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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Small in Los Angeles


2. Where to Eat

Sample raw sea urchin, lobster, and shrimp at Culina's six-seat crudo bar.  

Book a weekend reservation at Saam, the 40-seat space that opened last April in Spanish chef José Andrés's multi-restaurant complex, The Bazaar. Saam’s twenty-course tasting menu ($95) provides a sampling of high-tech kitchen techniques: a mock Philly cheesesteak emits a puff of cheese-flavored air, foie gras is coated in crushed corn nuts, then spun in cotton candy, and cold caipirinhas arrive steaming with liquid nitrogen.

Watch chefs meticulously plate raw seafood bites from Culina’s six-seat crudo bar at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Afterward, work your way through the restaurant’s full menu of brick-oven pizzas, house-made fresh pastas, and modern Italian small plates (three for $12), also available at the bar.

Call ahead to reserve one of the sixteen seats around the communal table at the JW Marriott's L.A. Market, just opened in February. The burrata bar offers creamy cheeses from local dairy farms along with fresh salads and sides sourced from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market. Go around 7:30 or 8 to avoid late post-game crowds from the nearby Staples Center.

Listen to swingy live jazz at the Tar Pit, a small-plates supper club styled after a thirties Hollywood nightspot. The menu features old-school classics with a twist — pickled deviled eggs, clams casino — each offered with a specialty-cocktail pairing.

Published on Mar 25, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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