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Food_Fiend Feb 12, 2007 02:55 PM

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?

  1. Ashibi Feb 12, 2007 02:58 PM

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

    1. Clare K Feb 12, 2007 03:30 PM

      La Parilla - good Mexican grub: http://www.laparrilla.com/

      1. Local Feb 12, 2007 03:38 PM

        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.

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          silverlakebodhisattva Feb 12, 2007 05:05 PM

          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.

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            ANoodnik Feb 12, 2007 05:10 PM

            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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              silverlakebodhisattva Feb 15, 2007 07:12 AM

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

            2. Jennalynn Feb 12, 2007 05:14 PM

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

              1. Ashibi Feb 14, 2007 04:22 PM

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

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                  mlgb Feb 15, 2007 07:21 AM

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

                  1. Ashibi Feb 16, 2007 06:45 AM

                    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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                      bijoux16 Feb 17, 2007 12:56 PM

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

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                      mlgb Feb 17, 2007 09:28 AM

                      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.

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