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You get to pick one.

NOT 101. Not 10.

Just one.

One restaurant that will survive the apocalypse. One restaurant that will sustain you for the rest of your days.

It can be any restaurant, but only one. The only restaurant that you will ever eat at, for the rest of your life.

NO HEDGING with multiple selections for different categories, cuisines, geography.

One. Restaurant. Only.

NO QUESTIONS.

Go.

Mr Taster

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  1. Easy Peasy. Pann's

    www.panns.com

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    1. re: Servorg

      That's a good choice. Big menu, lots of selections, comfort food. We'll need all of that in the apocalypse.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Servorg

        Great choice, but I gotta have rice, preferably Japanese.

        1. re: Ogawak

          I think this is gonna make it hard to get a table, depending of course on how many go up during the "rapture" and who bursts into flames and who gets left behind to dine out...

          1. re: Servorg

            Pann's..for the Patty Melt alone..
            See you there sista!

          2. Do we have to pay? Or am I Bill Gates in this fantasy?

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            1. re: john gonzales

              No questions. Just choose.

              But only one.

              Go with your gut (literally and figuratively).

              Mr Taster

            2. Does it have to be in Los Angeles?

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                Good lord. No questions. Just choose. But only one.

                This is the Los Angeles board. Any restaurant covered by this board is fair game.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Don't be hateful..... I have a hard time deciding anything.... Especially when I'm starving. Okay. I think I got it.

              2. gjelina

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                1. re: AlkieGourmand

                  +1 for Gjelina. Breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, killer desserts, beer and wine . . . and good looking people to help keep my mind off the apocalypse.

                  1. re: AlkieGourmand

                    Another +1 for Gjelina. Or wait, no, Mozza...no, Rustic Canyon...wait a minute, what was the question again?

                    1. re: medrite

                      I CALL HEDGER!

                      Disqualified! :-)

                      Mr Taster

                  2. Langer's.... After the rapture the all us Jews left behind will need a deli and I bet they will still close at 4pm.

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Ha! Great answer. With that much time left, I'll finally be able to explore the rest of the menu.

                      Mr Taster

                    2. It would have to be someplace that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, have a wide variety of foods, and, for me, serves rice.

                      It's not my favorite, but it's good. I'm going to have to go with Gardena Bowl of all places. Sure going to miss sushi and pizza.

                      1. Does it have to be a restaurant that serves B, L and D? What if I'd prefer selecting someplace that's only open for dinner, thus committing myself to eating other meals in? Is this ok by the rules?

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                        1. re: josephnl

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9072...

                          1. re: josephnl

                            No it doesn't. But if it doesn't serve B for example, you will never have B at a restaurant again.

                          2. BOUCHON

                            1. Pete's on Pico

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                              1. re: Antilope

                                What's the address for Pete's on Pico. I did a quick Yelp search and couldn't find it.

                                1. re: jgilbert1000

                                  Long gone (15 years?) as far as I know - dive style coffee shop (and not the starbuck's/peet's type) used to be near the Apple Pan from what I recall.

                                  There is a Pete's Cafe downtown http://www.petescafe.com/ on Main Street.

                              2. Souplantation

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                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  I thought you already picked Langers..... Cheatin'?

                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    Needed something for my left behind kids.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      LOL, who's thinking about the kids?!

                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                    Isn't this Paula Deen's favorite?

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      No, it's westsidegal's.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        Are you sure? I thought I heard Paula going on about the wonders of the Plantation and just assumed this was her fav...

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          ... so wrong...

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            hahahahaha

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              I'm pretty sure she doesn't dig Souplantation.

                                        2. re: wienermobile

                                          My husband said -

                                          "I'd go for Fortune Inn over Souplantation. Because Fortune Inn delivers, and if you're in your bunker, you really don't want to have to go out..."

                                        3. Park's BBQ!

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                                          1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                            Scratch that - Jitlada! Over 300 dishes to choose from and I could always increase the spice level if a dish becomes boring.

                                          2. Milliways.

                                            I'd be ok with Bouchon because it's a multi-tasker. Formal dining upstairs, casual downstairs. Two pewter bars! Outdoor dining is a plus. Outdoor grilling for Bastille Day on July 14 AND an outdoor movie, Moulin Rouge. La Fete Nationale!

