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Need restaurant for visiting la. Loved AOC but want something new. Ideas?

Lisaberry Dec 9, 2012 06:15 AM

Looking for fun, yummy restaurant fairly close to the London hotel. Love AOC but feel we need to try something new this visit. Having lunch at pizzeria mozza. Don't want fancy-- yummy food and good atmosphere. Thank you.

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  1. Servorg RE: Lisaberry Dec 9, 2012 07:38 AM

    Animal http://www.animalrestaurant.com/ or their more seafood driven sister restaurant Son of a Gun http://aroadatree.com/twodudes/soag/ or possibly Red Medicine http://redmedicinela.com/ (although I am going to start wearing ear plugs when I dine here).

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      wienermobile RE: Servorg Dec 9, 2012 09:55 AM

      +1 for Son of A Gun. One of my favorite, most original & creative restaurants in Los Angeles. The seafood version of Animal. Must tries include that amazing fried chicken sandwich, their uni pasta & smoked steelhead roe with maple cream. So good!

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        Porthos RE: Servorg Dec 9, 2012 10:48 AM

        I find the noise level at Red Medicine, Animal, and SOG equivalent. Personally not bothered by any of them but always surprised to not hear complaints about the noise at Animal.

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          Servorg RE: Porthos Dec 9, 2012 10:50 AM

          I've never had a noise complaint on my visits to Animal (or S of a G either). They don't even approach the noise level at RM...

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            wienermobile RE: Servorg Dec 9, 2012 10:53 AM

            For me the noise level at A-Frame beats them all. Roy Choi please turn the volume down. Ouch!

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              Mattapoisett in LA RE: wienermobile Dec 9, 2012 12:17 PM

              That's What the patio is for

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                wienermobile RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 9, 2012 12:32 PM

                Oh, that's what it's for.

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg Dec 9, 2012 02:28 PM

              I agree, noise level has never been that bad at Animal for us. Perhaps because it is small, with a teeny bar, and those waiting to dine have to do so outside? SoG has some fabric in the place to help absorb some sound. When I dined at lunchtime, it just wasn't busy enough to be loud.

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          miwine RE: Lisaberry Dec 9, 2012 12:34 PM

          Rivera or Playa for very upscale "latino" food and drinks.

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            FranklinJefferson RE: miwine Dec 9, 2012 01:38 PM

            The OP's post was looking for "fairly close to the London Hotel" so, much as I prefer Rivera, I think Playa would be the way to go of these 2 options.

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