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Comparable to Nook?

I'm looking for a place on the westside that's comparable to Nook in terms of price and quality. Entrees mostly under $20 for dinner, and relatively laid back atmosphere. Any recs? Thanks!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      love the food AND the vibe at axe, but i don't think there's a single entrée under $20 on their dinner menu.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        You're probably right ... I was thinking more of lunch.

    2. Violet, Upstairs 2 or Literati.

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      1. re: hrhboo

        Literati II is definitely a step higher than Nook in terms of price. Does Violet still have its $7 before 7 deal?

        1. re: nosh

          I think that Violet still has the 7 before 7 deal... Tues - Thurs (not open Monday, no "deal" on Friday). You might want to check first, though. 310-453-9113.

          Upstairs 2 is also a good bet, but only open Wed-Sat night.

          1. re: nosh

            What exactly is the $7 before 7 deal?

            1. re: aching

              Violet offers a handful of dishes priced at $7 if ordered before 7 p.m. on weeknights.

        2. Violet is the first place that comes to mind. Rustic Canyon? Musha?

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          1. re: JE33

            Rustic Canyon is definitely more expensive than Nook or Violet.

          2. What about Orriss? Mostly small plates to share so you can get a couple instead of a single $20 entree.

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            1. re: LAfoodfiend

              Thanks for the suggestions. I might consider Orris and Violet, but with big appetites and small plates, it might end up costing more than we'd like. Any feedback on the new Alibi Room in Mar Vista? Also looking at 26 Beach.

              1. re: brewinphan

                Alibi Room is very casual with a tiny menu of mostly fried stuff (think bar food) and a good burger. Beechwood (same owners as Alibi and a few miles west) has a bigger menu with more variety.

                26 Beach has an enormous menu but I find that everything there tastes the same.

                1. re: hrhboo

                  to me,
                  the salads at 26 beach do not, in any way, 'taste the same.'
                  they have one of the best selections of salads around.

                2. re: brewinphan

                  I think you're right. The small plates at both are quite small & as a result it's easy to spend more than $20. If diners are really hungry or are big eaters, I would go elsewhere.

              2. not as fancy as nook, but how about Metro Cafe on washington?
                Metro Cafe

                11188 Washington Pl
                Culver City, CA 90232
                (310) 559-6821

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                1. re: westsidegal

                  This is and continues to be an absolute gem and an exceedingly good value. The two owners, Sasha and Alex, are always there, work their buns off, and maintain the high standard of integrity for their food.

                2. I've had a couple of good meals recently at Cafe Montana and 17th St. Cafe, both in the price range and vein of Nook.