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Where delicious in/near Beverly Hills (neither foo-foo nor dive) to take visiting foodie friend for dinner?

Cinnamon Apr 9, 2012 07:17 PM


-Delicious and yummy food
-Not precious
-Upscale-ish and pretty but not OTT
-Just a wonderful atmosphere
-Can hear yourselves talk

... authentic well-made cocktails a plus.

In Beverly Hills or nearby.

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    foodiemahoodie RE: Cinnamon Apr 9, 2012 07:46 PM

    Not sure what OTT is (in you estimation), you might throw in some more specific guidelines as to what you mean with that. CUT might make sense. Picca could also work. Spagos is a no-brainer, but would that be OTT? Bouchon is very good as is Scarpetta.

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      BSW6490 RE: foodiemahoodie Apr 9, 2012 09:39 PM

      I think you missed the qualifiers. Piccad is a good choice but complicated. I woul go to il Piccolino on Robertson for great food, service and atmosphiere You will be happy.

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        J.L. RE: foodiemahoodie Apr 9, 2012 09:41 PM

        OTT = Over The Top (?)

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          Mr Taster RE: foodiemahoodie Apr 10, 2012 12:16 PM

          I'm down with OTT.


          Mr Taster

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            J.L. RE: Mr Taster Apr 10, 2012 05:13 PM

            Yeah you know me...

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              Cinnamon RE: J.L. Apr 10, 2012 09:01 PM

              Perhaps by definition the both of you!

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          Titiany RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 08:27 AM

          Tavern. Lovely room, not too noisy and delicious food. I can't speak to the cocktails (I usually have wine), but the drink menu looks interesting.

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            latindancer RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 08:50 AM

            What type of cuisine do you prefer? What does 'precious' mean in this context?

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              granadafan RE: latindancer Apr 10, 2012 10:18 AM

              I think the original poster meant 'pretentious', not precious.

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                a213b RE: granadafan Apr 10, 2012 12:29 PM

                I think he meant precious, and meant it as not wanting something overwrought or needlessly complicated just for the sake of being "cutesy".

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                  Cinnamon RE: a213b Apr 10, 2012 09:02 PM

                  a213b is right (though yes grandafan also) ... precious:
                  affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice: precious manners.
                  flagrant; gross: a precious fool.

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              Juji RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 10:41 AM

              I'd say The Sherbourne, Fig & Olive or Culina. Spago is always a good choice too.

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                BSW6490 RE: Juji Apr 10, 2012 12:28 PM

                Earlier reply did not post. I think the service at Fig can be beyond bad. Spago is a good choice, but Il Piccolino or Sotto (if you can get in) would be more what they are looking for.

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                  omotosando RE: BSW6490 Apr 10, 2012 06:28 PM

                  I like the food at Sotto, but the OP is looking for somewhere (1) pretty, (2) a wonderful atmosphere and (3) where you can hear yourself talk. I think Sotto fails on all three.

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                    a213b RE: omotosando Apr 10, 2012 11:36 PM

                    Also on the good part, though perhaps that's just me. I was less than impressed when there last week.

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                      BSW6490 RE: omotosando Apr 11, 2012 11:41 AM

                      Then Il Piccolino succeeds on all 3!

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                  degustingdiary RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 11:32 AM

                  I second the Scarpetta suggestion.


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                    wienermobile RE: degustingdiary Apr 10, 2012 01:24 PM

                    +3 for Scarpetta. Great service too. Try the truffled mushroom polenta.

                  2. E Eto RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 07:40 PM

                    Red Medicine

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                      Cinnamon RE: E Eto Apr 10, 2012 09:04 PM

                      Thanks - wanted to love this - went recently - but it was just not the phenomenal option I expected. Lukshon is more my choice in a different area of town. Although I have to say the foie gras was totally worth getting.

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                      Cinnamon RE: Cinnamon Apr 10, 2012 09:05 PM

                      Just wanted to say thanks all of you for your thoughtful suggestions ... shall peruse. (I know these kind of 'special place' requests get old ... and I don't ask frequently ... so anyway your care with your answers is sincerely appreciated.)

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