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Food & Drink Near The El Rey

mc michael May 29, 2007 05:51 PM

Before and after The Hold Steady on Thursday at 8:00. TIA.

  1. tony michaels May 29, 2007 05:56 PM

    Lots of excellent choices in Koreatown a very short drive from there. Also Opus if you want to do something more upscale and of course if you are looking to keep it on the less expensive side you could go around the corner on La Brea to Luna Park or drive down 8th Street to Guelaguetza or just east of that Taylor's Steakhouse.

    Before hand The Prince or even the Dresden Room?

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    1. re: tony michaels
      mc michael May 29, 2007 06:07 PM

      Thanks, tony. Some good ideas there though I might reverse them. Upscale, however, would be a radical contrast to The Hold Steady.

      1. re: mc michael
        tony michaels May 29, 2007 06:10 PM

        In that case you may be planning on being Steady at the Hold?

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          mc michael May 29, 2007 09:00 PM


          1. re: mc michael
            Local May 29, 2007 10:49 PM

            hmmm...kinda like being stuck between stations on the radio....so, heading downscale, maybe Adam Corrolla's place, Amalfi, complete with upstairs lounge and associated lizards? enjoy, should be fun show!

            1. re: Local
              mc michael May 29, 2007 11:24 PM

              I'm looking for something left of the dial.

              1. re: mc michael
                Local May 31, 2007 08:06 PM

                well, too late to catch you, but as a replacement suggestion, you might want to head east for some hangin' downtown at the Pacific Dining Car... (sorry, no mats, just tablecloths).

                1. re: Local
                  mc michael Jun 1, 2007 12:56 AM

                  Good one, Local. In typical fashion, I did not write down the address of Sake House Miro as kindly suggested by Chowpatty and others but remembered it was in the 800 block of LaBrea. Unfortunately or not, I was looking on the wrong side of the street and spotted something that looked like photos on the site but was not. So instead we wound up at Ogamdo Cafe & Restaurant at 842 S. LaBrea. This is sort of everything Asian with American antiques and music (interesting music actually). If you want Chinese, Japanese, including sushi, Korean, they have it. If you want beer, wine, steak, sake, Soju, you name it they have it. Quality seems to vary from bland to average and prices might be a little high but portions are big. The concert OTOH made it all worthwhile. The Hold Steady: recommended for getting your ya-ya's out.

                  1. re: mc michael
                    Chowpatty Jun 1, 2007 07:13 AM

                    I know I've probably mentioned this too many times, but did you by any chance try the specialty of the house, which I believe is chicken anuses?

                    1. re: Chowpatty
                      mc michael Jun 1, 2007 07:38 AM

                      Nope, sorry. Unless they use them in the mu shu chicken? Didn't try the angus burger either.

                    2. re: mc michael
                      Local Jun 1, 2007 07:57 AM

                      Excellent- sounds like the boys and girls in america had a swingin' party with reasonable afterconcert results. Is Ogamdo the place with the red dinghy on the roof? always wondered what that place was like...near Leonardo's? (with its own reputation and definitely not a place for the boys and girls!)

                      1. re: Local
                        mc michael Jun 1, 2007 08:04 AM

                        There's so much stuff packed in and around Ogamdo, there could be a dinghy. Eclectic is a word that fits. It's across from Leonardo's. Did you hear the Bic at the end of Swingin' Party?

                        1. re: mc michael
                          Local Jun 1, 2007 09:00 AM

                          I like donburi with tempura as post-concert comfort food...do they have that sort of Japanese menu or the equivalent? (and is that her ..what sounds like a purr..and then a draw on a cigarette? otherwise, no...help me here).

                          1. re: Local
                            mc michael Jun 1, 2007 09:08 AM

                            I don't think so. Truthfully it's mostly Chinese and Korean. Yeah, the click and the drag.

                            1. re: mc michael
                              Local Jun 1, 2007 09:39 AM

                              very cool (Kools?) ...ah well, then some moo shu perhaps with a soju martini.

                              1. re: Local
                                mc michael Jun 1, 2007 11:08 AM

                                I think you can get a real Martini. Ya gotta walk around and drink some more.

                      2. re: mc michael
                        CulverJack Jun 1, 2007 11:50 AM

                        It was a great show, even though Holly may not be a hoodrat anymore. I got the feeling at the show that fans in other cities are better at shouting the words back than we are. Figures.

                        Sounds like Ogamdo was better than the food they had at the El Rey, which is something to remember if you forget to eat before a show. Sometimes you need that food right then and there, you know. Looked like standard burger and bar fare, may have something to do with the funky burger/diner that is right next to the venue.

                        I had some Armenian vodka (??) last night at the show that I didn't even know existed. I didn't get the name, so if anyone knows what it may be, chime in. It was good, actually, it was suggested as a sub for Ketel One. The El Rey is a really active place with shows nearly every night, a great venue and a fab place to have rocking again.

                        1. re: CulverJack
                          mc michael Jun 1, 2007 01:25 PM

                          I think I was told that the El Rey food was "from Wolfgang Puck"??? Armenian vodka? I had Patron--$10 a shot.

                          1. re: CulverJack
                            Local Jun 1, 2007 02:27 PM

                            Marani, perhaps? it's getting some front counter space, tho' haven't tried it yet. (picture of bottle on first page, link). Vodka cries for shellfish, i'm thinking oysters, scallops or shrimp, ...i'm guessing none of that at the El Rey...how sad to be limited to the funky burger.


          2. Ndelible May 29, 2007 06:10 PM

            The Little Bar on 8th & La Brea might be nice.

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            1. re: Ndelible
              Chowpatty May 29, 2007 06:14 PM

              Little Bar doesn't have food, though. How about Sake House Miro or its newer facsimile, Happi Songs, both on La Brea?

              1. re: Chowpatty
                mc michael May 29, 2007 09:01 PM

                Sake,eh? Hmmm.

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              quartzcity May 29, 2007 10:20 PM

              Luna Park on La Brea just N of Wilshire is within walking distance.

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              1. re: quartzcity
                LisaStitch May 30, 2007 12:28 PM

                I second Luna Park, try to make a reservation to be safe. Fyi I think they close around 10:30 or 11 so it's probably not a good after show spot.

                Whatever you do, do NOT give in to temptation to walk across the street from the El Rey to El Toro Cantina. The place is a ripoff.

                There is also Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles on Pico just west of La Brea. Not walking distance, but great fried chicken and waffles, and they don't close til 1am or 2am.

                1. re: LisaStitch
                  neobite May 30, 2007 12:44 PM

                  Sake House is great again after a long slump. Good sushi and izakaya dishes and, of course, plenty of great sakes.

                  For something really fun and really good, try Ngoma on Wilshire two blocks east of El Rey. It's pan-African - wonderful beef dishes, lamb and chicken curries, etc. Becoming one of my favorite spots in the area. They close a little early though.

                  Avoid Luna Park. I hate their food and 'tude. Just a scene anymore.

                  1. re: neobite
                    goodnightdean Jun 1, 2007 03:18 PM

                    Go to HMS Bounty after the show. Sure there'll be scenesters there, but its a good semi-divey post rock show place to grab drinks. Either there, or The Prince. Honestly, though, I'd only go to the Prince if I was with a Korean friend...they treat you totally differently and its way better.

                    1. re: goodnightdean
                      mc michael Jun 1, 2007 03:24 PM

                      Back in the day, the Bounty had various deadly complimentary snacks, but one stood out--ultra thin sliced pork chops that were sorta rolled up. Do they still do that?

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