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Visiting foodies need French restaurant rec

LA foodies in town for important work-related event and need a recommendation for an excellent French restaurant in D.C. proper with an extensive wine list for a celebratory dinner.

Thanks!

Mar 17, 2009
lalawgirl in Washington DC & Baltimore

Vegetarian Chili in WLA

Where can I get good Vegetarian Chili in West LA?

For those of you that need more specificity than West LA, I live in Beverly Hills so my eastern boundary is Hollywood and my western boundary is Santa Monica . . . 3rd Street area, WeHo and B Hills are the most convenient.

Thanks!

Nov 12, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

LA Chow in SF -- Need Advice

Thanks SF Chows! I feel much better about my trip now. Any wine bar suggestions for after dinner?

Oct 19, 2007
lalawgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

LA Chow in SF -- Need Advice

Sounds like you guys think Canteen is more of a breakfast place -- anything you'd put in its place for Friday night?

Oct 18, 2007
lalawgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

LA Chow in SF -- Need Advice

I'm an LA chow that will be in San Francisco for a weekend in November (the 2nd - 4th).

I've got the following reservations (best I could do on short notice):

Canteen (Fri)
1550 Hyde (Fri)
A16 (Sat)
Foreign Cinema (Sat)

Which two should I keep? Anywhere else we should try for lunch or dinner that where I could actually get a reservation

Also would love recommendations for breakfast (highbrow and lowbrow are both fine) and or a good coffee/pastry/bakery place for croissants, pain au chocolate and lattes.

The only breakfast place I know of in the city is Dottie's True Blue Cafe

Thanks for your help. We're staying at the Westin St. Francis, but are willing to take the bus/BART around if need be.

Oct 17, 2007
lalawgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving

You can't go wrong with Clementine -- their baked goods are delicious, including the pumpkin pie.

Joan's on Third had good pies last year, and with the expansion the experience of buying food there is much more palatable.

I also second (or third or . . .) the recommendations for Josie (amazing) and Al Gelato (get a pint of their incredible gelato to have with the pie).

Thanks for the heads up on Urth Cafe. I wouldn't have guessed . . .

If you are interested in some recipes, let me know

Oct 17, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Saturday Breakfast/Brunch in Pasadena

Any recs on a good place to grab breakfast/brunch on Saturday before the UCLA game at the Rose Bowl? Any part of Pasadena is fine. I just want to go early to avoid the traffic.

Thanks!

Oct 17, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Good dinner after the Arclight?

Hungry Cat (in the Sunset & Vine center accross from the arclight) is great, either for dinner or a post dinner drink. Fantastic food, and really wonderful handmade cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices. www.thehungrycat.com

Bowery (on Sunset just east of vine) has good burgers, great sweet potato fries (the regular fries aren't as good), a nice small and inexpensive wine list and lots of other food choices that look delicious but that I never try because I always get the burger. www.theboweryhollywood.com

Lou -- a little wine bar in strip mall on Vine just north of Melrose on the east side of the street -- is also a good choice. You'd have to drive, but it takes 5 minutes or less to get there. www.louonvine.com

Oct 11, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Pasta Dinner in Long Beach

My boyfriend is running the Long Beach marathon this Sunday, and he needs a place to "Carbo-Load" (i.e. eat tons of Pasta) on Saturday night. Since I have to go with him, I would love it if we could actually eat at a good restaurant, instead of Olive Garden or other chain food. I live in LA (Beverly Hill-ish) and generally never go south of Manhattan Beach. Help! If it matters, we are staying at the Westin on E. Ocean & Long Beach Blvd. Thanks for any suggestions you have.

Oct 08, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Breakfast/Brunch Rec Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu

Looking for a low-key place to eat a really good breakfast Sunday post-hike in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu or really west West LA. Good eggs/hashbrowns and/or pancakes are a plus, as is a good cup of coffee. I never know where to go around there and always end up driving back to the stretch of places on 3rd street (Joans, Toast, etc.) starving.

Sep 28, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Help me choose which restaurant (Jar, Grace, Lucques, or Campanile)

Grace was a great choice. You should try Jar as well. Might want to do that instead of Lucques in October -- Jar may be safe but the food is always fantastic, whereas Lucques can be spotty.

