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In LA for only ONE night. Need Dinner rec

My boyfriend and I are going to be in LA for only one day and we are trying to find a cool place to eat dinner. We are going to be there on a Tuesday. We are looking for something that is a nice place with good food but not tooo nice/ expensive (entrees around $20 is ok).

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  1. Gjelina on Abott Kinney in the Venice area is really good. Ive been going 2-3 times a week and its almost 30 minutes from my place.
    A couple other good ones are:
    Fig in Santa Monica
    Bar Hayama on the Westside
    Cobras and Matadors in Mid LA
    Boho in Hollywood

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    1. re: sumo3175

      I have heard great things about Fig recently.

    2. What part of town will you be in?
      What sort of foods do you generall enjoy?

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      1. re: hyacinthgirl

        We are going to be mainly in west hollywood area but can go wherever. We are from texas, so we usually eat a lot of tex mex so something different than that would be nice. I eat pretty much anything except I am not a huge fan of sushi.

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        1. -AOC Wine Bar in WeHo might be fun for some wine and small plates to share

          -You could also do tapas at Bazaar - spend as much or as little as you like

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          1. re: Emme

            While you can certainly eat for $20 a person at Bazaar, I think they would leave hungry. Maybe they shoujld stop in for a nitro caipirnha.

            1. re: Emme

              they will leave starving at either of these places

              1. re: TailbackU

                second your thoughts here, TailbackU

            2. Cobras and Matadors is great. Small plates, fun(loud) atmosphere. Also in the same area is Angelini Osteria. Really fabulous italian. Might be a little more than $20 per entree, but well worth it. AOC is also quite good, but I think it will be out of your price range.(Very easy to spend $75-$100 per person inc. wine.)

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              1. re: jeffandnat

                Does it matter which Cobras and Matadors we go to if we decide to? I looked it up and saw that there are at least 2 different locations. Thanks!

                1. re: jawbanana

                  C and M on Beverly will probably be closer. There is a wine shop next door that can hook you up with a nice Rioja. The restaurant will charge a small corkage. Have everyone in your party pick out two or three items and share plates. Have fun!

                  1. re: jeffandnat

                    I'll second Cobras and Matadors. Isn't the corkage free if you buy wine from the wine store next door?

                    1. re: jeffandnat

                      the cobras on beverly has better food, IMO, for some strange reason.