My family and I spent 3 nights in LA on a college visit and I wanted to report back and also thank LA hounds for their help.
The weather reports initially said cold and rainy over our visit, but only the first night had a bit of rain, the rest of our stay was sunny, although slightly chilly for southern California. Dinner our first night was a return to Sushi Masu. I had planned on Kiriko but was out voted, which I really didn't mind as our last meal at Masu was very good. We again sat in front of Shacho Masu and he treated us to a fine meal. His fish is very fresh and delicious and his rice is still some of the best I've tasted. His only comment to us (said with a grin) was that my son eats only western style sushi, California roll, Unagi Avocado roll, etc. But everyone enjoyed the food and service.
Brunch the next day was at John O'Groats, an unplanned stop. I had intended to take everyone to Nate n Al's but the LA Marathon was running and it was too much of a hassle to go so far around when we were staying so close. Omelets, pancakes, biscuits and coffee at O'Groats were a nice alternative under the circumstances.
Dinner was at Guido's in Santa Monica. Now I'm the one recently who asked about Italian restaurants in the BH or SM area, Toscana, Il Pastaio and Vito's. There was a lot of interesting comments and opinions, but when I showed Guido's to the family, everyone said let's give it a try. Now old school and comfort food come to mind when I think of Guido's and it did not disappoint us. We had salads, pasta bolognaise, eggplant parmigiana and veal saltimboca. Very well prepared food and delicious. I loved the pictures in the hallway with young Sean Penn, Tom Selleck, Harrison Ford and Arnold with his long hair! This must have been a real celebrity hangout in the 80's.
Lunch the next day was In n Out where I tried my first double double. I usually get the double meat, but this time I said what the heck, I have to say I've eaten it at least once. Great burgers, fries and shakes as always.
Our final dinner was at Gilbert's El Indio in Santa Monica. A nice, very popular neighborhood spot, almost a hole in the wall if you know what I mean. We all loved the place, delicious chips and guacamole, wife had the beef taquitos, son and I had the classic beef taco and enchilada plate with beans and rice. With a couple of cold Coronas I was extremely satisfied with Gilbert's, no more El Cholo for these LA visitors. Thanks again for all your suggestions. I'm slowly making my way down my list.