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Densible Mar 30, 2007 05:12 PM

I work evenings downtown so will be celebrating this years anniversary at a local restaurant. Up to now, I have always relied on The Water Grill, R-23, Checkers, Patina etc. Wondering, given the "resurgence" of the area if there are other dining spots to consider? Noe? Edison?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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  1. kellydeez RE: Densible Mar 30, 2007 05:46 PM

    Seems like Edison will not have the complete menu you are looking for, based on your passed experiences. I've heard good things about Blue Velvet. Nic & Stef's is great, albeit a specified fine dining experience....

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      Densible RE: kellydeez Mar 30, 2007 05:52 PM

      Agree on Edison-maybe stop in for a drink though. N&S is too much red meat for us. I've checked out Blue Velvet on the net and worry about trend factor overwhelming food factor. have you heard anything about Noe?
      Thanks

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        chica RE: Densible Mar 30, 2007 07:03 PM

        It has its yay and naysayers, but I like it. (You might to, since the service and setting does remind me of Patina in some ways.) There are innovative dishes, but some are also deemed classics because of its popularity (ie mimosa salad). I got the TM once, and it was fabulous - including tender cod, a balanced miso soup, creative desserts. The chef was nice enough to come out and explain them to me. The setting definitely enhances the dining experience.

        Happy Anniversary!

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          rickym13 RE: Densible Mar 30, 2007 11:30 PM

          haven't been there in a while but cicada has a great room...might be just a call for anniversary dinner.

      2. ipsedixit RE: Densible Mar 30, 2007 08:33 PM

        Despite the gentrification, er, I mean, "resurgence" of downtown and attendant growth of dining options, most of the new places (Edison, Blue Velvet, J Lounge, e3d steakhouse, etc.) are really more scene than fine dining on par with places like Water Grill, Patina, etc.

        Noe is an option; but as Chica mentions above the food and cuisine is not mainstream, and can be sort of off-putting for some (sometimes I think of Noe as a "Sona-lite").

        If you want to try something new, maybe consider ROYALE a bit west on Wilshire Blvd. in the renovated Wilshire Royale Hotel building. Good seafood selections (we enjoyed the John Dory) and the mashed potatoes and fries were very good as well.

        Royale
        www.royaleonwilshire.com.

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          Bite Me RE: Densible Mar 31, 2007 02:05 AM

          An oldie but a goodie: Pacific Dining Car.

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            peterboy RE: Densible Mar 31, 2007 09:10 AM

            Think about Chichen Itza on 6th just west of the park. In the Essex hotel. been written about here before, Very fine food and you can google the menu.
            nice room. the neighborhood may cause some head swiveling, but for no good reason. Very lovely staff.

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