Hello. I live in the UK and have planned a visit to the west coast with the better half next month. 2 days in Vancouver, 3 days in Vegas and 4 days in LA. It's my first time in Van and LA but not Vegas. I have been trawling through endless chow/citysearch pages to plan our eating itinerary. I compiled a big list for LA simply because of the variety and choice available. I am particularly after things I can't get here in the UK.
I have tried to narrow down the list based on location (we're staying around West Hollywood) and budget (no Urasawa!) but it's still pretty long and we don't have enough time/physical appetite and budget to try everything. So basically I wanted to get some of your thoughts/opinions/tips on my list - places you would focus on/skip/go for lunch/go for dinner/be redundant etc. We're not huge eaters and don't mind spending on quality food but at the same time I don't want to have to eat bread and milk for the next 3 months so we're happy to do cheap and cheerful places as well as the more expensive. We'll be driving so distance is not a big problem but would prefer not to travel huge distances/get stuck in jams too much.
I have planned 1 omakase dinner and 1 izakaya dinner in Vancouver already since it's apparently a sushi town.
So onto the list: (I also have some specific questions at the end)
Tere's Mexican Grill
Tacos Por Favor
1) Having read exilekiss's excellent comparison between Zo and Mori, I really want to try Mori but his bill was quite off-putting. Is it possible to have omakase at Mori and pay $80-120 per person inclusive? We'll probably just have a little house sake and not ask for repeats (being small eaters). I'm after more a traditional style meal with great quality fish (a few staples + exotics) without overly saucing/fancifying it. Or do you think it's better to go to Zo for that price range? Incidentally I ruled out Sasabune because I wanted the whole "itamae" experience.
2) We have limited time in LA and I've focused my research there but are there somethings that I can get in Vegas that are equally good so that I can free up some slots for more eating in LA?!
3) We wanted 1 of the nights to be more of a hip night out in LA (hence the Trendy Joints) somewhere where we can experience the LA vibe/scene (whatever that may be) and not necessarily have amazing food. I read many good things/recs about Bazaar but am worried that it will be similar to the excellent spanish that we get here/I've had in Spain. Do you think that is the case and if so what other places would you suggest.
That's it. Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for all/any thoughts.