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Take Home and Heat Entrees?

I LOVE Mozza but the BF is not a fan. Never eaten at Cube -- have heard good things and am willing to give it a shot. Anything in particular you suggest I get?

Jul 02, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Take Home and Heat Entrees?

oh yeah, totally forgot about Joan's!

Jul 02, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Take Home and Heat Entrees?

Can anyone recommend a good place to pick up take home and heat entrees between the mid-wilshire and hollywood area? I want to have a nice evening in with the BF and am feeling too lazy to cook. Clementine's is usally my source for this but I am too lazy to drive that far as well...don't judge, it's a holiday weekend ;)

Jul 02, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an Unforgettable 30th -Dan Tanas, Mozza, Steak House, Papa Cristo OR...

Thank you so much for the lovely suggestions and early birthday wishes! I do love Animal but immediately discounted it due to my large party size. Torihei I have never been to so that could work. I have done the tasting menus at Spago & Providence so many times I am burnt out on them.

No thoughts on The Steakhouse in Torrance anyone?

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Torihei
1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

Jun 17, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an Unforgettable 30th -Dan Tanas, Mozza, Steak House, Papa Cristo OR...

Interesting...I actually ate here not too long ago and wasn't that impressed but this makes me think it may be worth revisiting.

Jun 16, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an Unforgettable 30th -Dan Tanas, Mozza, Steak House, Papa Cristo OR...

Thanks for the suggestion but I think I would prefer to go somewhere a little more food-centric...

Jun 16, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an Unforgettable 30th -Dan Tanas, Mozza, Steak House, Papa Cristo OR...

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that my party will be between 10-20ppl depending on where we go if that makes a difference. Thanks!!!

Jun 16, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for an Unforgettable 30th -Dan Tanas, Mozza, Steak House, Papa Cristo OR...

Hi hounds,

I need your help trying to figure out where I should have dinner this year for the big 3-0. So far I have been considering the following:
Dan Tanas- This is one of my favorite restaurants in terms of atmosphere but I go here often and am thinking I may want to change things up for a celebratory dinner.
Papa Cristo - My birthday happens to fall on a Thursday and I have always wanted to do the family dinner here but am hesitant to try it out for the first time for my birthday...thoughts?
Jack Warner Room @ Mozza - Mozza again is one of my favorite restaurants and the Jack Warner room would be a great way to have an intimate dinner there however at $80/pp exclusive of alcohol I am not sure if it's worth it.
The Steak House - I have been dying to go here and try the A5 grade Kobe but Torrance is a trek for us as we are all located in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area. Also, I have read a few disconcerting reviews about the decline of quality here which adds to my resistance.

Any other suggestions out there or endorsements for the aforementioned options? I love all types of cuisine and am being taken to Urasawa by a friend so I was leaning away from Japanese/sushi but will truly consider anything.

Location and price don't really matter but amazing food and a decent atmosphere are key--it is my 30th after all!!

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Papa Cristos
2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dan Tana's Restaurant
9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Steak House
2933 Rolling Hills Rd, Torrance, CA 90505

Jun 16, 2010
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Roamntic Dinner w/Incredible Food Downtown? LA Prime?

I was actually thinking of thinking of Drago but didn't know if there was anything else I am missing. We live down the street from Chaya in West Hollywood and Arnie Morton's/The Palm are in our repertoire so I wanted to do something different. I really want this to be a great surprise

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Drago Restaurant
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Chaya
525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 05, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Roamntic Dinner w/Incredible Food Downtown? LA Prime?

I am planning a surprise staycation for my boyfriend and I downtown and need a fabulous place for dinner. Since we are staying at the Westin, I figure LA Prime would be the easiest bet but I am not sure about the food, Are there any other places you would recommend nearby with wonderful food and ambiance? My boyfriend is not a huge seafood fan so that rules out Japanese and Water Grill. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 05, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Short Trip to SF--Reviews of Bix (BEST BURGER EVER) and Spruce

Haha, substitute tomatoes with pickles :) Apologies, I was in a bit of a rush when I wrote the review. And for the fries at Spruce, they were absolutely phenomenal. Perfectly golden crisp on the outside, soft and warm in the center. In fact, if those fries were served with the Bix burger the combination would be in contention for my preferred last meal on earth!

