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Date night Friday -- Animal, Church & State, or Ludobites?

bucktown Jul 30, 2009 01:20 PM

Hi there,

My partner and I of 5 years want to go out tomorrow night and have heard good things regarding the restaurants above. We've never been to any of them, but we love new food and new places. Is one far and away better than the other? Thanks!

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    jaykayen Jul 31, 2009 12:16 PM

    I haven't been to C&S, but from the love on the board, I think Animal would be the top choice.

    At LudoBites, I like the oxtail polenta, cod, spaghetti carbonara, and the panna cotta.

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      AAQjr Jul 30, 2009 05:26 PM

      Which ever one you can get a reservation too! unless you're okay eating at an odd time, they're all pretty busy especially on a Friday evening!

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      1. re: AAQjr
        mpken Aug 1, 2009 12:03 AM

        The bar at Animal can usually accommodate walk ins. Call to check and get there fast. Same menu and you'll get properly served by the bartenders. Opportunities to taste wine is a huge plus over table seating.

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        ExtraCheesePlease Jul 30, 2009 04:41 PM

        What a great "problem" to have? Personally I would pick Church and State. The food and service are phenomenal and the room lends itself to a date. Animal and Ludobites are great as well and the food equally phenomenal but the space is blah, IMHO.

        1. mollyomormon Jul 30, 2009 02:11 PM

          I really enjoyed all three and don't think you can go wrong, as a213b says, but be aware that all three places are on the loud side. That said, I would rank them Animal, Church & State and then Ludobites for my tastes.

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            Servorg Jul 30, 2009 04:37 PM

            Animal is loud, but not that loud. My hearing sucks and I can still carry on a conversation with my wife at Animal.

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              mollyomormon Jul 30, 2009 04:39 PM

              Definitely. It's not a quiet place, but I have always been able to hear my dining companions. Whereas last night at Ludobites, there were times when I had to practice my lip-reading skills.

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              wutzizname Jul 30, 2009 05:13 PM

              I've tried all three. Liked all three. But I'd probably second mollyo's ranking. Animal > C&S > Ludo

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              a213b Jul 30, 2009 01:22 PM

              They are all so very different from one another (though I will say I have yet to go to Ludobites). It might be a matter, at this point, of where you can get a reservation.

              I loved both C&S and Animal, though they are very different from one another. C&S can get rather loud, but then Animal is no library. Animal's food is so un-LA, in terms of it being rather carniwhore'ish.

              I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

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                odub Jul 30, 2009 01:26 PM

                I've heard the food at C&S is fantastic but the one thing that I hear, repeatedly, is that it is very, very loud. That may not be the best place to go for a date unless you feel like yelling at said date over delicious pork products.

                Ludobites seems to get mixed reviews. Personally, my favorite date restaurant (thus far) is still A.O.C. but if you've already been there, I can appreciate the desire to try some place new.

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                  ronnie_gaucho Jul 30, 2009 04:19 PM

                  One Word:


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                    la tache burger Jul 30, 2009 04:23 PM

                    True, but, another word:


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                      ronnie_gaucho Jul 30, 2009 04:31 PM


                      I really enjoed Ludobites actually. However, the pork belly sandwiches at Animal are just too amazing to miss

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                        mollyomormon Jul 30, 2009 04:34 PM

                        those pork belly sandwiches are easily going on my top ten best bites of 09 as are the pigs ears...

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