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Group Bday Dinner and Drinks on Westside

I would go to Ugo Cafe in Culver City, it's Italian fare and right next door you have their wine cafe where all your guests can arrive and taste all the different wines of the world at Vinum Populi. However, if it were my b-day, I would probably have everyone meet at Vinum, drink/taste many selections of wine and have a late dinner at Ugo.

As hrhboo stated, Tasca is awesome as well.

Have a blast :)

Mar 13, 2008
madison in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Late Afternoon/EarlyEvening Drinks and Apptzrs. Downtown?

I want to take my girlfriends there...looks fabulous! It opens at 6 pm, so it may work. Thanks for the tip.

Mar 12, 2008
madison in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Late Afternoon/EarlyEvening Drinks and Apptzrs. Downtown?

You are correct...I will leave the choice up to him...all great suggestions though.

Mar 12, 2008
madison in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Late Afternoon/EarlyEvening Drinks and Apptzrs. Downtown?

A friend is in town from Australia, I only have Sunday late afternoon/ early evening to spend with him. Considering it may be raining, I really don't want to drive too far from his hotel downtown. However, I would love some quality drinks and good grub. It would be ideal if I could find a place like the Signature Room in Chicago on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building (what an incredible view), but I will settle for anything. Any suggestions?

Mar 12, 2008
madison in Los Angeles Area

Bristol Farm Bakery Treats?

The chocolate brownies that I had at the one in Pasadena are out of control. So yummy!!! They're addicting.

May 29, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Best Turkey Burger in/close to Silver Lake

Last night I was really jonesin' for a great Turkey Burger...like what you can expect from Pie n' Burger or Wolfe Burgers, in Pasadena. Can anyone advise where I can get something that close to me, without having to drive 15 min. out to Pasadena or to Downtown LA (Fat Burger)?

May 29, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Table 8 or Blue Velvet?

I had a girls night out there and we were all dissapointed with the service, arrogance and food. They have no reason to be so 'snooty'. I vowed never to return. I am curious about Blue Velvet though?

May 08, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Keep Sona reservation?

I second that.

Mar 30, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Beechwood in Venice - Bar menu

The food was good (fries were excellent), the eye candy is much better...since you'll be at the bar :)

Mar 30, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Opus - interesting foie gras

Do you mind sharing the price of your tasing menu w/wine pairings? I have been wanting to go with a group of girlfriends.

Mar 30, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Oysters in L.A.

This is a really good question. I have been Jonesing for some really good Kumomoto's. So far the only place is McCormickic's and many times they are out.

Mar 30, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Keep Sona reservation?

Went for Valentine's Day and it was excellent. I remember him in Chicago at Charlie Trotter's and when I told our waiter that and how delicious the meal was, Chef David had us back in the kitchen to say hello and share a quick toast with him. He was very nice and the food matched his class and our expectations, as it did at Charlie's.

Mar 28, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Lunch in Los Feliz Recommends?

I ate at Vermont once and was very dissapointed, and vowed that I would not go back. I had the salmon on a bed of black beans...th presentation was terrible, the fish was dry and very salty. My bestfriend had the risotto, and it was just the opposite...flavorless. Maybe we were stuck with the sous chef that night? I would go to The Alcove and dine outside, The Cliffs Edge (dine outside), Farfalla, Tiger Lily, Gingergrass or Asia.

Mar 28, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Help in Pasadena please!

Maison Akira and Shiro's (So. Pasadena) for fish. There is also Firefly Bistro is So. Pasadena that is an excellent, quaint place. I do agree with the board on Smitty's (which also serves fish). The last is Bistro 45 (also serves fish). Have fun...

Mar 28, 2007
madison in Los Angeles Area

Best Sushi in LA

You are 100% right on the Nishimura...he is very well known to many sushi chefs (that speaks volumes).

Aug 16, 2006
madison in Los Angeles Area