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Great food AND great desserts? (AKA 2 birds, 1 stone :)

Hey Hounds,

My GF and I love trying new places, new dishes, interesting food. However, most of the time she just samples my dish and more or less orders dessert as her entree. :P

Usually one of us has to compromise and we end up going to a place that has great food, but a boring/nonexistent dessert menu. Or has a few amazing desserts, but rather uninspired food. I'd love to have a selection of places that at least do something interesting on both ends of the menu - be they dives, splurges, or something in between. (We're open to pretty much any genre or culinary region) We're Central/East LA, but we'd drive out to the valley or the beach for a worthwhile place.

Any and all suggestions, tips would be appreciated.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      +1 on Gjelina. I've been known to go there and order a couple of vegetables (fantastic vegetables, mind you) and dessert. Usually the butterscotch pot de creme, which is legendary, or the warm date cake (not currently on the menu I think), but the flourless chocolate cake and the various fruit-based desserts are also really good.

      1. re: cookie monster

        Sounds like we have a new item on our to do list :) Thanks all

    2. So where have you been that has been a "hit" for both of you (or at least the closest approximation to a home run that you can recall)?

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      1. re: Servorg

        I'm trying to think - usually it's a hit more on one side of the menu than the other. We like Masa, Animal, Portos, Luna, Bottega Louie... does that help?

        1. re: izauze

          You might like Providence on the upper end of things. On Melrose pretty much midway between Highland and Vine. Have you tried either of the Mozza's? Melrose and Highland.

          1. re: Servorg

            Providence also has a desert tasting menu.

            1. re: wienermobile

              I've wanted to do Mozza's for a while, but haven't yet.

              Providence might be fun for a splurge - I wonder if they'd let me get the entree tasting menu while she just gets the dessert tasting menu :)

              I would think no, but if so that could be a grad slam.

              1. re: izauze

                Get two of the smaller tasting menus, plus one dessert tasting menu - and have them bring the dessert dishes along with both the dinner tasting menu dishes simultaneously.

            2. re: izauze

              Osteria Mozza would be perfect. I don't think the pastry chef gets enough credit, but the desserts we had a few weeks ago were spectacular. Couple that with some appetizers or small pastas and you would be in great shape.

            1. re: J.L.

              +1 Red Medicine. Aka. Win win.

              1. This post screams 2 answers: Red Medicine and Providence