I've been on this board for HOURS and I am so stuck. We moved to LA in August and for some reason, we just can't find our fancy-schmancy groove. We've got a great Thai place, a great sub place (thanks for the Bay City tip), a great deli.
But in a half dozen tries, we have yet to find a really GREAT spendy restaurant. In New York, we loved Gramercy Tavern (mmm, braised bacon.) In Madison, we loved L'etoile. In Chicago, we loved Charlie Trotters & Tru. I still dream about a place in Boulder called (I think) the Kitchen. (Not all of these equally, though. GT would be my last meal choice, followed by L'etoile.)
L.A. has been a stumper. We're very fond of places that adapt to the seasons, places where the chef reinvents the menu daily or hourly. Places where a French influence tends be present in the menu or in the kitchen. Places that can adapt to my husband's severe wheat and dairy allergy, and my love of butter.
Los Angeles should be a paradise, but we keep striking out. Melisse freaked out when we mentioned Michael's allergy (the first French restaurant to ever react that way.) JIRaffe was nice, but a smidge boring. The Lobster fine, but nothing special. I think I'm forgetting a couple places in Venice that all blur together in my memory.
I've got a birthday coming up, and all I want is to be wowed. Wait, let me revise: I want to be wowed, and I want my husband to get home without experiencing severe abdominal cramps.
Sona seems great, but erratic. Erratic is not good for people with digestive problems.
Lucques seems solid, but no tasting menu.
Providence ... well, Providence seems like a strong maybe.
What say you, Chowhounds? Where should we celebrate my birthday? God knows, I've tried to make this decision on my own and failed utterly.
Thanks for reading!