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Jet, I'm going to LA last week of August. Can you take me in a tour around town shog[1].gif
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fuck i don't know of any good clothing stores anymore lol

i would go to BLD (breakfast lunch dinner) one of my favorite casual spots, sit outside and watch the traffic go by. Also aoc is a great winebar a few doors down from south willy or down the other way is son of a gun which is great as well where you will definitely get the LA experience with the communal table and all. If you want to see hot chicks go to fred segal cafe on a saturday afternoon. Also Urth on melrose is another great cafe with some good people watching as well (and excellent pumpkin pie/pastries and tea).

That's all true enough, but I can't stand Urth and its pseudo-McDonalds service approach. Stand in a (often poorly organized) line, order your food, then go join the mall-parking-lot-at-Xmas style vulture circling for a table (Melrose is a bit better than the Beverly and Santa Monica locations for this, I've found). Sit, put your numbered tag on the table, and have your drinks and food come out in some random order (for some reason, food usually seems to come 5-10 minutes before drinks).
Food st pretty good -- a bit overpriced for what it is, but no more than most such places. Definitely good people-watching for a visitor, though. And a good place for overhearing very LA-specific ridiculous douchey conversations.
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That's all true enough, but I can't stand Urth and its pseudo-McDonalds service approach. Stand in a (often poorly organized) line, order your food, then go join the mall-parking-lot-at-Xmas style vulture circling for a table (Melrose is a bit better than the Beverly and Santa Monica locations for this, I've found). Sit, put your numbered tag on the table, and have your drinks and food come out in some random order (for some reason, food usually seems to come 5-10 minutes before drinks).

This description triggered the memory that I went here last time I was in LA. Would not go back.
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This description triggered the memory that I went here last time I was in LA. Would not go back.

If I correctly guess (based on your shopping and dinner destinations) that you'll be roughly in the Beverly Hills/mid-city area, I would add to Jet's recommendations:

Clementine for casual breakfast/coffee/pastries. Limited seating, but it's more because it's a small neighborhood place than because it's a scene like Urth. The breakfast stuff (and the lunch stuff) is pretty awesome in a very casual way. For dinner in that area, I like Picca (upscale Peruvian) on Pico and Tagine (upscale Moroccan, small place with a mellow, romantic vibe) off the top of my head. I also like Cafe Bella Roma on South Robertson a lot - but I'm biased because I lived in that neighborhood when it first opened, know the owners and other staff, and consider them friends. Given that the weather has warmed up, I really like the patio of the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills for mellow evening drinks/snacks.
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Thanks. I would also appreciate suggestions for best sushi. Willing to drive anywhere for that.
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for me, best breakfast in the area is still the old farmers market -- bob's doughnuts and a cup of coffee and eavesdrop on the old screenwriters. so much more interesting than the vegans at urth. there's lots of good food. if you want sushi, probably hit the old matsuhisa if you haven't been. that's where it all started. i also really like cook's county on beverly. or aoc wine bar. or lucques, for that matter, if you want to spend more money.
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Feldmar is a good bet for nice discounts, but truth be told, after shitty L.A. Tax, the discount is nearly cut in half.

If you're looking for a great AD, shoot me a PM and I can send you some referals.

Thanks. I may take you up on your offer should my bank account need a severe beating. smile.gif

What do you think of Wanna Buy A Watch for vintage stuff, like Omega coaxials or Vacherons?
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if you want sushi, probably hit the old matsuhisa if you haven't been.

I've been to Nobu when I lived in NYC. I was underwhelmed. Is LA better?
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I've been to Nobu when I lived in NYC. I was underwhelmed. Is LA better?
it's where it all started, so in some ways it's better. but it's more like visiting the home rather than a great difference.
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Little Dom's breakfast pizza.
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No love for Griddle Cafe on Sunset? Get there before 8:30am, love the French Toast and French Press coffee.
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No love for Griddle Cafe on Sunset? Get there before 8:30am, love the French Toast and French Press coffee.

Man griddle food is solid service has been absolute shit past few times I went
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for sushi mori, asanebo or sushi sushi in bh depending on what type

fried egg sandwich with gruyere and chorizo fries is the best breakfast at bld

haven't been to griddle in years but banana nut pancakes were very good

I like le petit four on a Sunday for brunch but if you don't like urth you probably won't like it similar crowd vibe
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Thanks. I may take you up on your offer should my bank account need a severe beating. smile.gif

What do you think of Wanna Buy A Watch for vintage stuff, like Omega coaxials or Vacherons?

Not familiar with them. New or vintage Omega/Vacherons?
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