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Jul 30, 2009 01:20 PM

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

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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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: a213b

      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.

          1. re: la tache burger


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

            1. re: ronnie_gaucho

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

      1. 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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        1. re: mollyomormon

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

          1. re: Servorg

            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.

          2. re: mollyomormon

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

          3. 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. 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

                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.

              2. 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.