Sep 19, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Help me choose which restaurant (Jar, Grace, Lucques, or Campanile)

I'm glad you feel that way Ernie - more room at Grilled Cheese Night for me. And though I'm not a fry person, I love the fries. As for regular dinner, you can still get a good meal at Campanile, but the service has really gone downhill.

Sep 19, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Palmdale and Vicinity

There are very few restaurants in Palmdale/the Antelope Valley that are good by chowhound standards, (believe me, I grew up there), but here are my picks:

The Bakery Express Cafe: 2315 E. Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93550; 661-267-2233 www.thebakeryexpresscafe.com
The Lemon Leaf: 653 W. Lancaster Blvd. (at Date Ave.), Lancaster, CA 93534 661-942-6500
Cafe Fresca: 1983 W. Ave. L (at 20th Street West), Lancaster, CA, 661-948-6677 (In Ralph's shopping center
)The Rusten House: 43546 N. 20th St. West, Lancaster, CA (Corner of Avenue K & 20th West)

Or if you like chain restaurants, the antelope valley mall (visible from the freeway at the Avenue P exit) has everything Chilis, Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, El Torito, etc.

Sep 19, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

truffle risotto

Cube, on La Brea and Melrose www.divinepasta.com, has a wonderful fettucine in black truffle sauce that should tide you over until truffle season starts. Last year, Angelini Osteria and All' Angelo both had fantastic truffle offerings. Not sure about truffle risotto, but the various pasta dishes both restaurants had made me wish truffles were available year-round and that I had enough money to indulge in truffles more often.

Sep 07, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Boston choundhound vacationing in L.A

Paradise Cove Cafe in Malibu -- located at Paradise Cove beach, a private beach almost all the way out to Zuma -- is a great place to eat and enjoy the ocean. The fee to get in is less if you eat at the cafe. http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com/beachcafe/index.htm

The Reel Inn, a seafood shack on PCH a little bit north of where Sunset meets PCH has fantastic seafood and fun picnic table seating. http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/72...

You could also pick up sandwiches and cookies at the Malibu Country Mart, and then head out to Zuma beach. I like the food at Malibu Kitchen and Gourmet Country Market, which is located in the part of Malibu Country Mart over by the grocery store. There is also some fabulous people watching (celebrities, trophy wives, surfer locals), and designer stores to browse in.

Sep 07, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Il Cielo or Little Door?

My boyfriend made dinner reservations for my birthday at both Il Cielo and Little Door and asked me to choose. My choice would be neither, but I appreciate his effort so I'm not going to tell him that. Which one would you choose?

Aug 31, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Good place to eat near the Pantages?

Hungry Cat is fantastic. Also could do burgers at the Bowery (yummy and cheap) on Sunset just east of Vine, next door to Magnolia. Off Vine is nice, albiet a little more formal.

You could always do Roscoe's chicken & waffles on Sunset and Gower.

Aug 23, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

LA Chow coming to Chicago -- need recs

I'm visiting Chicago for the first time next month, and I nead Chicago Chow recommendations for (1) Chicago-style pizza and (2) must-try restaurants in Chicago w/ good wine lists. In other words, I plan to do both lowbrow and highbrown on this trip -- pizza and beer one night, wine and blowout meal the next (though if you can recommend a mid-priced restaurant with fantastic food, all the better). Any suggestions for bars and/or wine bars would be appreciated.

I'm staying near the Magnificent Mile.

Thanks!

Aug 16, 2007
lalawgirl in Chicago Area

best romantic dinner for 2 under $100??

Tagine -- a Moroccan restaurant on Robertson & Wilshire -- has great food, a cozy dark atmoshpere, and a $35/person prix fixe on the weekends. It is a great value. You get a ton of courses, including hummus, various appetizer salads, the best bastilla (a sweet/savory dish of puff pastry topped w/ cinnamon & powdered sugar and filled with chicken & nuts), the tagine of your choice, and baklava w/ mint tea. Not sure what their corkage is, but there wine list is very reasonably priced with some interesting selections.

