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Thanksgiving in LA - Trip Report

curiousgeo | Dec 2, 201304:03 PM

We spent a few days in LA over Thanksgiving, meeting up with our son who flew in from school in Colorado. Pretty nice weather, a bit of clouds and rain on Friday, but overall a pleasant trip.

We usually have a few favorite go to places, but opted to try new ones this time around and are glad we did. Our first dinner was at Kiriko in Santa Monica, a mid-range sushi restaurant. This is a great place and probably our favorite on the trip. Sat at the sushi bar and were wowed by the freshness of the selections. Their grilled black cod was fantastic, some of the best we've had. Nigiri sushi was buri, chuo toro, wild salmon, unagi, tako, ikura and a few rolls. Everything was delicious. Bought beer for the chefs and they sort of looked the other way whenever my son stole large gulps of beer from my glass. Enjoyed freshly brewed coffee around the corner, missed the name of the shop but it was excellent coffee, smooth and rich.

Lunch the next day was at the Farmers Market, gyros from Moishe's, cheap, fresh and filling. Dinner that night was at Pizzaria Mozza. Their chopped salad was nicely done and we really enjoyed the margherita and sausage-fennel pies. The clam pizza was disappointing though and I wouldn't order that again.

Thanksgiving day found us at Nate n Al's for brunch. We had French toast with fruit cup, the Hollywood (corned beef with coleslaw) and a hot pastrami on rye with potato salad. Everything was good, but I think we'll give Langer's and Phillipe's a try next time around. Still glad we finally got to eat here.

Dinner that evening was at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. The fresh kale salad with persimmons, gold raisins and toasted almonds was excellent, as was the blue crab cake appetizer. The roast turkey with sweet potato hash was very good, moist and juicy turkey and the hash a surprisingly tasty side, crispy on the outside, tender inside. Dessert was a maple bread pudding (fantastic!) and pumpkin french toast with cheesecake ice cream. A nice room with good service on this holiday night.

Lunch the next day was a quick one at In n Out in Westwood, our only repeat of the trip. Double doubles and fries, the place surprisingly empty since UCLA was on break. Our final meal of the trip was at Frida Mexican Cuisine on Beverly. Great guacamole and chips to start with cold beers, loved the heavy stone serving bowl. Dinners were enchilada tapatias, carnita tacos and the grilled skirt steak with enchilada plate. Everything was fresh and delicious, especially the skirt steak which was excellent. A nice, comfortable restaurant we will definitely return to again.

Thanks for all the suggestions, we had a great time!

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