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Dining Dave Feb 7, 2009 05:58 PM

What was the cafateria/buffet-been around for years-reviewed in the LA Times recently? Is it as good as it seems?

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    condiment RE: Dining Dave Feb 7, 2009 07:15 PM

    Clifton's. If you haven't been, it is a must for the experience, but the food is barely passable.

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      SIMIHOUND RE: condiment Feb 7, 2009 10:19 PM

      I hate to disagree but I took my wife a while ago to show her downtown and no harm would have befallen us had we skipped "the exerience". ( I dont mean that disrespecfully or sarcasticly condiment.) It was so bad IMO and the parking was as bad as the food. We then hopped over to Philipes and my wife loved that "experience." Especially the pie.

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        Will Owen RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 8, 2009 12:33 PM

        No regrets for disagreeing with both of you. While parking is a nightmare, and wading through the clamor on the streets from where you've parked to their front door can be a trial, our family found the food to be blissfully good - not gourmet fare by any means, but perfectly prepared middle-American comfort food. The braised beef was some of the best I've ever tasted, the mashed potatoes were real and not over-beaten, and the gravy came from that beef, not from a can. Perhaps the happiest was Papa, upon whose dime we dined, and who was surprised and delighted at how little our stacked trays were going to cost him.

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          Adsvino RE: Will Owen Feb 8, 2009 02:17 PM

          Agreed. Darn tasty cafeteria food.

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            Akitist RE: Will Owen Feb 8, 2009 02:40 PM

            Any time you go Downtown you need to plan parking ahead of time or use an alternate. Subway station at Pershing Square is just a few blocks from Clifton's, for instance.

            The food may not be to everyone's taste, but it's far from bad, IMHO. And no reservations needed nor snarky Maitre d' on staff.

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        Hackenbush RE: Dining Dave Feb 10, 2009 09:38 AM

        I love cafeterias and I was a regular at the old Clifton's in Century City. I've tried the downtown one many times and always come away disappointed. Parking in the area is terrible and expensive. The ambiance at Clifton's down there is sad and depressing with a lot of patrons who look like they have nowhere else to go and decor that manages to be old without being classic. There's a nice choice of food but nothing tastes as good as it looks, not even simple things like roast turkey and mashed potatoes.

        I'm enough of an optimist to try it from time to time when I'm downtown but like I said, I always come away disappointed.

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          Clyde RE: Dining Dave Feb 10, 2009 09:50 AM

          i have to go here today, not necessarily by choice. i'm interested in checking the place out, but being careful about what i eat i'm nervous about the food. can anyone recommend anything 'safe'? are the soups decent?

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            B Minus RE: Clyde Feb 10, 2009 09:57 AM

            Clifton's serves Thanksgiving dinner every day. What could be better than that?

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              Chowpatty RE: Clyde Feb 10, 2009 10:04 AM

              Everything is decent and "safe." They have lots of steam-table Mexican dishes like enchiladas. I think I had fried shrimp with coleslaw or carrot salad, the selection of side dishes and salads is fun to choose from.
              The bakery is better than decent, try a cream cheese bran muffin if they're open.

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                Clyde RE: Chowpatty Feb 10, 2009 10:08 AM

                oh awesome, i love side dishes. thanks.

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