My husband and I will be visiting LA for the first time at the end of May. We'll only have three nights in town, so we want our meals to be memorable. We're planning to do museums and such on Sunday, and the plan is to end up at Griffith Park late in the afternoon. We're staying near Sunset & Vine, so anyplace more-or-less close to either of those locations would be ideal logistically.
We're from Chicago and we visit NYC often, so we're familiar with and enjoy fairly sophisticated food (and simple, well-prepared food) from a variety of cultures and styles. We could handle one splurge meal this trip, but mainly we're pretty frugal.
We're not so much interested in "scenes," but if the food is good we're not above a bit of people-watching.
I'm allergic to shellfish, but other than that we have no major food restrictions.
LA seems to be really confusing for a newbie to get the hang of where to look for knowledgeable food recommendations, plus there's the complication of having to drive everywhere and not knowing how long it's going to take us to get where we want to go.
Any suggestions for this meal or any others (a Saturday afternoon through Monday morning) would be welcome.