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Help! Taking Berkeley Foodies to Dinner Downtown LA!

jrbarker Nov 21, 2008 02:02 PM

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!

  1. tooth Nov 29, 2008 09:24 AM

    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.

    1. Suebee Nov 22, 2008 08:55 PM

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


      3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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      1. re: Suebee
        lotta_cox Nov 29, 2008 08:16 AM

        love love love canele

      2. lotta_cox Nov 22, 2008 06:16 AM

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

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        1. re: lotta_cox
          cls Nov 22, 2008 06:18 AM

          +1 to Izayoi.

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          nosh Nov 21, 2008 02:57 PM

          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
            Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2008 01:23 PM

            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. ipsedixit Nov 21, 2008 02:37 PM

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

            1. Servorg Nov 21, 2008 02:34 PM

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

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