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Boston Hound Seeks L.A. Food Itinerary Advice

Tennyson | Mar 27, 200811:21 AM

My wife and I and our two kids (twins, age 11) will be in L.A. for six nights in April. My kids are pretty adventurous eaters. So far, we've made reservations at the following:

Patina (going to concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall; dinner before concert)
Pizzeria Mozza
Joe's (going to be hanging out in Venice that day, then having early dinner at Joe's)

So we have two more nights to fill and am looking for places that are uniquely L.A. and unlike what we can get in Boston or NYC. I am thinking of Mexican on one of these nights, possibly Monte Alban or Babita, and Japanese the other. But I'm not wedded to these and would love any other suggestions. For Japanese, I am interested in a place with good food but which also has a hip atmosphere with celebrity-sighting potential -- I think that would be fun for the kids and would be an environment they are not likely to encounter in Boston. It doesn't have to be Urasawa quality (not sure any of us have a sufficient appreciation for sushi to warrant the expense) but would at least like food to be solid. I know Koi is an obvious choice but I've heard the food isn't that good. Others have recommended Katsuya (Brentwood or Hollywood??). Would appreciate any thoughts on this.

Thanks very much!

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