"Strange and fabulous" downtown... Not pricey, but not Philippes.....
I've been commissioned by a good friend to scope out a place for a birthday dinner downtown.... my downtown standbys are not really suitable for a birthday dinner with a group of people (the birthday girl is not a big sushi/fish/pork eater) but she has requested that the venue be "strange and fabulous."
Downtown location is a requirement as we well be proceeding to a show nearby afterwards, so we must stay local.
Where would you recommend a place with great food, drinks, and a fun place to chat and hang out without busting one's budget?
I would suggest either Tranquility Base, e3rd Steakhouse, or Redwood Bar & Grill.
Wood Spoon is good as well, but I don't believe they have a full bar.
Hotel Figueroa would qualify for the "strange" and fun place with drinks, room to chat, reasonable prices, and decent food.
Clifton's qualifies as strange, and is definitely not a budget buster. Fabulous? In the eye of the beholder.