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In LA for only ONE night. Need Dinner rec

jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 02:22 PM

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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    sumo3175 RE: jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 02:39 PM

    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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      lotta_cox RE: sumo3175 Apr 17, 2009 01:30 PM

      I have heard great things about Fig recently.

    2. hyacinthgirl RE: jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 02:40 PM

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

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        jawbanana RE: hyacinthgirl Apr 16, 2009 05:00 PM

        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.

      2. Emme RE: jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 05:26 PM

        -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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          lotta_cox RE: Emme Apr 17, 2009 01:29 PM

          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.

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            TailbackU RE: Emme Apr 17, 2009 02:55 PM

            they will leave starving at either of these places

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              westsidegal RE: TailbackU Nov 21, 2009 12:05 AM

              second your thoughts here, TailbackU

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            jeffandnat RE: jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 06:21 PM

            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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              jawbanana RE: jeffandnat Apr 16, 2009 08:33 PM

              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!

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                jeffandnat RE: jawbanana Apr 17, 2009 09:00 AM

                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!

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                  whatsfordinner RE: jeffandnat Apr 17, 2009 12:03 PM

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

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                    lotta_cox RE: jeffandnat Apr 17, 2009 01:29 PM

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

              2. ipsedixit RE: jawbanana Apr 16, 2009 10:49 PM

                Palate or Bashan.

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                  ElissaInPlaya RE: jawbanana Apr 17, 2009 09:12 AM

                  The Hungry Cat would be fun and perfect!
                  Here is their menu: http://losangeles.menupages.com/menup...

                  If you like, you can walk from there to the Cat & Fiddle, after/before dinner for outdoor pub drinks in a fun atmosphere, or Beauty Bar for a martini and manicure.

                  The Hungry Cat
                  1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                  Cat N' Fiddle Pub & Restaurant
                  6530 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                    Canogabill RE: ElissaInPlaya Nov 20, 2009 11:38 AM

                    Cat and Fiddle has complete Thanksgiving dinner for $20.00, dessert included. They also have a veggie or fish option. Plus, they have a full bar. That's where we're going this year, I found out about it on this site.

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                    CucumberBoy RE: jawbanana Apr 17, 2009 10:04 AM

                    There's always Canters (ducking flying tableware).


                    1. LATrapp RE: jawbanana Nov 20, 2009 02:59 PM

                      I second Hungry Cat and Cobras in that order.

                      Not positive about a Tuesday, but both of those places can be full so I recommend a reservation.

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                        mc michael RE: LATrapp Nov 20, 2009 03:21 PM

                        Kinda hard to do Hungry Cat for $20. Especially if you are drinking. But I do love the place.

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                          westsidegal RE: mc michael Nov 21, 2009 12:09 AM

                          i agree with you mc michael,
                          i never got out of there anywhere near the $ equivalent of $20/entree.

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                            LATrapp RE: mc michael Nov 21, 2009 12:50 AM

                            Jawbanana's post read "entrees around $20 is ok".

                            I see that as using the entree price as a barometer for the rest of the menu. I did not read that as being $20 for drinks, appetizers, tax, tip (i.e. what you get out of there for).

                            However, the best place for Jawbanana to see if it works for him is right here:


                            And yes, that Pug Burger for $16 is a mighty fine burger! Read that menu as an example however. The current menu is slightly different.

                            Drinks are around $10-12 (and VERY well made) with the Greyhound Proper being one of my favorites.

                            All that being said- if price is a major factor in the decision, then you might want to try elsewhere where you won't feel like you're holding back for your one night in LA.

                            Good luck!

                        2. sarahbeths RE: jawbanana Nov 20, 2009 03:28 PM

                          I think if you are in town for one night only, you might should expect to spend a wee bit more. This is a food city, a wonderful opportunity for some fabulous food. "moderate" priced places might be a wee bit more here than back home, but its worth it.

                          Also, you might want to make a reservation or check to see if one is needed.

                          If I were sending you, I'd send you to either

                          Angelini Osteria (Best Italian in LA)
                          Fraiche in culver city
                          Foundry on Melrose

                          1. wutzizname RE: jawbanana Nov 21, 2009 04:05 AM

                            This post is from April 2009. Though Jawbanana didn't specify, I think we can assume her Tuesday has come and gone.

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                              mc michael RE: wutzizname Nov 21, 2009 06:39 AM

                              Ah, but did she report back?

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