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Mere Mortals' Ultimate LA Restaurants 2006

For those of us who haven't yet achieved the fiscal liberty to hobnob with the gods at Providence, Urasawa, and Cut...

What are your top 5 of 2006?

(still setting the bar high, but say walk in and walk out with $30 less in your pocket... and please keep it to restaurants i.e. places with waitservice)

ps. this survey is not officially sanctioned by chowhound.com :)

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  1. Easy: OPUS 3 course tasting, $30.

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    1. re: RicRios

      2) El Parian (how could I forget ?)
      3) Dino's chicken maniaco
      4) Sushi Gen's sashimi (table, not bar)
      5) Langer's pastrami on rye (plain)

    2. 3 Course Tasting at Opus = $30, ok tax+tip is more, but still, not a bad deal.

      Langer's = I know, I'm the first of many who thought of that one.

      Renu Nakorn = when they open back up

      Lot's more. But it really depends on how much you eat.

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      1. re: woojink

        Are you thinking of Ruen Pair on Hollywood Blvd.? Or is Renu Nakorn on Rosecrans Ave. in Norwalk closed too?

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Renu Nakorn's closed until February or March for remodelling. Thai Nakorn is a worthy, worthy substitute.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            If I could just get Kar to buy into that?
            Unfortunately for me it's off to LOS in LV for the real thing?

      2. amandine enjoys:
        1) Saladang
        2) Literati II
        3) Fatty's (Eagle Rock)
        4) Nyala's (Fairfax)

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        1. re: amandine

          Literati II?? I thought that the place was pretty expensive but, I only went for dinner once.

          1. re: banquisha

            It's probably cutting it close, but the appetizers are generous enough (and delicious enough) to make a light dinner (HUGE bruschetta!). That's what I always get when I go there. I'm guessing that if you add wine to an entree, you'd top $30, but you could be satisfied ordering under $30.

        2. Here's just one: Central Park Cafe, Pasadena.

          1. Ok, I'm loving this one...

            Joe's for lunch/brunch
            BLD for brunch
            Pie 'n Burger
            The Pink Pepper
            Lares

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            1. re: cvc

              oh yes!!! Joe's for brunch is such a fantastic deal!
              instead of paying the same price as o'groats and several other brunch/breakfast places, i'd much rather go to joe's for the food and atmosphere. you can't get any classier and nicer for the price.