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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

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There are many posts on this board asking for recs for romantic places, for first date places, for pop the question places, for anniversary places. I never see any for the broken hearted. Outside of bars, are there any places to go when someone's about to drop the bomb on you? Or just after the megatons have hit?

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  1. I would think comfort food, but someplace you can eat at the counter so you don't have a huge table all to yourself. S&W diner in Culver City would fit the bill. Ooh, and I just remembered! We saw Katie Holmes and Chris Klein there just after their breakup, and just before the nightmare that is the TomKat era began!

    1. Triple scoops of Thrifty's ice cream, then walk aimlessly through the Rite Aid (after breakup). Or ice cream at the counter at Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.

      For breakup: a restaurant that will be closing soon, for good. I actually did a break up at a restaurant which then closed. It turned out absolutely perfectly. I felt greeeat right after the breakup and then everything about that relationship went away--including the ending place. :)

      1. Drive directly to Encounter restaurant at LAX, stare out at the stark blameless sunset sky and the departing jets while you perfunctorily chew your rare steak and drain your dry martini, then walk to Southwestern Airlines and hop a cheap flight anywhere out of town within the hour...

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        1. re: silence9

          Alternate version: get on that big Harley (your only true friend) and head on up the PCH to Neptunes Net. Knock back a longneck, rip apart a steamed crab, give the Harley mama at the next table a world-weary gaze, then slide back onto your hog and don't look back till you hit Santa Cruz...

        2. First of all, I'm stuck in jury duty today (thank god for the computers here in the waiting room!!), so I understand feeling broken. I mean, broken hearted :)

          My favorite place to drown sorrows is Malo. Strong but good margaritas, freshly fried chips and a mouth-burning habanero/creme fraiche salsa. The shrimp al mojo de ajo (shrimp in drawn butter) is also good. I mean, it's shrimp in a ton of melted butter. You can't really go wrong with that.

          I like the 4100 bar in Silverlake as well. Bartenders are nice (especially Ralph) and the drinks are always good. Lots of good, stimulating music on the jukebox as well.

          OH - and I think it's important to treat yourself when feeling broken-hearted...I love going to a great bistro like Blair's and splurging with the girls.

          I just realized that my post makes it sound as if I'm broken hearted a lot...hm...


          1. I do not know why, but Tom Bergen's comes to mind. It is solid and the bartenders are often good listeners. The comfort food of bars.

            1. if someone's looking for a true hollywood break-up dinner, isn't there a place in venice called casablanca that is decorated like rick's bar, with movie memorabilia all around? i've never been but a co-worker has described it to me. you can emulate the best breakup in movie history. break it off with a "here's looking at you kid".

              on a personal note: in 2004 the university of texas was selected (i won't go into mack brown's ethics here) over my alma mater's beloved golden bears for the rose bowl. serious heart break. i had to catch a flight that night, but i dreamt of eating sapporo ichiban instant noodles and oreos while watching the movie "top gun". i awoke later, only slightly comforted.

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              1. re: go_bears

                Casablanca in Venice - Lincoln and Rose.

                The best thing is to have the breakup dinner there and go across the street to La Cabana and drink your sorrows away.

              2. Well, let's see: the night my first wife told me she wasn't coming back home with me but was gonna stay in Berkeley with the guy we were supposedly just visiting, I went out for a very long drive up in the hills and wound up parked on the hill overlooking the nuclear lab for about two hours, staring at the moon and SF Bay. Then I went back down to a 24-hour Copper Penny and had a big plate of eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and toast, and lots of coffee. Under similar circumstances (which God forbid, please!) I'd do pretty much the same now, except in the absence of Copper Pennys here I'd have to make do with Norm's...or even (yuck ptooey) Denny's. And NO booze.