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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.


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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:


            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.


      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.

            2. Cafe Tartine
              Eat Well
              Messob/Meals by Genet/Rahel
              M Cafe de Chaya
              Or, do what we do... head to Whole Foods and make salads...

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              1. re: Emme

                Cafe Tartine, at least the one at Beverly and Martel, is now Eat Well. (I just googled "Cafe Tartine" to make sure, and it says there is one on Sycamore? Is this the same place, just moved?)

                Buddha's Belly is nearby and in your price range.

                  1. re: jacinthe

                    Cafe Tartine is indeed Eat Well now, and it's a regular on our breakfast rotation.

                    Thanks for the reminder about Buddha's Belly. We haven't been there for awhile.

                1. Bossa Nova for sure

                  Also try California Chicken Cafe. Yummy yummy rotisserie chicken and it's very healthy.
                  6805 Melrose at Mansfield

                  And there's always Jamba Juice - the shakes are pretty much a meal in themselves, and sometimes I like to get a small side of Pirate's Booty popcorn or their warm "pizza protein sticks."

                  1. I forgot to mention Pollo ala Brasa on 8th and Western! Perfect for take-out and for avoiding those dreaded dinner conversations....


                    1. OK, if I lived in this area I would be eating all the time. Those of us in Burbank aren't too pleased with you right now. I am going to MILK and Mozza for the first time this weekend....from what other say, you should do the same. Is ice cream a carb??? (just kidding, sorry)

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                      1. re: running pig

                        I live in this area and I do in fact eat all the time. Just had dinner at Hungry Cat and came back to 3rd street wondering if I should swing by AOC for a glass of wine and some dates, but thought that I'd given Chef Suzanne enough of my money as it was.

                        1. re: running pig

                          We've tried to get reservations at Mozza, but no luck yet! I know, we're lucky we live in the area, but we're very indecisive and like to eat casual most of the time!

                          1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                            Mozza is great for a drop-by, as long as it's not, say, 8 pm on a Saturday. It's a go-to for us when we eat at random times.


                        2. I don't think anyone has mentioned Joan's on Third. Joan's is by far my favorite lunch/casual dinner spot in your area - and the myriad choices should provide plenty of options for you and your boyfriend, and well within your price range. I typically get the trio of salads (where you pick the three yummiest out of the case) and my SO tends toward the sandwiches, especially meatloaf. And as someone else alluded to, if you don't consider dessert to be carbs (like me!), there are excellent desserts to be had.

                          Also, at the Farmer's Market - I love the Indonesian place, the Gumbo Pot, and the Brazilian place (the bacon-wrapped chicken is TDF).

                          [BTW, I had to laugh when I read your post - I used to have that conversation way too much with my ex - I swear it's one of the reasons we broke up. My current SO, on the other hand, is great about this (and so much else)!]

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                          1. re: aching

                            If I lived in the area, I would go to Joans a few times a month. I really enjoy the variety of salads and sandiwches. Of course...desserts are fantastic and I liked the gourmet food section. I have always been treated well by upneat employees...including being "comped" cupcakes when they made an error with my order. Do you think Sweet Lady you-know-who would ever comp a dessert???

                          2. Why don't you go to the Ethiopian restaurants on south Fairfax, such Messob, Merkato, or Aiwash on Pico. Interesting food, not too pricey, and in the neighborhood.

                            There is also an excellent Indian Tandoori restaurant on Pico, between Fairfax and Crescent Heights on the north side of the street.