I'm a lifelong New Yorker and foodie. My wife's from LA, and we visit her parents often.
I've become frustrated by meals there. My in-laws love to go out to dinner, which is great. But we re-visit their favorites over and over, which are generally over-priced, over-flashy, and unexceptional foodwise.
As an NYC snob, I've always loved the endless restaurant options in the city, particularly the gems in virtually all neighborhoods with delicious food, regardless of scene, popularity, etc. From the authentic to the inventive, so many great options which my wife and I love to share in.
In LA, my experiences have (generally) been style over substance. (Exceptions are great breakfast spots, Mexican food, and of all things Jewish Deli's, which barely exist in NYC anymore).
But I've been reading for the past couple of years that the food scene has really improved in recent years, and that there are truly interesting and delicious new restaurants all over town.
So I'm looking for suggestions which the in-laws will find different from their usual scene; and my wife and I will find delicious and unique.
The big caveat is that my in-laws are - no better way to say this - REALLY "L.A.-ey" My mother in-law never orders anything as it's presented on the menu. She's like a Get Shorty caricature ... "I'll have the branzino, but simply grilled with no seasoning, and a leaf of steamed spinach." The father in-law is a sophisticated guy, but not with food. Rarely met an ingredient or menu item he's heard of. And worst of all, both of them - while not Kosher - don't really dig on the swine.
Anyway, lenghty description but hope it paints the picture. They're taking us out next week, and for once I'm allowed to suggest the place. Price not a big issue (just not looking for tasting menu kind of prices), nor location (hey, it's LA, we'll be in the car!!).
Thanks in advance...