                                            Only a churl could cavil.

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                                            1. re: steve h.

                                              Bouchon is tempting because of their breakfasts as well as their very good French bistro cuisine. Nevertheless, I think the greater variety in the menus at good Italian restaurants such as Madeo would win me over. I can easily survive on great Italian coffee and bread/toast with Nutella for breakfast, terrific salads with eggs, cheese, tuna for lunch, and pasta, pizza, steaks, veal, chicken, fish and other Italian specialties for dinner. I think I'd tire more quickly of French bistro classics.

                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                Killer fried chicken, excellent barkeeps. Quiche!

                                                I'll take the end-of-the-world Pepsi Challenge.

                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                  It would be a tough choice!

                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                    Oh yeah.

                                                    My wife and I spend March-April in a tiny rental apartment in Rome. Been doing it for years. We love living on the economy.

                                                    Still, Mr. Taster's rules are pretty clear. Bouchon gets my vote.

                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                      You're a good guy, steve h. I'll save ya a table on the patio, and some mimosas for brunch :)

                                                2. re: josephnl

                                                  "Bouchon is tempting because of their breakfasts as well as their very good French bistro cuisine. "

                                                  That's what I'm saying, josephnl...... Who better than to cook for us during the apocalypse but Thomas Keller?!

                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                    Oh sure I'd also pick Bouchon if Thomas Keller cooked my 3 meals/day. How often does TK cook at the BH Bouchon?

                                                    1. re: josephnl

                                                      Um. That would be never.

                                                      1. re: josephnl

                                                        He doesn't but the recipes and techniques are his......

                                                        And in my fantasy, he does cook there.... AND he has FOIS GRAS.....

                                                3. Honda-ya. Not my favorite or the best but you get a bit of everything. some sushi, some fried chicken, some grilled fish, some fried cheese and beer!

                                                  1. I won't bother dumbing down my fantasy with the reality of paying, meals served, or loaction.
                                                    I've won the lotto and Melisse has just moved into my neighborhood. Josiah has decided to open for breakfast and lunch too. He'd do great with any meal and I love the cuisine and ingredients. I don't need everyday foods, and I'm not getting fat in my fantasy.

                                                    Oh and his new waitress is Mila Kunis, the new bus girl is Olivia Wilde, the hostess is Kate Beckinsale, and Kate Upton is the valet parker. Since I'm modest, Magic Johnson is the bathroom attendant.

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                                                    1. re: john gonzales

                                                      So...Magic gets all the girls and you get nada? Sounds like a nightmare not a fantasy. ;-)

                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                        It's my fantasy, so Magic is fat and not allowed to leave the restroom. He's there to tell me great stories while I'm in there.
                                                        My alter ego agrees that Gjelina is a great choice in that they have good B,L,D dishes and a patio. But if one is fantasizing, go all the way!

                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                          John.
                                                          Did Bella and Chet ever tell you the Magic Story when we were at Wolfgang's Steakhouse? Hilarious!

                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                            Yep. Funny. We just had dinner last Fri. and they told that story.

                                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                              Please tell a brief version of the story.

                                                        2. Brent's! \

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                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                            Yup. That's all I need. I would hope if things got that serious in the world they might even give me a free cup of coffee. (I can dream cant't I?)

                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                              Man! Can I hit recommend twice?

                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                That's the one!

                                                                1. re: JAB

                                                                  Of course! That's so obvious!

                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                    Brent's would be my choice as well for this rather cruel topic. :P

                                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                                      That was going to be my answer, as well. They have everything.

                                                                    2. La Espanola. I could have their paella breakfast, lunch, merienda (hey now! My wife is a Spaniard) & dinner.

                                                                      AND if I get tired of paella (unlikely), I can have bocadillo, or just whip up something from their grocery selections. Lots of wine on offer to drown away the end-of-days sorrows as well.

                                                                      AND they have Sanex soap from Spain (because cleanliness is next to Godliness, even during the apocalypse). How many restaurants offer household goods as well?!

                                                                      1. Dino's! Dino's??

                                                                        Wait, after the apocalypse money won't matter. So +1 for Gjelina. I'll get my veggies and they have great dessert (butterscotch pot de creme). Gonna be a lot of fighting for the patio.

