TOP 4 dinner recs under $60/pp???
We are vistors from the east coast and will be in LA the first week of November. We are looking for some solid recs from the locals.
We are staying in WeHo and are looking for dinner res for Sat and Sun and the following Thu and Fri.
We enjoy almost all ethnic foods, fusion, and american styles. I'd like to keep the dinner bill around $120.00 or less (we do not drink, so alcohol need not be a factor). Atmosphere is important but still falls in behind the meal.
My initial plan is Beverly Hills/Hollywood area for Sat and Sun and Santa Monica/Malibu for Thu and Fri but can adjust if necessary.
Any help would be appreciated.
Not in Bev. Hills or Hollywood, but one can easily FEAST on San Gabriel Valley Chinese food for $30 per person. The SGV has some of the best Chinese food in the U.S.
If that appeals to you, then go try Mei Long Village, in San Gabriel (301 W. Valley, SG, CA, in a mini-mall). Get their xiao long bao, lion's head (pork meatballs).....
Langer's deli has an amazing pastrami - go for lunch.
In-N-Out burgers are a must in SoCal. Order a double-double, animal style.
Agree with Geoffrey's for that quintessential Malibu experience.
Bin 8945 is doable w/ no alcohol.
Il Pastaio in BH
Lou on Vine
Shamshiri for good persian, Los Balcones de Peru, Sanam Luang or Jitlada for Thai,
Out in Malibu, Duke's is doing well, and if you like views, Geoffrey's.
Abode or Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica
Hidden on Main
[sorry it's not four]
K-ZO in Culver City
VIOLET on Pico
GRACE on Sundays for Burger Night
BASHAN in North Glendale on Verdugo in the old Bistro Verdu Space (since you don't drink alcohol, you will at least be able to enjoy your own press pot of coffee or tea)
HUNGRY CAT can easily be done for $60 if there is no alcohol invovled.
I second Campanile. If you go on a Thursday, they have an amazing sandwich menu for dinner. Sandwiches for dinner you say? Yes, they're absolutely scumptious. You can also order off the excellent regular menu, but the sandwich menu is a "can't miss" and very affordable. They only do this on Thursday's, though.
Some of My Faves:
Angeli Caffe italaian/californianin Weho
Hugo's american/prganic/fusion/good tea in Weho
Rahel ethiopian on Fairfax in Little Ethiopia (close to WeHo)
Musha Japanese Santa Monica
Laconada (SP) Del Lago Italian in Santa Monica
the Lobster, Santa Monica
Taverna Tony's or Tony's Taverna for greek in malibu
Chez Mimi for french and VERY VERY nice atmosphere in Santa Monica
"$60 pp will get you mozza food, but not all you want to try!"
Agree, but then that's why you go BACK and eat again. I don't think there's ever been a restaurant where I've been able to sample all that I've wanted to try in one visit, tasting menus included.
$60/pp and no alchy should yield some pretty good options - here are my top 4:
K-Zo (japanese fusion sushi in Culver City, you can get a tasting menu of sorts for $48)
Grace (contemporary American fare, big on seasonal & local ingredients, save room for desserts)
Josie in Santa Monica (also great modernized American cuisine with focus on fresh & in-season foods)
Osteria Mozza (*the* italian place to try in LA right now, try to go really early if you don't have a reservation)