Restaurant: Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
Why We're Going: The sheer number of sushi bars in SoCal would make any Angeleno's head spin. But, when it comes to quality ingredients, there's no denying Sugarfish's never-faltering fare. And, we're such loyalists of Nozawa's "Trust Me" serving style, we booked our DineLA reservation without studying the menu ahead of time. Plus, feel free to use the week-long event as a chance to check out the latest DTLA outpost.
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa, 600 West 7th Street #150 (near South Grand Avenue); 213-627-3000.
Restaurant: Tres by José Andrés
Why We're Going: Boasting one of the swankiest interiors in L.A., this restaurant within the walls of the SLS Hotel is perfect if your girl's-night-out routine is in need of an overhaul. While the salads and entrees are intriguing, we'll be saving plenty of room for dessert — the dark-chocolate mousse cake with salted-caramel sauce sounds like heaven on a plate.
Tres by José Andrés, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard (at San Vicente Boulevard); 310-246-5555.
Restaurant: Bouchon Bistro
Why We're Going: This menu may take the cake as the best DineLA bargain. With four hearty courses (dishes range from chicken-liver mousse to pan-seared salmon), Thomas Keller isn't kidding around. We suggest you book a table ASAP, this spot is sure to fill up fast!
Bouchon Bistro, 235 North Canon Drive (between Dayton and Clifton ways); 310-271-9910.
Restaurant: Mohawk Bend
Why We're Going: This super-sized bar and restaurant has drafted a menu that will have vegans and vegetarians singing. Sure, there are meat options, too (just ask the waiter to add halibut to that chowder), but the focus here is veggies and locally sourced seasoning. Once you're done with your pineapple upside-down cake, head on over to the photo booth to make the night more memorable!
Mohawk Bend, 2141 West Sunset Boulevard (at Mohawk Street); 213-483-2337.
Why We're Going: Typically, it costs us $25 for a solid pie in these parts, but a little bit goes a long way at this Venice hangout. The pizza and beer combo never fails to satisfy hungry bellies, but the special menu is a great way to expand your palette without straying too far from the staples. While the wild-mushroom pizza is totally calling our name, we may forgo the classic in lieu of the braised beef shortrib — or make one of our companions order the former and give us a taste!
Larry's, 24 Windward Avenue (near Pacific Avenue); 310-399-2700.
Photos: Via Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa; Tres by José Andrés; Bouchon Bistro; Mohawk Bend
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