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Apr 6, 2009 11:45 AM

Dinner and Drinks Downtown Los Angeles?

Taking some USC colleagues out to dinner this evening (a Monday night). Looking for an inexpensive to moderately priced Chow-ish place for dinner AND drinks. My standby, Sushi Komasa, is closed on Mondays. Looking for suggestions in the Downtown/Chinatown Area - any type of food.

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  1. I would do Church & State, for that price range.

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    1. re: lotta_cox

      Revisited Louie last night. Had a great little escolar. I definitely prefer Church & State mainly because I prefer french bistro style, but also because it's a smaller venue and I love the Biscuit lofts. Who has the nicer bar across the street? i would rather go to 7 Grand than Royal Claytons, but I also like them both. I guess I'm jjust saying that I will probably go to both a bit. Seriously though, I just want to go to Rivera, but it hasn't happened yet.

    2. I went to opening day at Bottega Louie today. If you want to brave a new enterprise it's at 7th and Grand.

      Nice space.

      1. My wife and I hit up Engine 23 last Saturday Night. Food and service was excellent. Good size bar too. Not too terribly expensive. 4 people, drinks, meal with a bottle of wine ~$200.

        1. if it's a more casual affair with your colleagues, sausage sandwiches, fries and some specialty beers at Wurstkuche would fit the bill too. Alternatively, french dipped sandwiches and pies at Cole's, then pop back to the Varnish for a cocktail.

          Church & State is also good, as is Rivera (though the latter is a bit pricier, and likely to be packed given its recent rave reviews from LATimes, LA Mag and LA Weekly)