48 hours in LA this weekend
I should have done more planning, but the guy I am dating is visiting LA this weekend for 48 hours. I haven't lived here since I was a kid so there are a bunch of places that friends are recommending, but I trust this blog the more than my friends, so I turn to you to vet their recommendations or suggest your own.
Background details: We will be staying in Silverlake, ideally would like to spend one day on the westside and another on eastside. We are unlikely to make it to San Gabriel Valley. I'm a vegaquarian but he will eat mostly anything. He likes interesting Thai or Indian.
We hail from SF, places there we like for reference are: Flour & Water, Wise Sons Deli, Haven, State Bird Provisions, but I also like the veggie burritos from Cancun taqueria.
Places in LA I'm considering:
On the westside- Sushi Zo, Gjelina, A-Frame, Sushi-Zo, Malibu Seafood.
Mid City- pizzeria mozza, Street, animal or Son of a Gun.
Eastside- I'm at a loss, my favorite place recently is in Downtown LA, Le Comptoir, but it appears to now only be open on Mondays and Tuesday. I am grateful that at least it is still open, but it isn't a possibility for the weekend. Aside from that in Silverlake friends are suggesting Cliff's Edge and in Echo Park, Red hill?
further afield: Saddle Peak Lodge or Inn at Seventh Reyes?
I only need to end up with 2 places for dinner and 2 for lunch. Hopefully places that don't need reservations to be made more than a day in advance.
PS I realize this is a bit all over the map, but that's where my head is at the moment.
re: mc michael
+1 on son of a gun. Bonus, they are open for lunch too, so you can take advantage of that. They weren't very busy at lunchtime when I went last week.
I think you'll get a better meal + experience at one of the sushi spots suggested above than a place like Malibu Seafood. They are basically a shack on the side of PCH. If you are going up that way anyway, it's good. But beware of heinous traffic up & down pch all weekend long, especially if its nice & hot inland. Definitely check out menus for inn @ 7th ray & saddle peak lodge before trekking up there.
I know there's a lot of cool bars & spots in and around Echo Park & downtown. Haven't been anywhere myself but I'm sure other hounds can give solid recs here.
Each has its virtues. Ruen Pair is open late, has very little atmosphere, but has some good dishes: Chinese pork and olive (not vegaquarian, I know), fried morning glory stems, the usual papaya salad.
Jitlada is more atmospheric but the service is sometimes problematic/slow. But Jitlada does have seriously spicy Southern Thai dishes which are worth trying if you aren't familiar with that style.
As good as Sushi Zo can be, you might enjoy Shunji more--in addition to the excellent seafood, he has an amazing way with vegetables that you won't see at most other places. Another Westside spot to consider is Tar & Roses. For mid-city, I like your choices except for street, which I have found to be disappointing over multiple visits; if you eat and like cheese, you might consider the outstanding selections at the Mozzarella Bar at Osteria Mozza (seating is first come, first served).