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Seeking local opinions about our LA adventure

Rick Hannon | Jul 31, 200309:02 PM

My wife and I ventured to LA about a week ago to help our daughter get settled into an apartment for her sophmore year at USC. We live in Upstate New York, and, sad to say, made no advance plans re: places we'd be eating. We just kind of took a place nearby when we got hungry. That random effort notwithstanding, we had no bad meals and some very good ones. We'd be interested in opinions of those more familiar with these places (and willing to suggest alternatives - we hope to get back to visit from time to time). Most of these are in (I think) Manhattan Beach:

Good Stuff, Noah's Bagels, the Kettle, and Uncle Bill's: all breakfast places. All fine. The custom of offering a couple of muffins rather than toast was new to us. Kind of a filling way to go, but I'm kind of a fill-me-up guy ... Liked the philosophy of Good Stuff, but an egg white omelette is still an egg white omelette. In that Noah's touts its NY-style bagels, it was as much a tase of home for us as anything.

Chevy's (Burbank ?) and Houston's are chains that we have seen in NY. Both were good, the former for Mexican, the latter for entree salads.

The Daily Grill was OK, maybe the weakest dinner place we tried. Nothing wrong, exactly, nothing wonderful, etiher.

Micci's was reportedly a huge hit. My knowledge is second-hand, as I wandered the town (M.Beach) looking fruitlessly for a parking space after having dropped off wife and daughter. Went back to the hotel and sulked, tried to play the "guilt" card for the rest of the week (also w/ no success).

Best meal was Flemings (Flemmings ?), a steak house. A bit pricy for what one got, but great beef and outstanding wine selection (by the glass).

Your comments are welcome. If you ever are coming to Upstate NY, I'd be happy to direct you to the best "white hots" in town ...(you don't want to know ...)

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