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Comments on restaurant selection for an Xmas/New Years trip to LA and Palm Springs

CarNut | Dec 6, 201302:05 PM

We're escaping Toronto for 9 nights over Christmas and New Years and have made reservations at the following restaurants. I would welcome any comments (and critiques!) as well as a suggestion for a LOW KEY restaurant for dinner on NYE in Palm Springs.

Due to my partner's physical limitations, we need to be able to make reservations and can't do places with bar seating or communal tables. Would have loved to try a Roy Choi place, but I couldn't find any that would work for us.

December 25 - Want easy and close by (staying in Westwood), so if Shamshiri Grill is open, that's where we're going. Otherwise, it will be The Backyard in our hotel (W L.A.).

December 26 - AOC. Having enjoyed Lucques a few times over the years, wanted to give this place a try.

December 27 - Pizzeria Mozza. Going here based mostly on the chopped salad (which is hard to find in Canada), though we have generally enjoyed the rest of the food as well.

December 28 - Manhattan Beach Post, based mostly on recommendations and a decent looking cocktail list.

December 29 - Bestia. Been reading too much about this place not to try it. And wanted to compare it for ourselves to Pizzeria Mozza.

December 30. Workshop Kitchen & Bar (PS). Once again, based on recommendations and a decent looking cocktail list (notice a theme?)

December 31 - suggestions, please for somewhere downtown Palm Springs. We thought of Matchbox, but didn't have a great meal there last time. Also looked at Trio, Spencers, and Tinto, but none of them would work (Trio is a set menu, Spencers didn't look interesting and Tinto would require a cab).

January 1. Birba (PS). Menu seemed interesting.

January 2 - back in LA and no plans yet.

Thanks for any feedback!

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