Rec for Dinner near the DGA
Anyone have a recommendation for a good place to go to dinner before a movie at the DGA? My mind has gone blank, and wanted to go to some place with good food. That is the only prerec - any cuisine is good for me, but since it is a night out without the toddler, I do want some quality!
Yeah, it would help to clarify if you're looking for something within walking distance of the DGA, or within a short drive. Give us a radius and we'll give you the best options within it.
Animal is an excellent recommendation if you're okay with the mile and a half drive. Street is two and a half miles, in which case you might also consider trying to get into one of the Mozza's on the corner.
Bar Marmont might be a decent choice within walking distance.
Pace is a half mile away, up Laurel Canyon
The new Baby Blues BBQ on Santa Monica off Fairfax is pretty close and very popular.
Down on Melrose are lots of options (All Angelo, Foundry, Comme Ca, Lucques)
Heading farther south to Beverly and Third would add a dozen more (including A.O.C. and the just opened Bistro LQ) but again, defining "near" will help narrow the choices.
Specifics are: 10pm movie, so we don't need to worry about rushing through dinner. Don't mind driving, but I think the Beverly restaurants are too far. I was thinking about Animal, but we were there about 2 weeks ago, so was thinking about other alternatives. Comme Ca is a good idea, maybe Chameu? We have been to Street 4 times, and I am done with the restaurant. The food is way too greasy (with the exception of the coconut jam sandwich and the amazing chicken curry).
Since you don't say what time your movie is it's hard to know if this recommendation will work for you or not but you won't be very far away from Animal on Fairfax. If that works for you it would be my number one place to go. You can even eat at the bar if you don't want to reserve a table.
435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I tend to do Greenblatt's before DGA screenings. Normal deli fare but with a very good wine list. But it sounds like you need something more upscale. I'm a big fan of "Street". It's on Highland, just north of Melrose. Very interesting menu. Nice atmosphere. It's not right by the guild, but not far. Or you could head west. I hear good things about Tony's Steak House, in the old Norman's space. Finding something really close to the guild is a bit more difficult.