Tasca www.tascawinebar.com on 3rd street just west of Crescent Heights is great too. The food is fantastic -- you can share and eat tapas style, or own your own entree -- and the place has really nice ambiance. Corkage is $15.

Most of the other affordable places w/ low or no corkage I can think of are not so romantic. But if you just want good food & no corkage, Cube on La Brea & Melrose www.divinepasta.com is fantastic. Definitely can eat for under $100 there, provided you don't go too crazy with the cheese, which can get expensive.

Aug 16, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate Shops?

Also Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland in Beverly Hills on the corner of Brighton & Camden. Really cute store with tables to enjoy chocolates and coffee. Expensive, but exquisite chocolates. As far as I know this is not a chain -- I've never seen one of these anywhere else in the US (I lived in NYC for several years) -- but given the name it is possible that there are more in Switzerland. It is very close to K Chocolatier, that another chowhound recommended for you.

Aug 14, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner... brain empty

I second Luna Park. Fun & affordable. Good food, with something for everyone, creative cocktails (with cute little plastic animals hanging off the side of the glass -- you'll have a menagerie by night's end), wines by the glass, and share-friendly desserts like smores (chocolate fondue, marshmallow fondue & graham crackers). You can reserve by phone or on open table.

Cube has a private room in the back and is BYOB (on La Brea just south of Melrose). Could be easy to keep under $40 with the added cost of booze. www.divinepastaco.com -- click on Cube.

Cobras & Matadors (I prefer the one on Beverly Blvd & Gardner) is good for groups, provided you reserve in advance. Also BYOB. The tapas at Tasca are better, but that might run close to $50 per person. www.tascawinebar.com

Aug 14, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Place in LA?

If you're willing to do Malibu, Geoffrey's is wonderful. Great place to be at sunset -- ask for a table with a view. http://www.geoffreysmalibu.com/

If you want not too expensive and fun, Tasca www.tascawinebar.com and Lou are both affordable with a have the cozy/hip/low-light atmosphere down.

If you're willing to pay more, Hatfield's, All' Angelo, Cielo (cheesy, but people seem to love it), La Cachette and Josie are all great.

Aug 14, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Reasonably priced special occasion restaurant?

Tasca, on 3rd Street just west of Crescent Heights, has fantastic food and great atmosphere (though its best to be there after dark, so you can enjoy the dim lighting/bistro feel). Their corkage is $15, so you could bring wine & save $$. I hate telling people about it because it makes it harder for me to get a table.

Cube has less atmosphere but is eminently affordable, delicious and BYOB. They do have a nice little table for two near the back you can ask for.

Lou on Vine is great -- a wine bar with yummy little snacks and small plates.

Aug 14, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

AMAZING restaurants in West LA?

Clementine (www.clementineonline.com) breakfast/lunch place with fantastic baked goods, sandwiches and salads, and great "take home & bake" food like mac n' cheese, spaghetti pie, mashed potatoes.

Josie -- both romantic and expensive, but they have a farmer's market prix fixe on Wednesdays that is very affordable. Menu changes every week based on what is available at the market. They also have no-corkage Mondays. www.josierestaurant.com

Violet, recommended by others, is always good, and they have a $35 prix fixe on Sundays that includes a bottomless glass of wine.

All of my other fairly affordable favorites are further east -- M Cafe de Chaya (Melrose & La Brea), Tasca (3rd street & Crescent Heights), Lou (Melrose & Vine) & Cube (BYOB, really affordable, must try on La Brea just south of Melrose www.divinepastaco.com).

If you're willing to pay more, Angelini Osteria & La Cachette are fantastic

Aug 14, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Indian Food Recommendation

Forgot this in my last post, but I am located in the Hancock Park area.

Jul 22, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Indian Food Recommendation

I prefer vegetarian, but mostly want something authentic. Went to Tantra in Silverlake last night and the "fusion" was disappointing.

Jul 22, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area

Indian Food Recommendation

A long-time LA resident, I still haven't found a place I love for Indian food? Any recs?

Jul 21, 2007
lalawgirl in Los Angeles Area