We Got A Babysitter!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.