In keeping with the slew of "mini-reviews," here is a summary of my experiences this long weekend - not so mini after all:
Angelini Osteria - I have been here several times, but this was one of my best experiences. As often happens when we have a late-ish reservation (9 PM), there was a significant (20 or so min) wait for our table. However, the hostess brought us to the counter to wait, and eventually we were offered a glass of wine, which was comped. Definite points there. We ended up with a nice table by the window. We started with the caprese, substituting burratta for fresh mozz., and also ordered the Affetiti Misti, but asked for just prosciutto--instead of the other meats--and the burrata. Both appetizers were incredible. The burrata was as good as it gets, and the amount of prosciutto I was given was astounding for the price (around $12). The caprese was delicious as well. For our entrees we had 2 pastas, which I think is what they do best. The bombolotti (sp?), which 'hounds always recommend, was good, but the pappardelle in a lamb ragu was out of this world. The pasta was so delicate, and the sauce was very flavorful. Wow. We finished with the glass of marscapone, which I always love. Gino, the manager, came over and talked to us for a while. He was just so charming - such a nice man. The only things that could have been better: (1) the wine - normally we order the Querciabella, which is reasonable and complements the food perfectly, but it was gone from the list. I do not recall what was recommended to us but it was not nearly as good (we usually do not want to spend more than $40 or so); and (2) the service - our waiter was just not engaging - seemed slightly bothered by questions and forgot things. Lucky for him (and his tip), Gino and the secondary staff made up for his shortcomings. All in all, I love this restaurant, and cannot wait to return (when I can get a reservation!). Total with wine and tax before tip: $118.
I finally, after reading endless reviews here, made it to Mako. My SO and I arrived in the middle of a ridiculous downpour, and sadly for us, the valet was nowhere to be found. The one night I actually want to valet... We waited 5 min., then gave up. Lucky for me, I was not the one who had to run down the block after parking. The good points -the food! We had the crispy oysters, which I liked but did not adore the way other hounds do, the tuna tataki salad, well dressed with tender tuna in a great marinade, the shrimp spring rolls - tasty as described here and I followed the advice I read about removing them from the dressing asap, the scallop carpaccio, which we enjoyed, the yellowtail sashimi, which was melted in our mouths, and the calamari salad, which was tender and in a yummy dressing. We ordered a VERY reasonable Vouvray from France - only $30. It went very well with the food. We finished with a nicely done macadamia tart and a cappucino. Like our dinner on Fri., the service could have used improvement. But this time it was really bad. Our server, while well-intentioned, was completely, and I mean completely, clueless. She admitted to having no input on any of the 3 bottles of wine we asked about, and mispronounced very simple terms. She also made many mistakes. Basically, she seemed like someone who should not be working in a restaurant of Mako's calibur. (For ex., when taking away our empty wine bottle - when we had finished all of our food - she said - "another bottle of this?" - we found that funny actually. Too much "up-sell" training!) But, we had a very nice time and the food was great. I will just hope for a different server next time. Total with food and tax: $95 approx.
In N Out - just read a post from someone who finds them overrated. Let me just say I am not one of them! Every month or so I indulge, and this weekend was one such time. Hit the spot.
We ordered take out from Agra Indian in Silver Lake. I must say - I LOVE Agra. Thank you, thank you 'hounds for telling me about this place, which is right by my house. So far we have had the chicken curry and the chicken mushroom balti. Such a great new find. I will be calling them a lot in the near future (remodeling our kitchen so cooking is out for a while).
Went to Dusty's. I really had a great first visit here, but today was a disaster. Server screwed up our order, soup took a half hour and only arrived after we asked about it. I ended up not getting my entree (could not wait for them to make the correct order). To make matters worse, the manager seemingly did not know the steps to take to get a frustrated customer to return (i.e., do not criticize the server, just take something off the check). However, the food there is generally good. Must have been an off day. I think I will stick to breakfast next time, as I really enjoyed their crepes last time I was there.