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  • Alx72 Nov 21, 2008 12:01 PM
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I want to take my wife to a nice dinner tonight. I would like to take her somewhere casual. I wish I can take her to Taylor's Steakhouse but she is not a steak eater. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Have you considered Dish? I've only had breakfast & lunch there, but the food has been good, and it's nice but casual.

    http://dishbreakfastlunchanddinner.com/

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    Dish Restaurant
    734 Foothill Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      I like Dish a whole lot. I'm not sure it's as good as the owners seem to think it is, but I've never had a poor meal there, and a couple of outstanding ones, and it's an extremely pleasant place to be. Taylor's has worthy offerings other than steak; I'll go there for a burger just to bask in the atmosphere. Do not under any circumstances be tempted into Hill Street - Conrad's is better than Hill Street!

      1. re: Will Owen

        I haven't been to Dish for a couple of years. Although I liked their pancakes and burgers, when I asked the manager/owner? about their offering real maple syrup I got a long speech about how they couldn't have it because it was too expensive, not cost effective...blah blah blah! So many other places offer it as standard and others as an optional cost extra, I don't mind paying extra but that guy's attitude just ticked me off! Personally, I don't like artificially flavored 'pancake syrup' so I stopped going.

    2. Good luck! But if you head a mile or so over to near Montrose there is Bashan. Fantastic, fresh Cal-French type cuisine in an intimate setting.

      1. Try Divina Cucina in Montrose.

        http://divinacucinarestaurant.com/

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        1. re: Local

          I used to go to that Conrads once in a while, and I can say it has slipped to Hill Street level (unless things have changed in the last couple months). I've had some good dishes at Dish, and I laugh agreeably to the comment about what the owners think :-) I do love those 2 for 1s though, it takes some pain away. So be sure and skip skip both Conrads and Hill Street.

          There are some other good dishes at Taylors to be sure, and at lunchtime they've been more than willing to split their huge salads without attitude for me. A plus if you are not a big eater or looking for an in between snack.

          Is Bashan new or did I lose track! I'll have to check on that.

          1. re: MaryT

            MaryT: you might have lost track because Bashan has been open for over a year. Former chef from Providence. 2-3 great write-ups in the L.A. Times. A real destination spot for the area.

            There is also 3 Drunken Goats on Honolulu in Montrose that is more casual. And all Spanish in theme.

        2. i didn't see this post until the 22nd, but am always looking for places in la canada. where did you wind up and how was it?

          1. Bashan is great...a little more modern than most of the other places around.
            Divina Cuccina has nice ambience and decent italian, but I'm a huge fan of Pasa Preziosa.
            Mins Kitchen (thai) has great food but the prices have also gone way up in the last few years.
            I like Dish for breakfast.
            El Sol in La Crescenta has great Mexican food.

            1. Too late for last night's dinner but............

              La Cabanita (in Montrose / Glendale) is a hop-skip-and-jump down Verdugo (from Foothill Blvd in La Canada). From Taylor's, its about a 4 minute drive. Great mexican food (moles in particular).

              http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

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              1. re: cagey

                I second Pasta Preziosa, I haven't been in over a year, but it's been great every time I've gone. Great view, good service, and so far I've liked everything I've had there. And it's not that expensive for the type of place. I've taken friends, and they are always really gracious when we bring others.

                1. re: MaryT

                  I like the food at Pasta Preziosa, but the "ambiance" is certainly lacking, especially for a romantic dinner. The floor has a dark carpet, so there are always crumbs and things everywhere. The tables are kind of small. It's a family place, more than anything.

                  Again, not knocking the food, but it's nothing fancy.

              2. Second the recos for Three Drunken Goats and for La Cabanita in Montrose. Joselito's is OK, and if you want a trip down memory lane (and a dark cavern of a restaurant) try El Charro - been there forever. Or - if you're adventurous (i.e., not snooty) try El Sol - far western edge of Montrose - workmanlike Mexican. Been going there for 25 years. Esconced between a laundromat and a barber shop - families' favorite. Beer, and wine margaritas, last I went.