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AOC tomorrow night (and Coni's last weekend)

Still working on bucket list checks before my SoCal departure in a week, and tomorrow night it will be AOC. Unfortunately there's a private event on the patio so we'll be inside; I assume that's not a complete tragedy. What are the "must haves" or highly-recommended dishes at AOC?

Finally hit up Coni's on Sunday after landing at LAX. I didn't call ahead to verify that Sergio would be at the helm, but, thankfully, he was indeed cooking at Sunday lunch. What awesome ceviche, with shrimp, octopus and fish, and jicama and cucumber! Also enjoyed the camarones borrachos. Wanted to try the marlin tacos, but lacked the bandwith. Need to squeeze in a return visit.

Again, what to eat at AOC?

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  1. Their blood orange and kumquat dessert dish that is rightly raved about in the dish of the month thread is a must order if those flavors are up your alley.

    On my most recent visit, I thought their peach, ricotta salad was fantastic. And the Spanish fried chicken is always worth a go in my opinion

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    1. re: set0312

      The blood orange and kumquat dessert is seasonal and no longer being offered.

    2. imho, the dishes you had surpass the marlin tacos.
      i suspect the reason so many folks love them is that the smoked marlin is more "meaty" than most fish.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Having had everything he listed at Coni plus the marlin tacos, I must admit I think the tacos might be my favorite. But to each their own!

        1. re: set0312

          ah yes,
          we could start arguing about which of the Coni'Seafood dishes are the best.
          then, strictly to collect evidence, i'd HAVE TO go back and try everything again so that i could back up my position.
          maybe you would too.. . . .

          we could agree to have this argument at least yearly.

          1. re: westsidegal

            That would not be a bad way to do it. An annual mid-summer Coni review!

          2. Was at AOC a couple of weeks ago for dinner. spanish fried chicken, lamb tagine and grilled peaches were winners.

            1. in my humble opinion, you did not miss out on skipping the marlin/cheese tacos.

              1. At AOC ...

                Spanish fried chicken
                Bone-in Monkfish tail

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  See what is being cooked in that wood burning oven. Every dish I have had from that oven has been a revelation

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Our fish was overcooked, that was a special from that oven.... Perhaps later in the night the fire is better controlled.