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Easy weeknight dinner near Downtown

terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 10:49 AM

People of Downtown, where do you eat dinner on a Tuesday night? I often find myself at a loss. Obviously, Little Tokyo sushi is a good option, as are Blossom, Pete's, etc. But I feel like I've done all the most local options to death. Where do you like to go that's nearby (say, within a ten-minute drive) and casual/inexpensive enough for a midweek meal?

I'm thinking of places like Malo, Alegria, etc, but ideally even closer than that.

Thanks for the help.

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    bmweater RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 11:46 AM

    I second that...I would like similar suggestions to!

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      andytseng RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 12:17 PM

      Well Tuesday night is paella night at Ciudad, but I couldn't tell if you were just using Tuesday as an example.

      Anyway just to get the thread rolling... there's also Wood Spoon, Tiara Cafe, and Colori Kitchen.

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      1. re: andytseng
        terwilliger RE: andytseng Jul 18, 2008 01:06 PM

        I was just using Tuesday as an example, but paella night is still a good suggestion.

        Wood Spoon, Tiara, and Colori are all great, and very nearby, but I've been to all those places a ton of times. Also, Colori isn't open for dinner M-W, and Tiara serves an overwrought (in my opinion) dinner menu in the evening instead of their great lunch menu.

      2. Chowpatty RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 12:25 PM

        15 and the Park in Echo Park seem like they would be ideal, especially if you can get to 15 before 7 for the $15 deal. If I lived Downtown, I know I would be at Haru Ulala a lot.

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          terwilliger RE: Chowpatty Jul 18, 2008 01:07 PM

          Those are both great suggestions, thanks.

          I am at Haru Ulala a lot, so much so that it's one of the regular spots I am trying to branch out from.

        2. ipsedixit RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 03:09 PM

          Not sure what you've tried other than Blossom and Pete's, but here are some options off the top of my head:

          L'Angolo Cafe
          Panini Cafe
          Wood Spoon
          Lime Cafe
          Cafe Metropol
          Redwood Bar & Grill
          Warung Cafe
          Lula Kabob

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            terwilliger RE: ipsedixit Jul 18, 2008 03:58 PM

            Thanks ipsedixit. I think I should have been a little more clear -- I'm trying to branch out a little bit from the Downtown spots that I go to so frequently. I really like most of the places you mentioned. And I like walking to most of those places, too. But I'm just getting sick of the same rotation and am looking to venture a little farther.

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              ipsedixit RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 04:49 PM

              If that's the case, I highly recommend Spitz. www.eatatspitz.com

          2. DanaB RE: terwilliger Jul 18, 2008 04:28 PM

            It may be a little farther afield than you are looking to travel, but right off the 5 freeway in Atwater Village are a couple of good options, including Canele (former chef from Lucques, very tasty California/French cuisine with high quality and sometimes local ingredients and Viet, a tasty little Vietnamese Noodle shop that is quite inexpensive.

            Here's info and address for Viet Noodle Bar:


            Here's the website for Canele:


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              silverlakebodhisattva RE: DanaB Jul 18, 2008 05:13 PM

              EASY. Chichen Itza. 1.5 miles from downtown, along 6th st. They're good on Tuesday (they're closed Monday). They've added stuff to the menu (see Dommy's post earlier).

              . . . and Pats, the deal (the thee course prixy fixy thing) at 15 is now $19. . . .

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                terwilliger RE: silverlakebodhisattva Jul 18, 2008 06:05 PM

                Thanks. Chichen Itza is a good call, and I've been meaning to try it.

                Also, does this mean that 15 is going to have to change it's name? Another victim of rising food prices...

              2. re: DanaB
                terwilliger RE: DanaB Jul 18, 2008 06:06 PM

                Atwater isn't too far. Both those spots sounds great. I've heard a lot about Viet, but not much about Canele.

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