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Los Angeles: Where a Foodie Loves to Dine

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A December 2003 trip to Los Angeles by E. B.

McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: I live in the greater metropolitan area and commute to LA often. When people say they're from LA, they don't necessarily mean the city of LA. They may be from LA County, or even Orange County. By the way, LA does not have a beach. Other cities nearby do.

Los Angeles: Where a Foodie Loves to Dine

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The best thing to do in LA is to stargaze. Not at the sky, but people whom you see from TV or the movies. You can't see stars in the sky in LA anyway. Just don't be obvious. No one from LA would actually gaze openly at movie stars. We're used to them. That's the best way to point out that you're a tourist. A typical scenario: An LA girl sees a star and asks her friend, "Isn't that..." The friend would look, turn to her friend, and say, "You know, I think you're right." They go back to whatever it is they were doing. A tourist would probably go up to the star and ask for an autograph, or even worse, a picture with the star. An LA girl would be horrified if the tour...Read More

Little Door

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Restaurant | "The Little Door"

Little Door Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This restaurant does not have a sign outside. You can tell you're in the right place when you spot valet parkers standing outside of two wooden doors. I met a group of friends here since they wanted to try out this restaurant. One had been here already, another had heard recommendations. This is an industry hangout, meaning Hollywood executives, actors, producers, directors, etc., dine here. I read online reviews of the place. The reviews were mixed. I felt a little uneasy, but the food was good, although expensive. All the comments made the patio area sound extraordinary, but it was just nice. Lots of lights made it festive since it was two days after Christmas. There was a papier-mâch...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 28, 2003

Little Door
8164 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, California 90048
+1 323 951 1210

Hama Sushi

Restaurant

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I went to this restaurant before going to the theater. I was first to arrive at 6:30 pm, and there were very few people there. As I waited for my friends to show up, the tiny little restaurant began filling up quickly. The warm washcloth to clean your fingers to begin your meal is a nice touch. Not all sushi restaurants give finger towels. By the time my friends and I received our drinks, the place became quite full. Most people prefer to sit at the sushi bar. There are tables, but this is where people sit when the bar area becomes full. My friends and I ordered tuna, salmon, sweet shrimp, clam, spicy yellowtail roll, eel, a fantastic eel/cucumber roll, California roll, and a spicy tuna r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Hama Sushi
347 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 680-3454

Promenade Ristorante

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Restaurant

Promenade Ristorante Photo, Los Angeles, California
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My friend and I decided to try out this restaurant for pre-theater dining. The place is empty. I don't know why more people do not eat dinner here, but this restaurant is right across from the Music Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Bunker Hill community of LA. There were only two other tables occupied when my friend and I entered the restaurant. Part of the problem is that downtown tends to close after business hours. I'm sure that lunch is no problem for most downtown restaurants, but many of the folks who work downtown, like stockbrokers and bankers, do not stick around to eat dinner downtown, where you have to walk past the homeless and avoid the muggers. My friend ordered in...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 7, 2004

Promenade Ristorante
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 437-4937

California Pizza Kitchen

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Restaurant

California Pizza Kitchen Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Wells Fargo location is very close to the recently built Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) isn’t a fancy restaurant, but it fills you up with several varieties of gourmet pizzas, pastas, and salads. The food is Californian, which is an eclectic mix of Asian, Mexican, and American. Service is good, but it depends on how busy the restaurant is that night. Sometimes I get a waitress that takes longer than necessary. If you are trying to make it to the theater, it is a good choice. Most items do not take that long to prepare. Bathrooms are easy access from the dining room. There is free parking in the Wells Fargo lot,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2004

California Pizza Kitchen
207 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90212
+1 310 275 1101

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant"

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This restaurant is on the fourth floor of the First Interstate Tower Building. Parking is difficult. You must drive around a huge maze to find the cramped visitors parking. Try to get out of your space once there are cars parked on either side of you and a parking structure pole blocks you from behind. The only positive about self-parking is that it's free with validation. You might want to spring for the valet parking instead. Trying to find the right elevator to the restaurant was an ordeal as well. I got lost and needed to ask directions to the right elevator to the restaurant. (I got lost on the way down as well and had to stop for directions once again.) Once inside, the restaurant is e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
633 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, California
(213) 629-1929

Yang Chow

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Restaurant | "Yang Chow Restaurant"

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My friend and I decided on to eat at Yang Chow Restaurant in the Chinatown area of LA. Parking in Chinatown is pretty bad, but I did find a spot not too far away. Luckily, the parking meters are not enforced after 6pm. I found the perfect spot (loading yellow zone), but I was unable to get over to the curb with the oncoming traffic. I went around the block and found another spot. After walking over to Yang Chow, I noticed that they have a parking lot in the back. There is an arrow pointing you toward a driveway. I’m not sure if parking is complimentary or not. There may be a fee. When I went inside the restaurant, I noticed that my friend and I were the only Asians in the restaurant othe...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Yang Chow
819 North Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90012
+1 213 625 0811

Weiland Brewery

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Restaurant | "Weiland Brewery Restaurant"

