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Help! Taking Berkeley Foodies to Dinner Downtown LA!

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I'm in charge of picking a place to bring our Foodie Berkeley family members to dinner, and my go-to, The Cliff's Edge, is closed for a special event tomorrow night. Ack! I know Silverlake and Los Feliz pretty well, but they're staying downtown so I'm looking for some downtown rec's where these folks will feel most at home, ie: it's cool to wear jeans or at the very least a comfotable shoe. Watergrille/Zucca a little too pricey as they will most likely end up treating, and I don't want to be rude. Also, noise level can be an issue. ANY help would be greatly appreciated! I'm new to the Hound. Thanks!

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  1. Here is a link to a recent thread that may be helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572951

    1. Colori Cafe for Italian
      Wood Spoon for Brazilian
      Komasa for sushi
      Chichen Itza for Yucatan/Mexican

      1. I assume you have a car. Look up the post by Noahbites about the 11-in-11 feast he had a weekend or so ago in the SGV eating at mostly Chinese places. Make a reservation at the place that does the Peking Duck. Keep the names and addresses of some of the places with all of the dishes with chili peppers, look up Chung King for the pork pump, read the review for the bars and soup dumpling places, and look up Fosselman's in Alhambra for ice cream. Have a fantastic evening. This is what will impress an SF foodie.

        Or else go upscale Mexican. La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights just east of downtown for great Mexican seafood in fantastic sauces.

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        1. re: nosh

          I'm all for La Serenata in Boyle Heights. There's nothing like it in the People's Republic of Berkeley. Another option would be Babita, which is just 10 minutes east of downtown.

        2. Izayoi. Japanese izakaya. Nicer than Haru Ulala and some truly interesting dishes on the menu.

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          1. re: lotta_cox

            +1 to Izayoi.

          2. Not downtown, but close in Atwater: Canele. My Berkeley in-laws loved it as much as we do.

            http://www.canele-la.com/

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            Canele
            3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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            1. re: Suebee

              love love love canele

            2. I second the recommendation for Izayoi or La Serenata, I like Canele but there are so many restaurants like that up in the bay. You should give them a taste of Los Angeles.