I'm going to be staying with a buddy of mine and his wife in Sherman Oaks for a week, and as a thank you I want to take them out for a great meal.
While I'd love to say money's no object, it kind of is, but I'm willing to drop a couple of hundred on them (with alcohol) for something that's worth it. I'm a foodie - trained as a chef in NYC, worked in some fine dining here, and while i'm not a food snob - I enjoy a dirty water dog as much as foie gras - I like eating somewhere where I can say "Wow, never had that before!". But really as long as the meal is quality and made with love, I'm good. My friends, not quite as adventurous eaters, but appreciate a good meal. Pretty much open to all cuisines, and I love it hot and spicy.
I've heard great things about Mozza, and Ford's Filling Station,but where's a place to get a meal that you'd say to your friends "Oh when you're in LA you've GOT to go to _______"
Looking forward to hearing the recs