Pacific Dining Car, 1310 West 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 483-6000. Open daily, 24 hours.
Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 624-2378. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Deli World Cafe, 125 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park, (818) 572-6588. Open daily, 8 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
Matsuhisa, 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 659-9639. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, for dinner daily. Dinner for two, food only, $40-$65.
St. Estephe, 2640 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (213) 545-1334. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday. Dinner for two, food only, $60-$100.
My mother claims that when she was growing up, her family ate the same thing for dinner every night. I personally find this hard to believe, but a constant diet of hamburgers (made, she assures me, with the very best ground sirloin), peas and rice may explain my mother's complete lack of interest in food.