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Aug 7, 2012 02:49 PM

Best Dining? Breakfast, Dinner....

Im from SanFran and visiting LA for the weekend. Im hitting Mozza Saturday Night and Huckleberry Sunday morning. But Im looking for a fun Friday Night dinner (any low key fun/hip club ideas for after?) and a good breakfast spot for Saturday morning. Not looking for something too pricey but wondering whats comes the highest recommended...

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  1. Fun Friday night dinner ideas? Any preferred location? What about Japanese or Korean or Oaxacan or Ethiopian or Indonesian or Persian food vs something more commonly found like Italian or French or? Breakfast for me means the WLA John O'Groats (they have another location in Encino in the San Fernando Vallye) for pancakes or Pann's for their corned beef hash special if it's on the menu or chicken wings and waffles or their country breakfast with sausage and white gravy over their very good biscuits and eggs and potatoes o'brien usually. But there are other great places depending on what you like and how far you are looking to drive to get there.

    22 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      +1 on the John O' Groats rec. i ate there last sunday, and their food remains terrific.
      respectfully disagree with the Pann's rec.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Best biscuits in the city at John O' Groats.

        1. re: wienermobile

          As much as I like O'Groats I can't stand their biscuits. Dry as the Sahara desert...and they crumble into small pieces as a result when you go to butter them...

          1. re: Servorg

            See this is what makes chowhound great.

            1. re: wienermobile

              lol...This is what makes a hound (or a horse) race...that's for sure

              1. re: Servorg

                i remember them being famous for their biscuits and i also have not been in years and remember that when i was there the biscuits were nothing special.

                i don't remember their food being great either.

                but on the pann's note, that patty melt is beyond fucking good.

                just tried a biscuit style scone at sweet butter in sherman oaks and it was pretty darn good. i'll have to check it out for breakfast.

            2. re: Servorg

              finally tried o'groats a few weeks back. agree w/servorg on the biscuits...they're much too doughy and dry. as for the rest of the food, i guess i stand in the minority...everything was mediocre to plain bad. ordered the scallion/chz biscuit, reg biscuit+gravy, creole eggs, cheddar+bacon waffle. perhaps i need to stick to just their pancakes?? :p

              1. re: namstermonster

                See isn't this what makes chowhound great.

                1. re: namstermonster

                  I almost always have their 2 pancakes 2 eggs and 2 strips of bacon deal. And I almost always add chocolate chips to my pancakes (without whipped cream). Sometimes I have the buttermilk ones and sometimes I change up and get the lemon ones or the spiced pumpkin ones or the buckwheat ones...I tried their potato pancakes one morning and thought those were pretty good too...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Thanks Everyone!
                    Regarding breakfast, my preferences do not as much extend to 'country american'. I dont think i've ever ordered biscuits hah. I usually prefer cafes/baking (Tartine in SanFran being my fav) or in this case Im trying to find quality pancakes, benedicts, similar to Huckleberry if anyone has eaten there....

                    Regarding dinner, I love Italian, French, Japanese,....Im looking for a great bang/buck as Im hitting some pretty big restaurants the rest of the weekend. Does James Beach in Venice live up to the reputation? Im looking for a dining experience where the food is great and environment is too.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      fresh whipped cream there ??? and do they serve turkey bacon too ?

                      sadly, i'll be starving with only the 2 + 2 +2 , hopefully they have something else decent on the menu that i can try on the side to go with it.

                      by the way, has anyone been to Peppy's Galley recently, I remember someone mentioning their chili cheese omlette was good and i had it a year or so back and think it was good.

                      also, i have to say Rae's Diner might just be the worst breakfast i have ever had in the city. it's the joint in the old-fashioned looking diner.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I have posted on Pepy's Galley chili cheese omelet before (which I like) and we eat there regularly, usually at night (but I'm still eating breakfast most of the time). I went to Rae's for breakfast a couple of times, quite sometime ago, and I just didn't find enough to make me go back. Same with Teddy's on the NE corner of Pico and Bundy. Just not enough to make me go back. I still shed a tear or two when thinking about Teddy's prior incarnation, NU-WAY's

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Nu-Ways ???

                          Hmm, that was definitely years before my time, if ther's any way you can tell me a little about that would be great.

                          I didn't like Rae's at all, yes, it was slightly cheaper but nothing good at all, atcually it was pretty bad.

                          Teddy's on the other hand is probably the cheapest breakfast joint that's sit-down by far, by far, and i somewhat like it, but if they were charging higher prices it would not be that good at all.

                          The open-faced turkey dinner sandwich for about $6.25 is pretty good, once again, with the proviso in relative terms. the version at Musso's at three times the price is way better. eons better.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Nu-Way's had some of the best chili cheese dogs that I've had the pleasure of consuming and they did this tamale in a cup with chili poured in on top and then shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili which they called a "Spanish Delight" - man that thing was addictive. I'm sure it's probably a good thing for my over all health that they aren't still around, because if they were I'd still be over there consuming those things a few times a week...

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Yeah, I would probably too.

                              I still so do miss Ruben's red hots. And Pink's dogs are terrible.

                              Carney's are pretty good though and possibly the best chili cheese dogs on the market right now.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I don't think so. Georgia is long way from WLA...

                        2. re: Servorg

                          +1 for the 2x2x2 (buttermilk w/bananas for me)! Those pancakes make it quite a filling meal and they are delicious with hot coffee.

                        3. re: namstermonster

                          imho, the place to get a cheddar/bacon waffle is Uncle Bill's in manhattan beach.
                          for the rest of the menu, i'll go for O'Groats.

                    1. re: Ash123

                      You can't go wrong with a lot on that list...
                      Griddle Cafe is overly decadent, oversized gluttony... not necessarily a bad thing.
                      Bouchon Bistro -- i like this place esp around happy hour; love the patio outside
                      Fig -- i have enjoyed every meal i've had here
                      Gjelina, Jar, Hungry Cat, Tavern, Playa, Square One... all good

                      Personally wouldn't make the trek to Bloom (it's right near me so occasionally i end up here for lunch but meh), Nickel Diner, Aroma, Canelé, Alcove (the last two are good, but not worth the drive for me...)

                      1. re: Emme

                        agree with emme re: nickel diner
                        very likeable, but not a destination.
                        my place of choice if i happen to find myself downtown at mealtime.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      +50 to Langers for Saturday morning breakfast.

                      OP, where are you staying?