We went to Americana yesterday for the first time (I know, I know) and had lunch at Frida. Spent over $100 for 3 people on mediocre Mexican food. Shoulda known better. But how about Langham Huntington Hotel for lunch, formerly Ritz, a special occasion a few months ago, expensive for a barely average meal? (note that the hotel public areas looked a little worn compared to old times, as well). There have been more of these experiences than I care to remember.
To be positive, we enjoyed lunch at Anisette recently which seemed a good value for the excellent quality. But that's in Santa Monica (traffic & gas). We also enjoyed Wilshire for another occasion a few months ago.
But the pricey, blah food experiences are painful these days, & though I enjoying cooking a lot, I really appreciate meals out for the occasional break.
But what to do?? Anyone else feeling this way? How can you be sure your money won't be wasted?
I would appreciate any new recs for areas near Mt. Washington for delicious meals which don't break the bank during these times. Nice ambiance is appreciated. TIA