I'm going to be visiting LA with my husband this September. I've been doing some research (on this site and others, as well as published guides) into the LA restaurant scene, and have discovered that there are so many great-sounding options that I'm now more confused than ever. So now I'm hoping that Chowhound's local experts might be able to give me a steer...
We're not necessarily looking for fine dining restaurants - we're more into good cooking, great ingredients and a buzzy atmosphere. That's not to say we're averse to spending money - the one restaurant we've already booked is n/naka, having read nothing but glowing reviews about the place.
I'm not hugely interested in exploring, for instance, the perfect French bistro or great classic Italian food - we've got lots of those restaurants in London. What we're after are great LA restaurants, those doing their own eclectic thing.
So far my shortlist includes Trois Mec (if I can get a table), Animal, Ink, Fifty Seven, Maude, Red Medecine, Gjelina, Lucques, AOC and Hinoki and the Bird.
We're going to be based in W Hollywood, but are happy to travel a bit, if necessary (apart from anything else, we're going to be touristing all over town).
We're going to be getting our fix of Mexican food on our trip down to LA, so that's not a priority (although I know there are some great Mexican places in LA too...)
Can anyone help me whittle down my shortlist? Is there anything that should be on the list that I've missed?
Thanks, in advance, for any advice and suggestions...