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Oct 24, 2012 02:59 AM

Last Minute Advice (Today) on 1 Lunch, Ice Cream, and Dinner. Visiting from SF!

I just got into LA and will be leaving tomorrow Morning(Thursday) back to SF.

I am here solo, so will be dining alone which I do on most trips. I was in LA last month and enjoyed Animal, Baco Mercat, MB Post, Son of a Gun and Langers.

I am a big fan of ice cream, as I work at a very, very popular ice cream shop in SF and always like to check out every place I can. I have already been to Fosselmans, Bulgarini, Saffron and Rose, Scoops, and Sweet Rose.

I need some help deciding my day, today, of eating. Since I am a solo diner and do not mind a wait, I am pretty sure I could get into any of the dinner spots I listed.

Here is what I was thinking:

Breakfast: Already planned on going to Proof for breakfast goods. Might also stop at Nickel Diner for some donuts.

Lunch: Thinking either Langers(man I love the #19), Mo-Chica, or Gjelina?

Ice Cream: Carmela, Mother Moo, or Neveux?

Dinner: Red Medicine, Ink, Fathers Office, or Spice Table?

And if you could also name a dish at either of your recs that would be awesome.

I know most of the options are on different end of the spectrum, but any help would be appreciated.

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  1. I would suggest lunch at Son of a Gun (see the blog that I linked in this post for photos) and they have a communal table for singles (as a lot of places do). Dinner at Red Medicine would be my first choice. Sounds like a delicious day no matter which way you end up going.

    1. Boy, tell me you work at Bi Rite Creamery, because we were just in SF and greatly enjoyed their ice cream. We also enjoyed Ici in Berkeley. And Super Duper had the best soft serve I've ever had.

      I think your choices are pretty spot on. I think you pay attention to the LA board better than I.

      I approve all three of your choices for ice cream, though I think Mother Moo would be an interesting visit being that she's also a canning expert and her shop is in the heart of the town of Sierra Madre

      For lunch I would pick Mo-Chica. I don't know whether you have anyone like Ricardo Zarate in SF. He does wonders with ceviche.

      Please report back.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          would going to mother moo for ice cream bring the san gabriel valley into play for chinese? because that's a good thing.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Ditto this. Though Carmela is also good. Mother Moo is better. And if you're going to be on the east side for ice cream, don't hit Gjelina for lunch -- it's too much driving. Mo Chica and Langers are both reasonable.

          2. if you end up going to gjelina for lunch, i suggest that you try to time your visit to arrive about 2pm.

            1. Nickel Diner: Get the bacon donut

              Ice Cream: I'd go with the Mother Moo

              Dinner: Red Medicine - Try every dessert, Father's Office - Get the FO burger (hit the Helms location, not the Santa Monica location)

              That's some Serious 'hounding - Respect.

              5 Replies
              1. re: J.L.

                Respect? More like "awe".

                If I had a day of eating like that, I think I would explode.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  That's not a lot if I'm not mistaken on the list:

                  a bacon donut, mother moo ice cream, some dinner from red medicine and then a burger from fo,

                  1. re: kevin

                    Mmm, not quite.

                    From the OP:
                    1. Proof for breakfast AND a donut from Nickel Diner
                    2. Langer's for lunch (or Mo-Chica or Gjelina)
                    3. Afternoon ice cream
                    4. Dinner (either RM, FO, Ink, ST, or some comb of all of the above)

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      still not bad, unless the dinner does consist of all the dinner houses or combo of those you mentioned in number 4.

                      by Proof for breakfast, are we talking for the coffee or a few pastries and a coffee and then the donut at nickel which would then be quite a gut-busting number of pastries.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I don't know - when I ate at RM (shared Brussels sprouts, foie gras, fish, and uni porridge plus 2 desserts) we had to roll out of there. I cannot imagine eating a hamburger afterwards.