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Anyone been??

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  1. Yeah, I've been to the Original Pantry Cafe a couple times.

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    1. re: Normal Garciaparra

      Not the same as the Original Pantry. Classy, east coast type tavern/steak house. Had the ahi tuna shashimi and melt in your mouth porter house. Service was friendly, upscale/casual, ambiance was comfortable.

      1. re: ghw

        Twas a joke, if you know who the owner of the Pantry is and a certain job title he held a few years back...

    2. What's on the Menu? Saw the post on LA. eater but no mention of the menu.
      I think it's fair to assume a couple steaks and a pub burger.

      1. Anyone have an address on this place? Eater seems to have left out that key detail.

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        1. re: Mark Sarvas

          Isn't it right next to the Pantry? Well, it'll be another Staples center event option.

          1. re: Mark Sarvas

            Eater gave the location "next door to the Original Pantry".

            1. re: Servorg

              D'oh. Guess I should have read more closely. Thanks, guys.

          2. I just walked by and peeked at the menu in the window. Crab cakes, salads, salmon, lobster, steak. I'll report back as soon as I get some time to try it.

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              THANK YOU~~ I will look forward to your post mollyomormon ;)

              1. re: miffy

                I forgot to post after my trip last week for lunch. I really like the look of this place: dark woods with leather booths, kind of an old boys club atmosphere. When you sit down, they bring you bread, deli mustard and a tray with celery, olives, sliced radishes and carrots....very much in line with the decor and fun to munch on while you wait. The service was very good, almost to the point of being a tiny bit overbearing (probably because it wasn't crowded at all). The menu is short and, while not exactly adventurous, has a selection where most diners can find something. We shared the ahi sashimi appetizer which was better than I would have predicted. I had a mixed greens salad topped with rare sliced steak (cooked perfectly to order) and mixed with blue cheese and candied walnuts. Obviously nothing very innovative, but it was good for what it was. My dining partner had a hamburger which he seemed to enjoy and we shared an order of the mushrooms which was good, although seemed a little heavy on vinegar. I think the total was somewhere around $50 before tax and tip. It's not a place I'd frequent on my own dime, but I'm glad it's close to my office for work lunches and dinners.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Boy, that REALLY sounds like the Daily Grill, but maybe with a smaller menu?

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    that is the best report I have heard of that place yet- but seems very nice! and so downtown appropriate ;) I am glad you enjoyed it~

              2. I had lunch there yesterday. Was not impressed. Fairly expensive. They offer a daily sandwich special, "The Carvery" for $12.95. Consists of a "slow roasted" meat of the day. I chose the Monte Carlo Beef - basically the same meat from the Pantry (next door) on a nice bread selection (sorry, can't recall the bakery they buy from). Coleslaw (sound familiar?), lettuce,tomato and onions. Condiments were deli mustard and mayo. The server brought out some au jus - looked familiar and upon tasting it was that brown "gravy" they put on so many dishes at The Pantry -- except it was room temperature. Bottom line? For $20 (sandwich, iced tea and tip) there are much better choices! To be fair I do need to try something new from the menu. I'd like to give their $38 steak a try but Morton's is only a little further walk down the street.

                I visited the new downtown Ralph's on Saturday for lunch and enjoyed a marvelous tri-tip sandwich that was much better than the sandwich from Riordan's Tavern. Ambiance? The people watching was better at Ralph's but the plasma display at the Tavern was good too.

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                1. re: Fesdwino

                  I saw that Ralph's on TV! I guess it is probably better than some other Ralph's?!

                  1. re: Fesdwino

                    I am hearing that too- : expensive $$ for simple non exciting basics you can get any place

                  2. We went for dinner last night and found it perfectly pleasant but completely unremarkable. I had a Caesar salad and SO had a burger (like Fesdwino, he found it suspiciously similar to the Pantry's). I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone who wanted to go there from going, but I would never recommend it either. I hope in the future they find a way to give it a little more personality!

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                    1. re: aching

                      from what I have been hearing I guess the menu is very simple and not exciting at all

                    2. Met a friend downtown for lunch. The room was empty and I soon found out why - prices are ridiculously high to draw a lunch crowd. Although I guess if you want to be sure of a downtown table, you'll find one there. Food was nothing terribly special - watery Caesars although the grilled steak addition wasn't bad. My friend liked his carvery sandwich well enough. The real problem is the relentless upselling - the waiter's favorite appetizer - of course - is the $24 sashimi plate. The bartenders push shots with beers. It feels like a car lot, which is too bad because it's an attractive room.

                      1. Jonathan Gold just reviewed in LA Weekly. He sez: "Are the steaks worth the 300 percent premium over the similar steaks next door at the Pantry? It depends on how much you want to watch the Dodgers on a big flat-screen TV..."

                        Read the entire review here:
                        http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/fir...

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                        1. re: rickiek

                          Was taken to a business lunch there today. Have to agree with a lot said above...food not terribly special, carvery sandwich was good enough but a bit dry. My additional comments: Michael our server was very eager to please, maybe a bit too much. Space felt very cramped considering the booths really only fit 3 people and 4-top tables barely fit 4 people not to mention plates AND any sides if you order any. Frankly, the fries and the onion rings were probably the best part of the meal. Maybe it's the place to nurse a hang over with fried vittles.

                          1. re: rickiek

                            thank you for the comments~~ it seems too expensive and less special to just make a trip out of it

                          2. Stopped in for a drink last weekend. Very friendly staff, but I agree with what has already been posted: empty, overpriced, unadventurous menu, limited liquor/wine selection.

                            Kinda sad to see a subpar high-end steak house open up in a neighborhood that is already oversaturated with high-end steak houses. I have my fingers crossed that they will have some sort of happy hour once basketball season begins.

                            Also - apparently Riordan has a huge appetite and was bummed out at the portion size of the (1/2 pound) burger on the menu. So, now they offer a "Mayor's Burger" (off the menu) which is 2-3 times bigger than the standard burger. I think it is also 2-3 times more expensive...

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                            1. re: rastan

                              I went in too last weekend. We sat at the bar had a couple of drinks and had a great view of the grill/cooking area. Good size steaks, nice sized burger. After sitting there and catching the dodger game we kept watching the cooks prepare a salad with steak.
                              great amount of quality steak over nice greens. Anyways we saw so many go out we got one too. I think it's the best way to try their steaks on the cheap.
                              We'll be back......I think this place just needs a little time and laker games to get jump started who knows maybe a little USC football could start things off.

                              1. re: afs

                                hmm-- must be the mayor's burger that's probably close to 2 lbs ~ but sounds like a good place but I guess nothing that stands out- that is kind of sad!

                            2. Has anyone found a website for them??

                              1. Went there for dinner before a game last week. It's a small menu that's very very heavy on beef. They bring the relish tray first, like at the Pantry. The entire staff was very friendly, the manager came over to chat. We brought a bottle of wine, $10 corkage.
                                We shared the crab cakes: machine pre-formed. They were pefectly round, the sides were perfectly straight, the edges were perfectly neat. there were pieces of bright red and green bell peppers in them. the menu said blue crab; It was not bad, but not much flavor, had to use lots of lemon and the tartar sauce.
                                We each got the lobster tail: I was expecting somewhat overcooked, but it was actually perfectly cooked, however it was flavorless. More lemon and the clarified butter.
                                Shared the sauteed spinach: sauteed with garlic, simple and very nicely prepared.

                                It's not to be compared with the Pantry, the menu, food, space, feel are all very different.
                                They do need to invest in better stemware.