With some knowledge, it's pretty easy to figure out which restaurant fare conforms best to certain diets. I have no lack of knowledge in this department.
What I do wonder, though, is those of you who've done plenty of South Beach Diet-ing... which establishments in L.A. were your very favorite for taste and the range of menu options that lent themselves easily to the diet? (In any price range from cheapo on up.) Especially on the Westside.
For anyone unfamiliar with it, South Beach leans heavy on lean fish and meats and fresh nonstarchy veggies. It favors olive and canola oils, albeit sparingly, and avoids 'the white stuff' and full-fat cheeses and fruits, for the starter phases at least.
I did browse through the South Beach Diet Dining Guide, which has a section on chains and also a small section on L.A. restaurants.
I want to avoid the places with, for instance, anemic salads that aren't really palatable unless loaded with dressing. I'd prefer some really terrific greens and tasty veggies in that department, to which dressing or any other addition is just an enhancement to an already-great plate, or for some could be unnecessary.