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miracleberry Sep 19, 2012 11:07 PM

Hi

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.

Thanks!
MB
PS I realize this is a bit all over the map, but that's where my head is at the moment.

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    TailbackU Sep 20, 2012 02:20 PM

    on the Eastside, forget all the places you mentioned. Instead try Barbrix, Mother Dough (pizza), Canele, or the newly opened Mess Hall.

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      sidwich Sep 20, 2012 01:52 PM

      Not sure if you're only doing sit-down restaurants, but Ricky's Fish Tacos is lots of fun for lunch. and really close to Silver Lake. The fish and shrimp are fantastic, and might be a nice break from the other places you'll probably be going.

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        ilysla Sep 20, 2012 11:06 PM

        Ricky's is great, but I only like the fish tacos there. Have tried the shrimp (somewhat bland) and the lobster (which I don't think fries well).

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          wienermobile Sep 21, 2012 08:36 AM

          agree.... the fish tacos are by far the best at Ricky's.

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            ns1 Sep 21, 2012 06:17 PM

            I have lots of friends that love the shrimp, GF included. I don't think they're as magical as the fish though. I also agree that the lobster tacos are not as good as the other 2.

            Ricky's special = fish and shrimp in the same taco.

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              ilysla Sep 21, 2012 11:01 PM

              Is that what it's called? I just ordered the fish and shrimp combo w/o giving it a special name. ;)

              The thing that was fun about the lobster taco was that it was HUGE (they had to serve it on two of the tortillas)....

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          mc michael Sep 20, 2012 08:32 AM

          I like Son of a Gun. You can probably sit at the bar or the communal table. The Thai spot would be Jitlada in Hollywood/Thai Town. In the Silverlake area, you should track down Ricky's Fish Tacos.

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            Dirtywextraolives Sep 20, 2012 09:35 AM

            +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.

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              wienermobile Sep 20, 2012 04:58 PM

              +2 for both Son of a Gun and Ricky's Fish Tacos. Also a big fan of Saddle Peak lodge and they have a great Sunday Brunch too.

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              miracleberry Sep 21, 2012 05:47 PM

              Hi Do you like Jitlada better than Ruen Pair?

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                mc michael Sep 21, 2012 09:20 PM

                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.

            3. Servorg Sep 20, 2012 07:25 AM

              Check out and consider dinner at Red Medicine in Beverly Hills as an addition to your list. You can find some reviews here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856546

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                Porthos Sep 20, 2012 08:39 PM

                +1 Red Medicine

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                New Trial Sep 20, 2012 02:34 AM

                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).

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