4/01/2013 12:51:00 PM

Culinary Makeover: 8 Ways to Improve the LA Dining Scene

Food monorail? Genius!
We firmly believe that Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic food scenes around the country. You can find just about anything here, from the great year-round produce we're so fortunate to have to cuisines from all corners of the globe to world-renowned chefs starting - and bucking - trends. Still, nothing is perfect in life, and most everything could use a little tweaking. So after an informal poll of food friends, professionals and colleagues, here are eight things we think could make eating and drinking around LA even better. Sound off on your own wishes and desires in the comments.

8 comments :

  1. "Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic food scenes around the country" is true if you are only interested in ethnic food, pop-up restaurants by unemployed chefs, and ingredients of the moment.

    In terms of fine dining, Los Angeles is a gastronomic wasteland. You can count all of the good fine dining restaurants on the fingers of one hand...and have fingers left over. Compare that to New York, where you have dozens of fine dining choices with incredible food, professional service, beautiful rooms, and people dressed up for the experience.

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    1. Mr. Davis, what do you feel your comment adds to this conversation? They addressed your concern in slide 3, and your comment doesn't provide any further elucidation. It seems like you simply came here to crow about how New York dining is superior to the Los Angeles scene.

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  2. I completely agree about the bread. I am so over going to a nice restaurant and being asked to pay for bread. Just makes it feel like the restaurant is cheaping out even though I am dropping $150 for dinner for two. Bring back the bread!

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  3. Get restaurants to lower the decibel level so we can enjoy talking to the people we come with!

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    1. I wish you could post that comment over and over and over. I have a hearing loss, and even with hearing aids, I have difficult conversing with my friends when other conversations and music drown out everything else. What's wrong with soft, low music, serious attention to acoustics, and tables that aren't so close together than you can hear people breathe? We dined at a lovely restaurant in an old house last weekend (Edendale), and the high ceilings (it's a 1920s building, I believe) plus one man's loud, continuous chatter almost ruined it for me.

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  4. Food monorail? 'Way back in 1957 or '58, Los Angeles was offered a modern monorail system at no taxpayer expense by Allweg, the same Swedish outfit that put the 2/3-scale monorail into Disneyland, and the politicians flat refused it.

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  5. Yes!! Quieter restaurants. When the tables are close together, and the floors hard, and the walls bare, and THEN YOU ADD A LOUD SOUND TRACK... I don't get it.

    I love Valentino and Providence and Melisse. And, yes, I love being able to dress casually while enjoying the fine food and fine service. L.A. at its best.

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