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Where to take visitors from Indiana?

Some of my co-workers from Indiana will be in town a few weeks from now. They want to do the Hollywood sightseeing deal: Mann's Chinese, see some movie studios, and drive down Sunset.... We're going to grab dinner in the area, but don't want to spend more than $20/person. They are very meat and potatoes, not very adventurous. I was thinking something chill like Father's Office or Langer's (haven't been). Any other suggestions for a unique experience with food they will be familiar with?

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  1. You won't be able to do dinner at Langer's as they close at 4 PM.

    ADD: Maybe something like Fred 62? While not the greatest food in the world it is an interesting, very LA type of place with affordable options. http://www.fred62.com/ or maybe 25 Degrees or Lucky Devils?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check them out.! I'm from OC, so I'm shooting in the dark a bit since I'm not so familiar with the LA scene.

      1. re: groover808

        i was gonna suggest 25 degrees and lucky devil's.

        i'll also toss in the 101 Coffee Shop, Loteria Grill (if Mexican isn't "adventurous"), Lou on Vine (might be too expensive and not quite to taste)...

    2. I can't resist: What about Tommy's at Beverly and Rampart? Say around 9 or 10pm for a late night snack. That ought to shake up the Hoosiers!

      1. I have friends from the midwest that probably wouldn't like anything a Chow would recommend. So with that (and I know I sound like a food snob), take them to a place they will be familiar with: Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, Sizzler, etc. I've been in your shoes and you can't win with these type of people. They don't want good food, they want familiar food. It's the same reason there are lines outside of an Olive Garden in Manhattan, even though there are a hundred great Italian joints, they want something they know.

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        1. re: Johnny Pastrami

          Neither Lucky Devil's nor 25 Degrees is going to have our Hoosier guests feeling like stranger's in a strange land. And both places would be so far preferable to Outback or Sizzler (Sizzler - how we tell our visitor's "don't ever come back") or Applebee's that it would be a crime against humanity to make them "Visitor's in Chains."

          1. re: Johnny Pastrami

            What a strange response - perhaps they ARE ready for 'good' food. And not all food in the Midwest is boring, or 'familiar'. Adventure is good!

            1. re: Johnny Pastrami

              I think they would be fine with something definitely non-chain or a place they can't find in Indiana. I would just absolutely love to take them to korean bbq, vietnamese, or thai but that's out of the picture. It just has to be non-exotic flavors.

              If they were the type of folks you were talking about, I would seriously reconsider going, hehe!

            2. How about Farmers Market? It is a tourist attraction on its own, and the adventurous could check out Malaysian curry or Brazillian food (or, as suggested previously Loteria Grill), while the less adventurous could go for pizza or roasted chicken. No splitting up the bill required--and if it is too cold or too late, you could always walk through Farmers Market and eat more midwestern fare at Maggiano's.

              1. A unique food experience with food they will be familiar with is a bit of a stretch. How about Korean grilled meats, like at Soot Bull Jeep in K-Town? Should be good for hours of reminiscences back in Kokomo.