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Please keep me and my boyfriend from killing each other

The problem:
We often find ourselves having the old, "What should we eat?" "I dunno. Whatever you want." "Well, I don't care. What do you want?" conversations. I swear to you, this has ruined some otherwise nice evenings!

The location:
Miracle Mile, Hollywood, West Hollywood, and the like.

The specifications:
Entrees in the $15 and under range. We don't think we're picky eaters, but we actually are. No Mexican (for him), no pasta (for either of us), and no sandwiches (for me...I keep the carbs to a minimum).

Places that are similar to what we're looking for:
Doughboys, Swingers, Zeke's, Mishima.

The solution:
I dunno. You tell me.

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  1. Have you eaten at Luna Park before? The main courses might be a dollar to two dollars more than you ask for, but worth the extra cost.

    http://www.lunaparkla.com

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    1. re: tony michaels

      Luna has a great vibe, but the food is mediocre i think. a
      fun hangout though

    2. I live in the same area, so I have lots of thoughts... Little Next Door is right next to Doughboys and would be something totally different for you, very very French cafe, but really good. Milk on Bevery has good salads and panini (for him), in addition to the yummy baked goods. Cube on LaBrea is actually better at the non-pasta dishes, in my mind - whatever the special is is usually out of this world and within your range. BLD might be a bit more expensive, but they have a few dishes that I really like.

      And what about the farmer's market? No Mexican rules out Loteria, which is a shame, but there are crepes, a "healthy" pizza place, lots of beloved options, and you don't have to agree on what kind of food to eat.

      Those are the places in high rotation on my list right now.

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      1. re: cyberroo

        We're walking distance to the Farmer's Market, so we do end up there a lot on weekends for breakfast.

        Thanks for the info on Cube. I always assumed it was strictly pasta.

        Milk is a good option too. We went in to drool over desserts, but should return for food-food.

        As for the Luna Park rec above, we've been, and found it gets a little too loud and crowded for our taste, but I did enjoy my meal (and drinks!) enough to consider a second shot at it.

        1. re: ITurnedOutTV

          A couple of other thoughts, (which always come after you have first posted). Have you been to Cha Cha Cha in WeHo? http://www.theoriginalchachacha.com/h...

          And what about BLD on (I think) Beverly?

          1. re: tony michaels

            One other place: Talesai for Thai food in WeHo is pretty good food and should easily meet your price point. http://www.talesai.com/locations.shtml

            And Flavor of India also in WeHo would be a good choice:

            http://www.theflavorofindia.com/

            Taste on Melrose is also a place you could try. Some of their mains will fit you price point and some will be over, but you should find enough possibilities to make it interesting.

            http://www.ilovetaste.com/

      2. How about Roscoe's for soul food?

        I'm pretty sure you could get chicken and greens instead of waffles or potatoes to keep the carbs to a minimum. Pretty sure the price range is right.

        1. Bossa Nova (On Robertson/Santa Monica and Sunset/La Brea) has great salads, sandwiches, and delivers too.

          Urth Cafe has a limited menu, but the food is great.

          Pinks...mmmmm Pinks...

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          1. re: jlisa1

            Am I missing a menu page on Urth's web site, or do they just not publicize their food options? http://www.urthcaffe.com/index.html

            1. re: ITurnedOutTV

              I believe you can find their food options in the "Delivery & Take Out" section :)

          2. As usual, I'm going to complement the Simpsons reference in your handle.

            There's good Thai food in that price range and in those neighborhoods. If I'm really *really* lazy I'll walk over to Thai Patio between Whole Foods and K-Mart, but if I'm feeling a bit more adventurous, I'll head over to Thai Town.

            And I'll second the suggestion of Bossa Nova. Great food, and a huge menu to satisfy any picky eater.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              Thanks for the compliment! We just tried Thai Patio for the first time last week, and we weren't that impressed. We've been much happier with Tawanna and Tuk Tuk for delivery and sit down. Thai Town is on our list, but we haven't made it over there yet.

              I think Bossa Nova should be next on our list. Sounds good!

              1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                I'll have to check out Tawanna and Tuk Tuk. Actually, I'm soon to move out of the Fairfax neighborhood so I better hurry up.

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  I really like the green papaya salad at Tuk Tuk, but I have to disclose that it was the first green papaya salad I ever had. I've since had the gps at Wat Thai, which I now recognize is an "authentic" version.

                  I don't much care for the soups at Tuk Tuk, but Tawanna has my favorite Tom Yum.