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Casual dinner near downtown?

Looking for a dinner spot in the $15-20 range, any cuisine, near USC/downtown/Little Tokyo to take a friend who's in town for the day. Any recs?

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  1. Soot Bull Gui Rim 2 - all you can eat Korean BBQ

      1. Capperi on 2nd St. in Little Tokyo for Italian. Also Pit Fire Pizza for good pizza, convivial atmosphere; Cafe Metropol on 3rd near Traction, and 410 Boyd.

        1. I believe you can do well at the 6th Street location of Chichen Itza for that price point. It's about as far from SC as greater downtown is.

          1. Engine Co. No. 28 is fairly reasonable and has decent food. The building is an old fire house on the National List of Historical Places and the atmosphere is quite nice. The bar has quite a selection also.

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            1. re: ANoodnik

              I don't think you can get out of Engine Co. at dinner for $15.....

            2. Real casual... but totally LA: Phillipes French Dip

              1. Love Phillipes. And they have nice wine by the glass to boot!

                1. Hop Li in Chinatown, they have parking too. Spicy shrimp and black bean eggplant, mmm!

                  1. it that the same Hop Li in West LA? It took over JR Seafood on SM Blvd & Bundy. My family loved JR but we are very disappointed in Hop Li. We never went back.

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                    1. re: Ashibi

                      I've been to both Hop Li locations and I thought the Chinatown location was much better than the one in West LA.

                    2. I don't know about Hop Li in West LA. We ate at Hop Li downtown after work for about 10 years and it was always fine. They had their own parking lot which was the main reason we went there.