Love, love LA. We've been a bunch of times but not in the last couple of years. Really did my HW and have had a great time reading through these boards over the last few weeks; particularly loved the Detroit 'hound's query and all the ensuing responses. Very grateful for all the help picking a nice brunch (ugh) spot for a Saturday. Only have four full days with my husband and son in So Cal. Of course, I want to eat everything.
Thinking Chego before our Dodgers/ Mets game Friday night (obsessed with Roy Choi! Probably will be chasing the Kogi Truck for my 10-year-old chowpup. Like the menu at Chego more than A-Frame etc by the way) Gjelina for dinner with some cousins from Santa Monica, a Saturday brunch at One Pico with our Long Beach family ( chose ambiance over other menus that I like better only because I'm treating and wanted it to be extra nice. If it were just the three of us I would've gone to Sunny Side) Eggslut for a bfast, Ricky's Fish Tacos and Guisado's for snacks (heavy ones; we don't play) Lucques or Nobu Malibu for something snazzy. Briefly flirted with a Osteria Mozza but Batali and crew have such presence in New York City and we've been to all his places here many times. Seems like it might be a bit redundant for us even though Mr. Gold would probably disagree. We **have** to stop into Din Tai Fung because for a few years they would come to Flushing, Queens where I live, and set up shop at the local Sheraton and do their crazy ass XLB magic for a long weekend ( my XLB-obsessed kid swears he still remembers them and says nothing else has come even remotely close since. He was three at the time!) Hollywood's Night + Market also looks like something I would love, but we have some crazy good Thai back at home in Elmhurst. Not sure. Same deal with Langer's which looks scrumptious; I can go to Katz's and get something that's not so different. Animal doesn't really interest me. Neither does Providence. Spago's been done in the past just because it's iconic (happened to have an incredible meal there with my kid in a carriage between us. Chef Puck came out and greeted us. Jack Black and the crew from Saturday Night Live were behind us. Definitely memorable.) Will probably suck it up and take my kid back to Pink's because he loves it. And will try to find a way to stop into Scoops.
So even though I read through all of your passionate responses to our Detroit friend, I'm wondering if your advice would be any different for a food-savvy New Yorker. If not, no worries. If so, set me straight. I welcome the direction. BTW, We'll be staying at the Mirimar and doing all the touristy stuff so if you happen to think of things that are near particular destinations, please don't hesitate to share. My biggest nightmare involves being at some place like Mann's Chinese theater and feeling ravenous and not knowing where to go and begrudgingly ending up at some generic place ("My blood sugar is plummeting!" ) and then finding out two hours later that I was around the corner from something that was truly outrageous. You know you know what I'm talking about ;)