by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
Looking for the ultimate to-die-for meal? We took this question literally and asked some of LA's top food bloggers what would they want their last meal to be. Some thought we meant last meal in LA, while others realized this would be their last meal on Earth, which would happen to take place in LA. Got that? OK, good. Here is what they had to say ... (Photo by Jo Stougaard; Animal's foie gras on biscuits & gravy)
Updated: August 27, 2010
"I wouldn't suddenly splurge on previously unattainable restaurants like Urasawa or Cut, just to say I'd eaten there. Instead, I'd opt for the restaurant that's consistently satisfied me for multiple milestones: Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine. The family-run Glendale restaurant debuted the year I was born and continues to produce the city's best kebabs, grape leaves, lentil soup and falafel. To me, all of those dishes are incredibly comforting."
"I would go to Providence. I haven't eaten there yet because, frankly, it would be quite the splurge for me. But if it were my last meal in LA, I'd fork over the dough right quick. I'd splurge on the chef's menu AND the dessert tasting menu, with wine pairings. But I'd start and finish the meal with their amazing cocktails."
"I would have to say my last meal on Earth would have to be super comforting, given that it IS my last meal. And nothing comforts me like a bowl of niu rou mian or Taiwanese spicy beef noodle soup. I haven't been on a recent quest as to who in LA (specifically SGV) makes the best, but I've really enjoyed the ones at 101 Noodle Express and Luscious Dumpling."
"Seven years ago, my farewell-to-LA meal was at Roy's. I can't even remember the reason why, except to be ironic since my date's ex was named Roy. If I'm to be jailed tomorrow for tax evasion, I'd be dining at Pailin tonight. A few slices of sai ua (Northern spicy sausage), some nam prik noom (roasted spicy chili dip) on top of fried pork rinds, or with crudites, finished off with some ass-kicking kaeng liang and curried soft shell crab with mounds of rice. The owner is beyond friendly, he knows how my taste leans, and his wife isn't afraid to make her hometown food the way she enjoys."
"My last meal would involve a giant bowl of seafood. The best one was in Boston, but in LA I'll settle for either Gloria's Siete Mares soup or Natalie Peruvian. Natalie has about seven or eight soups, but I always get the one I can never pronounce. It starts with a P."
"I don't think that I'd have much of an appetite! But if I did, I'd probably have to go with Urasawa, with nine of my closet friends, naturally. 30+ courses, the finest Champagne, six hours ... yeah, if I'm going to be dead tomorrow, I'll be taking my sweet time with dinner and going out in style!"
"Oh boy, this is a tough question! If Fountain Valley counts as LA, I think I have to go with anything at Au Lac, which has the best raw food I've ever had--makes me feel more alive! Chimichurri, curried rice and raw donut holes. If Au Lac doesn't count, I choose Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, which serves unique, upscale vegan cuisine. I love the red beet tartare and cannolis."
"My last meal would be at Osteria Mozza. I'd order the grilled octopus and a mozzarella dish to start, and then one of each of the pasta dishes on the menu. And then, just to ensure I'd set myself for a carb coma to last a lifetime, I'd finish things off with their amazing rosemary olive oil cakes with olive oil gelato."
"That's such a tough question. I've had so many great eats in LA and continue to have great eats. My answer is twofold. Regular food-wise would be my Mom's homemade Kare-Kare dish, which is a Filipino dish that consists of oxtail and vegetables in a peanut butter sauce. I've had this dish at various different Filipino restaurants and I've never been able to find anything better than her rendition of it. When it comes to restaurants, the first thing that popped into my head was the tableside-prepared spicy crab soup at Ondal 2. There are three preparations to this soup. First, it's a soup that's either eaten on its own or with rice. Second, you can have dough hand-twisted into the soup to make it a noodle soup. Finally, what's left is made into fried rice. That fried rice is amazing since it takes on the flavors of the ingredients that were in the soup."
"1) A pastor taco with lots of lemon and smokey ancho salsa from La Estrella in Highland Park. 2) The chorizo soup with cantaloupe and cornichon granita from LudoBites. 3) The bone marrow from Church and State. 4) Coffee marshmallows from Little Flower Candy Co. in Pasadena. 5) The Braveheart from the Venice Tasting Kitchen: a mix of scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters. 6) Of course, a cold rotating draft beer from Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena."
"I'm originally from Vancouver, Canada, so great seafood is important to me. One of my first tasting menu experiences was at the Water Grill, and I'm consistently blown away by their beautiful food, impeccable service, and savvy sommeliers. Chef David LeFevre has produced some of my best 'memory' meals there, plus, it was once the home kitchen for Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence (where I had one of my all-time favorite lifetime dinners). Besides, platters culled from their raw bar alone would be a pretty fitting and indulgent way to go for me."