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Downtown LA - one night, solo dining

djh Oct 26, 2006 12:06 AM

What's the best restaurant downtown reasonably close to the Biltmore? In town for one night tomorrow night, solo dining. Best = most interesting, innovative, creative preparations. Open to any cuisine, and price not all that important. I figure if I gotta be in LA alone tomorrow night, I might as well eat well while I'm there. Thanks in advance.

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    AquaW Oct 26, 2006 12:13 AM

    about 2 blocks down (though I hesitate to walk solo down those blocks late at night) is Noe at the Omni, which seems to fit your bill.


    Oh yea, and Water Grill half a block away - but pretty pricey: http://www.watergrill.com


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    1. re: AquaW
      Griller141 Oct 26, 2006 03:57 AM

      Water Grill is definitely pricey - especially the wines. But the bar is so nice and the service so good that even when I have a partner, we often choose the bar. You can avoid the outrageously priced wine list by drinking martinis, which go great with shellfish (and kill the vibrio in oysters - what a rationalization).

      1. re: AquaW
        Snoopy Oct 26, 2006 05:41 PM

        Went to Noe about 6 weeks ago and was very disappointed. I would avoid.

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        woojink Oct 26, 2006 12:18 AM

        I spend at least 2-3 nights a week in Downtown LA, staying at a hotel... so I have empathy. I really like eating at the bar at the Water Grill which is VERY close to your hotel. Not cheap. Seafood oriented. One of the best restaurants in downtown.

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          Capybara Oct 26, 2006 12:39 AM

          I've never eaten at the bar at the Water Grill, but absolutely recommend the restaurant. One of the best most reliable restaurants in LA, esp. if you like seafood. Its not the newest scene, but that is probably for the better if you are eating alone.

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            slacker Oct 26, 2006 12:57 AM

            Water Grill for sure, and their bar would be great for solo dining. Plus if you decide to celebrate the one night with lots of vino, you could just roll back into your hotel room.

            1. Nuray Oct 26, 2006 01:09 AM

              I like Cuidad, it is very close Biltmore. It has very good Latin American food...

              1. chica Oct 26, 2006 03:21 AM

                I've dined in the main room, and at the bar at Water Grill. I've seen many solo diners at the bar, and Bob, the bartender, is a fantastic, knowledgeable guy.

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                  at4 Oct 26, 2006 06:31 PM

                  Hop in a cab and head to Full House in Chinatown. Get salty pepper shrimp, Buddha's Feast (veggies in a hot pot) and crispy noodles or Shanghai style curried noodles, and a plate of Garlic Snow Pea Shoots. Divine..and all of it cheap in comparison to Water Grill.

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                    ipsedixit Oct 26, 2006 07:23 PM

                    Cheaper? Yes.

                    Tastier? No.

                  2. Eat_Nopal Oct 26, 2006 07:29 PM

                    Traxx at Union Statio... its a classic, institution that few people seem to know about.

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                      gourmetla Oct 27, 2006 12:33 AM

                      Engine Company #28 on Figueroa.

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                        Jerome Oct 27, 2006 01:07 AM

                        I've often liked the food at the checkers hotel. Once upon a time it was thomas keller's digs. but it's still ok.

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