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50th Birthday

One of my best girls is turning 50 in a couple of weeks and I'd like to take her out to celebrate (passing the point of no return---ha!). I'm in Ktown and she's on the border of Weho/BH. So ideally something here or there or between here and there (no BH or Sunset Strip).

I suggested Connie & Teds because I haven't been (and as a former Bostonian was looking forward to some clams w/ bellies), but she was luke warm to the idea saying that she's heard mixed reviews (she suggested BOA, but I'm luke warm to that).

I'm thinking that either dinner or brunch (maybe Petrossian?) would be nice. Someplace that we could talk and catch up (so no ear splitting noise). She's more into scene-y and I'm more into food---since this one's on me it's going to be about food.

Personally, I would like to go someplace like Park's, Connie & Teds, maybe Hatfields, or??? I could use some suggestions. As far as budget---$100pp would be great (wine included--glasses, not a bottle more than likely), but can spend a bit more. A weekend lunch could be a possibility as well.

THANX!

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  1. I was skeptical of Connie and teds but loved the food had fun and want to return and try more. I'm guessing your best girl would enjoy a tandem of brownie and blondie sundaes too. Mine does. The oysters for me best in city. Cold clean and served w the liquor. Add a lobster and some magic.

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    1. re: jessejames

      Yeah, I think I need to be more persuasive on the Connie & Ted's issue. Did you sit inside or on the patio?

      1. re: LAgirl2

        We were 4 inside. Not cozy per se but well taken care of. I like the casual atmosphere. Lots of laughs. I want to go back soon.

      2. Do both of you like meat?

        If so, you should consider Chi Spacca, it's almost exactly in the middle of you two, and it might be the best restaurant in LA (the son of the head chef at Park's is a sous chef there, and the short ribs are Park's-influence btw).

        On the other hand, Connie & Ted's isn't bad, and the clams with bellies don't disappoint.

        Connie & Ted's is also super scene-y, so it might better fit both your requirements.

        Hatfield's would also be awesome, of course.

        If you stretched the budget a bit, you could always do the Bazaar ;)

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        1. re: BacoMan

          I was going to suggest Chi SPACCA or its brethren Osteria Mozza.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            We are both meat eaters, but I think Chi Spacca sounds like it would be too rich/heavy of a meal. Even though Park's is meat, it seems lighter to me due to the banchan and the thinner slices of meat.

            1. re: LAgirl2

              for a big bday i just don't think parks has the cocktails, desserts and other trimmings that would make me want to stay longer than an hour or so...doesn't take long to grill up and hoss down that beef.

              1. re: LAgirl2

                The heaviness of the meal is entirely dependent upon how you choose to order. My meal there a few days ago was incredibly heavy, and left the three of us that dined there unable to eat the next day.

                But the meal I had the week before was fairly light, and didn't weigh me (or any of us) down at all.

                If you want to order light, get the board of cured meats with pickles, a salad (maybe even two), the squash blossoms side, and a large format meat dish (such as the Tomahawk Chop, or Pork Loin al Latte).

                Finish with the meyer lemon panna cotta. Drink wine liberally throughout.

                I don't think you will feel it is an overly heavy meal; just an overly heavenly one.

                1. re: BacoMan

                  She's not into cured meats (go figure. I, on the other hand love them) and I think the large meat items will be a bit too much. I think it's a good suggestion for a meal with a different friend. Thanks!

                  1. re: LAgirl2

                    Not trying to push you or anything, but they have plenty of smaller meat dishes, and lots of alternatives to the cured meats board.

                    Nothing is bad there.

                    Chi Spacca is worth multiple trips, too ;)

                    But, like I said before, your friend might like Connie & Ted's more.

                    Not entirely sure what your friend likes, so a bit hard to make other recommendations haha

          2. i've only had one meal at BOA, and it was so bad that i will never set foot in there again.
            if you can, my advice is to try to steer her away from BOA

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              1. re: wienermobile

                That's what I figured. I seem to remember other threads where nobody liked BOA.

              2. re: westsidegal

                BOA is fairly mediocre....I went with friends of the owners, so we got treated like VIPs (as well as a 30% discount). Even if I were to get 30% off, I wouldn't return.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Agree. Since the move from West Hollywood, its been waaay down hill.

                2. Polo Lounge(more scene than food)
                  Spago (bit of both)
                  Ink (bit of both, cutting edge food, loud)
                  Providence ($$$$$)
                  Cliff's Edge (lovely patio, quiet enough to talk)

                  1. I'm a big Petrossian fan. You certainly could do brunch. or dinner. Caviar and champagne....or their fabulous caviar martini....is certainly celebratory. And the noise level is very conducive to having a conversation.

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                    1. re: perk

                      For brunch, what non-caviar items do you like?

                      (not that there is anything wrong w/ caviar ;) but I'm considering the options)

                      1. re: LAgirl2

                        well...i haven't been for brunch, but i have been for lunch. and, as i recall, pretty much everything has some sort of integration of caviar. they have the menus online. my "go to" meal there is the caviar egg (royale, i think they call it) which is a scrambled egg topped with caviar, served in the egg shell. and then a butter lettuce salad with caviar/creme fraiche dressing...which is amazing. i'm sure you could have them leave the caviar off some dishes....but if you're not going to do it, i'd pick another place. it's really the reason you go there.

                        1. re: perk

                          No, I wouldn't want them to leave the caviar off anything. I just noticed that they have plenty of non-caviar offerings and was wondering what else might be good there. Thanks!

                          1. re: LAgirl2

                            oops. sorry. maybe they do. i guess i was too caviar-obsessed to notice!

                    2. My perception may be colored by not being a fan of Connie and Ted's but for me it doesn't feel like a special occasion, major birthday restaurant. If the birthday girl is a fan of raw oysters, I would consider having Connie and Ted's as a first course(may be the best I have had locally) with cocktails or champage and then go elsewhere for dinner.

                      1. Since it's her birthday and she wants to go to BOA, you should take her to BOA. That's what a birthday is all about..the one day a year you get what you want. Don't be selfish, it's her birthday

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                        1. re: 90024

                          I will say this about BOA, it IS a fun scene if you are in a social mood. Great people watching - full of wannabe, or actual, trendoids and good lookin' folk. We had a "boys night out" there last year, and had a good ole time, and I thought my steak was quite good, but don't remember anything else about the food (so I guess it wasn't memorable). It's nice if, after dinner, you can then repair upstairs to Soho House, a great spot to celebrate - find a friend who's a member.

                          1. re: Wayno

                            BOA is not good food. Patio is nice.

                        2. Have you considered Ivy on Robertson? Seems that it would meet the criteria.

                          1. I think both BOA and the Ivy will be too sceney for me and she's not set on BOA---she just threw that out as a possibility after I suggested Connie & Ted's (she was probably thinking that it was a similiar price rage, but closer to where she lives and we could walk).

                            As far as a place having a certain special feeling to warrant a 50th b-day dinner---I think any place that has good food in a nice space in which we can talk and catch up will be special. It's about spending a nice relaxing evening with a good friend. Plus, it will be a serious upgrade to the usual places we go to when we get together for a weekend lunch (thai, burgers, etc).

                            I'll keep an eye on this thread and read a couple other recent WEHO area threads and give her several options (I'm sure she will have some ideas as well) and let her make the final decision.

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                            1. re: LAgirl2

                              Despite my somewhat encouraging comments above about BOA, I think it's probably not the right place for you/your occasion. Maybe check out ScratchBar on La Cienaga. I haven't been, but sounds pretty cool. A couple posters have been.