 PM

            Agree with Son of a Gun, that would be fun for a birthday. You might also want to consider Hungry Cat in Santa Monica, the food is very good. And something a little different could be one of the Peruvian restaurants like Picca or Osaka since there are lots of seafood items on their menus.

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        attran99 Feb 14, 2012 01:10 PM

        Would probably be best to call the restaurants and ask. But I imagine that they all will probably be open Calling ahead now will probably guarantee you a reservation at any one of these locations as it is so early in the game.

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