Dinner near the Derby
A bunch of friends and I are going to a show at the Derby in Los Feliz. Any recommendations for dinner before the show? We are open to anything as long as it is good and close. I know Louise's is right next door but we want something better than that.
I think my first choice within walking distance would be Vinoteca Farfalla, a nice wine bar where you can order food from Tropicalia, the Brazilian place next door. Farfalla is fine, but sometimes crowded and service can suffer.
The Japanese place, Sansui, is not bad.
Pretty much all the other places around there range from bad (Mexico City) to mediocre (Puran's, Home).
Simply Thai (a few blocks further south on Hillhurst, on the east side of the street) has fresh tasty food that is reasonably priced. You can check out their website to see if anything appeals....
I also recommend Farfalla, if you want something closer.
I prefer Il Capricio (on Vermont north of Hollywood) to Farfalla. They have a good Chinese chicken salad at Chi Dynasty just across the street from the Derby.