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Zagat: 'Where to Love 'Em or Leave 'Em,' a guide to dating and dumping

 Cecconi 

Happy Valentine's Day! On the most "romantic" day of the year, you might refer to Zagat's 2011 Los Angeles edition of "The Essential Dating & Dumping Guide" (hopefully, for the dating and not the dumping), subtitled "Restaurants & Nightspots: Where to Love 'Em or Leave 'Em." 

The guide includes Zagat's dating survey ("brains are the No. 1 attribute surveyors look for in a mate," nearly half think the guy should always pay for the first date, etc.) and a list of date- and break-up-appropriate restaurants.

Categories under "where to date" include raw bars (BP Oysterette, Water Grill), beachside dining (Cafe Del Rey, Mar'sel), celeb spotting (Cecconi's, Polo Lounge) and hotel dining, "room optional" (Asia de Cuba, the Belvedere). 

Where to break up? People-watching places such as Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills, to provide distractions; restaurants with "cool loos" such as at Pink Taco in Century City, because nobody wants to see you crying at the table; and dessert specialists such as Jin Patisserie -- "to end things on a sweet note." Awww.

-- Betty Hallock 

Photo: A couple at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.

 
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Wow, a lot of those ratings are seriously out of whack. Zagat was practically my bible in the mid '90s, but it's been years since I picked up a book. Much better to rely on trusted friends and local publications than group think. That goes for restaurant recs or dating advice, which is another area where I wouldn't trust Zagat.


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