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Aug 4, 2012 09:29 PM

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.

Day 1:

Dinner at Bouchon

Day 2:

Lunch at Pizzeria Mozzo

Dinner at Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica)

Day 3:

Lunch at The Grill on The Alley

Dinner at Dan Tana's

Day 4:

Lunch at Garden Terrace Café

Dinner at Malibu Seafood

Day 5:

Lunch at The Ivy

Dinner at Matsuhisa

Day 6:

Lunch at Nate 'n Al


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  1. 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.

    1. You might want to trade Nate n Al's for Langer's Deli Pastrami on Rye Heaven. (open till 4pm and closed Sundays). only 20 about minutes from Beverly Hills and you won't be sorry.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        if their departure is from LAX,
        methinks the nate 'n al's choice may be a better choice:
        especially so if their luggage will be in their car during this meal.

        1. re: westsidegal

          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.

          1. re: New Trial

            Isn't the OP from NY? I would skip both.

            1. re: New Trial

              ''Nate 'n Al's does not so public parking is inevitable."

              Beverly HIlls has free 2 hour parking every few blocks. There's one next to Crate n Barrel on Beverly that is very close to Nate 'n Al's.

              1. re: latindancer

                No argument on that point; however, the issue being addressed was the argument that Nate 'n Al's was a better choice than Langer's as the OP would have luggage in the car. If that is a concern, an attended lot offers more comfort than a public garage.

                1. re: New Trial

                  I completely agree.

                  I'd eat at Langer's everyday if I had the choice. I've always been lucky enough to park on the street and would never, really, feel I'd have a problem with a carload of luggage. That's just me.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    They have a free attended parking lot one block east of Langer's Deli on 7th Street and Westlake.

        2. We leave Long Beach Airport at 5:00 P.M.

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          1. re: lhenry

            Lunch at Langer's is definitely worth it. Or lunch at Milo and Olive, Tsujita, or Umami Burger are better options than Nate n Al's.

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              What is a good Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica or the west side? By the way I don't use yelp

                1. re: lhenry

                  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.

                  1. re: lhenry

                    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.

                2. This post makes me sad.

                  Mr Taster

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                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    I know what you can lead a horse to water