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ylw08 Jan 7, 2013 04:08 PM

I will be traveling to Los Angeles next month and am looking for some restaurant recommendations.

For people from the SF area, I'm looking for something similar in ambiance/presentation to Bar Tartine, Abbott's Cellar, Foreign Cinema, Commonwealth, AQ, State Bird, etc. I basically like interesting/creative takes on farm-to-table ingredients in sleek spaces. I've been looking around but can't seem to really find anything to fit the bill. I've been to Animal and Son of a Gun, as well as ink, Scarpetta, Red Med, and the SBE ventures, but maybe something fresh has opened in the past year?

Dinner and brunch recommendations are what I am ideally looking for. Thanks!

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    suelassman Jan 9, 2013 07:44 PM

    heard that Lemonade was good. they just opened in westlake village.

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      AlkieGourmand Jan 8, 2013 08:35 PM

      Providence
      Melisse
      Valentino
      Spago
      Drago Centro
      Water Grill
      Osteria Mozza
      Gjelina
      Tasting Kitchen

      BTW, I don't care about interesting/creative takes or sleek spaces. So YMMMVMMV

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        cdub Jan 8, 2013 10:18 AM

        salts cure. kind of my fave at the moment.

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          mc michael Jan 8, 2013 10:02 AM

          Alma has a lot of buzz now.

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            Novelli Jan 8, 2013 08:46 AM

            I can definately recommend Bestia.

            Ridiculously good food and very fresh. All cured salumi and meats are done in-house with an exceptional cocktails program and seasonal menu.

            The cavatelli and sausage with black truffles is incredible!

            http://bestiala.com/

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              ylw08 Jan 7, 2013 11:10 PM

              Thanks for all of the suggestions! I forgot to mention that I have ripped Venice apart and was never really impressed with the food anywhere, though the interiors are just lovely. I'll definitely check out fundamental if I can!

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              1. re: ylw08
                Ciao Bob Jan 8, 2013 09:19 AM

                If you don't mind my asking, why are you searching for coal when you are from Newcastle? IMHO, LA is just not as good as SF when it comes to places like you like - especially if you've tried Gjelina and Tasting Kitchen (what about MB Post? Tho' architecturally it is a bust, the food is quite good, but it won't be giving Bar Tartine a run for it's money)

                What did you think of <<Animal and Son of a Gun, as well as ink, Scarpetta, Red Med, and the SBE ventures>>?

                Our strong suits are Korean, Mexican, San Gabriel Type Chinese, Thai, etc.

                Maybe try the new Spago?

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                  Servorg Jan 8, 2013 09:22 AM

                  I find the throw away line " I have ripped Venice apart and was never really impressed with the food anywhere," to be the end for my suggestions...

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                    Ciao Bob Jan 8, 2013 09:49 AM

                    Good point. I guess, like Faulkner, within me still beats a heart that does not give up on my fellow man: "I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. "

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                      Servorg Jan 8, 2013 10:12 AM

                      I fall short, again!

              2. Local Jan 7, 2013 07:18 PM

                Baco Mercat
                http://www.bacomercat.com/menu.html

                1. Servorg Jan 7, 2013 05:22 PM

                  Another suggestion http://www.fundamental-la.com/

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                    wienermobile Jan 7, 2013 05:24 PM

                    +1 for Fundamental-LA. A tiny place with wonderful food. Blink and you will miss it.

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                      J.L. Jan 7, 2013 06:58 PM

                      +2 on Fundamental... It's run by a bunch of NorCal guys, but despite that ;-), I'd still eat there in a hearbeat.

                    2. wienermobile Jan 7, 2013 05:19 PM

                      My favorite brunch in LA is at Malibu Canyon's Saddle Peak Lodge.
                      http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com

                      1. wienermobile Jan 7, 2013 05:08 PM

                        Gjelina, Taste Kitchen & Superba Snack Bar, all in Venice

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                          Servorg Jan 7, 2013 05:10 PM

                          More V ideas

                          http://www.venicebeachwines.com/

                          http://larrysvenice.com/

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                            Dirtywextraolives Jan 7, 2013 06:47 PM

                            I think you mean Tasting Kitchen?

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                              wienermobile Jan 7, 2013 07:00 PM

                              Yes, sorry.

                          2. Servorg Jan 7, 2013 05:01 PM

                            http://tarandroses.com/

                            http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com/

                            http://sqirlla.com/

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