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any really COOL restaurants in town?

I've made the mistake several times recently of trying to eat in restaurants with little or no air conditioning. My b.f. is extremely sensitive to heat and in this weather and humidity, we're about to give up on going out. Can anyone think of any good, reasonably priced restaurants that keep it nice and cool inside?
Maybe Gingergrass or Taylors?
Here's a few that have been way too hot lately:
La Parilla in Silverlake -- don't even think about it
Angelini -- some air conditioning but still not enough
Magic Carpet -- zip
Sake House Miro -- zip

Help, we're about to pass out!

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  1. The other night I went with a friend to Jax Bar & Grill in Glendale. I'd never been there before. I was hoping it would be ferociously air-conditioned, have leatherette booths, be a bit dark and have strong drinks. It had all of that. The food was okay, nothing fabulous but plenty serviceable - we both had steaks and baked potatoes and salads - but by the time we stumbled out of there after a few drinks as well, we were happy.

    The one thing to watch out for is that they have a live jazz band. They weren't bad either, but you want to avoid sitting too near the stage - we were in a booth at the far back and it was perfect.

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    1. re: estone888

      Jax exists for many people primarily as a music venue with food available. I think under those circumstances the food is amazingly good. Their signature salad (can't remember the name just off the bat) is a huge and very tasty thing - several of us shared an order one night and I loved it, even though I'm no fan of sweet dressings. And yes, we sit as close to the band as possible...

    2. Oh yeah, and I forgot: Casita Del Campo on Hyperion in Silverlake has really terrible food, but the margaritas are first rate, the chips and salsa are fine and it is also dark and heavily air-conditioned - especially around the bar.

      For what it's worth, my girlfriend always brings sweaters whenever we go to almost any Chinese place in the SGV, no matter how hot a day it's been. Then again, she's strange that way.

      1. i was surprised the other night that melisse was not properly air conditiioned. i mean, it wasn't that bad, but i was sticking to my dress the whole time. i'm sensitive to heat too. makes wonder if anywhere is cool enough.

        1. BF came home the other day to find me passed out on the couch, having fallen asleep without realizing that I was pretty much suffering from heat exhaustion. Lots of water later, I was still warm all over and we started thinking about places with cold food to eat. We couldn't think of any, so we started driving around just so I could cool down in the car. We ended up at Pho 99 on Wilshire (west of Bundy, but don't remember the exact cross. It's sort of across from the Pavilions).

          I was planning to get spring rolls, but the room was so cold I had a big bowl of pho instead and felt chilly by the time we left. Mission accomplished!

          1. Oh yeah, remember how cold New Concept was? Maybe the other poster was right about Chinese places.

            1. I used to live in Hong Kong. Almost everywhere there keeps woolen shawls behind the cash register for when their customers get too cold. I recall once seeing a thermometer in the huge City Hall dim sum place that read 58 degrees. It was 90 something and really humid outside.

              1. All steakhouses (Morton's, Ruth Chris, Palm, etc.) are very cool.

                For what its worth, last time I was at Ocean Star in SGV it was very WARM in the dining room ... in fact, they only had a huge fan blowing with no A/C in the front lobby/bar area. Strange.

                1. I know where NOT to go.

                  GaJa Okonomiyaki. Great food, but with all those hot griddles and underpowered A/C, it is pure TORTURE!


                  1. Add to that almost any Korean bbq place -- the grills heat up the area around the diners no matter how cool the room is. The ones outdoors are no better in this weather. Even a month or so ago, the tented patio at Manna was oppressive.
                    I guess it's steaks or Chinese, then!

                    1. Last night Angelini Osteria was packed and warm. Like in the mid 80's between 8pm and 10:30p. One of the servers, who spoke with an spiffy Italian accent leaned over and spoke Spanish to me very quietly saying this place stays warm all evening.
                      I want to support good dining in L.A., but establishments such as this one should keep the comfort of their clientelle in mind by servicing their equipment. Regardless of how great the food is, (and it was just so-so) I won't go back to give it another chance until the heat wave is over.

                      1. Maybe Al Gore should have addressed this problem in his global warming movie. During our current heat wave, I've noticed some good restaurants also have a flies in the dining room because, I think, kitchen doors are being left open.

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                        1. re: Hunter

                          This is a serious Catch 22. When the heats on, people chose to not cook and want to go out. They have an expectation that these chic venues are going to (a) serve them good food and (b)keep them cool. Last night they had the front door open all evening. I walked to the rear where the restrooms were...near the kitchen and the heat was oppressive. I didn't see anything unsanitary, but the staff looked hot and miserable. Could that have anything to do with the so-unimpressive meal?

                          1. re: sassille

                            What restaurant? The flies were buzzing around Eat. on Sunset

                            1. re: Hunter

                              Angelini Osteria: Room Temp: hot /svc: xlnt/ food: so-so/ tab: about $720 incl T&T for 12.

                        2. We went to Sunnin last week and it was very uncomfortable inside, what with only a beat-up old wall unit above the front door trying to compete with the heat coming from the grill. Of course Saturday when we went was like the hottest day of all time in L.A. County but I can imagine that even on a normal summer day it must be pretty warm.

                          1. Houston's in Santa Monica is nice and cool. Nook tonight was actually cold (and it's finally getting cooler outside, praise be, at least here in S.M. and West L.A.)