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The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by driveslowk, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    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."
     
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    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.
     
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    Haven't been to Laurel for precisely the reasons you and LD pointed out. SK donuts however, are, agreed.... amazing! :nodding:
     
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    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.
     
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    jet Senior member

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    ^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
     
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    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
     
  7. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    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.
     
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    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 !
     
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    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.
     
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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What about Bestia? I've heard good things.

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

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    without knowing your parents or other parameters -- geography, cost, etc -- i'd probably rule out scarpetta (too bh), superba (too hipster), tasting kitchen (ditto) Gjelina (ditto), Bucato (ditto) and baco (not really italian and kind of crowded and noisy for a family dinner). if it was my choice, I'd probably (again, depending on geography) go for angelini (great food, but kind of small), Alimento (haven't been yet, but steve's a goodcook) and would probably end up at Factory Kitchen. it's downtown, over by bestia, and the food is really, really terrific. service is very friendly, not at all offputting. the chef is the guy who ran valentino's kitchen during its heyday. it's great food but should be comfortable enough they won't feel weird.
     
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    jet Senior member

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    there's a reason this guy's name is foodguy
     
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    you mean besides the 38 waist?


    haven't eaten there enough to like it. i think it's the kind of place that has to grow on you. but a lot of my friends who are really good cooks love it, so ... but that is a good suggestion for OP if they're looking mid-Wilshire.
    SVB, have you been to maccheroni republic? i actually thought i saw you standing in line at guisados the other day.
     
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    jet Senior member

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    are there any restaurants that you know of that are cigar friendly? always good to have a list
     
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    this isn't 1995 man. get current.
    sheesh. kids.
    anyplace with an outdoor patio (not gjelina-like, because that's more of a courtyard).
     
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    haha, there are two restaurants in oc that are very cigar friendly thought maybe you'd have the inside connect
     
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  18. AloysiusSF

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    really enjoyed reading this assessment, feels spot on to me for the places i've been to.

    Cityhunter -- I very enthusiastically +1 the recommendation of Factory Kitchen for a family dinner with your parents (over both bestia and terroni dtla)

    i ate there for the first time this past sunday, and was surprised at how not scene-y the vibe was for a newer DTLA spot (vs. bestia and to a lesser extent terroni) - I think it's pretty ideal for taking your asian parents - there were several families dining when i went there with my gf (although we did go on the earlier side with a 6.30 res) -- fwiw, i'm also asian and would feel good about taking my mid-60s korean parents there

    food also is imo (and echoing food guy) excellent - the pastas i felt were on par if not better than bestia, and exceeded those of terroni - flatbreads were also shockingly delicious
     
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  19. djblisk

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    Anybody been to Q?
     
  20. foodguy

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    Good. we've decided he's taking them to Factory Kitchen. Must-order: Mandilli, focaccia di recco (they call it something slightly different), porchetta. drink barbera. have fun.
     
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