I'll be in LA in a few weeks meeting my mother who is *not* a chowhound. Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory suit her fine, as does staying home and eating frozen bagels with instant coffee. Maybe I was adopted.
We're staying with cousins in Brentwood, and I'll have time to visit friends in Venice and the Valley, who are more adventurous eaters but rarely go east of the 405 and are always on weird diets....
So on the one hand I've been scouring the board, looking for great, creative food from the SGV to East LA. And on the other, I'm already pushing my luck.
I have a reservation for the whole hog family dinner at Mozza, and suspect that will use up all my mom points for a year.
Planning to get to:
Musha or A-Frame (first night on my own)
Sweet Rose Creamery
Sunday I'm hoping to get a dinner reservation for LQ@Starry Kitchen, highly praised by Porthos and others. But if not, something midrange and fun, with a girlfriend.
Would love recs for: healthy lunches, great salads, bakeries, maybe an old-fashioned breakfast or tea. Preferably in the Brentwood/Santa Monica/Westwood/WLA vicinity. Nice atmosphere, outdoor seating, takes reservations or doesn't need them all wonderful. Lemonade? Coral Tree Cafe?
I'm tempted to stop by Monte Alban since we don't have good Oaxacan in Northern California (will Mom eat mole if I tell her it's chocolate?). I love great Thai, but unlikely I'll get to Thaitown. Not looking for ramen, Indian, or Italian, and always looking for things that are better in LA than San Francisco (whatever those might be).
Highlights from my last LA trip: Kogi, Mariscos Chente, Pizzeria Mozza, the Venice farmer's market. I know LA pretty well, am not afraid to drive, and prefer snacks and ethnic food to brunch lines.
Thanks for all and any ideas.
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Coral Tree Cafe
11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA
Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066