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This is where we recommend those restaurants/greasy spoons/watering holes/fine dining establishments for those of us who have spent some time on the road...we need all the help we can get...please send your favorites for posting and what makes them special to

Richard Ocean's Best Singapore Stops

I must admit to having led you down the garden path--we are not going to roam the steamy streets of Singapore in search of some culinary mystery. We were going to, honest, but Richard wants to start us off in our own backyard (gotta walk before you can run theory, I suppose).


Richard Oshen is Eyelight, the most spectacular guy in the lighting world. Big lighting, like lasers around the Acropolis. Golden Globe Awards. MTV Unplugged. Nickelodeon. Rock and roll hootchie-coo stuff. He gets to go all over the world making things beautiful, like what he did a holiday season ago or so in the twilight skies of Los Angeles. For free.  A truly good person, Richard is a dear and cherished friend. And knows how to appreciate a good meal or two or three. When folks are given advice about writing a book, so I have been told, it is invariably "write about what you know". To that end, Richard is starting in his own backyard and is sharing what he knows--

In the Land of the Left Coast Lotus Eaters--Great Dining in Los Angeles
(no, it's not an oxymoron)

Note: This is not the list for trend seekers, If you want to spend your hard earned cash on Ambiance that's your business, but if you want some insight into some "local" LA on.

Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd.

W. Hollywood


What Can I Say but My Favorite. Hands down When I get the blues and yearn for home. Like a New Jersey Road house, red and white table clothes, intimate, steaks and chops, pasta. The place rocks. Did I say martini's----n-a-a-a-a-a-a-

Philippe the Original

1001 N. Alemeda St.

Los Angeles


Philly has cheese steak we have the Best French dipped sandwiches. Get there early. Near China Town and Union Station.

The Pantry

877 S.Figueora St.

Los Angeles


Now under ownership of Hizzoner Mayor Richard Riordan. great breakfasts, served with gusto...What public health certificate?

Nate 'n Al's

414 N. Beverly Dr.

Beverly Hills


For the best deli: go here, Jerry's is bigger....It's your pastrami.


709 N.La Brea

Los Angeles


Chili Dogs with a pedigree....if you're gonna go - stop here first.

Musso & Franks Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd.



Hollywood's oldest. Is 1919 old? Steaks, Chops, Martinis. Good American style stuff. Great Atmosphere.

El Coyote

7312 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles


What would an LA eating guide be without a Mexican Restaurant. Don't answer that...Hey remember-- I'm from NY ---- There are pricier ones...but not better.

The Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico

West Los Angeles


There motto is "Quality forever" eat one of their burgers and find out what they are talking about.


Where PCH and Sunset meet

Great Seafood. Outer deck to view the Pacific. On a clear day you can see Catalina. Definitely a California Groovin' place.

Roscoe' Chicken and Waffles

1514 N. Gower St.



A mighty fine piece of fried chicken and waffles served. Definitely a breakfast of the soul.

Border Grill

1445 4th Street

Santa Monica


Classic Mexican style cooking plus some quirky twist. Margaritas muy bueno

Brothers Sushi

21418 Ventura Blvd.

Woddland Hills


Everyone has their favorite sushi bar...this one's mine. Small, homey and unpretentious (translated as: be prepared to wait) They've got the best selection of sushi rolls that I've found. If the concept of a hot soft shell crab roll starts your mouth watering...boogie on up...just don't do it on a Sunday or a Monday -- they're closed.

A few in Philadelphia and close by


203 South 18th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103



Down the street from Rouge on 18th.

Ristorante Panorama

14 North Front Street

Philadelphia, PA  19106


Tucked way in the Penn’s View Hotel, this gem has a gazillion wines by the glass (that is a few more than zillion), however it is the fresh ingredients in the fine Italian fare that make this a truly favorite spot.  No airs, just great food in understated elegance.

La Croix

The Rittenhouse Hotel

210 West Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103


If you are a fan of outrageously magnificent French cuisine and cannot get to Paris by dinnertime, and Le Bernardin in NYC is booked until 2014, this is it.  Truly.  This is it.  There was a tiny place at 16th & Pine in the 1970’s that was heaven on earth--Sal Montezinos was the owner was simply magical...La Croix brings back those memories in its astounding culinary accomplishments.

Pepper’s Cafe

2528 Haverford Avenue

Ardmore, PA


Only 6 seats inside, a deck outside when weather permit--this gets five stars, or tires, or whatever Michelin is giving these days.   An absolute must!

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