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Looking for not expensive downtown eatery

ladybythebay May 3, 2007 03:47 PM

Meeting my best girl friend for food and wine tomorrow night. Does anyone have any recommendations for great/good food that is not Japanese. Wine is mandatory unless I can bring my own. Help!!!

  1. ipsedixit May 3, 2007 09:31 PM

    Grill Lyon in Little Tokyo, Honda Center, would fit your parameters.

    Wood Spoon is another option, but I don't know how extensive their dinner menu is.

    *Avoid Caperri - it sucks. Better off at California Pizza Kitchen.

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      rickym13 May 3, 2007 04:35 PM

      i usually go capperi in j-town and take my own wine all the time.

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        ladybythebay May 3, 2007 04:39 PM

        Thank you all! Now what type of food is capperi??


        1. re: ladybythebay
          rickym13 May 3, 2007 05:23 PM

          italian. on 2nd street by san pedro.

          1. re: ladybythebay
            rickym13 May 3, 2007 05:47 PM

            capperi is a not fancy place but nice. its not a dive and you can get away with under $50 easy. not sure if they have corkage either? they never charge us since we are regular there....

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          whatsfordinner May 3, 2007 04:26 PM

          Pete's Cafe and Bar on 4th and Main. It's a nice space and has reasonable prices for both food and wine. I've only had their hamburger, but it was really, really good.

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          1. re: whatsfordinner
            aurora50 May 3, 2007 04:30 PM

            One of the restaurants on Olvera Street might be fun, and definitely within your range.

            1. re: whatsfordinner
              mollyomormon May 3, 2007 04:39 PM

              Pete's is an excellent suggestion and should fall within the OP's range pretty easily. Make sure you get an order of the blue cheese fries. Even though Liberty Grill falls within that price range as well, I really couldn't recommend it. While they may have been good initially, it's really terrible now. I think it's pretty tough to screw up a grilled cheese sandwhich, but they couldn't even get that right the last time I was there.

              1. re: mollyomormon
                tony michaels May 3, 2007 05:27 PM

                What about Zucca? I belive they have $0 corkage, (at least they used to) and the price point should be okay, (especially the pasta dishes).

              2. re: whatsfordinner
                Liquid Sky May 3, 2007 07:47 PM

                No offense to Pete's fans, but they are really overpriced for what you get. Also the service is all over the place.

                I wood go for The Wooden Spoon (Wood Spoon) for Brazilian comfort food in a great, intimate space. No problem going over-budget. Around 8th or 9th St.

                Blossom Restaurant is Vietnamese and gets good reviews. The space is nice... kind of modern. It's down Main Street (between 4th & 5th), not far from Pete's.

              3. MeAndroo May 3, 2007 04:18 PM

                Daily Grill?

                On Fig and 6th.

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                  Wolfgang May 3, 2007 04:24 PM

                  $60 for two with wine is tough.
                  I'd look at the Engine Company and Ciudad. Maybe try the happy hour menu at either of those places.

                  1. re: MeAndroo
                    Densible May 3, 2007 04:25 PM

                    Liberty Grill on Flower and 11th-diagonally across the street from The Palm. I think they are open for dinner and in the price range.
                    I agree with Scrappy on Tesorro (or whatever it is called). I have been there a few times and find it mediocre. There is another Italian place-Zucca? Perhaps a CH will know more about it.
                    Is Pacific Dining car an option, given the budget? Maybe you can check it out online?

                  2. scrappydog May 3, 2007 03:52 PM

                    What price range works for you?

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                    1. re: scrappydog
                      ladybythebay May 3, 2007 03:58 PM

                      Dinner for two say around $60.00. Please keep in mind that we are not looking for quanity but quality is definitely a must. Thanks for you help!!!

                      1. re: ladybythebay
                        scrappydog May 3, 2007 04:15 PM

                        Downtown itself is a little tough at night. There are expense account type options that are open at night that have quality food but exceed your desired price. (Patina, Water Grill, Nic and Stefs, etc) There are inexpensive options that are only open at lunch. There is an italian place in California Plaza by the Omni Hotel - Tersoro in your price range. The best options at Tersoro are the dinner salads, fish and pastas. I have had the steak and it is weak. There is also a California Pizza Kitchen in the Wells Fargo Center across the street. Downtown is relatively close to chinatown, and that may be a better value option if you like chinese.

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