Many thanks to the LA Hounds who offered advice back in August for my October trip. Lots of good advice, much of which I was able to act upon. Special thanks to Eating Rite and a.mail8.
More or less in the order experienced: El Cholo on Western provided a friendly atmosphere, decent first meal, and an outstanding margarita.
Breakfasts at the Farmer's Market were a daily treat; Kokomo and Creperie being particular favorites.
Water Grill was a fantastic splurge. Other posts have bemoaned the loss of a former chef, but, absent that point of reference, I was still astounded by my John Dorry (and daughter's salmon)- high quality, very well prepared. Great raw clams and oysters, good drinks, great wine selection.
Pinks. Maybe better experienced late at night, half loaded. In the light of day, it was one messy chili dog ... Can at least say I've been there ...
Spago in Beverly Hills - another splurge (lunch), but also very well worth it. Being nobody and getting VIP treatment ain't too bad ... nor was the lobster salad.
Yamishiro beat the old dictum that the better the view, the worse the food. View was spectacular, food (seared tuna, roasted beet salad) less so, but still very good. Service was a little jerky, but we chose to view it as "endearing."
Arnie Morton's downtown served good steaks, outstanding wine list. The preview of raw meat wrapped in plastic and raw veggies is odd ... c'mon, I mean, it was not the first time we've seen or eaten food !
Quibbles / regrets: Water Grill might do a better job of promoting salads or sides. One gets what one orders, and nothing more. Didn't get to Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, nor did I get a fish taco; not that it would take much, but there are two reasons to return!
Again, LA - thanks for all of the tips!