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Sep 13, 2008 11:55 PM

a good "L.A./california" meal?

we're having guests from Denver this week and want to treat them to a nice and affordable meal that is casual but classy, and unique to LA or California.

they are staying in downtown LA, but we live in Hancock Park, and are willing to drive 15-20 mins.

BYO options would be awesome, but not required... and our price range is entrees around $20/each...

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  1. I'm not going to worry about sticking strictly to your budget (you live in Hancock Park, we're talking guests), so I'm going to send you to Musso & Frank Grill.

    Musso & Frank Grill
    6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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    1. re: BeenThereAteThat

      it's going to be about 10 people in the party, and there are other things going on like a family wedding, etc. (which is why the budget)

      anything near the beach? or santa monica? (realizing that might be farther than 20 mins)

      1. re: veee

        17th Street Cafe
        1610 Montana Ave. (just barely west of 17th)
        Santa Monica 90403

        Find a link to an online menu here:

        1. re: Servorg

          17th St Cafe sounds great. Do they have a full liquor license?

      2. re: BeenThereAteThat

        musso and frank, imho, is simply an expensive chop house, with nothing particularly unique or terrific about the food they serve.
        there are TONS of expensive chop houses in denver and all over the rest of the country (including LA) that do a better job with the food, so musso and frank's is the last place i'd bring visitors.

      3. Violet provides a nice SoCal experience and I think the prices are right, though portions may be a bit small (it's a sort of hybrid small plates restaurant)

        1. what about authentic Mexican??

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          1. re: veee

            how much, on average, would Frida be, per person?

          2. La Serenata de Garibaldi, for higher class Mexican seafood dishes, with a variety of sauces, a decent wine list, yet you can bring your own (do not know the corkage issue), but it is nicely done in a classy setting, although getting to the valet station through the alley suggests you have lost your mind!!!
            1842 E. 1st Street in Boyle Hts.
            Try the LA Cetto Nebbiolo wine from Ensenada, which while red, still goes well with the seafood flavorings.
            Definitely something they will not be doing in Denver!

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            1. re: carter

              is the La Serenata de Garibaldi in Santa Monica also acceptable??

            2. What about Border Grill in Santa Monica or Barefoot on 3rd by Cedar's?