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Help! 1st Date in Brentwood/WLA

Hounds, I need help!

I have a date tomorrow (TUES) and here are the parameters:

1 dont want to scare her off with intimidating food
2 she is coming from northridge and gets lost easy... I need easy access to freeway
3 good food!
4 see #1, i know she likes thai & steakhouse fare... but those are the only clues I have... she's not that into sushi... so thats a no.

I dont need to tell you ambiance and all that, you already know. She's no hound, so help me out on this one. Thank you in advance!

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  1. How about Nook? Upscale comfort food plus easy access from the freeway. Only trick is finding the actual restaurant, which is hidden in the back of a mini-mall.

    1. You didn't mention Italian but Guido's is a nice romantic environment with booths and is actually quiet! Great italian food. Santa Monica/Bundy

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      1. re: dinami

        VITO on Ocean Park and 28th!! Right off the 10 at Bundy!! Great food, dark and cozy. : )

      2. Violet would be my pick - it's delicious, romantic and right near the freeway!

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        1. re: hrhboo

          I keep meaning to try Violet. Any recs?

          1. re: a_and_w

            I've been pleased with every dish I've eaten there, but standouts are the mac n' cheese (ruined me for life), pork chop with polenta, zaatar fries and mussels. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently.

          2. re: hrhboo

            We just ate at Violet for the first time, about two weeks ago. I was severely underwhelmed--the lights were on too bright, so I could see how much the carpet needed vacuuming, the food was exceptionally uninteresting except for the nice cheese plate to start the meal, a dessert selection so boring that we actually skipped it and went to Milk instead.

            I saw the chef walking around and talking to guests, and he was much more avant garde than the food. Mind you, I am not someone who enjoys foams and other conceptual cooking that entertains bored palates. But the very average fare at Violet, combined with miniscule portions that barely suffice as small plates, is not worth the expense. We could have gone to Lucques Sunday supper for the same price and have been much more happy.

            1. re: LAmonkeygirl

              Violet isn't supposed to be avant garde, it's comfort food done very well.

              1. re: hrhboo

                I don't like avant garde--comfort is great. And that's why I like Nook.

                1. re: LAmonkeygirl

                  I really wanted to try Nook, and I will soon.... but for what I was asking for? This place nailed it.

                  1. re: partypants

                    I'm glad you had a good experience. Hope you get a second date! ;)

          3. Another vote for Nook! It's fits all of your reqs. Good luck!

            1. Violet and Nook are good choices.

              I'd also consider Upstairs2.

              You could also hit up The Gardens on Glendon or Palomino in Westwood.

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              1. re: Emme

                My friends who date like going to Palomino, Napa Grill, or The Gardens. All of them have a menu with lots of choices and the atmosphere is nice. Food works too!!! In West L.A. there is Il Moro. You can sit on the patio which is nice and it is easy to access from the Freeway.