Nam's Tailor Shop
137 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
I'm reluctant to post my review for Nam's since it is my best-kept secret as a Westsider. I must admit that I only stumbled onto Nam's b/c I used to work downtown. Even though I don't work downtown anymore, I still trek here for the cheapest and fastest alterations.
The proprietor is a solemn-looking and equally silent Korean man who is presumably Nam who presides over the place like the concierge at a high-end restaurant deciding who gets served first.
I used to leave my alterations there and walk around the wonderful garment district or visit Santee Alley and then come back to pick up my alterations. Unfortunately, Nam does not strictly follow the first come-first served rule of thumb, giving preferential treatment to some of the rougher-looking customers there. Long story short: you have to stay and wait for your alterations - otherwise he'll handle someone else's alterations ahead of yours if you're not visibly there to remind him that you were there first.
Overall, great alterations at an unbeatable price.
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
I'm sure there's not much I can say about Father's Office that hasn't already been said. Still the best burger I've had in LA and still one of the best microbreweries south of the Pacific Northwest.
EXCEPT, we neighborhood regulars long for the days when getting a table didn't require strategic maneuvering this side of the CIA. When regulars wore trucker caps without the ironic preppiness of UCLA undergrads.
Let's agree to disagree by designating FO Montana as the Insider's Club, while relegating everyone else to FO Culver City.
641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I'm sure I am preaching to the choir of die-hard fans of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's neighborhood pizzeria. IF your neighborhood happens to be in a star-studded area of Hollywood. The people-watching and the star-gazing are almost as good as the pizza, which is pretty sublime. Given that I've tasted pretty much everything on the menu, I can say that with a dash of confidence.
The only drawback is that you have to make reservations well in advance. Otherwise, you run the risk of appearing like the dog begging for scraps at the table if you dare to show up with a reservation. And when you finally get seated, it could be well past the 11th hour (literally).
8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Lucques is as legendary for its Sunday Suppers as it is for its James Beard, award-winning chef Suzanne Goin (who also happens to be a Brown alum, for you snobby Ivy-Leaguers).
As an aspiring member of the glitterati, I can only afford the Sunday chow but if this prix fixe menu is any preview of the menu at large, I'd better get working on finding myself a rich husband so I can go to Lucques any night of the week and eat with wild abandon.
Anyone reading this review who thinks he can fill those sugar daddy shoes, contact me directly.