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lolabelow May 23, 2007 05:45 PM

Friday night. We could go to Blairs. We love it and haven't been in a while. We could hit Farfalla - it's been so long. But should we go somewhere new and, dare I say, special? Doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.

Eastside please. From Hollywood to Pasadena. Downtown works too. Anything but Korean or Vietnamese

  1. ipsedixit May 23, 2007 10:17 PM

    I would vote for Briganti in South Pasadena. www.brigantirestaurant.com

    Enjoy wherever you end up.

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      mojoeater May 23, 2007 10:11 PM

      We had a wonderful meal at Tropicalia in Los Feliz. You can select any wine from the attached wine bar (Vinotecca), and the food is damned good. I had a spicy shrimp dish, and my SO had the ribs. At first, he thought the portion was small, but as soon as he dug in he was more than satisfied.

      1. SauceSupreme May 23, 2007 10:01 PM

        I suggest Cha Cha Cha in Silver Lake for some Caribbean-themed food and wonderful sangria. Reasonably priced but lots of fun.

        More toward the high end, I recommend going to a wine bar, like Vertical, Red White + Bluezz or perhaps (I haven't been) 750mL.

        Staying in the South Pas area, there's also Briganti for nice Italian.

        1. c
          carter May 23, 2007 05:58 PM

          While I like Blairs, Canele in Atwater surely could work without breaking any banks, as could Bistro Verdu up in Montrose on Verdugo a bit south of Honolulu, as well as Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock, vermont in Los Feliz, Phoenicia for middle eastern in Glendale, Polka in Glassell Park for Polish.
          For a more loopy environment, the Oinkster in Eagle Rock for pastrami sandwiches, pulled pork, great burgers, fosselman's milk shakes, good Belgian ales, etc. would send you into a retro 50s mood, and definitely would not break any banks.
          www.oinkster.com for more deets.

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          1. re: carter
            mojoeater May 23, 2007 10:09 PM

            I had a truly bad experience with the owner of Vermont. I won't go into it, but suffice it to say I felt he treated me like I meant nothing since I'm a woman (and I'm not over-sensitive to that) and it is one of the only places I would ever recommend against simply because of a personality issue.

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