Hello LA Hounds,
I will be traveling in Southern California, Mid-January (15-17) for my birthday weekend to take in some museums and art galleries. I booked a reservation for Providence today for one of my dinners but was wondering if there are any other dining opportunities I shouldn't miss. Being from a culinary wasteland (Fresno) I jump at any opportunity I can to get good food. I will be traveling with a significant other who has never had the joy of fine dining in a Michelin-Starred restaurant. We have been to Lucques and loved it so I am looking along the lines of the same kind of food but am open to try anything.
Planning to stay down in the Long Beach area, which is equidistant, for our potential plans as they develop and we will have a car so driving isn't a huge deal. I was looking at the 5-course ($85) and wouldn't want to exceed this limit at any other restaurant. We both love French food (last time we tried Le Petit and were happy) as well and I was looking at the Menu Seduction for Ortolan as well, just to give a reference of the food we like. As I said before however, we love all food types/styles.
Regarding the breakfast/brunch, I love the pancakes at John O'Groats and will be going there at least one day for that pleaser, and Uncles Bill's as well. But I would like to know of any other great spots for a Saturday morning in the Long Beach area or within 5-or-so miles of that area near the freeway. I want to try a new spot, I am the sweet type & the SO is savory but we share and will go either way if something catches our eye!
Thanks in Advance for your feedback!