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My rainy trip to L.A. - with capsule reviews (long)


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My rainy trip to L.A. - with capsule reviews (long)

Jim A. | Feb 21, 2005 02:10 PM

I love visiting L.A. and was really excited to be there last Thursday - Saturday. Despite the weather, had some outstanding food:

Thursday lunch - Blue on Blue at the Avalon Hotel on Olympic. What a great way to start my trip - delicious carrot/squash curry soup and a steak salad with high grade, tender, flavorful beef. Love their pomegranite margaritas. Wonderful.

Thursday dinner - Chi at the Hyatt on Sunset. This was a pleasant surprise - the food was outstanding! The crab cake appretizer was served in a delicious aioli (really good) and my entree, the butter roasted sea bass, was melt in your mouth tender in a subdued lemongrass broth. The only negative is that the bar scene starts to spill over into the dining area after about 9:00, and it gets loud. Personally, that didn't bother me much.

Friday lunch - Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian. Started with one of the best things I've ever tasted, hoisin duck tacos with avocado relish (aka guacamole). I loved every bite. Many people have raved about their calamari salad with citrus dressing, and I too, found it very good, but the dressing was a little TOO subdued. LOTS of calamari though! Nice experience.

Friday dinner - Diner at The Standard (where I stayed). In my humble opinion this is the best hamburger in America and on this visit they did not disappoint. Every bite was heavenly. Great fries too!

Saturday lunch - In and Out Burger on Sunset. The complete opposite of The Standard. This has got to be the most overrated burger in America. I don't see why so many people rave about it. Flavorless. Like eating cardboard. Through freshly cut, the fries were awful. I've heard so much about this place, but it was a real letdown.

Saturday dinner - Goodfellas on Melrose. Subpar tourist trap Italian - avoid at all costs. Couldn't get into Angeli (will have to save for next trip) but compared to this we really should have gone to Louise's.

All in all, I had some wonderful dining experiences this weekend and I must save the best for last - everyone I met was so friendly! Thanks L.A.!

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