The Eclectric Gourmet Guide to Los Angeles

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The creators of the popular, no-holds-barred Unofficial Guides now take locals and travelers out on the town with The Eclectic Gourmet dining-guide series. Newly revised and expanded. The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Los Angeles helps you avoid dining disappointments and overpriced restaurants and points you directly to the best-quality dining for the price. L.A.'s countless communities and ethnic influences offer a wide variety of dining experiences for even the most seasoned connoisseurs. Whether you're looking ...

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Overview

The creators of the popular, no-holds-barred Unofficial Guides now take locals and travelers out on the town with The Eclectic Gourmet dining-guide series. Newly revised and expanded. The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Los Angeles helps you avoid dining disappointments and overpriced restaurants and points you directly to the best-quality dining for the price. L.A.'s countless communities and ethnic influences offer a wide variety of dining experiences for even the most seasoned connoisseurs. Whether you're looking for a quiet night out or for a lively celebration, dim sum or fresh local seafood, this guide has a recommendation for you. Inside you'll find L.A.'s top restaurants rated and ranked. In-depth profiles of each restaurant reflect the expertise of Colleen Dunn Bates, an acknowledged culinary expert and dining critic. A full page is devoted to each establishment, and the reviews discuss each restaurant's best dishes, atmosphere, and service. You'll also find easy-to-read ratings for quality and value; restaurants indexed by cuisine, quality, value, and location; hours, reservation, credit card, dress, and parking information; recommendations for what to order, and what not to order and a favorite-picks section that tells you where to find the 'Best Burgers,' 'Best Desserts,' 'Best Pizza,' and more. Best of all, with The Eclectic Gourmet, you'll find the same honest observations and accurate information that made The Unofficial Guides the ultimate insider's guide. With this dependable resource, you'll have the city's best dining at your fingertips. (5 1/4 x 8 1/4, 336 pages)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897323796
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Eclectic Gourmet Dining Guides Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Colleen Dunn Bates was a coauthor of Gault Millau's first The Best of Los Angeles, and restaurant critic for L.A. Style for six years. She has written about restaurants, food, and travel for Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Cooking Light, Buzz Weekly, Food & Wine, and Los Angeles to name a few. Currently she reviews restaurants for Westways magazine. A sixth-generation Southern Californian, Bates lives in Pasadena with her husband and two daughters.

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JiRaffe¿Almost the minute it opened in 1996, JiRaffe moved into the top rank of L.A. restaurants, thanks to the skill and passion of young chef-owners Josiah Citrin and Raphael Lunetta, childhood friends and surfing buddies who trained in France and in many of L.A.¿s best restaurants. Grounded in French technique, their cooking showcases a modern but restrained sensibility and a devotion to fresh, local products, gathered on thrice-weekly trips to the organic Santa Monica Certified Farmer¿s Market. They resist the California temptation to load up dishes with a dozen competing ingredients, instead letting two or three flavors dance around each other¿so a pork chop is paired with only a sublime apple chutney, and sautéed scallops need only rock salt and garlic to taste perfect. Let¿s just hope they don¿t get seduced into cloning themselves, the way Citrus and Michael¿s and Patina have done; this food works so beautifully because they¿re making it themselves, every day.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
About the Author viii
Getting It Right 1
Dining in Los Angeles 5
A Note on Wardrobe 6
Making the Scene 6
Tourist Places 8
Newcomers 8
More Recommendations 13
Bagels 13
Bakeries 13
Barbecue 13
Breakfasts 13
Chicken 14
Coffeehouses 14
Desserts 15
Gourmet Takeout 15
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and Sandwiches 15
Mexican/Central American Fast Food 16
Pizza 16
Understanding the Ratings 18
Our Pick of the Best Los Angeles Restaurants 20
A Note about Spelling 20
Los Angeles's Geographic Zones 22
Restaurants by Cuisine 24
Restaurants by Star Rating 34
Restaurants by Zone 42
Restaurant Profiles 58
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