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foodie5 Sep 15, 2006 07:49 PM

Looking for a cool restaurant besides the palm, kednalls, or roys downtown. Any suggestions?

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    BabyLitigator Sep 15, 2006 09:03 PM

    Hit Cafe Pinot last week. Not particularly unique (yet another Patina restaurant), but they do a good job, and have a reasonably nouveau menu. Big fan of the lobster bolognese. Also, they are the second shuttle stop from the theater, so it's not too much time getting there or coming back.

    Mention to the valet you are going to a show; that way they sometimes park your car on the street, so you don't have to fight everyone for the valet guy afterward.

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      Jwsel Sep 17, 2006 03:52 PM

      Actually, they take longer on the way back on the shuttle, because they do a loop around Hope Street (hitting McCormick & Schmidt's and the Wells Fargo Center) before circling back to go to Cafe Pinot. As for the food, I posted about a horrid experience at Cafe Pinot a few weeks ago: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    2. jcwla Sep 15, 2006 09:06 PM

      R-23 is unique and delicious.

      Is 410 Boyd still around? The location is unique if nothing else...

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        chica Sep 15, 2006 09:14 PM

        I love 410 Boyd! Their sandwiches, salads, and entrees are delicious.

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          russkar Sep 16, 2006 06:10 AM

          Sorry, but R-23 is weak at best(it was sold a year or two ago) and if you look at other posts over the last few months it's really slipped.
          Having been there recently it's not on our radar anymore, except the Crab Salad which doesn't warrant a visit with Sushi Gen around the corner.

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            epop Sep 17, 2006 05:03 AM

            i was wondering why my last meal there was such a disappointment. too bad

        2. chica Sep 15, 2006 09:17 PM

          It depends on your (OP) definition of "unique" or "cool."

          If you want it in a historic hotel, I'd say Water Grill (seafood) or Sai Sai (Peruvian-Japanese).

          If you want it next to a museum, with a waterfall, Tesoro Trattoria (Italian).

          If you want someplace fancy with high ceilings and was in "Pretty Woman," Cicada.

          If you want something representative of LA's past, Phillips.

          If you want it in a train station, Traxx.

          If you want a lot of Chinese food, Empress Pavilion, Ocean Seafood, Golden City.

          1. Ciao Bob Sep 16, 2006 03:03 AM

            Kokekokko is great and quite cool.

            203 South Central Avenue
            Los Angeles, California 90012-4208 ph: 213.687.0690

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              Cinnamon Sep 16, 2006 03:08 AM

              Haven't been there in ages, but Ciudad extraordinarily upscale Mexican - with a nice tony bar?

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