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chowmensch Jul 2, 2008 12:46 PM

New England Hound here. I'll be visiting in a few weeks and will be staying at a hotel near the Staples Center. Any ideas on a good restaurant in that area. I will be taking my 23 yr old daughter and her boyfriend to dinner. Cost is not a big issue but it doesn't have to be super fancy. I'm more of a foodie than they are but I'm willing to compromise and go to a nice Italian or steak place with fun (but not too loud) ambience where we can relax and catch up. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    ozhead Jul 2, 2008 04:41 PM

    Tiara Cafe, 127 E. 9th St. -- in the first block east of Main. Small plates, terrific food, good beers, wine by the glass. Here's a link to the Chowhound page with my mini-review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478349

    1. Emme Jul 2, 2008 02:04 PM

      For steak and fish, there's Nick and Stef's.

      1. ipsedixit Jul 2, 2008 02:04 PM

        Zucca (Italian) or Tranquility Base (small plates) would both be good choices.

        There's a Morton's steakhouse about 2 blocks north of Staples as well.

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          nd33x Jul 2, 2008 01:45 PM

          The Palm would be perfect. Right across the street from Staples.

          www.thepalm.com

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            mishybelle Jul 2, 2008 01:42 PM

            Blue Velvet is nearby. If you get a table in the back room, it should be quieter than the main room. I went over a year ago, after it opened, and was very impressed with the food and service. I don't know if they have maintained this quality, check out some reviews.

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