I will be visiting LA in the middle of February with my family and have been browsing this board relatively frequently as of late trying to make meal plans. While I myself have been to town a couple times, this will be the first time with the family.
As my sister and mother are huge pancake fans, we're already planning to hit Griddle Cafe and Doughboys (I've been to both and simply want to take them for the laugh-out-loud audactiy of the menu) for Breakfasts. I've been to Toast and Square One already and although great, neither are as 'wow.'
Additionally, my sister is a big Wolfgang Puck fan and has made Spago a must-have.
My question is where to head for our other 3 meals, one of which is to be Italian (I've had Batali's cuisine in NYC and am leaning towards Mozza) and the others ideally sushi and something 'american-esque.' I tried Koi last year and was underwhelmed, Simon and was mildly impressed, and had C&O Trattoria which was good for a lunch on the beach.
We definitely want higher end places, albeit not overpriced with small portions (my mother, love her to death, isn't going to appreciate tiny portions and large pricetags, even if made with high end ingredients) and it would be ideal if the sushi option had 'other' dishes such as chicken.
In terms of price, trying to hit less than $70pp +tax and tip (not including alcohol) for each meal.
So far I was thinking Mastro's and Hokusai but also am interested in opinions for the "LA Experience" + decent portions + good food and atmosphere.