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Weiland Brewery is in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles. It’s fairly easy to spot as it is on the corner of 1st and Central. There is a parking lot in front of the brewery, but it costs $4.50 to park. It’s also very crowded, so you may have to leave your keys with the parking attendant. I parked on 3rd Street and walked a couple blocks to the brewery. It’s free and just as quick as parking in the crowded lot. There are two happy hours, one from 3 to 7pm, and another from 10pm to closing. The great thing about this place is that the kitchen closes at 1:30am. Unfortunately, when we were there on a Friday night, it was very loud, so loud that we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Weiland Brewery
400 East First St
Los Angeles, California 90012
+1 213 680 2881

Guelaguetza Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Guelaguetza"

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My friend and I went to Guelaguetza for his birthday lunch. Guelaguetza is an Oaxacan restaurant. Oaxaca is a state of Mexico famous for moles, a sauce made from nuts, herbs, chilies, and seeds. I am familiar with the black mole (mole negro), but there are seven kinds of moles: 1. mole negro, called the "king of moles" has 20+ ingredients 2. mole verde, green mole gets its coloring from the plant yerba santa 3. mole coloradito, a red, sweet, and spicy mole 4. mole amarillo, bright, intense yellow-orange mole with cloves and cumin that is light and spicy 5. mole chichilo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2004

Guelaguetza Restaurant
3337 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, California 90005
(213) 427-0601

Kim Chuy Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Kim Chuy specializes in Chiu Chow cuisine. Most people are familiar with Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan, or Szechwan, but this cuisine is particular to the Chiu Chow people of China. My friend suggested the place since she was curious about trying out Chiu Chow food. I arrived first. I do not speak any Chinese dialect since I am Korean, but I look Chinese enough for them to speak to me in Cantonese. They do understand English. A waiter indicated for me to sit anywhere, so I chose a table by the window. My other friend arrived and received the same brusque treatment. Vivian speaks Mandarin. They brought us hot tea served in plastic cafeteria-style water g...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 29, 2004

Kim Chuy Restaurant
727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 687-7215

Bonaventure Brewing Company

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Restaurant

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We went to the Bonaventure Brewing Company for dinner before our show at the Music Center. It took me a few minutes to figure out that it was inside the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Stupid me! After getting on the right floor, I wandered around trying to find the brewing company. I wandered past several restaurants and fast-food places. It was only after wandering onto the patio that I ended up finding it through the patio entrance. I started on the wrong end of the floor. I should have gone to my right instead of my left to circle though the whole floor. My friend was waiting for me, but luckily, I wasn’t that late. We were early enough for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Bonaventure Brewing Company
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, California 90071
213.236.0802

Café Metropol

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Restaurant

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Café Metropol has a hip artist clientele. It’s located in the part of Los Angeles that has become the trendy place for Asian-American professionals. The menu is eclectic, but based mostly on Italian cuisine. It’s a nondescript building across from an empty lot. A DJ spins music in the evenings. There is a happy-hour menu that is slightly smaller than the dinner menu. Many dinner items are on that menu - and lower in price to boot. A few artists were smoking outside the restaurant when I arrived. I ordered the assorted crostini as I waited for my friends to arrive. There was bruschetta with toppings of tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, brie, p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Café Metropol
923 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90013
(213) 613-1537

Zip Fusion

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Restaurant

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Zip Fusion is a Korean sushi restaurant located within a Latino neighborhood. How’s that for fusion? Zip is the transliteration of the Korean word for "house" or "home," pronounced jeeb. It’s easy to find. It’s right on the corner of East 3rd and Rose Streets. When you walk in, the sushi chefs greet you in Korean. I asked to be seated in the patio area. It’s enclosed so that you don’t get direct sunlight or attract insects with your food. That was a bonus. My friend and I became lost in our conversation, so the waitress returned several times in order to take our order. Service is excellent here. Our table was wobbling, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Zip Fusion
744 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, California 90013
(213) 680-3770

San Antonio Winery

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Attraction

San Antonio Winery Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This is the last remaining winery in the city of Los Angeles. At one time, LA was the premier wine appellation. Now San Antonio is the last one standing. Santo Cambianica founded San Antonio Winery in 1917. His nephew Stefano Riboli has taken over the family tradition, and the whole Riboli family is part of the San Antonio winemaking. My friend and I went down to San Antonio to peruse the wine selection. The wine store has a large selection of wines. The San Antonio wines are: Maddalena Vineyard, San Simeon, San Antonio Winery, Kinderwood, La Quinta, Aliento del Sol, and Riboli Family Vineyard. They also stock the store with wines from many other vineyards. I managed to find a good M...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2004

San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar St
Los Angeles, California 90031
+1 323 223 1401

California Science Center (California ScienCenter)

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Attraction | "Body Worlds at the California ScienCenter"

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The California Science Center, now the "California ScienCenter," is a science museum with fun gadgets for kinesthetic kids. Right now, however, the Science Center has an amazing exhibit for adults. More than 200 cadavers have been plastinated for the viewing public in Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. I used to do histology when I was still in research. A tissue sample goes into liquid plastic, which hardens. The plastic cube goes into the microtome to be cut into thin slices. An adhesive and cover slip goes on top of the tissue sample on the slide, and voilà, you have a microscope slide. What's different about the Body Worlds exhib...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2004

California Science Center (California ScienCenter)
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, California 90037
323 724 3623