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your favorite downtown restaurant right now?

mmmclapclap Jun 3, 2007 03:32 PM

we are looking for great retaurants downtown anything except asian or greek...

  1. hrhboo Jun 3, 2007 04:28 PM

    Blue Velvet.

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      chefthisguy Jun 3, 2007 04:30 PM

      Traxx at Union Station...still good was great

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        Emme Jun 3, 2007 07:35 PM

        Second this and R-23

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          revets2 Jun 3, 2007 08:26 PM


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            mmmclapclap Jun 4, 2007 05:22 PM

            hmmm had a really mediocre time at blue velvet loooks like water grill keeps coming up...also went to R-23 nice atmosphere so so sushi

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              revets2 Jun 5, 2007 11:01 PM

              did you eat at the bar or in the restaurant at BLUE VELVET?

              1. re: revets2
                Mr. Cookie Jun 7, 2007 03:06 PM

                I ate lunch at the restaurant part of Blue Velvet a few weeks ago and had only a so-so meal.

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                  revets2 Jun 7, 2007 11:19 PM

                  i've had only good meals in the restaurant at BV. so-so fare in the bar. i do think it's expensive for the portion size and that the wait staff is earnest, but clueless.

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            mc michael Jun 3, 2007 08:01 PM

            Roy's, the Palm, Cafe Pinot, Engine Co, La Serenata de Garibaldi and of course the sina qua non of downtown eateries, Water Grill. You do limit yourself by eliminating Asian from consideration.

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              mmmclapclap Jun 4, 2007 05:24 PM

              thanks! so which asian eateries do you recommend i love asian but one of our party is burned out on it...

              1. re: mmmclapclap
                mc michael Jun 4, 2007 05:44 PM

                R-23, Sushi Gen, Mako (in Weller Court), East, Roy's (to the extent it has Asian influences), Yang Chow. I'm sure others can chime in with faves for ramen, yakitori, dim sum, pho, etc.

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                  LisaStitch Jun 4, 2007 05:47 PM

                  I second Roy's and Yang Chow...

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                    mollyomormon Jun 4, 2007 05:53 PM

                    I'd also add Izayoi to your list.

                    1. re: mc michael
                      mmmclapclap Jun 4, 2007 06:21 PM

                      ok thanks

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                        mmmclapclap Jun 4, 2007 06:22 PM

                        ps ive loved sushi gen for a long time r-23 was just ok but cool decor ill check out the others

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                          mc michael Jun 4, 2007 07:02 PM

                          Did you get the crab salad or the seared salmon sushi at R-23? Did you sit at the bar?

                  2. ipsedixit Jun 3, 2007 08:22 PM

                    Wood Spoon.

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                      aching Jun 5, 2007 05:01 PM

                      Me too. Although on a totally different note, we had a great appetizer dinner at the bar at Roy's on Saturday - really surprisingly good, and fun!

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                        ipsedixit Jun 5, 2007 05:03 PM

                        Have you tried Colori? It's actually not bad.

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                          Krispy Kringle Jun 6, 2007 03:51 PM

                          Really good, in fact. The pumpkin ravioli in walnut sauce is amazing! Only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, though. BYOB.

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                            ipsedixit Jun 7, 2007 09:56 AM

                            Yeah, and apparently Colori will give you a free meal if you blog about them.

                            Hmm ... wonder if this counts?

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                      LisaStitch Jun 4, 2007 09:16 AM

                      Arnie Morton's - perfect steaks, impeccable service, amazing souffle desserts.

                      I also like Ciudad for a less fancy dining experience. Everything is so flavorful, and the drinks are killer.

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                        woofer Jun 4, 2007 09:24 AM

                        i second morton's. was just there friday night before seeing jersey boys.

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                          barcelona Jun 4, 2007 06:27 PM

                          WaterGrill, Morton's, R-23, would be my top pic... However, I have been known to go to the Pantry from time to time...

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                            crpcc2 Jun 5, 2007 11:07 PM

                            Going to Jersey Boys in August. Any good?

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                          pstark Jun 5, 2007 07:53 AM


                          1. wilafur Jun 5, 2007 09:25 AM

                            pete's cafe. i just adore their hellman burger and bleu cheese fries.

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                              crpcc2 Jun 5, 2007 11:06 PM

                              Mastro and Water Grill.

                              1. jonahlee Jun 7, 2007 04:44 PM

                                Water Grill, Cuidad, Cafe Pinot, The Curry House.

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                                  Vikzen Jun 7, 2007 04:53 PM

                                  -Ciudad - tapas on Sunday nights; convivial atomsphere. Their mojitos are killer and if you like mashed yuca as a side, yum!

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                                    jonahlee Jun 8, 2007 10:48 AM

                                    The special margaritas, which you get in a shaker, and served in 2 martini glasses is pretty fantastic as well. And it is always fun if you manage to get a seat outside and can see the band.

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                                    chewingvampire Jun 8, 2007 12:45 PM

                                    i second curry house and Roy's
                                    Sai Sai is not bad too...fresh sashimi but a little pricey....i think it's on olive and 4th...
                                    non-Asian: Zucca is good...

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                                      jonahlee Jun 9, 2007 06:06 AM

                                      I have been going to Curry House since 1992 or 1993, I swear there is something actually physically addictive in that curry.

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                                    anothernotch Jun 8, 2007 02:39 PM

                                    For something a bit more low key I'd throw Langer's into the mix.

                                    1. Muhlyssa Jun 9, 2007 08:03 AM

                                      I like Blue Velvet a lot, have only been for lunch, it's a ghost town there for lunch mid-week, which is not a bad thing. Traxx has been disapointing the last several times I've been. Roys is my favorite downtown spot, in fact I think it's the best of the Roys I've been to. Engine Co has extremely indifferent wait staff (that's been my experience anyway). Langers you've got to experience for the, uh, experience. The new Pit Fire Pizza is great, much nicer digs than the North Hollywood location. Mortons has a killer cheeseburger if you are trying to get out of there without breaking the bank.

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                                        carter Jun 9, 2007 08:56 AM

                                        And that Roy's is also the busiest one in the chain!

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                                          mc michael Jun 9, 2007 09:20 AM

                                          I'd have thought one of the Hawaii locations would be busier, but I suppose there're the issues of tourist season and expense.

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                                            Muhlyssa Jun 9, 2007 01:49 PM

                                            I can see how that would be. Every time i've been it has been totally full, but their ratio of server to customer is very good and I've never felt like I wasn't being served well. The Woodland Hills location was very disappointing. I think because it gets very little natural light it just feels like it could be in a hotel basement banquet room. The one in Downtown is surrounded by big windows.

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