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

izauze Jun 14, 2013 05:10 PM

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. wienermobile RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 05:12 PM

    Gjelina in Venice.

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      cookie monster RE: wienermobile Jun 14, 2013 05:52 PM

      +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.

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        izauze RE: cookie monster Jun 14, 2013 06:13 PM

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

    2. Servorg RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 05:19 PM

      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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        izauze RE: Servorg Jun 14, 2013 05:41 PM

        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?

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          Servorg RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 06:04 PM

          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
            wienermobile RE: Servorg Jun 14, 2013 06:07 PM

            Providence also has a desert tasting menu.

            1. re: wienermobile
              izauze RE: wienermobile Jun 14, 2013 06:11 PM

              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
                Servorg RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 06:13 PM

                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.

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg Jun 14, 2013 11:11 PM

              +1 for Mozza

            3. re: izauze
              Jwsel RE: izauze Jun 17, 2013 04:48 PM

              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.

          2. J.L. RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 05:35 PM

            Red Medicine.

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              Porthos RE: J.L. Jun 14, 2013 05:40 PM

              +1 Red Medicine. Aka. Win win.

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                Savour RE: Porthos Jun 17, 2013 12:55 PM

                My first thought as well.

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                  Thor123 RE: Savour Jun 17, 2013 02:04 PM


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              1. ipsedixit RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 06:47 PM

                This post screams 2 answers: Red Medicine and Providence

                1. A5 KOBE RE: izauze Jun 14, 2013 09:59 PM


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