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                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                          Except if the post-apocalypse nuclear fallout is really bad one might prefer to be inside protected by those metal walls.

                                                                        2. Sorry for the question but....breakfast, lunch and diner? Should we limit to diner?

                                                                          1. Il Grano

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                                                                            1. re: whiner

                                                                              Do you like Il Grano better than Madeo? Either sounds good to me.

                                                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                                                I do. BUT, thinking about Madeo... I think the comfort level of the food -- and the length of the menu -- make it a very very strong contender -- my number 2...maybe I should even change my vote, actually.

                                                                                But in the "real world" I prefer the food at Il Grano and I also prefer the atmosphere.

                                                                                Madeo, to me, is an excellent American generic Northern Italian restaurant. (Maybe slight Ligurian emphasis.) While my description of it will read just as vague, Il Grano, the food to me, seems like a clearly regional-progressive Piedmonte-Liguria-Lombardy restaurant that you might find in Milan.

                                                                            2. Angelini Osteria

                                                                              1. Milo and Olive. Especially if the specials menu survives the nuclear blast. And I'll finally be able to get a seat right away at dinner time! (since everyone else who normally goes there will be, well, you know, GONE)

                                                                                1. Tacos por Favor. That menu is enormous, but I never get past the tacos. This would give me an opportunity to try it all.

                                                                                  1. I'd move to Phoenix, start this thread on the Phoenix board, and pick Cracker Barrel. Wait--does Cracker Barrel have a bar? I don't think they do. Okay, I've packed up, moved back, and settled nicely at Panns.

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                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                      HEDGE!

                                                                                      Disqualified! :-)

                                                                                      Mr Taster

                                                                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                        But I came back! In the same post, even!

                                                                                      2. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                        Crap! I forgot about the bar! This changes everything.

                                                                                        1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                          It sure does. Damn!

                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                            You should have picked the Stovepiper, but it's too late now!

                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                              It's OK, I re-read and I just won't be able to eat anywhere else but, I will be able to drink anywhere as long as I don't eat there as well.

                                                                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                Psssh. I haven't picked a place yet. This is actually going to take some thought.

                                                                                        2. Madeo

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                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                            As I said elsewhere in this thread, I totally agree with you. Not only is the food at Madeo very good, there is a lot of variety available, and very good wines and cocktails. I could be happy eating here for a very long time!

                                                                                          2. Elite Restaurant: dim sum for breakfast, Cantonese rice dishes for lunch, and seafood for dinner.

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                                                                                            1. re: raytamsgv

                                                                                              Good choice. Gently drifting into the zombie apocalypse on a bed of snow buns could do a lot to ease the pain & trauma.

                                                                                              Mr Taster

                                                                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                I considered many a Chinese restaurant myself, but uncertainty regarding the survival a liquor store in which to obtain my BYO left me fearful to make that choice.

                                                                                            2. I am reiterating the subject of my other post, I would pick Scandia and Chasen's and add the Brown Derby (original Cobb salad) if I could.

                                                                                              Apocalypse, schamacapolyse, I would be content,

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                                                                                              1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                                                                Everyone and their brother seems to make a "Cobb Salad," but none can even remotely come close to the original at Brown Derby. Boy, do I miss that!

                                                                                              2. The Catch, Anaheim

                                                                                                1. YAMAKASI

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                                                                                                  1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                    Not Sotto?!?

                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                      Strong consideration was given to Sotto, Dan Tanas and Stinking Rose.

                                                                                                  2. OKI DOG. If the rest of the world is going down in flames I'm gonna live out my life on Oki Dogs and Pastrami Burritos(once in a while, for a change-up) with loads of chili fries.

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                                                                                                    1. re: DWB

                                                                                                      After surviving the apocalypse are you sure you want to kill yourself off that fast? ;-D>

                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                        But what a way to go! I've deprived myself so far, if I made it past the apocalypse I'm going for broke.

                                                                                                        1. re: DWB

                                                                                                          You would probably have to elbow kevin out of the way to place your order (since the size of his would take them way to long to make)...

                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                            :)

                                                                                                    2. It's not the best, but I am in this for the long haul. So if and only if Drago is in the kitchen, I'm going for Drago Centro.

                                                                                                      1. Shunjis.