I am visiting from Chicago staying with family in Simi Valley. It has been many years since my last visit to the L.A. area, and I intend on spending at least a couple days in L.A. (probably in West L.A., Hollywood areas), and am looking for solid dining options. Nothing too fancy or expensive, as we will be traveling with a toddler (but no "kids" restaurants). I know it is a general request, but I am just looking for a restaurant that I will be impressed with, and will showcase what L.A. dining has to offer.
We do plan to visit the farmer's market one day for lunch.
Also, any recommendations for dining in, near, or on the way to Simi Valley (from LAX or L.A.) would be appreciated.