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post #2236 of 2306
Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but:

I need an L.A. hotel room for a few nights at the end of the month and Hotwire has one left in Downtown L.A. Given the specs, I'm 90% sure it's the Standard. The price is reasonable ($125 a night) and I often park at the Standard anyways when I'm hanging out in the area. But I'm not sure the full-on douchefest will be worth it. Thoughts?
post #2237 of 2306
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Originally Posted by erictheobscure View Post

Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but:

I need an L.A. hotel room for a few nights at the end of the month and Hotwire has one left in Downtown L.A. Given the specs, I'm 90% sure it's the Standard. The price is reasonable ($125 a night) and I often park at the Standard anyways when I'm hanging out in the area. But I'm not sure the full-on douchefest will be worth it. Thoughts?

Agreed with the douchfest assessment but why would you want to stay DTLA anyway? Unless it's required for your trip in which case on with the douchefest because $125 for a good room is cheap.
post #2238 of 2306
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

Agreed with the douchfest assessment but why would you want to stay DTLA anyway? Unless it's required for your trip in which case on with the douchefest because $125 for a good room is cheap.

Standard is fine.
post #2239 of 2306
I don't mind Downtown at all and have stayed there on multiple occasions. That being said, I guess I'd prefer being on the Westside or near the beach this trip.
post #2240 of 2306
Finally after a couple years we went to laurel hardware but the wait was too long to eat so we walked over to salts cure. The pate was great as was the pretzel with pickled vegetables. We got the ojai salad which was good and the ale braised pork shoulder and the half chicken. Quality was great but not things I would get again. Will definitely go back to sample more of the menu. Desserts needed work as my buddy and I can't stand citrus based ones so we said fuck it and went back for the scene at LH. When we left we ended up at sk donuts which I've been wanting to try for awhile and fuck me those were some of the tastiest donuts I've had. Standard donuts done perfectly.
post #2241 of 2306
You probably lucked out - I don't think you missed much not having dinner at LH. It's not bad by any means. They have some great, fun drinks. But for the most part they're serving the exact same bacon- , mac & cheese-, and kale-centered small plates as 65% of the other restaurants in town. They're generally well done, tasty, and a perfectly good option if you want decent food you can share among a group of friends. But I certainly haven't had anything there that makes me go, "Wow, we should definitely go back to Laurel Hardware, because they serve that amazing ____ that nobody else can touch."
post #2242 of 2306
I knew that's what we were in store and we actually went there for the scene but since we were hungry we thought why not. I know we didn't miss anything.

Probably hit hatfields at the rec of my dentist and get me some chi spacca in a couple weeks. Just trying to catch up to places I've been wanting to check out for a long while.
post #2243 of 2306
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

When we left we ended up at sk donuts which I've been wanting to try for awhile and fuck me those were some of the tastiest donuts I've had.

Haven't been to Laurel for precisely the reasons you and LD pointed out. SK donuts however, are, agreed.... amazing! nod[1].gif
post #2244 of 2306
Salt's Cure is one of our favorite brunch spots in LA. They don't do anything crazy, but they do the simple things really well. Oatmeal griddle cakes with apple brown butter are superb.

Also, SK's is killer. Sounds like you had a good night.
post #2245 of 2306
^yes sir, hit sk again last night chocolate bar is ridic

had GTA again, love how fast the food comes out without all that restaurant bullshit

had the guanciale pizza again, my fav pie

porchette sandwich and brisket banh mi, the latter was just outstanding must go back just for that
post #2246 of 2306
Advice needed! Italian restuarant recs!
My brother is back from overseas and is taking my family out to dinner before he leaves again (we haven't had a full family dinner is YEARS). Being the traditional Asian parents that they are, their favorite restaurants are IHOP, Chinese food from SGV, and if they are feeling fancy, Olive Garden (they love Italian). We decided on exposing them to an Italian restaurant that they would have never opted to go to, but would still enjoy. That said, I've come up with this list:

Baco Mercat
Bucato
Sotto
Gjelina
Tasting Kitchen
Factory Kitchen
Alimento
Superba Snack Bar
Scopa Italian Roots
Angelini Osteria
Scarpetta

I personnally would go for Baco Mercat, Sotto, or Gjelina.
But I think Angelini Osteria, Tasting Kitchen, or Factory Kitchen would be more my parents' speed/safe. Any recommendations?

My number 1 choice was Bestia, but that place is always booked
post #2247 of 2306
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Originally Posted by CityHunter View Post

Advice needed! Italian restuarant recs!
My brother is back from overseas and is taking my family out to dinner before he leaves again (we haven't had a full family dinner is YEARS). Being the traditional Asian parents that they are, their favorite restaurants are IHOP, Chinese food from SGV, and if they are feeling fancy, Olive Garden (they love Italian). We decided on exposing them to an Italian restaurant that they would have never opted to go to, but would still enjoy. That said, I've come up with this list:

Baco Mercat
Bucato
Sotto
Gjelina
Tasting Kitchen
Factory Kitchen
Alimento
Superba Snack Bar
Scopa Italian Roots
Angelini Osteria
Scarpetta

I personnally would go for Baco Mercat, Sotto, or Gjelina.
But I think Angelini Osteria, Tasting Kitchen, or Factory Kitchen would be more my parents' speed/safe. Any recommendations?

My number 1 choice was Bestia, but that place is always booked

Do you really mean Italian, or do you just mean someplace that serves pasta and/or pizza? Because I don't think of Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen, or Superba as Italian by an stretch. (Pretty sure that's true of Baco Mercat as well, although I haven't made it there yet.)
If you wanted to go Italian in the Venice area (sort of as replacements for those three on the list) there's Ado and Honoria. Valentino is Valentino - not knowing your folks, they could really enjoy, or be really intimidated by, the gracious old school service.
post #2248 of 2306
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Do you really mean Italian, or do you just mean someplace that serves pasta and/or pizza? Because I don't think of Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen, or Superba as Italian by an stretch. (Pretty sure that's true of Baco Mercat as well, although I haven't made it there yet.)
If you wanted to go Italian in the Venice area (sort of as replacements for those three on the list) there's Ado and Honoria. Valentino is Valentino - not knowing your folks, they could really enjoy, or be really intimidated by, the gracious old school service.

To be honest, I didn't do THAT much research...I just started compiling a list of restaurants that (I believed) had Italian elements - I know Glenlina has some pizzas, apparently Superba has good pasta according to some internet list (I wouldn't know, I've only eaten there for brunch), and I liked Baco Mercat for lunch...but I have't been there for a while and I assumed their dinner was more Italian. Meh.

Anyway, definitely going to look up Ado, Honoria, and Valentino - thanks @lawyerdad !
post #2249 of 2306
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Originally Posted by CityHunter View Post

To be honest, I didn't do THAT much research...I just started compiling a list of restaurants that (I believed) had Italian elements - I know Glenlina has some pizzas, apparently Superba has good pasta according to some internet list (I wouldn't know, I've only eaten there for brunch), and I liked Baco Mercat for lunch...but I have't been there for a while and I assumed their dinner was more Italian. Meh.

Anyway, definitely going to look up Ado, Honoria, and Valentino - thanks @lawyerdad !

NP. Also, while Gjelina -- Italian or not -- is great, it's always crowded and busy, and the service is hit-or-miss. Again, I don't know your folks, but it wouldn't be at the top of my list of places to take parents.
post #2250 of 2306
What about Bestia? I've heard good things.

edit: Ok, saw you mentioned that, forget it.
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