I moved recently and am enjoying the best perk of all: exploring a whole new world of local eating. Here's one of the first....
Mom was in town, she loves French food, so we hit La Brasserie for a fantastic meal at a remarkable price. We shared an order of pesto-drenched escargots, pike quenelles with Nantua sauce and a "hanging tender steak" (aka onglet/hanger steak), cooked rare and topped with carmelized onions - the meat in particular was fabulous, meltingly soft and flavorful. We shared profiteroles for dessert, and even the truly excessive chocolate sauce couldn't disguise the near-perfect pastry involved. I am a pastry-holic, and forgive just about any transgression for good pastry. Service was great, relaxed, casual and courteous; the waitstaff seems to be exclusively French. Indeed, everything about La Brasserie is tres authentically French (well, apart from being located underneath a "Welcome Home Suge Knight" billboard at a busy intersection in Beverly Hills-ish).
All this, with an above average bottle of merlot ($26, French, one of their least expensive) came to about $70. We walked away feeling like we'd hit the jackpot.
They also have monthly wine tastings and special events, as well as happy hour specials and brunch. I'll definitely be back and will keep posting my finds!