Los Angeles Food Itinerary UPDATED
Thanks you for all of your suggestions on my previous post. I have taken into consideration all of your comments into my new list.
Dinner at Bouchon
Lunch at Pizzeria Mozzo
Dinner at Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica)
Lunch at The Grill on The Alley
Dinner at Dan Tana's
Lunch at Garden Terrace Café
Dinner at Malibu Seafood
Lunch at The Ivy
Dinner at Matsuhisa
Lunch at Nate 'n Al
If you have the means, reserve seats in the private omakase room at Matsuhisa instead of the main dining room.
You'll be deprived of some celeb sightings, sure (you'll get plenty of close encounters at The Ivy for lunch). BUT the food is better in the omakase room.
Langer's offers a dedicated (and validated) lot with attendants. Nate 'n Al's does not so public parking is inevitable. While certainly closer to LAX, the difference is not that significant to justify missing one of the great pastrami sandwiches going. If the OP dosen't want pastrami, that would be another matter.
Double check the hours by calling some of the places, not relying on yelp. For instance it lists that Malibu Seafood is open Mondays, and unless that is a recent policy change, it's not. Also, it is a much better place for lunch, when you won't have to deal with northbound PCH traffic, driving in the dark and wondering where the heck the place is, it's waaay up there. You may even go right by it, it is basically a shack on the side of the road. At least at lunchtime you could enjoy the ocean view.
And just know, that after a dinner at Bouchon and then lunch at Mozza, TPF will be kind of a let down. Food is good though, it's just dumpy in a dumpy area.
It depends on where you want to be. If you want delicious & authentic, it'll be a place like Monte Alban or Lares, in west LA, in a non descript area.
If you want the tourist scene, there are a few down by the Promenade and surrounding streets. Border Grill is decent, Mercado seems to have mixed reviews, and a new Loteria Grill is on the Promenade.
It kind of depends whe you want to be. If you want authentic & delicious, then Monte Alban or Lares are good choices, but further east of samo in west la. MA is in a small strip mall.
If you want a touristy scene, then there are a few on and around the Promenade. Border Grill is decent, Mercado has mixed reviews, and a new Loteria grill just opened on the 3rd st promenade.