It comes with the territory. As the magazine’s dine editor, I regularly get hit up for restaurant recommendations during my off hours. I receive text messages from friends in the evenings, phone calls from family members on weekends, and—my personal favorite—the casual backyard barbecue sneak attack. (I’ve had three beers, but sure I can tell you where to eat for your anniversary!) Despite the title of this post, I’m always truly happy to help. But I insist every inquirer give me a few guidelines first: a) what part of town, b) price point, c) desired vibe, d) style of cuisine, or the name of a restaurant they already like. Here, I share my off-duty advice.
Who: My 7-months-pregnant gal pal
Method of Inquiry: Text message
Scenario: Mom visiting from up north, also husband birthday dinner
Where: They specified Los Feliz or east
Price Point: Medium
Vibe: Relaxed, not too loud
Type of Cuisine: Nothing too trendy. They were originally thinking Cliff’s Edge but weren’t feeling the menu.
I Said: Racion, Canelé, Blair’s, Barbrix, Perch
They Went To: Barbrix
Result: Success! Mom and friend enjoyed the patio and the straightforward food. The birthday boy, who’s trickier to please, said it was “fine”—which for him is nearly a rave.