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lori | Aug 11, 200502:32 PM

Hello! Been doing some interesting reading on this sight. Seems full of very knowledgable people. Am coming to LA next week for a seminar that is unfortunately being held at the Hilton LAX, so we won't be near anything, and we won't be renting a car. We've got plans to go with a small group to Border Grill in Santa Monica one night. (seemed the best fit for the varied tastes in the group, plus we have free transportation there).
Only a couple of us want to venture out Saturday night for a good LA-experience type of restaurant. In the past, we've done Spago (a couple times), The Ivy, Chinois and a few others. We won't want Mexican again, and my friend isn't into sushi and other Asian cuisines (which seem to be some of the trendier hot spots). We also will not have free transportation that night, so we'll want to keep our cab costs somewhat reasonable.
A few suggestions that we are currently considering are The Lobster, The Brentwood, The Buffalo Club, and Giorgio Baldi. Any comments about any of these places? Suggestions? Thanks!

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