My boyfriend and I are heading to LA and need a few recommendations: two dinners, two brunches/lunches.
I know absolutely nothing about LA and, admittedly, have done minimal research. I am going to list my favorite restaurants/restaurant types in NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago. Please give Los Angeles suggestions that are along these lines (if you are familiar). If you haven't eaten at these places, I would describe them as not scene-y, ingredient-focused (duh), really warm and welcoming, pretty small, nice but not formal. No specific cuisine preference.
Chicago: Avec, Publican, Frontera Grill, Hot Chocolate, Takashi
San Francisco: Frances, SPQR, Locanda, Firefly, Bar Tartine
New York: Perilla, Little Owl, Momofuku, Joseph Leonard
Of course, these are rough guidelines (what I love!) but if there is something distinctly "LA" that might fit in here -- by all means, let us know. We are staying in Beverly Hills but have a car.