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Bite Me Jun 16, 2007 08:04 AM

We're going to a play at the Zephyer on Melrose. What's good for dinner around there?

  1. Chowpatty Jun 16, 2007 08:52 AM

    Table 8, Foundry, Lucques -- all in the higher end range.
    I didn't care for Taste personally, but I know some people like it.
    If those places are too fancy for what you're looking for, maybe Angeli?

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      Faulkner99 Jun 16, 2007 09:17 AM

      I haven't been in years so I can't vouch for it, but you should look up some reviews on Carlito's Gardel. It's just a few blocks off of Melrose & Crescent Heights.

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        carter Jun 16, 2007 09:33 AM

        Carlito's Gardel is very good if steaks are of interest. On Melrose just west of Fairfax. Also on Beverly at Crescent Hts. is Pastis French bistro, which I really enjoy, and it is a place you can get in and out of as fast as your schedule dictates.
        www.lapastis.com
        www.carlitosgardel.com

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          mitchrc Jun 16, 2007 12:26 PM

          I have lived 4 blocks from Carlitos and have been meaning to try it for 5 years. I just made a reservation for tonight. I'll let you know how it is.

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            carter Jun 16, 2007 02:17 PM

            If you like red wines, then let Max, the bald guy and son of owners, guide you to some of the best tasting wines, specifically Argentinian Malbecs, that you may never have known about.
            They have all kinds of vintages dating from late 90s to current. Late 90s is when the Argentinian industry did a complete about face and really started making superb wines.
            I invariably get the lomo, aka filet, and get a side of the addicting garlic fries to be shared with from 2-4 people.
            Mussels appetizer also very good, assuming a liking for them.

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              mitchrc Jun 16, 2007 10:14 PM

              Wow....just wow. Great food and Max???? Wow.

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            maudies5 Jun 16, 2007 11:02 AM

            La Terza

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              Food Good Jun 16, 2007 12:57 PM

              Antonio's for good Mexican food on Melrose and Gardner.

              A bit further away on Melrose (near La Brea) is Azami for excellent sushi.

              Both are closed on Mondays.

              Can't beat Pink's hotdogs either - but often a long line.

              There are also many places near Crescent Heights and 3rd - like Surya, Electric Karma, Sofi, Joan's on Third.

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                Bite Me Jun 17, 2007 12:33 AM

                Thanks to all for excellent suggestions. We wound up for a late night dinner at Dan Tanas. Would like to try Carlitos another time. Sounds like a great experience.

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                  ILoveNatto Jun 17, 2007 12:59 AM

                  just got back from carlito's gardel tonight actually, my second time there. crazy but there were six of us and the skirt steak was the best! even better than the bone in rib eye i thought. get it medium rare or rare or else it will be tough... excellent garlic fries as usual, all other dishes are just ok.

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