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Cleo
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For celebrities, I've seen lots at Craft in Century City (it's the in same building as the best talent agency in L.A.)
Ray & Starks is awesome, but it doesn't skew very young, since it is in the Museum of Art -- it actually skews kind of Dowager

Jan 31, 2012
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Lunch at Street, not so much

Had lunch at Street a couple of days ago. I'm not a Street hater and have enjoyed dinner there on a number of occasinos. I realize that lots of folks on here aren't fans, but I am.

But lunch was, um, blech.

Kaya toast was off. A little overfilled and much sloppier than other times I have had it. The dumpling sampler was meh. Mushroom ravioli were ok, but just ok. The other two dumplings were dry and tasteless.

Chicken schwarma wrap was unremarkable.

The chivito steak sandwich was really, really tasty. But very sloppy. And the off-season tomatoes didn't really add much to it, other than messiness. You could actually taste the prosciutto which, along with the egg, lent the dish a wonderful richness.

A hundred bucks for lunch for three without alcohol is pretty expensive. I think there are much better lunch options in Hollywood.

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Street
742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Dec 02, 2011
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Where is the center of the LA food universe?

Totally agree, but I'm biased because I live near there. I'd add that Lou on Vine is within walking distance. And it's less than fifteen minutes to WeHo, Koreatown and Thai Town. Mercantile, Hungry Cat and BoHo are close. And K&L for wine. Hollywood is really, really central foodwise in L.A. For shear diversity of offerings from fine dining to the best ethnic storefront places, I can't think of anyplace else in LA where there are more offerings within a few minutes drive.

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Lou on Vine
724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

BoHo
6372 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

The Hungry Cat
100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Nov 23, 2011
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BCN review - Alkimia, Berri Taktika, Sagardi, Taller de Tapas, Bar Lobo, etc.

They had a foie and gingerbread tapa on the menu at Taller de las Tapas a couple of weeks ago that was absolutley amazing.

Sep 19, 2011
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Madrid in 2 days

Do you need a reservation at La Barraca?

Sep 06, 2011
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Paella in Barcelona

Are there any outstanding paella places in Barcelona? Valencia isn't on our agenda, but I would love to get some paella while I am in Spain.

Sep 05, 2011
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Can Fabes and Tickets Dress Code

Hey All,

I have reservations at Tickets and Can Fabes next week. Was just wondering how dressy they are. Any information would be appreciated.

Aug 30, 2011
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Any opinions of Grub in Hollywood

It is a very good breakfast. Dinner, not so great. It is owned by Betty from Season 1 of Top Chef. It's basic comfort food. The french toast is tasty with some sort of berry butter. The bacon is seasoned with paprika and is very good. The place is housed in a cute cottage of a building.

Aug 29, 2011
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Arzak -- Second Floor Better?

Hey -- I have reservations at Arzak in a couple of weeks. I was recently told that the second story of the restaurant is much better and we should have our hotel consierge request a table on the second floor for us. Does anybody know if there is actually a big difference? (or is there actually no second floor at Arzak and I've been punked?)

Aug 26, 2011
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Solo Traveler Seeking Amazing Sushi in LA at non-Astronomical Prices

Thanks for that awesome post. I look forward to trying them all.

Kiyokawa is the only place on the list I have visited. Excellent review is here: http://www.laweekly.com/2009-11-13/ea...

Aug 24, 2011
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Sitges

Hey All,

Are there any restaurants in Sitges worth going to? Any help is much appreciated.

Aug 18, 2011
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LQ @ Starry Kitchen Starts June 5th

Thanks! It really was a remarkable meal. The cauliflower yuzu gelee with the oyster was so distinctive, I keep thinking about it. I have no idea how he created a clear jel that still strongly tasted of cauliflower. And who would have thought that the flavor of cauliflower went so well with oysters?

As for the portion sizes, the skate was larger than most items on tasting menus and was the most substantive portion-wise. Everything else is one or two bites. I left full, but your milage may vary.

Aug 18, 2011
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LQ @ Starry Kitchen Starts June 5th

Was at LQ @ SK last night. Outstanding meal.

Started with uni tapioca pudding and Carlsbad oyster cauliflower yuzu gelee. It was the outstanding dish of the evening. The contrasts were amazing, and the richness of the uni and pudding really started the meal off right.

Next was a skatewing w/ sujok and sumac. Tastes were spot on. The only nit I could pick was that the skate was a tiny bit unevenly cooked.

The declination of peas was another standout. The pea guacamole had a great onion/chile bite. The pea gazpacho was delicious. And the pea bacon ragu with foie had us asking for more bread to sop up every last drop of the delicious sauce (maybe not the classiest moment, but it had to be done).

The veal cheeks were perfectly cooked and delicious, but the prickly pear jell it was served with, though beautiful, didn’t add much in the flavor department (not that the dish needed much more flavor).

