Hello LA Hounds,
I will be up down to visit Los Angeles from January 14-16 to celebrate my 26th Birthday (main reason) to look at some museums and art. As a side note, I will be staying in Westwood and will have access to a car with GPS but don't want to travel too far away to get some good grub (I really hate traffic). However, my main reason for coming is the food so without further ado here is my potential food/restaurant list. All places are subject to debate except for Friday's dinner at Melisse.
Thursday Lunch (up to $10-15pp): Square One
I will be arriving in LA around noon straight from Fresno and will be in serious need of food. I am leaning towards Square One (or Alcove, Aroma, or Auntie Em's) because they will be serving both breakfast and lunch so I will have a wide range of choices. My partner in crime that will be with me likes savory and I can go either sweet or savory.
Thursday Dinner: Mitsuwa Marketplace for Santouka or Yai Restaurant (up to $10-20pp)
Very, very hard call on this dinner. I want to eat something Asian-influenced and love sushi (nigiri or sashimi, don't like rolls too much because of the sauces) but am planning to blow the budget at Melisse the following night. I like ramen (we have NONE in Fresno) and Thai food as well but don't know which to pick. I can handle spicy (not "Thai" spicy) and like small, local, neighborhood type places that serve good, authentic food.
Friday Breakfast(up to $10-15pp): John O’Groats
The last time I was in LA I fell in love with the pancakes and have vowed to eat my way through the pancake listing. I love the lemon curd and pumpkin the most, thinking blueberry or applesauce this time.
Friday Dinner: Melisse Restaurant
As I previously mentioned, this is the one reservation that is unchangeable since it is the "big" birthday dinner. I have read some really good reviews about the rotisserie chicken and know for sure that I will be ordering that as my main. Originally, I had reservations at Providence but a well-cooked chicken is probably one of the great joys in life and it sounds like Melisse knows how to do one right. I would appreciate suggestions on appetizers and desserts though.
Saturday Breakfast (up to $10-15pp): Urth Café in Santa Monica
I have heard a lot about Urth and the menu looks very good. My rationale for picking Urth in Santa Monica is that the menu offers a variety of portion sizes depending on how we are feeling the morning after Melisse (can go small, coffee and pastry or big like an egg dish) and is close to the ocean.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations, suggestions, or feedback.