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May 1, 2007 11:04 AM

Places to eat near the Sunset Strip not too trendy

A buddy of mine is getting married on Sunday and I need some suggestions where 8 guys can go for dinner on or near the Strip. We have a suite at the Standard so something close by would be great. Not looking for the 20 something hollywood poser crowd but something more ethnic i.e. Argentinian, Japanese, Thai, Italian etc........ Any suggestions welcome.....
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  1. There is an excellent Argentinean restaurant, Gardels on Melrose just a block and a bit more west of Fairfax. They have been there for 25 years or so. Take a look at their website below. Hope you will post about wherever you end up going.

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    1. re: tony michaels

      2nd rec cor Gardel's. Very old world. Great value and excelllent meat!

    2. Vivoli on the corner of Sunset & Laurel has fabulous Italian food. It's definitely walking distance from the Standard and very chill/not trendy. You probably need to make a reservation b/c it's a tiny place.

      1. How about Yatai on Sunset?

        1. What about the Brazilian place, Fogo de Chao (sp)?

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Trendy and expensive!

            Hard to avoid that, in that area.

            There's some great Armenian around there.

            I would head to Caffe Angeli, or if you can get to Little Ethiopia on Fairfax, head to Rahel or Messob

            1. re: Burger Boy

              Not that place-overpriced and the quality is soooooooo sub par!!

              1. re: hazelnutty

                It is expensive, but the quality has been great all the times I've been. What are you comparing it to?

                1. re: hrhboo

                  Quality was top notch - as was the final bill.

            2. I always liked Mirabelle (not sure how far from the Standard it is, though). Really great oysters on the half shell (Hama Hama was my fave) and their ahi tuna tartare is to die for! Also, 7 plates for $7 from 4-7, 7 days a week! See link: