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LA sluts - best use of this weekend?
Old 13th October 2006
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LA sluts - best use of this weekend?

I'm going to be in LA (Burbank / Hollywood) this weekend, at a loose end.

Any top tips of somewhere local to go for good live music / food?

C'mon, give me your things to do in LA when you're dea..er, jet-lagged.

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Old 13th October 2006
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Greek = The Great Greek, Sherman Oaks
Lebanese = Carousel, Glendale
French = French 75 Bistro, Burbank
English = Buchanan Arms, Burbank
Thai = Chadaka Thai, Burbank
Then there's always In n out burger...everywhere.
Old 14th October 2006
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and Starbucks, with horrid coffee and 6 dollar 4 inch sandwiches...find a Coffee Bean if you can.
Old 14th October 2006
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Stomach of steel? Don't miss Tommy's for a hearty chili burger with mud fries (and don't get fooled by all the fake Tommy's).

Good jazz can often be found at The Baked Potato in Studio City.

Hell, skip all the city crap and head to the Palos Verdes Peninsula for a nice bike ride near Lunada Bay... (the source of many inspirational moments for me)

-Synth80s
Old 14th October 2006
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Velvet Margarita - in Hollywood across from Hotel Cafe (where you can usually hear good music), crazy vibe and good mexican food

India's Oven on Beverly Blvd, 2 blocks west of La Brea - my favorite Indian food in L.A.

El Coyote - downhome Tex Mex, an institution, cheap margaritas, party spot

Pane e Vino - really good Tuscan food !!!! Always good for a celebrity or two.

Might as well hit the Sunset strip - the Roxy, Whiskey, Rainbow, Key Club, etc.

Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood - pool tables and a huge menu of decent bar food

The vintage guitar room at Guitar Center Hollywood.

Yamashiro - if you're traveling with a female, good japanese food and a crazy, romantic view.

Bodhi Tree on melrose - if you're feeling spiritual, best bookstore on the planet

Get out to Santa Monica - 3rd street promenade, then head over to Venice Beach - you gotta see it at least once in your life


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Old 14th October 2006
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Dude, I wouldn't go to Tommy's over by Beverly and Rampart. Too much gunplay on the weekends. Hafta be loco.
Old 14th October 2006
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Nobody has mentioned Pinks!?!? Melrose and La Brea I think. Amazingly ridiculous hot dogs!
Old 14th October 2006
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Get out to Santa Monica - 3rd street promenade, then head over to Venice Beach - you gotta see it at least once in your life


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Old 14th October 2006
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Pane e Vino - really good Tuscan food !!!! Always good for a celebrity or two.
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You should really get a stake in that company. Not only do you eat there 6 times a week, but you plug them on the internet! heh
Old 14th October 2006
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Dude, I wouldn't go to Tommy's over by Beverly and Rampart. Too much gunplay on the weekends. Hafta be loco.
It's not a great neighborhood, sure, but it's not that bad. Tommy's is religion and people seem to respect that.

True story: when I was in college (USC, 2-3 miles away), we used to go to the original Tommy's a couple times a month. One night we headed over there around 1AM (young? stupid?) and we picked up a tire nail, so we developed a flat in the parking lot. We called AAA to help out and it understandably took them a while to arrive, so we hung out there for a while waiting. Perhaps because last call at the local bars was 1:30-1:45AM, Tommy's got really crowded around 2AM.

The funny part: the line of hungry burger eaters consisted of (not kidding): a couple priests, obvious gang members, hipsters, college students, barflys, some locals, a couple cops and a couple prostitutes. Welcome to LA!

-Synth80s

P.S. In the same vein as Tommy's and Pinks, Carney's on Sunset is pretty good
Old 15th October 2006
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Wow, a serious wodge of responses. I love Gearslutz.....

Thanks to everyone for their tips - it's 10pm; I'm going exploring.
Old 15th October 2006
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MDS reminded me of the Swingers route - Dresden, the Derby and the 101 diner.


And can't forget Farmer's Market at Fairfax and 3rd. Yeah, the Grove is overshadowing it but it's still funky and there's some good food there.
Old 15th October 2006
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The funny part: the line of hungry burger eaters consisted of (not kidding): a couple priests, obvious gang members, hipsters, college students, barflys, some locals, a couple cops and a couple prostitutes. Welcome to LA!
That is what is so great about LA. Everyone is represented in this town!
Old 15th October 2006
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It's hillarious for me to read this stuff, beacuse it appears that Rob and I run in the same circles. Those are all my stomping grounds.

I just returned from El Coyote!!!

I can tell you where to shop. This hasn't been discussed, but I'll be harrassed by James Lugo and his constant references to my 'metrosexuality". Hahahaha!!!! He loves it though.
Old 15th October 2006
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MDS reminded me of the Swingers route - Dresden, the Derby and the 101 diner.
Is that the 101 Diner on Franklin, under/next to the Best Western? Man, my wife & I practically lived in that place last fall when I was out there for some gigs. You have to respect a joint that hasn't remodelled in forty years or so.

Loved Swingers, too...
Old 15th October 2006
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That's the one.


