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1 st date recommendations for Saturday afternoon

kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 10:15 AM

Any suggestions in the S. Bay, or Downtown LA for 1st date? Something fun and different but not too extreme. I am generally looking for a intimate environment that will help conversation to flow.

Looking to make an impression and have a good time and trying to avoid chain restaurants or 3rd street promenade, old town pasadena places. Too many date memories there!


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  1. tony michaels RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 10:21 AM

    If you want to dine in the South Bay then maybe Restaurant Christine. Nice setting, food and service. It would make a good impression.


    1. SauceSupreme RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 10:27 AM

      How about Belacan Grill in Redondo Beach for some Malaysian food. You can get exotic if you like, but they've also got your standard set of noodles and curries and fried rices.

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        bulavinaka RE: SauceSupreme Mar 1, 2007 09:15 PM

        I was thinking the same thing... very unique - definitely not a chain - just the food can make for conversation... not a really romantic setting, but it's a nice dining room and they're usually not busy at all on a saturday afternoon, which could lend to a somewhat intimate setting in a corner. Hmm... my only concern would be if they are still open between lunch and dinner?

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        Oh Robin RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 11:11 AM

        Le Creperie

        2nd Street

        Long Beach

        Crepes are sexy!

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          Bria Silbert RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 11:46 AM

          I would recommend Chez Melange in the South Bay

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            wilafur RE: Bria Silbert Mar 1, 2007 04:20 PM

            ugh, old, outdated and high unromantic. perfect for say a 50yr anniversary though! =)

          2. Alimentary My Dear Watson RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 12:05 PM

            How about checking out the Museum Of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, and then walking the 200 feet to Bottle Rock for a glass of wine or Belgian ale?

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              ElissaInPlaya RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 12:40 PM

              I would warn against Chez Melange if you are younger than 40. But you might like it otherwise.

              Food at bottle rock is NO BUENO, but the vino is nice.

              Meditrino on the Hermosa pier has a nice ambiance, if the weather is warm especially.

              Or downtown, a trip to the flower market followed by sushi lunch, or Mexican from the Grand Central Farmer's market is casual, different, inexpensive and fun.

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                kf2avs RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 01:12 PM

                great suggestions thank you all. I am in my early 30's so may have to shy away from Chez Melange if what elissa said is true.

                The downtown was an option in my back pocket and agree about the market, fountain, near grand.

                Now I have a few ideas if we stay in S Bay. Please keep this up. I am cataloging and researching every place for 2nd and 3rd dates as well. Thanks again everyone.

                1. Marianna215 RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 01:15 PM

                  If you are headed downtown, I can't think of a better place than the rooftop at the standard hotel, if the date sucks, than at least you have some grade A people watching. It's even better if stay to watch the sunset glisten off the highrises.

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                    TracyS RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 01:49 PM

                    If sushi is not too "extreme", there is R-23 in downtown. Ciudad (from the Too Hot Tamales) is a fun spot and not bad - just avoid it at happy hour time where all the after-workers swarm and stick with the apps and small plates which are better than the entrees.

                    You could also try an izakaya like Izayoi, Ebisu, or Haru Ulala and order as safe or extreme as you want. =)

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                      kf2avs RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 03:24 PM

                      thanks all for these great ideas. I am taking notes like crazy. Now the date has shifted to dinner time (at my request, i didn't want to compete with her friends calling during lunch to schedule dinner plans), I think this is better since that leaves more room for restaurants and activities afterwards without a time limitation. r23 I''ve heard good things about and would be my choice for downtown. For s. bay, I like la creperie (better for Sunday brunch?) or christine's. I know no matter where we go, conversation and vibe is most important, but I definitely want to try a unique place tht neither of us has been before. THANKS!

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                        maybelle RE: kf2avs Mar 2, 2007 09:59 AM

                        I went to r23 for a birthday dinner back in December and I enjoyed it. Since dinner was with a few people I was un-familiar with, the decor (cardboard chairs! plates on the wall!) and the interesting mix of people and the good food were nice conversation pieces to fall back on. I'd recommend for a date for sure.

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                        SoCalMuncher RE: kf2avs Mar 1, 2007 04:04 PM

                        In Downtown: Windows or Prime
                        Long Beach: Sky Room (dancing), or L'Opera

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                          SauceSupreme RE: SoCalMuncher Mar 1, 2007 09:04 PM

                          I like the desserts at L'Opera, but I prefer dinner at the Madison. :D

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