We're spending a few days out there at xmas time. From my past experiences and the dearth of postings on this board, my food experience is looking bleak.
PLEASE GIVE ME SOME HOPE!
What I'm looking for are some non-chain (unless uniquely regional) restaurants for lunch or dinner. Nothing family style but nothing formal, high-fashion and fussy - a nice bistro style place. No particular cuisine restrictions. Price wise, we'll be maxxing out at $30/head with no alcohol.
I don't know the area at all - so locations are good. Since LA is the land of driving - I guess I'd be willing to drive 30-45 mins.
Also, would love to have some suggestions for any interesting neighborhoods to visit or things to see in the area.