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My reviews from LA (long)

Kathy P | Sep 20, 200411:25 PM

thank you for all the recommendations. We had a great time this weekend.
Friday we had lunch at Versailles on La Cienega. I have one word......AWESOME! I had the specialty...garlic chicken. It was incredible! The chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside, and juicy inside. The garlic sauce it was resting in was so rich, I got a migraine after I ate. My husband had the lamb, which was also wonderfully flavorful. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to try something different. I was impressed at how big the menu was...I just assumed they would only have a few things. I was wrong.
Dinner Friday was at Dar Maghreb. A small Moroccan place on Sunset. Another great choice. The ambiance was great and the food was even better. You start off with a traditional hand washing ceremony at your table and our server explained the menu and how the food would be served.
The first course, salad/soup was so good, I couldn't stop picking at it. The salad consisted of carrots, bell peppers and eggplant. (I don't even like eggplant, but this was wondeful)
The 2nd course was B'stilla which is a kind of sweet chicken pie. It's covered in powdered sugar and cinnamon. What a treat! It was one of the most interesting things I've eaten in a long time.
We had the lemon chicken as the 3rd course and it was equally as good. At this point I was getting full, but I kept going because everything was so good.
The 4th course was the honey lamb. I was very full at this point, but again, I couldn't stop eating. The lamb was served with stewd prunes and raisins. WONDERFUL!
The 5th course was couscous with veggies. I couldn't even try to eat that..I was way too full. I did try it, and it was just cous cous....nothing special.
The 6th course was Cookies and tea. The cookies look like honey-drenched funnel cakes, only realy crunchy.
The tea was hot and sweet and poured about 3 feet above the table, into small glasses. It was very cool.
The 7th course was the belly dancer. She was great too. I would recommend this place to visitors or anyone who wants a different experience. Great place.
Saturday was dinner at The Lobster on the Santa Monica pier. Crowded and the tables are very close together, but the food again was great. We started off with the Ahi carpaccio, which was perfect. The sesame seeds on top gave it a nice taste and crunch.
Followed by lobster bisque that was in my opinion, just okay.
My husband had steamed lobster which was...lobster. Nothing special...but I had the scallops in a lobster bisque sauce that was out of this world! The scallops were cooked to perfection, and tasted like butter. I was very happy with my selection that night. The service left a little to be desired, but the food made up for it.
For dessert we had a port wine and the double chocolate cupcake with ice cream. Again, the dessert was just okay.
Sunday was a late lunch at Pinks. I had to go there. The line was long and it took an hour to order the food, but it was really good. I had a 12" jalapeno dog with mustard, onions chili and guac. AWESOME! The thing was HUGE! Eddie had the Martha Stewart dog that had bacon, onions, sour cream, tomatoes, relish and sauerkraut. That was also good. I know it's a cliche' but I just had to eat there.
So all in all, we had a great time eating all over LA. I can't wait to come back and do it all over again!
Thanx again for all your help!

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