Friday 9am to Sunday 2pm
Milo and Olive: Sat at the counter. The Croque Milo was excellent, as was the Sweet Cream Brioche that Max recommended -- thanks!
Urth Caffe (SM): Expected it to be all scene and no substance, but they knocked out a surprisingly good macchiato.
Mori Sushi: Arrived promptly at 11:45am for a reservation and was the only person there. I guess folks in LA eat late? Was shown to the very left of the bar in front of a really affable itamae (not Maru-san, but no complaints here, this guy was stellar). Asked for nigiri omakase and said that I eat everything, which I then proceeded to do. All courses plus two extra rounds of kohada and buri, then whipped tofu dessert. Heaven. The rice really is as amazing as everyone says it is. If I'm to judge only on the sushi, this was a notch above Urasawa. I'll have to return to try the cooked dishes too. BTW to the three guys from Douche Canoe, Inc. who showed up, sat at the bar for omakase and then asked for the kappa-maki...I have no words...
Too full to make it to Amandine and Short Cake.
Lawry's: Diamond Jim Brady cut, face plant into creamed corn.
Intelligentsia (SL): Fantastic espresso, mocha and almond croissant. And a great place to read the paper at 6am.
Sycamore Kitchen: The Pork Belly Hash rendered me immobile.
LACMA Cafe: Another fantastic Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso. Thoroughly enjoyed the Kubrick exhibition.
The Crow Bar and Kitchen (OC): Intended to go to The Playground but it was closed (mid-afternoon), so ended up here. The Black Label Burger and duck fat fries did the trick.
Animal: Walked in Saturday night and got lucky with an open seat at the counter. Really enjoyed this, highly recommended for solo dining. Had the Hamachi Tostada (fabulous), Pig Ear (tasty), Crispy Pig Head (worth the wait, thanks Michael!) and Sticky Toffee Pudding (OMFG). Many thanks to Jeff behind the counter for the suggestions!
Urth Caffe (BH): Terrible cappuccino, but a stellar chocolate croissant.
Square One Dining: Braised mustard and collard greens with mushrooms and gruyere on grits, two pieces of thick-cut bacon. That pig died for a good cause.
Handsome Coffee Roasters: Mocha and espresso (Dapper), probably my favorite coffee of the trip. Did not get to try the Egg Slut.
Mother Moo: Salty Chocolate was good, if subtle (moreso than the Salted Caramel at Bi-Rite). But the Ginger was out of this world! Was denied candied ginger to-go. Left with a jar of Mothercluck's Three-Citrus marmelade (all gone...anyone want to mail me some?).
Milo and Olive, 2723 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
Urth Caffe, 2327 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
Mori Sushi, 11500 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064
Lawry's, 1011 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90015
Intelligentsia, 3922 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90029
Sycamore Kitchen, 143 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Crow Bar and Kitchen, 325 East Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Animal, 435 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90048
Urth Caffe, 267 S Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Square One Dining, 4854 Fountain Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029
Handsome Coffee Roasters, 582 Mateo St Los Angeles, CA 90013
Mother Moo Creamery, 17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre, CA 91024