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Staples Center Dining . . . anyone tried Corkbar?

I am going to an event at the Staples Center on Wednesday and I am looking for something interesting to eat beforehand that we can park and walk to the Staples Center from. The event starts at 600. The last three years we have gone to the Palm, but I am interested in branching out. Any thoughts??

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  1. I'm having a hard time coming up with something you could do and be done with before 6. It's possible that Roy's might be open continuously between lunch & dinner, in which case you could at least get a few pieces of sushi and a drink. That's at 8th & Fig, definitely walkable to the Paperclip Joint. There might be something at the ghastly new L.A. Live, directly across from the paperclip.

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      Haven't tried Corkbar yet (40 wines by the glass and more by the bottle) … here's the 411:

      Corkbar (213) 746-0050
      403 W. 12th Street (at S. Grand Avenue)
      Los Angeles, CA 90015
      11:30 AM – 2:00 AM (kitchen closes btwn 10-11PM)
      http://www.corkbar.com/food_menu.html

      Edit: just realized the OP needed info B4 7:40p on WED

    2. What is Corkbar? Does it involve wine? Mmmmmm, wine...

      1. You could go to Arnie Morton's on Figueroa between 7th and 8th. It is open continuously from 11 am to 11 pm. Also, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, you can go to the "Power Hour" and have the inexpensive "Bar Bites."

        1. I was there on Saturday night & had a blast! It's a great place with really great people working there, very friendly. This is the type of place where you can ask any question about wine & not feel stupid! The food's great too! It's about 2 blocks from the Staples Center & there's a parking lot right across the street to park @. I say give it a try I know I'll be going back for sure! I know it will now be my stop before I go to any Staple Center events from now on.

          1. try "the must". small plates. great happy hour and sangrias. The chef is one of the sous from hells kitchen.

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            Must Wine Bar
            118 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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            1. re: whospizza

              I read about that place and am going on the next art walk.. What food stood out to you whospizza. Thanks

            2. Corkbar is fantastic. You MUST try the grilled cheese, and the wine is obviously amazing as well.

              1. We had happy hour at Corkbar last Friday and really enjoyed it. I don't drink, so I can't speak to the wine, but we shared the mac n' cheese and the duck & brussels sprouts salad. Both were very good, but I particulary enjoyed the mac n' cheese, and at the happy hour price of $5, the generous portion was a fantastic deal. The space, which has a spare but stylish industrial look, provides the perfect ambience for a meal with friends. All in all, a great addition to the neighborhood!

                1. I was there about a month ago and I loved the atmo and enthusiasm for their wines and food. I found the food "promising." Not inspired but they clearly care and are open to suggestions/improvement.

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                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                    Corkbar is very enjoyable. They're friendly and especially good with "comfort" items like macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese. I'd recommend it for certain.