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RyanD22 Jul 24, 2009 01:33 AM

Some friends and I are cruising up there to wreak havoc. And since causing mayhem also causes hunger, we need a swell place to grab some eats.

What are some great sit-down places that are somewhat upscale but still casual dress? (Think $10-$15 a person).

Somewhere with flash, zest and gives satisfaction for a job well done.

  1. Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2009 09:38 AM

    Yxta? Get tacos al pastor... and their margaritas are killer.

    Yxta Cocina Mexicana
    601 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 09:44 AM

      Can you really get out of Yxta at $10-15/person?

      1. re: ipsedixit
        Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2009 09:50 AM

        If you eat an entree or maybe two appetizers, yes. Same-ish price point as Colori and Bottega Louie.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          Phurstluv Jul 24, 2009 10:50 AM

          Same price point as B L for tacos al pastor???

          1. re: Phurstluv
            Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2009 11:11 AM

            The menus in general are similar prices... sheesh.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              samtron608 Jul 24, 2009 03:22 PM

              going to drago centro on sat before we see a show at the ahmanson. i believe the show starts at 8. my drago rsvp is at 6. is that plenty of time? i wont be doing the tasting menu.
              also, never been here,....did i make a good choice or should i change to church and state (although i think its further away)

              1. re: samtron608
                Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2009 03:45 PM

                Yes, I think you're fine. You can easily walk from Drago Centro (5th/Flower) to the Ahmanson in 20 minutes, which gives you more than an hour and a half to eat. If you're concerned just say it's a pre-theatre dinner.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                  ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 04:14 PM

                  There's a shuttle that'll take you there, so you don't have to hike Bunker Hill.

                  As far as time, dunno, 1.5 hours (give or take) for a tasting menu? That's cutting it a bit close ...

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2009 04:23 PM

                    He said he was NOT doing the tasting menu.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 04:31 PM

                      Oops. My bad.

                2. re: samtron608
                  peppermonkey Jul 24, 2009 03:51 PM

                  you'll be fine...fortunately for you it's almost always empty...unfortunate for the restaurant and for me who would like to see it survive....

                  1. re: samtron608
                    Phurstluv Jul 24, 2009 04:57 PM

                    C&S is much further outside of downtown, in the industrial section by the ELA interchange.

        2. Phurstluv Jul 24, 2009 09:00 AM

          Have you looked into Wurstkuche?

          We are going to try it this Saturday night. I think it is in your price range, for a dog & a brew.

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          1. re: Phurstluv
            wutzizname Jul 24, 2009 10:25 AM

            Wurstkuche is a great rec, though certainly not the least bit upscale with its tray and picnic table vibe. But $10-15/per doesn't really = upscale anything, so perhaps you should give it a look. Heck even Wurstkuche would be hard to get out of for $15, unless you skip the great beer selection.

            1. re: wutzizname
              Phurstluv Jul 24, 2009 10:49 AM

              Right, what is upscale at 10-15 pp? Even Gelson's deli or WP Cafes are hard to get out under $10.

              I don't care about the tray & picnic table vibe - in fact, it'll be great with my two young boys! And can't wait for the beer selection - my DH will be so psyched! We are not worried about the cost of this meal, just looking forward to it.....

              1. re: Phurstluv
                ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 10:54 AM

                I thought Wurstkuche was grossly overpriced when I went.

                Good vibe, cool building, ok food.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Phurstluv Jul 24, 2009 11:03 AM

                  Probably is. We'll see what we think.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    wutzizname Jul 24, 2009 11:12 AM

                    Not really sure how you can call fresh, gourmet sausages from $6-$8 and a beer list with lots of interesting choices in the $4-$6 range "grossly" overpriced.

                    No, it's not a hot dog cart or a strip mall dive in Reseda, but for a cool, casual, hipster/yuppie eatery on the edge of downtown (which is what it is) I'd call those prices more than reasonable.

                    1. re: wutzizname
                      ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 02:28 PM

                      I don't have a problem with paying $10 or more for a hot dog, sausage, weiner, etc. But only if it tastes good.

                      I didn't find the offerings at W all that great. To each its own, I guess.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        mollyomormon Jul 24, 2009 03:00 PM

                        All the sausages I've tried there (and I think I've tried at least half of them) have only been good to pretty good. But those fries...

                        1. re: mollyomormon
                          ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 03:01 PM

                          ... and those dipping sauces!

                    2. re: ipsedixit
                      JAB Jul 24, 2009 01:51 PM

                      I was satisfied with the $ : food quality ratio. I can't say the same for my experience at Mo Chica today.

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                Obessed Jul 24, 2009 08:20 AM

                This may be a bit above your budget, but if you select carefully maybe Botegga Louie. Definitely a place with zest, a bit upscale but still casual dress (i.e., we went there before a Coldplay concert in shorts & sneakers).

                1. lil mikey Jul 24, 2009 07:55 AM

                  Colori's an Italian that doesn't have much flash, but it has zest and gives satisfaction for a job well done. It's a fancy place in street clothes. Like a rich kid in the hood.

                  Colori Kitchen
                  429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                  1. Servorg Jul 24, 2009 06:35 AM

                    Maybe the newish Nickel Diner would work? By the way, how did things go (food, ambiance, service) on your date to Drago Centro ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6104... )? It's great when people give follow up reports once they are finished getting board advice on where to go.

                    Nickel Diner
                    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                    1. re: Servorg
                      Servorg Jul 24, 2009 07:32 AM

                      One other thought. The Brazilian cafe, Wood Spoon. It's a great liittle spot with excellent service and an absolutely killer pork burger.

                      Wood Spoon
                      107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                      1. re: Servorg
                        RyanD22 Aug 28, 2009 05:16 PM

                        My apologies for not replying sooner my good man. I rarely check the follow-ups (a bad habit). The date itself was excellent. The food was ravishing in taste and texture. Easily one of my favorite restaurants.

                        How long have you been on this site btw?

                        1. re: RyanD22
                          Servorg Aug 28, 2009 05:21 PM

                          8 yrs (if you ever come back to look)

                          1. re: Servorg
                            RyanD22 Sep 10, 2009 12:30 PM

                            Wow that's a long time. Thanks for your help by the way. :)

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