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I am going to a concert tonight with my girlfriend and would like to dine somewhere prior to the show. Not too expensive, say $10-15 for a meal. Anybody recommend a restaurant I should go to. She usually orders white meat chicken in some form or another and I eat whatever.

I live in Simi Valley and will be taking the 101 and 110 freeways. It does not have to be right near the Staples, but along my route of Travel. I want to try something new...Thank you for any recs.

Jeff

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  1. You can get to Chinatown easily from the 110 or 101, Im not up on chinese in the area, search the site for favorites, there are a few if you want chinese.

    Also in Chinatown is Phillipe's the Original it is an LA classic. (Disputed) home of the french dip also has huge menu to choose for her. I usually go with the lamb dip, coleslaw and chili.

    A little closer to downtown is the Pantry. I haven't gone there since Dick Reardon bought it, but it is also a classic.

    1. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35507...

      Check out an old thread or two. I'm sure LA landmarks like the Pantry are mentioned, but if you want something a little nicer than that you can try the Bonaventure Brewing Company or Pete's Cafe, though the latter might be a little bit more $$ than you specified.

      1. The Liberty Grill across from Staples Center is the place to go and very convenient. It has a nice atmosphere, great patio and great food.

        http://www.liberty-grill.com/

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        1. re: RobertC

          Thanks, I think I will try Liberty Grill!

          1. re: Landis

            I just want to give you a word of caution that the last two times I've been there (one within the past month), the food and the service have been pretty horrible. I have the sense that this was a much better place when it opened and has steadily gone downhill. I think the most apt comparison is that the food is very much like Marie Calendar's but with fewer reliable options on the menu and probably a few buck more expensive per entry. Last time I went I ordered a grilled cheese sandwhich because I figured that would be hard to screw up. Nope. Our entrees came out about 45 minutes after we ordered, mine on a burning hot plate with sandwiches that had clearly been reheated on the plate because the cheese had already congealed. The other two entrees in my party were cold and swimming in oil. If you do give it a shot, I hope you have better luck than we did. :)

            1. re: mollyomormon

              Well two of us had a nice meal with great service...and it is run by Fred Eric of Fred 62 and the Tiarra Cafe...good credentials, good beer and wine selection. Try the green beans as a side dish. Our server there was a blond woman and could not have been more pleasant and accomodating....

              1. re: RobertC

                Perhaps we were there at two off times. I'm not sure. But twice was enough to make me not really want to try it again. Maybe it's also better at dinner as these were both lunches.

        2. Last time I went to Staples, a few weeks ago, we did happy hour at Zucca, which is walkable from Staples. All the food is $4, beers $3, wines $4. The small plates are pretty big, we shared 4 small plates and had two drinks each, and were really full. The food was good for $4.
          http://www.patinagroup.com/zuccaRisto...

          1. If your GF eats healthy, stay away from the Pantry.

            I'm not positive if it stays open at night, but there is a La Salsa at 4th and Figueroa, and if you want to spend a bit more, immediately adjacent is Ciudad.