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Dinner near The Pantages

Kwsty Jun 15, 2007 11:02 AM

My friend and I are treating each other for our birthdays (dare I say the big FOUR O?) to a matinee at The Pantages to see Wicked on a Saturday in July and were looking to find a great restaurant nearby for an early dinner afterwards.

Criteria: great food, good service, killer wine list, nice atmosphere.
Is that asking too much? (We will sacrafice the killer wine list for amazing martinits!)

Any of you have a good recommendations? Please help!

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  1. CarlieInLA RE: Kwsty Jun 15, 2007 12:22 PM

    You should do a search for Pantages or Wicked, you will get many options. Here is a link that has another posting linked to it as well. One suggestion I have is Hungry Cat, although I haven't been in a few months. Last time I went it was very good.


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    1. re: CarlieInLA
      revets2 RE: CarlieInLA Jun 15, 2007 05:58 PM

      second HUNGRY CAT. best mixologist in hollywood.

      1. re: CarlieInLA
        DonnaGrayson RE: CarlieInLA Jun 15, 2007 10:30 PM

        I have tried to eat at Hungry Cat twice - and both times there was about an hour wait.
        Try to make reservations first....

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          SauceSupreme RE: DonnaGrayson Jun 15, 2007 11:38 PM

          Definitely make reservations, but I love Hungry Cat. Drinks and foodwise, it's my favorite there near the Pantages. The wine/beer list is short but they're all good, even the well drinks use premium liquor. And definitely the place to go if you're looking for martinis. I like the cucumber martini, but my favorite cocktail from there lately has been the pimlico.

      2. Melissavina RE: Kwsty Jun 15, 2007 02:07 PM

        The Velvet Margarita is really fun and tasty. You get a dipping tower when you first sit down and chances are good that you'll fill up on that, so be careful. They've got some great margaritas but don't be fooled by the ones served in pineapples, they're not anything to shout about.

        Try Frieda's Brow... it's a drink. Probably the best name for a cocktail I've ever heard.

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          mc michael RE: Melissavina Jun 15, 2007 02:11 PM

          "Try Frieda's Brow... it's a drink. Probably the best name for a cocktail I've ever heard."
          A drink with hair in it????

          1. re: mc michael
            Melissavina RE: mc michael Jun 15, 2007 02:36 PM

            No, silly. It's just a name.

        2. DonnaGrayson RE: Kwsty Jun 15, 2007 04:58 PM

          My first suggestion would be Off Vine Restaurant ... go south on Vine, one block south of Sunset.... left on the first little street. Its a house that has been converted into a restaurant. I've been there about four times and the food is really good, and the atmosphere very nice.
          There is also that brand new row of restaurants on Sunset & Vine - the Bowery is new, right next to Fabiolus... but the Bowery might be to trendy for what you are looking for after a night of theatre

          1. Emme RE: Kwsty Jun 16, 2007 12:16 AM

            I guess my question is *how near.* Personally, I'd drive over to Providence or Grace or A.O.C. A little further would be Bin 8945 (good for wine too).

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              TomSwift RE: Kwsty Jun 16, 2007 12:16 PM

              We have found a good track record at Musso & Frank. The martinis can't be beat. However, it IS a grill and you must navigate the menu carefully. We've been disappointed with virtually everything but the filet, the French lamb chops, the Dungeness crab cocktail, the Dungeness crab Louis, and the chicken pot pie. The menu is a great read but the kitchen doesn't deliver all that is promised in most cases. Ask to be seated in the "new room" in Miguel's section.

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                Kwsty RE: Kwsty Aug 9, 2007 08:45 AM

                Thanks for all the great suggestions! Wicked was wonderful and we had dinner afterwards at Off Vine. Amazing and relaxing, it was perfect. I can totally recommend the half chocolate and half raspberry souffle for dessert! Thanks again!

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