Sunday, September 28, 2008

NY Times on L.A.'s "nameless neighborhood"

The NY Times travel section eats around L.A.'s "nameless neighborhood," that is, the section of the city that encompasses everything from Mozza to Comme Ca. It's a kind of L.A.-for-beginners article that takes care to explain in the lead that not all restaurants in L.A. are just for movie stars, and then runs down the above places plus Lucques, BLD and Hatfield's. Are they right? Is there no name for this Fairfax District/mid-city/Larchmont-adjacent hotbed of solid, if pricey restaurants?

And in the LA Times, an obit for Scharffen Berger Chocolate co-founder Robert Steinberg and of course for Newman's spaghetti sauce and popcorn founder (oh, and actor) Paul Newman.

5 comments:

WeezerMonkey said...

Hmm. yelp calls it "Mid-City West."

Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

Food GPS said...

Los Angeles has a lot of neighborhoods that defy categorization. It seems to me that Oliver Schwaner-Albright actually bunched together two separate neighborhoods. The hood with Comme Ca and Lucques is clearly West Hollywood, but the stretch of Beverly Boulevard with Hatfield's and BLD is unclear.

The biggest surprise from Schwaner-Albright's article is that Hatfield's is now charging $29 for a chicken breast. Hatfield's is a very good restaurant, but this is bizarre considering outstanding places like Pollos El Brasero are only charging $6.10 for half a bronzed bird.

Geoff said...

BLD and Hatfields fall comfortably into the Fairfax District, which is reasonably widely used.

BTW this is a valiant attempt to create a neighborhood map of LA, but it ends up using some rather unfamiliar names. For example, Apple Pan is in Rancho Park while Father's Office 2 is in Crestview.

Anonymous said...

The real estate community calls it "Beverly Grove" al a in around the two anchor shopping malls.

Anonymous said...

In my mind, this area resides perfectly in the geographical center of LA (if you exclude south of the 10 fwy, which we often do). And the inability to come up with a specific neighborhood name may be due to the fact that LA has no center...