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Recommendation near Echo Park?

Wingman Dec 7, 2003 02:28 PM

Hi - am looking for a recommendation for good first date restaraunt in or around Echo Park. She's vegetarian, likes sushi, Italian, Mexican.

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    Me RE: Wingman Dec 7, 2003 02:54 PM

    Tantra is good for Americanized Indian food. Cool vibe.
    Malo is not the greatest food, but it's very hip and fun place. Lots of people go on first dates there. Do not go to Zen Sushi, it's yucky. All are in Silver Lake.

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      smogqueen RE: Me Dec 8, 2003 09:52 AM

      Actually, Saito Sushi is great. The location is in a pretty skanky strip mall at Sunset & Fountain, but Saito consistently serves lovely and fresh fish and is a charming sushi chef. Try the albacore salad.

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        carolGleaming RE: smogqueen Jun 13, 2007 08:42 PM

        Saito's is excellently fresh! Try the sweet shrimp and watch it being prepared. wow.

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      Suebee RE: Wingman Dec 8, 2003 11:06 AM

      Rambutan is on the border of silver lake and echo park and is a favorite of ours..dimly lit thai tapas with great atmosphere and always yummy - not too expensive either..we always have a "mosquito bite" their version of a mojito and share a few tapas..i think they have a website..good luck!

      1. amandine RE: Wingman Jun 13, 2007 08:46 PM

        Vegetarian?! Take her to Elf Cafe, a vegetarian organic restaurant! That place is adorable, cozy, delicious... and bonus points for being one of those hidden gems (the place doesn't even have a sign out front). BYO wine, $5 corkage.


        But don't tell her you heard about it from us... you found it yourself...;)

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          mojoeater RE: Wingman Jun 13, 2007 09:05 PM

          One of the best restaurants in the area is Blair's in Silverlake. They have a number of veggie options: http://www.blairsrestaurant.com/

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            eberhard49 RE: Wingman Jun 13, 2007 11:13 PM

            If she likes Indian, head a little west to Parus


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