Couple traveling to LA from Chicago for a wedding next month with 2 days of meals to play with...want to experience great local flavors. Can you help?
We'll be staying downtown, but are willing to travel within reason for the best experiences. No need for fine dining recs. unless it is an absolute must try. We prefer sampling apps with cocktails at the bar to a formal meal. Might be nice to eat outside by the beach one night? Sushi is a preference too.
Oh, any specific dessert recommendations are especially welcome. We don't mind dining in one place and having dessert elsewhere.
We'll have 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts to plan...leaving lunch to chance, but feel free to toss out suggestions. Thanks in advance -- we promise a full report.