Oct 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in San Francisco Bay Area

Short Trip to SF--Reviews of Bix (BEST BURGER EVER) and Spruce

My BF and I just wanted to share my thoughts on the food we ate while up in the Bay area for a weekend getaway. First up was Bix, we had a 10pm reservation and decided to head over early so that we could enjoy a martini and some jazz before dinner. Be warned that it's in an alley--we ended up driving in circles for 10 minutes because our cab had no clue where we were going. I finally had to pull out the GPS on my phone to lead the way. Upon walking in, I immediately loved the atmosphere--the servers wear white jackets and shake every martini in front of you. There is a main dining room and a circular balcony seating on the second floor overlooking the main area. I must say I was expecting the jazz to be a bigger part of the production (no stage) but they did provide lovely background noise. We were seated promptly at 10:00 and led up to our table on the 2nd floor. Our server was beyond professional and immediately recommended the lobster spaghetti which I decided was a must for me. My boyfriend ordered the burger (not the $27 w/truffles just the regular "club" burger) and we decided to split a salad to start. After about 10 minutes our salad had yet to arrive and our server apologized graciously, had the salad to our table within minutes AND deducted it from the bill all without one peep of complaint from us! My lobster spaghetti was heavenly, perfectly cooked pasta with chunks of main lobster in a tarragon cream sauce. My boyfriend's burger however was purely TRANSCENDENTAL . He took one bite and immediately his eyes rolled into the back of his head. I have never seen a reaction like this from him about food but when I took a bite next I understood. This was HANDS DOWN the BEST CLASSIC AMERICAN BURGER we have ever had. The beef was cooked to pure medium rare perfection, completely even; topped with white cheddar and homemade tomatoes. It was so good that we asked that we both have said that no future visit to SF will be complete without one. If you are a burger fan, run don't walk to Bix!!!

Next up was Spruce. I had read many lovely things and was quite looking forward to dining here. The space itself is lovely--cloaked in buttery brown leather and dark wood. We were served grougers to start and a hot roll. I would have preferred to be served a different amuse bouche if a warm roll was to follow but both were good. Having read a few different articles proclaiming the Spruce burger to be tops in SF I decided I had to order one to compare it to the Bix burger. We also got a salad, tomato soup with burratta and grilled yellowtail with escarole and artichoke. Let me start by saying that if anything you could tell the freshness of every ingredient that was used to prepare our dishes. The late harvest tomato soup exploded with freshness as dis our salad. The burger arrived and I eagerly took a bite hoping to rival what I had experienced the night before. No such luck however. This was a fine burger but it was no Bix. They used an herb-infused aioli that was spread on the bun which for me detracted from the taste of the beef itself. It was a good burger but definitely no Bix. The swordfish was good but not outstanding. Very simply prepared with olive oil, tomoatoes, and herbs. The service was spectacular here once again and overall we were happy with both dining experiences. Now we are just counting down the days until our next Bix burger ;)

Oct 06, 2009
BrookieStyles in San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday Suppers in the SF area?

Hi all,

I will be up in SF from LA this weekend and am wondering if there are any wonderful Sunday Supper deals up there? Thanks in advance!

Cheers :)

Sep 30, 2009
BrookieStyles in San Francisco Bay Area

Anniversary Dinner

I really don't think the food is so terrible. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly no Melisse or Sona but I have never had a subpar meal there perhaps more in part to do with the extraordinary service and gorgeous setting than the food, who knows! However, if you are hesitant to eat there and still want to incorporate a staycation at the hotel another fun option would be to have dinner at Vibrato which is nearby, listen to some jazz, then come back to the hotel for dessert and more romance.

www.vibratogrilljazz.com

Jul 10, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary Dinner

Oy, now I am rethinking my birthday dinner plans there later this month. Trust me on Hotel Bel-Air, the service is top notch and they will treat you like royalty especially if they know it's your anniversary. Take it from a woman, go there at sunset and your wifey will be swooning. And if you can swing it, get a room with the hot tub outside....amazing!

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Any Great New Restaurant for Bday Dinner?

Thanks guys! We made a reservation at Bazaar--I have a friend who works there and he said to save SAAM for another trip. I will let you know how it goes!

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary Dinner

Hmmm...last I ate there was about 8 months ago and it was wonderful. Perhaps not the BEST meal ever but matched with that romantic patio it really makes for a memorable experience IMHO

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary Dinner

Go to the Hotel Bel Air and get a room if you can. Food is great and it is beyond romantic!

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Any Great New Restaurant for Bday Dinner?

My birthday is coming up and I get a blow out meal courtesy of my boyfriend. I have been to most of the LA greats including Urasawa, Providence, Melisse, etc but kind of want to try something new. Any suggestions? I was thinking about Bazzar at SLS but am hesitant due to mixed reviews. I am open to any type of cuisine and live in West Hollywood but definitely will drive for great grub Should I go with an oldie or try something new? Help!

