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Anything to eat near The Bridge?

LilZ Aug 19, 2006 01:56 AM


Heading out to see, yes, Snakes on a Plane at the Bridge tonight. Anything great to eat around there? Or are we doomed to dine at Islands?

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    kalikahuna Aug 23, 2006 05:34 AM

    Kabuki at the Bridge is good. They're inexpensive and the sushi may not be Sasabune level, but the best sushi for the price. Dinah's is good for breakfast, other than that, haven't tried anything else except the fried chicken (which is decent, but not awesome)

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      gretcheng Aug 23, 2006 04:11 AM

      Pretty much EVERY single restuaurant at Howard Hughes Center is aweful....I've not tried Calender's Grill yet. I do not recommend Ayara Thai, the food is average at best and the portions are teeny tiny. Good luck!

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      1. re: gretcheng
        Capybara Aug 23, 2006 05:22 PM

        I certainly wouldn't send anyone to Callender's Grill unless they were on the way to Islands, but I'd send anyone to Ayara pretty much no matter where they were headed. I find the portion size fine and the food full of precise flavors and much better than average. I loved the Panang curry with beef.

        1. re: Capybara
          vivien Aug 23, 2006 06:23 PM

          Agreed- Ayara was a divine little find! I absolutely loved the Pineapple, shrimp, raisin and cashew rice dish. As for something at the Bridge, I took my Thai friend to Wild Thai and she said the Glassy Noodles was pretty authentic.

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        Capybara Aug 21, 2006 07:31 PM

        It is a little late for the Snakes expedition -- but if you are stuck at the mall there, the new Callender's Grill, while nothing remarkable, is much better than Islands -- and within shouting distance but outside the mall I'd second the recommendation for Ayara Thai. (Right next to Ayara is a new restaurant Truxton's which has received mixed reviews on this board, but which might deserve a shot and, again, is better than Islands.)

        I'm staying out of the Dinah's / Pann's debate. (I truly dislike Dinah's and like Pann's, but not enough to recommend it in the face of vociferous criticism -- it has been oversold.)

        1. Dommy Aug 21, 2006 05:53 AM

          Well, whatever you had, I'm sure it was better than the premire food where they served boxed airline lunches!!!

          My vote would have gone to the burger with grilled onions at Petrelli's Steaks on Sepulveda and Slauson... Great post and pre- movie grub... Yum!! :)


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            tobylet Aug 19, 2006 03:10 AM

            Dinah's Fried Chicken in greesy and good for a 50s style diner.

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            1. re: tobylet
              Wes Aug 19, 2006 04:13 AM

              Nothing good at Dinah's except the pancakes.

              1. re: Wes
                westsidegal Aug 19, 2006 04:18 AM

                imho, the good things at dinah's are:
                the baked german pancake
                the baked apple pancake
                the swedish pancakes,
                and the
                chile relleno omlette.

                1. re: westsidegal
                  Das Ubergeek Aug 23, 2006 08:27 PM

                  This was the most LA reply I've ever seen. European pancakes... and chile rellenos omelettes.

                  Ah, I love this town.

              2. re: tobylet
                Professor Salt Aug 23, 2006 06:12 AM

                Tried the fried chicken once at Dinah's and really didn't get the hoopla. Small drumstick was overcooked and underwhelming. It didn't even come close to Roscoe's, which is good, but not brilliant IMO.

                Oh well, next time I'll get the pancakes above.

              3. Xericx Aug 19, 2006 03:08 AM

                Pann's is just down Centinela.

                El Tarasco in Westchester

                Ayara Thai Cuisine

                Bilal Indian Cuisine

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