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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.....