Lots of top notch restaurants in la, no matter what your tastes are.
It's the city I hate the most among the biggest 20 or so cities I've traveled to. Worst public transit system. It necessitates having a car, or a cab. By far the most difficult big city to get around in bc of the traffic and lack of a transit system anybody but people forced to use it bc of financial situation would use, for the most part.
I'll venture a guess that you don't smoke. If anyone you travel with does let them know being a smoker in la is the equivalent of being a 3rd class citizen. I got a smoking ticket in 2001, prior to all the smoking bans every where else. That was my first trip to la. The cop was a world class jerk. I have a very prevalent east coast accent. He knew i wasn't from there. Didn't give me a warning, even after hearing me speak and pleading my case. It's colored my view on la for sure.
Have fun bro!! Ignore my disdain, bc other than that one experience I've had a good time there. Follow what you learned travelling last time, and check out pinkys, the foundry and phillipe's for some grub.
And remember this, don't leave your wallet in el segundo!!!!
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.