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Quintessential LA?

Tom P | Jul 12, 2001 09:52 PM

I have a good friend coming to LA with his wife for a very quick visit. I get to take them out to dinner just one night. While there is no shortage of restaurants I love, I have a list a mile long - I was curious how fellow chowhounds would answer this question (and give me some ideas in the process ) :

If you could bring out of town guests to only one restaurant, and you wanted to give them a great feel/experience of LA, where would you bring them?

I don't necessarily mean the best food -- though it needs to be decent. Nor is price important -- cheap or expensive is fine. I can't make up my mind. I don't necessarily want to bring them to a personal favorite like Campanile or Luques, for although the food and service at such a restaurant are superior, I am not sure they typify 'LA." Would it be an LA institution like Musso's, El Cholo, Taylor's, El Coyote, etc? Or a place like Lawry's, Phillipe's or Empress Pavilion, something they are not likely to experience anywhere else? Or rather a place that just has an 'LA feel,' for lack of a better term? Obviously, this will change from person to person, depending on your view of our city. As I was trying to decide, I thought it might make for good Los Angeles Chowhound fodder.

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