Dessert was also amazing, with a tonka bean bread pudding as the standout element.

Service was perfect. The owner of Starry Kitchen was working the front room as if it were a friendly party. He introduced us to Chef Quenioux as we were leaving. Easily the best fine dining deal in Los Angeles these days.

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Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Starry Kitchen
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Aug 17, 2011
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New Yorker looking for one restaurant to represent LA

Here is the link: Loteria Grill Hollywood

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Loteria Grill Hollywood
6627 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Loteria Grill Hollywood
6627 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aug 16, 2011
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New Yorker looking for one restaurant to represent LA

I would go with Loteria Grill Hollywood. Right in Hollywood, well under budget, and what could be more Los Angeles than a traditional Mexican restaurant with a Scottish chef?

Aug 16, 2011
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The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon is now open

Had brunch at the Santa Monica Hungry Cat this past Sunday. The place was completely empty. The hangtown fry was delicious. The soft shell crab po' boy is nothing like the New Orleans classic (bread is heavier, lots of remoulade making it pretty sloppy to eat), but the crab itself was very rich and tasty.

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The Hungry Cat
100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Jul 13, 2011
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mid-range french bistro

RH at the Andaz hotel on the Sunset Strip.

Jun 10, 2011
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Wood and Vine?

The chicken and waffles and the scallops and grits are both very good dishes. Patio is great.

Jun 09, 2011
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The Public at The Roosevelt?

I love it. There is a great review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767958

May 23, 2011
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Party of 20 in Hollywood!

Loteria Grill is fun for groups --- you might be able to take over the entire patio area.

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Loteria Grill
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Apr 27, 2011
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Hollywood Palladium eats??

Ohh -- oysters at Hungry Cat. So good.

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Apr 14, 2011
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Hollywood Palladium eats??

Cleo at the Redburry hotel is a couple of blocks away. It's a fun atmosphere for pre-show drinks, and the food is very good (especially for a SBE Hotel). There is a thread about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736859 I agree with the other posters. I expected it to be bad or so-so, but I was very happy with the place.

Not too fond of the Delphine at the W. It's O.K. But just O.K.

Apr 13, 2011
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Mediocre Bouchon

I had dinner at Bouchon on Valentine’s Day. Oysters were amazing. The foie terrine with pumpernickel crust and a cornichon jelly was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The veal chateaubriand was also out of this world. And the parmesan risotto with a very healthy pile of truffle shavings as good as you would expect from something piled high with truffle shavings.

I had a very good, but not spectacular, meal at Bouchon Vegas once. But my recent experience at the Beverly Hills location was anything but mediocre.

Feb 23, 2011
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Where to buy fleur de sel in LA?

Spice Station in Silverlake has a variety of good quality salts. The selection is listed on their website: http://spicestationsilverlake.com/

Feb 23, 2011
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French themed date night

RH at the Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip for dinner. It's close to Westwood, and the food is wonderful. LA Times review here: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/...

Feb 09, 2011
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Emeril's Orlando or Tchoup Tchoup

I'm staying at Universal for a few days and was thinking of trying one of Emeril's restaurants. I'm a big fan of his places in New Orleans, and loved his food when he was Executive Chef at Commander's Palace, but I've never been to one of his non-NOLA outposts. Anybody have an opinion which place is better, and are they worth going at all?

Thanks for any help.

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Emeril's
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819

Emeril's Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819

Jan 27, 2011
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PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

Over 25
Mangiare in Famiglia at Mozza
Eva
Hatfield’s
The Bazaar
Test Kitchen

Under 25
Pizzaria Mozza
Loteria Grill
Umami Burger
Ludo Truck
Jitlada

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Loteria Grill
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dec 22, 2010
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Osteria Mamma - New Italian in Hollywood

Any word on the wine situation? I haven't been since they had to give up BYOB.

I lived in Italy, learned to cook in Italy, and I come from a big Italian family. The food at La Mama is comparable to some of the best informal restaurants I found in Italy. It isn't Mozza, but it's not trying to be a fine-dining experience. It's a neighborhood trattoria.

Jun 03, 2010
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Strip Restaurant For A Crew With Lots Of Dietary Restrictions

Thanks for all of the help. Our kosher friends have bowed out, so now we just need to deal with vegans and really, really skinny people.

Apr 21, 2010
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Strip Restaurant For A Crew With Lots Of Dietary Restrictions

Hey All,

I'm trying to plan a great dinner for a party of 10+ people on or near the strip.

The rub is that the party includes vegans, diners who keep kosher, and a couple of perpetually dieting carb-o-phobes. We were thinking Nobu, but they make you pre-order for groups of ten or more, and the pre-order options didn’t look all that great.

I'm a big food snob, so if I'm paying strip prices I would like a great dining experience, but I don't know Vegas well enough to figure out what kitchen may be able to accommodate all of my friends. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Apr 20, 2010
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