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The only really good restaurants in LA

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    1. You can go to Ohshima in OC for 1/10 the cost and equal ranking, if you can get in.

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      1. re: joebloe

        Hmm, been to Ohshima. It is indeed 1/5-1/10 the cost. The quality is no where near these guys. Sorry.

      2. Is this post meant to be a proclamation? If you're going to share your opinions some details would be nice.

        1. Definitely my favs.

          Try n/naka. You'll like it. A lot.

          1. You're obviously only talking high end as defined by something Michelin would award 2 stars to kind of thing if they still bothered to rank LA restaurants right?

            There are plenty of medium level restaurants and low end places that's excellent eats out here in LA. One can't eat high end every day or even twice a week. It gets so boring after a while. The low end stuff, the comfort stuff, never gets old.

            Glaring omissions include but are not limited to: Sotto, Red Medicne, Shunji, n/naka.

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            1. re: Porthos

              The OP mentioned, a few weeks ago when posting about Spago, that he/she *has alot of money* so maybe it *is* high end daily...
              Regardless, with all the money in the world, it's always nice to visit a stellar Mexican place here in LA where price isn't the issue.

              1. re: latindancer

                I saw that. Weird because OP has been around a while and I don't recall that or this being his/her MO.

                Money aside, high end cuisine all starts to feel and taste the same if done too frequently. At least that was the case for me even doing 1-2x a month back in NYC.

                1. re: Porthos

                  Well, I've taken trips where I've dined in Michelin 3 star and 2 Star restaurants every night. For a couple weeks.

                  And yeah, that's a bit too much. Still great though. But if you're doing this in a specific region, there are elements of redundancy. You start to crave things you might usually have, but stop having. Like...pizza!

                  I remember the end of one trip through Burgundy which landed me in Paris and I saw a McDonalds. Damn, that Big Mac and those fries were awfully satisfying.

                  Still, I would agree with OP - those are the only really good restaurants in L.A. But I'd add n/naka to the list.

                  On another level - just below, but very good - there are places like Angelini Osteria, Animal, and a few others.

                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    I make sure to buffer my 3*s with plenty of no stars. Even/especially in Paris.

                    One has a very limited range and palate if they can only find 4 "really good restaurants" in a given city.

                    It's important not to mistake "really good" with only high end places.

                    I would argue that high end places in LA are the most easily trumped and exceeded by other cities and that the lower end stuff is often unrivaled.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Quote: "I would argue that high end places in LA are the most easily trumped and exceeded by other cities and that the lower end stuff is often unrivaled."

                      +1. My budget and work schedule limits from traveling much or spending lots of $ on food, but my impression is that LA actually does high-end fairly poorly (in terms of sheer number of restaurants that provide excellent food) but that the ease of finding cheap and tasty food from a fairly diverse array of cultures in many parts of the city is exceptional.

                  2. re: Porthos

                    <high end cuisine all starts to feel and taste the same if done too frequently>

                    That's exactly how I've always felt. It's fine for a few days, even exciting to look forward to some of the restaurants, but after awhile it's enough and all I'll want is something comforting and simple.

                    1. re: latindancer

                      you are absolutely right..sometimes just a grilled piece of chicken or fish and a good salad sounds so good to me!!