Had a great weekend in LA. Went there to eat, and eat we did. I had intended to try several pancake places, but my old favorite, the Griddle Cafe on Sunset kept pulling me back. Those pancakes are the best ever! We did get to John O'groats, and I had the applesauce pancakes -- verdict? eh.
Returned to Osteria Mozza. Great meal? yes. However, having had many great meals around the country and europe, nothing stood out. It was solid, tasty, but nothing exceptional. Service was very spotty in the beginning. We will not go back on future visits.
Gjelina in Venice -- maybe we ordered the wrong things -- turkey sandwich, cod sandwich and some sides -- again -- really nothing special. I'm surprised this place gets such amazing raves. Maybe I'm spoiled by great sandwich places in Philly.
Animal and Son of a Gun. Son of a Gun was one of the (2) best meals I have ever had. I say 2, because we went back 2 nights later. Animal was amazing too - but only had wine and beer, and a couple dishes weren't 10s. The pig ear and the duck were standouts for us. Son of a Gun's house fermented shandy -- hook me up to an iv. So delicious. The himachi, linguini and clams, escarole, shrimp toast, and oh my, that chicken sandwich -- I have dreams of that fried chicken sandwich. You cannot believe how good it is. The service was great, and we loved that both places provided the oppurtunity for so many tastes....
We are counting the days to more pancakes and fried chicken sandwiches....based on my above thoughts, and reccs for next time would be greatly appreciated!
Also, ps, had ice cream sandwiches at MILK and Coolhaus -- both amazing! Coolhaus edges out with better ice cream, but the PB cookies at MILK were stellar! We love LA!