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Comparable to Nook?

brewinphan Oct 15, 2007 09:09 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: brewinphan Oct 15, 2007 09:34 PM

    Perhaps Axe or 3 Square?

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      goodhealthgourmet RE: ipsedixit Oct 15, 2007 10:20 PM

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

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        ipsedixit RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 16, 2007 10:27 AM

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

    2. hrhboo RE: brewinphan Oct 15, 2007 09:39 PM

      Violet, Upstairs 2 or Literati.

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        nosh RE: hrhboo Oct 15, 2007 10:59 PM

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

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          WLA_gal RE: nosh Oct 15, 2007 11:12 PM

          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.

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            aching RE: nosh Oct 17, 2007 11:07 AM

            What exactly is the $7 before 7 deal?

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              nosh RE: aching Oct 17, 2007 03:44 PM

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

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          JE33 RE: brewinphan Oct 16, 2007 10:39 AM

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

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            DanaB RE: JE33 Oct 17, 2007 04:00 PM

            Rustic Canyon is definitely more expensive than Nook or Violet.

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            LAfoodfiend RE: brewinphan Oct 16, 2007 10:41 AM

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

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              brewinphan RE: LAfoodfiend Oct 16, 2007 11:14 PM

              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.

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                hrhboo RE: brewinphan Oct 17, 2007 10:01 AM

                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.

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                  westsidegal RE: hrhboo Oct 17, 2007 10:54 AM

                  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.

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                  sherpa50 RE: brewinphan Oct 17, 2007 11:15 AM

                  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. westsidegal RE: brewinphan Oct 16, 2007 06:59 PM

                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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                  herculesmulligan RE: westsidegal Oct 18, 2007 05:32 AM

                  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. Emme RE: brewinphan Oct 17, 2007 12:02 AM

                  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.

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