I haven't really had a knock your sox off food expereince in LA (expect for a burrito near LAX, served in a converted parking lot, but I digress). Been to a bunch of Wolfgang Puck places like the one in Bevery Hills, Chinois on Main, then to Jiraffe, some other old famous place in Santa Monica that had good cocktails, etc. but never really thought the food was that impressive. Good quality, competently prepared, but not cutting edge. Maybe the people I know in LA were bringing me to the places that are famous, rather than the places that are really good. So now, I'll ask the hounds.
Back in LA in a week, and one night to do a really good meal. Any suggestions? Favorites to date are Alinea in Chicago, 11 Mad, and Jean Georges in NYC.