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Weekend visit for a NY hound - recommendations for lunches / dinners this weekend?

Hello LA hounds!

I just got luck with an unscheduled long weekend in LA - but now I need to quickly make my meal list - appreciate your help!

Some parameters:
> Staying 1 night in Beverly Hills, remaining nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) in Santa Monica
> Will have a car, and wiling to drive a bit for a special place -- especially if its a pretty drive along the coast!
> No budget per se, but more interested in great food than expensive food
> Love ethnic food of most types

Thank you so much in advance!

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  1. BH adjacent:
    ink
    Red Medicine

    Westside:
    Tasting Kitchen
    Freddy Smalls (more like a bar w incredible food)
    Nobu, Malibu

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      2nd on Ink. Amazing, creative food, and molecular gastronomy that complements the food--- not kitschy at all. When I was there my favorite was sugar snap peas with a sweet soy glaze, black sesame, and a coconut milk liquid nitrogen ice cream. It worked really well.

      Also really liked Animal for richer, meaty food. Same owners also have Son of a Gun. Friends like it, though I haven't checked it out myself.

      1. re: BekahR

        Love both SOA and Animal. Son of a Gun is their more seafood centered restaurant. Really delicious food and wine there, homemade shandies too.

      1. My 2 favorites in Beverly Hills are Kiyokawa and BierBeisl

        1. get to tacos leo one of those nights. get 5 al pastor tacos. you don't need anything else but the al pastor. go at night to ensure the trompo is out

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-leo-los...

          hell just go after a "real" dinner and buy a pair of al pastor tacos.

          you could always go to Langers and do the bi-coastal pastrami comparison.

          1. In BH a great lunch at E Baldi
            Dinner at Sotto
            If you like Mexican, Canitas at Frida (thanks Servog)
            another lunch low key option is the duck schwarma at Momed

            On the coast, Ivy at the Shore
            dinner at Sams at the Beach

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              1. re: latindancer

                I think it is impolite to question a recommendation. Obviously,Thor123 thinks it is worthy of recommendation. I also think it is a nice restaurant at the beach and offers good, solid food; not exciting, but a good place to dine. Moreover, our out of town guests always love the food at Ivy at the Shore.

                1. re: maudies5

                  I don't think it's impolite.

                  Why would it be impolite to ask why a specific rec is being suggested?

                  If someone asked for a good pizza rec and someone suggested Enzo, I'd certainly want to know the thinking behind it.

                  By the way, do you also think its impolite of me to question why you think it's impolite to question a specific recommendation? If so, I apologize but I'm going to ask anyway.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    <I'd certainly want to know the thinking behind it>

                    Yes, and that's exactly why I asked "why?".

                  2. re: maudies5

                    <it is impolite to question a recommendation.>

                    Do you? Well, the question was 'why?' and I certainly meant no harm.
                    I'm curious to know what makes this restaurant, from Thor123's perspective, noteworthy for an out-of-towner. Perhaps I'm missing something Thor thinks is great. Personally, I think Robertson is better but that's an entirely different subject.
                    I have no objections to the restaurant, I've been a few times, but when I'm looking for a restaurant to take guests, in that area, it's just not a place I think of.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      We don't mind when people ask questions about why someone has recommended a particular restaurant. Different restaurants appeal to different people, so the more information, the better!

                    2. re: latindancer

                      How dare you ask why! That said, I think its a really nice place to sit, have a Ivy Gimlet. Really like their chopped salad. Also like the pizza and chicken. Truth be told, I have been to the local on Robertson many more times and like that one a lot. Don't f-ckin ask why (he said in a nod to Kevin)!

                      1. re: Thor123

                        <nice place to sit, have a Ivy Gimlet>

                        It's a nice property and the view is beautiful. I must admit, I haven't been in a few years. The food is consistent & I have liked their crabcakes and used to enjoy the tandoori chicken. However, there's nothing else on the menu, other than the bread which I like, that makes me want to come back for more. I do like their cappuccino in those pretty cups and saucers and their raspberry pie was nice. I remember going for lunch with a friend and ordering the 'special' chicken enchiladas for some ridiculous price. They weren't that special, actually quite mediocre, and I'm pretty sure it was the last time I dined there.
                        Thanks for the response, though, I appreciate it.

                      2. re: Thor123

                        respectfully disagree with the recommendation of Ivy at the Shore.
                        pleasant enough restaurant, but at those prices i would hope for better/more in terms of the food they offer. i know others on this board like their chopped salad. to me,it is completely ordinary and unpleasantly oily.