I'd love your advice about where to eat in LA's Miracle Mile/Grove/USC area. It's been 15 years since I've lived in Los Angeles and almost as long since I last visited the city.
My sister-in-law is graduating from USC next week and we've rented a place near the Miracle Mile/Grove. We've got a 4 year old and a 7 year old, both of whom are well-behaved, regularly eat at "nice" restaurants and eat almost everything (they're quite adventurous compared to typical little kids, as we regularly eat Indian, Fijian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Afghan, and comparatively bland but upscale "New Californian" etc.).
My mother-in-law researched and booked some of the meals already, so we just have 2 meals left to plan after they leave town. We need a reservation for 5-6 people, depending on who joins us. We are trying to stay near the Miracle Mile area because my 4 year old still naps and heads to bed early in the evenings.
So far, our other meals will be at Animal, Itacho, and Little Door. We need someplace for Fri. dinner and Sat. brunch/lunch before we hit the road to return up north.
I think Friday dinner should be sit-down meal, as opposed to picking up sandwiches (otherwise I'm tempted to get pastrami sandwiches or even go to Michael Voltaggio's Ink Sack just try it). But it doesn't have to be fancy. I'm even considering heading to K-town for some good Korean BBQ as I think Korean food is better in LA than SF/Oakland.
I wonder if there are any Latin American restaurants you'd recommend. I loved Versailles back in the 90s when I was at UCLA, but I think that's too far to travel.
I don't feel like any of the "standard" ethnic places: Mexican, Chinese, French, or Italian.
Is there some cuisine that is more difficult to get up here in NorCal that you'd recommend? Or something quintessentially "LA" that would be worth the drive?
Thanks in advance!