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First Date suggestions in Echo Park

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triplecreme Jul 14, 2006 06:35 PM

My friend has a first blind date this Sunday in Echo Park, and needs a nice place for dinner in the area. (He's 30 years old) Under $25 a person. Any suggestions?

  1. Chowpatty Jul 14, 2006 06:45 PM

    Didn't this say Los Feliz before? Well, when it did, my answer was:
    I'm partial to Cafe Capriccio, since I had a blind date there four years ago and we're still together! But the food was good too.
    http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...
    Ignore suggestions for Vermont, Blair's, etc., since they certainly won't be under $25.00.
    Carousel on Hollywood Blvd. is very reasonable, but not terribly cozy for a date.
    In Silver Lake, you might be able to get out of Cliff's Edge for that if you order carefully, and it's a lovely setting.
    Also good in Silver Lake for that sort of thing is Rambutan, although it can be a bit noisy.
    If he must be in Echo Park, Barragan's booths are actually rather quiet and intimate, and the margaritas are good.

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      echo eater Jul 14, 2006 06:50 PM

      Gingergrass could be done for under 25 a person.

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        triplecreme Jul 14, 2006 07:42 PM

        Yes, I did post Los Feliz before, but I made a mistake. Thanks for the suggestions.

        1. Normal Garciaparra Jul 14, 2006 10:34 PM

          Try Masa on Sunset in the heart of Echo Park. I believe it's on the corner of Sunset and Lemoyne. Never been there for dinner, just lunch.

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            blacksab67 Jul 15, 2006 03:12 AM

            For under $25/ea?! Alegria. Pho. Nicky D's. The Edendale bar or the Red Lion...but just for drinks.

            Pescado Mojado, a six pack, and a walk around the pond: The cheapest blind date possible...

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              Aristotelian Jul 15, 2006 03:56 PM

              Depending on your friend's tastes (and his date's), I might recommend Mae Ploy for Thai (located at Sunset & Benton). The ambience isn't great, but the food is excellent and definitely in your price range. It is very casual though.

              I do not like the food at Masa. Bland. Boring.

              Nicky D's is great for pizza but, like Mae Ploy, also might be too casual for a date.

              Cliff's Edge might be your best bet, but wine would probably put you over your budget there.

              If it's an afternoon date, Chango would be a great stop for coffee.

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