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Graduation Dinner

goodeater Mar 23, 2012 09:28 AM

Hi L.A. Chowhounders,
I've been searching your boards for a good place to take our son for his graduation dinner in May. So far, I've looked at the Palm in West Hollywood, the Fig in the Fairmont in Santa Monica and Animal. My son is a meat eater, but I am a vegetarian. We have a grandparent and other son who love seafood. My spouse and I live in Northern Ca. so we're used to great farm to table cuisine. Our budget is in the $50/pp range without drinks. In the past we've also enjoyed Akasha and Spago. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    goodeater May 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    Thanks for all your suggestions -- I think we are going to make a reservation at Rustic Canyon. Will let you know how it went!

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    1. re: goodeater
      goodeater Jun 18, 2012 04:37 AM

      The graduation ran so long that I had to keep postponing our reservation. Rustic Canyon was very flexible but after the third time I had to call and cut them loose because they did need the table again for a later reservation. So, we never got to Rustic Canyon -- ended up eating Vietnamese that night in some nondescript downtown location -- not especially memorable. We'll have to go back and try again soon.

      1. re: goodeater
        Servorg Jun 18, 2012 04:39 AM

        The best laid schemes of mice and men...

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      coffeebrownies Apr 15, 2012 02:21 PM

      We are also looking for a gradaution spot--it's going to be a Saturday night, and we would dearly love to do this on a budget--$50 per person, including alcohol (but not big drinkers) for 12 -14 folks. Downtown to Mid-Wilshire, and a range of palates -- foodies to plain-foodies. The foodies can compromise. Not sure about the plain-foodies. Doesn't have to be particular glamourous (can't be on this budget) but should be festive. Thoughts?

      1. westsidegal Mar 24, 2012 12:22 AM

        LOVE, love, love, FIG.
        aside for the terrific food, they will also validate your parking for 3 free hours.
        fwiw, they offer one of the best cheese selections in town--normally over 25 top flight cheeses from which to select. also, for the vegetarian in your party, they serve a good vegetable curry.
        their bread comes to you directly from the oven.

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        1. re: westsidegal
          goodeater Mar 27, 2012 07:28 AM

          Yum, Fig looks like the top choice right now but still doing my due dilligence to research them all. Most of us would be happy at any of these places but I am worried about the grandparents. If the place is really trendy or they don't recognize most of what is on the menu they will get cranky (or crankier) so we need to find a happy compromise.

          1. re: goodeater
            wienermobile Mar 27, 2012 07:54 AM

            My mother is in her nineties and she loves both Fig and Rustic Canyon. (a bit noisy at Rustic Canyon after 7:30 so we eat earlier) Great food at both. Great Deal is "Fig at 5" special, it offers their entire menu at 50% off if you eat early 5-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

            1. re: wienermobile
              westsidegal Mar 28, 2012 04:39 PM

              although the Fig at Five promotion is offered most of the time, it is not offered all the time. if you are set on taking advantage of this promotion, confirm that it will be in effect on the day of your reservation.
              also, only the items ORDERED before six will be included in the promotion.

            2. re: goodeater
              Ciao Bob Mar 27, 2012 08:39 AM

              <<cranky (or crankier) >> Hilarious.
              I think your price range will rule out some of the suggestions you have gotten here (notably Hatfield's and Scarpetta -- neither of which are worth their huge price-tag anyway, IMHO). Lot's of other good choices tho. Thanks for the laugh.

          2. d
            degustingdiary Mar 23, 2012 11:03 AM

            In addition to Hatfield's, I would also suggest Scarpetta, Playa and Mezze.


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            1. re: degustingdiary
              goodeater Mar 23, 2012 11:06 AM

              Thanks all,

              Looks like some good options. I'll check out their menus this weekend and let you know where we end up.

            2. b
              BSW6490 Mar 23, 2012 10:29 AM

              Really like Sotto on the South end of Beverly Hills.

              1. Servorg Mar 23, 2012 09:57 AM

                You should consider Hatfield's as one place to do this at: http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com/

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                1. re: Servorg
                  maudies5 Mar 23, 2012 10:22 AM

                  Rustic Canyon should fit your needs, www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com
                  Definitely, farm to table. Food is great and should be within your budget.

                  1. re: maudies5
                    wienermobile Mar 23, 2012 04:34 PM

                    When my son was a vegetarian Rustic Canyon was perfect for everyone. Large selection of both meat and vegetarian small plates. Wonderful food. Make sure you try their fried cauliflower.
                    I am a big fan of Fig at The Fairmount too.

                    Also Scarpetta Beverly Hills offers a vegetarian menu at all times. Their CREAMY POLENTA fricassee of truffled mushrooms is wonderful. Highly recommended.

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