It's weird to think that Picksail and I are probably in the same restaurants all the time and don't know it.. . . .
Old 15th October 2006
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If you like french dip sandwiches, Phillipe's downtown is a must! It's about 10 minutes from Burbank and you can take a quick walk down Olvera Street when you're done.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...3d&ambiguity=1

BTW, the chocolate creme pie rawks!
Old 15th October 2006
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Loved Swingers, too...
Ah, I forgot about that one... Great place to eat after the bars have all closed!
Old 16th October 2006
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Is that the 101 Diner on Franklin, under/next to the Best Western? Man, my wife & I practically lived in that place last fall when I was out there for some gigs. You have to respect a joint that hasn't remodelled in forty years or so.

Loved Swingers, too...
But the current owners completely redid it about 2 years ago... The original owners lost their lease, moved to a bigger place and went out of business after 2years. Now it's a hipster joint that you can't get into on the weekends...

But there's loads of great places to eat!

Hirozen Sushi on Beverly/Orlando (you want Omakase with Matsumoto the chef. He throws down some rediculous ****.)

Sushi Wa at La Cienega between Sunset/Santa Monica

Sushi Katsuya on Ventura.

I'll second/third/fourth Pane Vino. Met my future wife there!

Cafe Stella in Silverlake for a great steak and fine Bordeaux

Madame Matisse in Silverlake for breakfast

Cafe Midi on LaBrea for Breakfast and Lunch

Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega - Burrito Mondays are great, and the margaritas (and Mezcalitas) rule. and you can smoke cigars on the patio!

Rambutan thai on sunset in Silverlake

Did anyone say Amoeba Music?? I get lost in there mostly because I forget what I came in for as soon as I walk in the door!

Future Music in Hwood.

Big City Music on Ventura (appt only)

Cheers,

Ryan Hewitt
Old 16th October 2006
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In terms of sushi, I'm pretty partial to Sushi Roku on 3rd.

There's also, a cool place on Beverly a block before La Cienega heading West. It's in that Beverly Connection strip mall area. I think it begins with an (H). I forget. Cool place though. Although, I still don't get the point of having valet service there. Love this place though!!!!

Kubuki isn't bad. Half price rolls!!!!

Sushi Dan on Sunset blows.

AOC on 3rd is cool. Killer tasting menu!!!!

The Little Door on 3rd is a great French restaurant, which is a great little place to impress the wife. (She'll think that you're really romantic)

Sonoroa on LaBrea/2nd has good Southwestern cuisine.

Le Petite Four on Sunset is cool. Next door is Caflouti's, which I much prefer.

The Newsroom across from The Ivy on S Robertson is really great, albeit the service is probably some of the worst. They aren't rude, just really apathetic and inattentive.

There's a cool place on Beverly that just opened called BLD. Great cheese list. The butter lettuce salad kick ass too.

Murel's in The Grove is cool. Though the 'Italian' restaurant across from them is absolute crap.

Taste on Melrose is excellent.

For sandwiches, Toast or Doughboy's on 3rd.

The 101 still kicks ass as does Mel's Diner for afterhours grub. Mel's has the best milkshakes!!! The jury's still out on who makes the better tuna melt.

Basix and La Conversation Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd in W. Hollywood have great breakfast. (Yes, of course, I blended in well with the crowd)

Cafe Med on Sunset has really great authentic Italian food. There's also that place in the Valley, near Coldwater Cnyn., where James Lugo and B-magical brought me. Nice Italian!!!

El Coyote is still king of Mexican food.

There's that restaurant up on Franklin, in the Hills, that's OK. The one that overlooks LA. Can't remember the name. Great view though.

There's a vegetarian joint on Fairfax and Drexel called Manny's that has great turkey nachos.

There's this really great Mediterranean restaurant inside the Farmer's Market at The Grove. Also, a cool Jamaican BBQ joint!!

And of course, the Starbucks on Ventura/Vineland (behind Ralph's) is great for meetings. Although, I still get to the one on Fairfax/San Vicente at least twice a day. They have my coffee ready before I even make it to the counter. They rock!!!!

I guess I don't venture off to far for food!!! My wife and I have such opposite schedules that, when we do get a chance to go-out, we have to think fast. This usually translates to hopping in the car and driving up 3rd St. until we find a place that can seat us.
Old 17th October 2006
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So were you ever able to make it to any of these places?
Old 17th October 2006
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Just to second Yamashiro if you're with a female. If you don't get laid after taking her to this place you either look like Sloth from the Goonies or have run out of Viagra perhaps..
Old 17th October 2006
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Great restaurant tips!

In the valley for sushi Asanebu, Kazu and Katsu-Ya, Hollywood area would be Matsuhisa and Sushi Roku.

If you are a fan of AOC then try out the Hungry Cat by Cinadome, same owner.

Santa Monica will be Lobster, Ocean and Roku

Downtown the Water Grill and Roys Own!

Best Mexican food you will ever find in LA is in olvera street downtown LA
Old 17th October 2006
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Great restaurant tips!

If you are a fan of AOC then try out the Hungry Cat by Cinadome, same owner.
This may be my favorite restaurant in all of LA. I'd love to check out his other one.
Old 18th October 2006
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Well yes, the Gearslutz Cuisine Commitee (LA Chapter) came up trumps this time.

Thanks for the Chadaka Thai recommendation - yum
Not on the list was Chez Nous in Burbank, which has staff from the stone age but do a mean salad Nicoise and employ a great trio on a Monday night. Didn't make it out to anywhere else, but Vons supermarket saved my life on Sunday morning when the only cure for jetlag was a pile of fresh fruit and good coffee.

Had a great time - thanks to everyone who pitched in
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