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Mar 5, 2007 10:51 AM

The Best Moderately Priced Restaurants

Ok so where does everyone go for their favorite meal at a reasonable price. I am looking for everyone's go-to location where the food is great and the service can't be beat. Somewhere that you walk out of and can't stop talking about how great a meal you just had. Atmosphere is important as well, as I feel it adds to the overall dining experience.

All types of food.
All locations through-out the LA area (please give approx location).
Mains should be $30 or less

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  1. I love Pho Cafe in Silverlake. Entrees are less than $10. Beers are $3-6. Service is excellent. And it is NOT a hole-in-the-wall. Very clean, white walls, well lit. It's in a small shopping center on Sunset at Silverlake Blvd. No signage.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      "well lit"

      Does it still have those shockingly bright giant light bulb light fixtures? I could never walk in because of those. I guess I like things on the darker side.

      1. re: diningdivala

        I second that. Pho has all the ambience of a high school biology classroom. Lighting is important -- and the glare from Pho renders it a non-starter in my book. I'd rather go next door to Rambutan.

        1. re: hungrygirl106

          It is very bright and stark (at least that is how I remember it!). I, too, would definitely prefer Rambutan. Yum!

    2. I love The Kitchen in Silverlake. It's small and the servers can be hurried, but you can't beat the corkage and the food for the price!! You get comfort foods like fried chicken and cornbread, but you can also get nicer entrees and salads. I usually go for the grilled veggie stack and their awesome thin-cut fries.

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      1. re: graffitipassion

        Is that the one that is on Fountain just off Sunset? I saw it the other day, but was not sure. Thanks!

      2. Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock - always absolutely terrific.

        Briganti in South Pas - the Italian version of Beaujolais

        Clare K.

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        1. re: Clare K

          I agree - Cafe Beaujolais is the one I return to again and again. And it never misses.

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          1. Thanks for the recs so far. Are there any more great moderately priced restaurants? Any little hidden gems as well?

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            1. re: camp1980

              Take a look at the "Mere Mortal's Ultimate Restaurants of 2006" thread, which lists all of the LA 'hounds favorite restaurants for under $30:


              1. re: DanaB

                Wow thanks for giving me that link. That was a great posting to find reasonably priced restaurants. Now I just need to figure out where all those places are located and how to fit as many into my visit as possible. =)

              2. re: camp1980

                I love Madame Matisse on Sunset. If they have their steak au poivre, get it!