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Anything good around the Pantages?

crystaw Mar 24, 2007 12:23 AM

Hello Chowhounders!
A friend and I are going to see the afternoon showing of Wicked at the Pantages in LA. I don't know there area well so I was wondering if there were any places nearby worth checking out. I looked at some old posts but just thought I'd check anyway. Thank you in advance!

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    glutton Mar 26, 2007 12:28 PM

    Off Vine is a fine option... nice American comfort food in a homey bungalow setting. Good, reliable, and reasonably priced.

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      compucook Sep 10, 2008 04:47 PM

      TIme for an update! We're headed there tomorrow night. The person I'm going with isn't a meat eater, but does enjoy chicken and fish. What's fun and good in the vicinity?

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        Ciao Bob Sep 10, 2008 04:58 PM

        I think the new Loteria on Hollywood is close and wasn't there when this thread was made.
        Also Los Balcones, Hungry Cat, etc noted above remain strong choices.

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          JeMange Sep 10, 2008 05:10 PM

          For fish, it's really hard to beat Hungry Cat, as mentioned above. Mozza also has plenty of non-red meat options.

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            compucook Sep 12, 2008 01:16 AM

            Well we started out for Los Balcones, but upon arriving, we saw a "B" in the window and a tattered awning outside. It didn't look like our kind of place so we did a quick search on the GPS and had dinner at EAT. My salmon was excellent, not as much my friend's risotto. It wasn't bad, but too rich and too creamy for her taste. The service and server were professional, concerned about dietary limitations and prompt.
            The half price glass of house wines (mid-week special) was a pleasant surprise. .

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        AquaW Mar 26, 2007 11:39 AM

        Walking down Hollywood from the Pantages, you can get Lucky Devil's (great Wagyu hamburgers and toasted pecan shakes) or Skooby's (hot dogs & fries) or Musso & Frank's. Vert's @ Hollywood&Highland is not bad either. Or you can dive for margaritas & mojitos at L'Scorpion (they have a daily 6-8p happy hour, I believe).

        Going down Vine, you can hit Hungry Cat, Magnolia, Bowery - and eat. on Sunset is a bit further down east. All pretty good.

        So yea, many options for you to choose from


        1. CarlieInLA Mar 26, 2007 10:48 AM

          We just went to Wicked and decided to eat at Hollywood & Vine Diner which is half a block from the theater. We actually really enjoyed our meal, we had a nice crab and corn chowder, very good pork chop and a delicious short rib dish. Its very convenient and although the food isn't out of this world, we felt it was a nice meal. Its a bit on the pricey side, and you should def have reservations, the place was packed. A nice feature is that a lot of diners are there for the theater so they are very concious about getting you done with your meal in time to get to the theater.


          Other options are Hungry Cat, eat.on.sunset and Mozza (could not get a reservation ourselves). Have fun, its a great show!

          1. Emme Mar 25, 2007 01:07 PM

            Second the rec for Musso & Frank... Musso meal + theater = classy evening

            Lucques isn't too far; neither is Mozza (though the reviews have been mixed)

            Lucky Devil's for more casual burgers

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              gsw Mar 25, 2007 11:21 AM

              Las Balcones del Peru is on Vine just south of Sunset - across from the Arc-Light. That's not far from the Pantages. Peruvian food. Wonderful seafood menu, among other Peruvian things.

              1. perk Mar 24, 2007 01:21 PM

                Magnolia is nice with a solid menu and several good choices.

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                  sanangel Mar 24, 2007 11:36 AM

                  Why not eat at the cozy and charming Fabiolus Cafe -- which just happens to be the "official restaurant" of the Wicked production at the Pantages?


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                    tastycakes Sep 10, 2008 04:59 PM

                    my last meal at fabiolus was so disappointing -pale, flavorless, rubbery tomatoes and canned corn on a salad in the middle of summer??

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                    New Trial Mar 24, 2007 01:45 AM

                    Depending on the day, the best bets for dinner after are Musso & Frank's, eat@sunset, Hungry Cat, and Vert.

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