Ingrid Wilmot

Bow and Truss

In the heart of NOHO’s Arts District, BOW AND TRUSS is the perfect place for dinner before a show, just minutes from several theatres. The odd name, which I thought might be an homage to William Tell with a hernia, is actually an architectural term, not my area of expertise. The large, square, high-ceilinged room was once a garage but the motor fuel has been ...

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Gary Bric’s Ramp

Unless you’re a vegetarian (or, perhaps, even then) you’ll feel like a steak, every once in a while. Trouble is, that has become something of a luxury. I mean, it’s not a culinary creation that has been intricately assembled, sauced and simmered for hours, a valid excuse for a big bucks dish. Furthermore, most of the chain steak houses (and you know who they are), ...

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Café Piccolo

This charmer has been the secret favorite restaurant of Long Beach cognoscenti for three decades and under the same ownership. One of them, Moe Shabbani, has a day job (real estate), a smart move when you’re in the restaurant business. Located in a semi-residential area, it’s the sort of place to which one can return time and again, knowing you’ll have a good meal, while ...

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LIDO De MANHATTAN

Recommended by a local friend, this attractive restaurant serves what we used to all Continental cuisine – but with a slight Italian accent. Tables are smartly set with white napery, bold art is placed on wood backgrounds against the wall. Lighting is soft and service attentive. For Manhattan Beach, home of the high livers and big spenders, prices are fair. Their wine list is well ...

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REDBIRD

Looking for a hot, new restaurant? Here’s the latest, REDBIRD, in the Rectory adjoining Vibiana Cathedral, in the former Cardinal’s residence. Be prepared to be overcharged, beginning with the $8.50 valet parking fee. There’s a mall bar area but the main thrust is on outdoor seating (with a canvas cover, just in case). It feels like a rooftop patio, very attractive but a few more ...

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MOMED

Atwater village ha become a hotbed of theatrical activity, with a convenient, walking close restaurant, MOMED. That makes it nice for those of us who enjoy theatre – but not on an empty stomach. The place has been spruced up since it was ATX, with new tables and chairs and great service. We had Kelly, who loves her job and it shows. MOMED stands for ...

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NOÉ

Once you have found NOÉ in the Downtown Omni Hotel, (directions below), you’ll be greeted by a stunning floral display at entrance and settle into this lovely restaurant with a view of their gorgeous patio, The solid wood chairs are comfy, tables are set with coffee colored cloths ,p the mood lighting and elegant, understated décor very tasteful, indeed. One glance at the menu brings ...

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YAHAIRA CAFÉ

When it comes to going out for Mexican, everybody has their favorites and YAHAIRA CAFÉ is definitely one of mine. It’s a chip off the old block, owned by the Ramirez Family of the well known El Portal, a few doors away. Yahaira’s food is actually in the Nuevo Latino style but they also have all your Mexican staples like tacos, from $11.25, burritos from ...

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IL CAPRICCIO ON VERMONT

IL CAPRICCIO strikes elegant Italian notes in the kitchen but the décor can best be described as Sicilian peasant scented with eau de garlique. It inhabits a long narrow space similar to a railroad car, with bare wood tables and a bar. It’s noisy when it’s busy which is often. If you prefer a more quiet setting, I suggest the little front patio. Service is ...

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Angara

When people ask, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” I usually want to know, in which category? If it’s Indian, the answer is ANGARA in Torrance (matched, perhaps, by Jaipur in West L.A.). One can expect great food when the aromas greet you at the door. The smell of exotic spices should fill your nostrils as soon as you walk into an Indian restaurant. Such is the ...

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