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone eaten in the Pool circle at Hollywood Bowl?

Great to know. I have been to the Bowl several times and usually do get a box from someplace like Joan, BLD, or Clementine but thought we would take advantage of what was supposed to be a special pool circle menu. To be fair, I dd write a complaint to the Patina Group and someone promptly called me back to personally apologize as well as reimburse me for my meal so that was a pleasant ending to an unpleasant experience.

Jul 09, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone eaten in the Pool circle at Hollywood Bowl?

Never again will I order form the Bowl! Such a mistake--bringing your own food is definitely the way to go. I ordered a $60 filet mignon med. rare that came out looking like it was microwaved without a sliver of pink in the middle. Blech.

Jul 08, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Great Mexican near West Covina for Lunch?

Hey guys,

I am not too familiar with this area but will be here for lunch today and am looking for great Mexican! Must have fresh guacamole as that is my absolute favorite. Thanks in advance for your help :)

Jul 08, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone eaten in the Pool circle at Hollywood Bowl?

We have a box in the Pool circle next weekend and are debating between ordering Patina or bringing our own fare. The menu for the Pool area is different than the Garden boxes and it's not online so I am hoping for some tips from anyone who has had a chance to dine there.

Thanks!

Jun 28, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Craft-No Big Deal

My boyfriend and I ate at Craft last night for the first time and I must say, it was pretty disappointing. I have never eaten at any of Mr. Colicchio's establishments elsewhere so I have nothing to compare my experience to but in terms of just plain good food--it missed the mark. We received fresh sourdough and pumpernickel bread shortly after being seated along with an amuse bouche of Indian spiced garbanzo beans--nice presentaion, meh flavor. We ordered ricotta tagliatte, braised short ribs and potato gnocchi to share. The tagliatte was sparse but good-not great. The shorts ribs weren't as tender as they needed to be--seemed to be a little underdone in my opinion nowhere close to the caliber of Lucques and the gnocchi was just passable. For dessert, our server suggested the beignets with sour cherry ice cream. They were once again, just ok. Sad to say, my favorite part of the meal was the gigantic onions in my Grey Goose Gibson and the pretty light bulbs. Tom, please pack your knives and go home.

Jun 24, 2009
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Great place for Dinner/Happy Hour near the San Diego Zoo?

Thanks Steve, Yakitori sounds great! I would probably agree with you on Nobu as well--we are dining there more out of convenience than anything else since we will be staying at the Hard Rock.

Jun 10, 2009
BrookieStyles in San Diego

Great place for Dinner/Happy Hour near the San Diego Zoo?

Hi all,

My BF and I ae driving down from LA to do the Zoo thing..will be there on Monday. Are there any good places we can go grab dinner and/or happy hour afterwards while we wait for the traffic to die down? We are having dinner at Nobu on Sunday so anything but sushi will work. Thanks in advance!

Jun 10, 2009
BrookieStyles in San Diego

Two Angelenos in PDX for One Night Only. What to Eat?

I have been to Portland many times but this will be my boyfriend's first time so I want to go to places that really encompass what Portland is all about. I have also been doing a lot of research on this board and think I have narrowed it down to Sel Gris, Park Kitchen or Carlyle for dinner and am thinking either ten-01 for lunch or just hitting the carts. While I would love to go to Pok Pok or le Pigeon, my boyfriend doesn't have the same foodie inclinations as I do and I fear that they may be too extreme for his palate.

Jun 06, 2009
BrookieStyles in Pacific Northwest

Two Angelenos in PDX for One Night Only. What to Eat?

My boyfriend and I will be in Portland for one day/night only and I want to make the most of our experience with unforgettable meals. We will be staying at the Hotel Vintage Plaza but are willing to drive anywhere for deliciousness. For lunch, something casual is fine but we want to go all out for dinner. Any type of cuisine will work as long as it's good. Thanks in advance for your help!

Jun 06, 2009
BrookieStyles in Pacific Northwest

One night in LA

Try sushi Zo. It is my second favorite omakase experience behind Urasawa. The fish is divine and they have a wonderful sake selection. There is not much in terms of ambiance but if you want really yummy fish without breaking the bank go here. It usually runs me about $75pp.

Aug 11, 2008
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area

Got a secret lover?

Mozza is the lover I can't get enough of. It is so good, I go back every time expecting to be disappointed because the reality can't live up to the hype in mind. caprese + meatballs + salumi pizza + three cheese white pizza w/sausage + butterscotch budino = PERFECTION

Aug 10, 2008
BrookieStyles in Los Angeles Area