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Rossi76 Mar 12, 2009 12:53 PM

Hey Hounds. Going to Arclight tonight and dinner. We like:

Hungry Cat
Mission Cantina

But want to try something else. Is there anything new / not too / expensive / not a club/ not The Waffle in the immediate area you'd recommend?

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    schrutefarms Apr 7, 2009 12:21 PM

    Kitchen 24 is a good option-high end diner food and great cocktails, also reasonably priced. Cahuenga, betwen Selma and Hollywood.

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      ov1 Apr 7, 2009 11:01 AM

      My wife and I like Velvet Margarita Cantina, just north a couple blocks on Cahuenga. Everything on the dinner menu is $15 and they're running a special for all of 2009 of $5 margaritas (not just happy hour, any time). The decor is a little bizarre, but I think it's cool.

      They bring out chips with two salsas and a bean dip - always end up eating too much.

      Magnolia is another nice/reasonable spot - I've only had lunch there but it's always been a good experience.

      1. CocoKauai Mar 22, 2009 02:35 PM

        Love the drinks at the Cat. What's the word on The Waffle?

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          uclayaleguy Mar 15, 2009 02:57 AM

          I would recommend Bowery. Not too expensive. The food has always been good.

          1. katydid13 Mar 14, 2009 06:35 AM

            For tasty, quick and casual, I can recommend Super Tortas in the little strip mall at Fountain and Vine (on southwest corner of intersection).

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              schrutefarms Mar 12, 2009 03:34 PM

              Magnolia and The Bowery.

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                rednyellow Mar 12, 2009 04:28 PM

                I've had a couple of good meals at The Bowery. I really like their short ribs and they are one of the few bars that stocks Old Raj Gin, when I'm in a martini mood. My one meal at Magnolia was very poor, but the room was pretty.

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                  schrutefarms Mar 12, 2009 04:36 PM

                  I'm with you. Have eaten at both once, and while nothing was "bad" at Magnolia, it was boring and overpriced. Bowery, on the other hand, had great food, and the bill was less (even with cocktails, which we didn't get at Magnolia.)

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                rickym13 Mar 12, 2009 01:40 PM

                i like the cat

                1. sku Mar 12, 2009 01:12 PM

                  Have you tried Los Balcones de Peru on Vine, just south of Sunset?

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                    Porthos Mar 12, 2009 01:18 PM

                    How is that place? I just noticed it this past weekend when I was leaving K&L.

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                      sku Mar 12, 2009 01:46 PM

                      It's great. Peruvian ceviche, wonderful beef and saltados, good stuff.


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                        paulfromla Mar 12, 2009 02:07 PM

                        Second Los Balcones de Peru

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                          rednyellow Mar 12, 2009 02:28 PM

                          I love Los Balcones, also, Fabiolous has a really good bolonaise pasta

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                          Porthos Mar 13, 2009 05:41 PM

                          Stopped by LBP after picking up some loot at K&L today. I had the Pescado a lo Macho. It's decent but very different from the other versions I've had. It's a bit spicier, less creamy, contains less garlic, and is less generous with the seafood. The other versions I've had (El Chalan in Miami, El Recoto in Gardena) had a much creamier sauce and were piled high with calamari, octopus and shrimp. The fish filet was very nicely seasoned though. The white rice was also nicely seasoned. This was clearly my least favorite version and it's El Chalan by miles with El Recoto a notch ahead of LBP.

                          I'm no Peruvian food expert so maybe this is a regional variation.

                          I'll give it another go. The Chupe Camarones is another benchmark of mine and it's promising that they at least offer it.

                          Incidentally, the aji verde was also less creamy than other versions I've had.

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                            a213b Mar 13, 2009 10:13 PM

                            I had the Pescado a lo Macho at Puro Sabor, and it sounds like it is exactly what you are looking for ... check it out, it's in Van Nuys.

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                              sku Mar 14, 2009 04:24 PM

                              My favorite dish at Balcones is the Tacu-Tacu Con Lomito Al Jugo. I also like the ceviches, but most everything I've had has been good. Of course, I've never been to your place in Miami so I can't compare.

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                          katydid13 Mar 14, 2009 06:33 AM

                          Los Balcones is very good, but allow plenty of time. I've had some really slow service in there.

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