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Where (and when) was your most recent 'great' dinner experience?

I know places change all the time, new ones crop up, others decline... and, I suppose, there are the trusted few that never change.

In any case, I'm looking for a handful of spots to visit in the next few months (for b'day celebrations, relaxing dinners out, etc) and am wanting to refine my list.

I'm looking for:
1) Delicious Food
2) Good/welcoming Service

No specific geographical area desired (other than it to fall within LA County).

My last 'great' dinner experience was August 2012 at Mo Chica downtown. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and cocktails and enjoyed the experience very much.

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  1. Mezze (in September) and Son of A Gun (in June). Both wonderful food and service. Would go back to both in a minute.
    http://www.mezzela.com
    http://sonofagunrestaurant.com

    1. My last 'great' dinner was at Il Grano a couple of months ago. My last phenomenal dinner was at Melisse in July. But I also have high standards. I've had very good dinners at plenty of other places more recently.

      1. Rivera, last month for my birthday. Excellent food, great service.

        1. In the past 4 months (since June):

          Racion
          Sotto
          n/naka
          Shunji
          Sushi Ici

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            ipse, can i ask what you order at racion? i went there once, and while it was a fun place, thought the food was only so-so. perhaps i ordered wrong.

            1. re: linus

              Previous report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8552...

              But their menu changes quite often, if not weekly.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              +1

              Sotto
              n/naka
              Shunji (twice since July)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Sushi Ici is new? (French for "Sushi Here"!)

                1. re: J.L.

                  Fuck. That should be "Ichi" (not Ici)

              2. Tar & Roses in May

                Melisse in June

                Craft in June

                Son of a Gun in September

                The Tasting Kitchen last Friday night