Hey Chowhounds -
My and my BF's families will be descending upon us Thanksgiving week for our first big visit (parents, siblings, grandparents, the whole shebang!) since moving to Marina Del Rey this past July. We've managed to infiltrate the LA restaurant scene quite nicely as one might expect of diehard Chicago foodies, but I was hoping to score some reco's for the week's dining destinations.
Wed. night: (MY BIRTHDAY!)
I was thinking we'd do the Wednesday farmers market 3-course prix fixe dinner at Josie in Santa Monica to celebrate my birthday. I was also considering JiRaffe in SM, as well as Lucques and Table 8, but I'm pretty convinced I want to keep it local so I'm probably not considering the latter two that seriously. Any thoughts?
Thurs: (THANKSGIVING - dinner at our house cooked by none other than BF's brother who also happens to be CIA-grad, Gramercy Tavern alum chef - yay!)
I'd like to take the crew for a nice oceanfront lunch in Malibu. Both Geoffrey's and Moonshadows look nice - can anyone give me the lowdown on either of these options in terms of views, food, atmosphere, prices, etc. I have seen both websites, but the jury's still out for me on this as I've seen mixed reviews for both on Citysearch. I'd also like to keep the lunch relatively in control spending wise. Seems like Moonshadows is the more economically-friendly of the two, and as such, am leaning towards it. I've heard good things about Paradise Cove, but I think it might be a little too casual for what I'm going for?
Fri. eve or Sat: SUSHI!
I want to show our families how awesome the sushi in LA is. (All big sushiphiles!!)
BF and I have not explored much as yet beyond our neighborhood spots (Kifune, Kaya and Hama), but we've been to Kiriko two times and love it there.
Any reco's for the best sushi in LA w/o the Urasawa pricetags? With so many to choose from, I don't know where to begin. We generally go for high quality fish (of course), nice selection, innovative/inventive offerings, etc. Again, hoping to take them somewhere that will impress but not break the bank, which is so easy to do when it comes to sushi.
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY AND ALL INSIGHTS!! :)