First dates a go-go
I live in Hollywood and would love some suggestions for good first date places when he says "Do you have a favorite place near you?" (Does Cactus #1 on Vine count? Help!)
Casual (not bank breaking) food and/or great place to grab a drink (preferably wine).....
Bonus round: This week's bachelor lives in Hermosa Beach....any suggestions for somewhere fun halfway?
not exactly half-way, but
26 beach restaurant near marina del rey, but technically in venice.
pretty restaurant (shabby chic style)
very decent wine (rutherford chardonnay about $10 glass)
terrific array of inventive entree salads for about $15
terrific burgers (including veggie burgers) for about $13, irrc. including great fries (if you chose the salad instead of the fries, imho the house salad is better than the caesar side salad)
entree dishes (not their strongest category, imho, despite having a great whole crispy striped bass there the other night) mostly in the $20's.
The newly relocated Vinoteque on Melrose might be good to try.
As would the Foundry next door -- if you eat in the lounge and avoid the main menu prices.
I also like the 3rd Stop for good casual eats and mellow beer & wine only vibe.
Bowery by the Arclight could be another good choice, closer to you than him.
Or if you really want to save him the longer drive, Father's Office could be fun, among several other Culver City spots.
To name just a few.
8636 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Foundry On Melrose
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Actually it depends on what the OP asked for, which is "a casual (not bank breaking) food and/or great place to grab a drink."
In my book, Father's Office hits all those on the head. But then I never thought first dates where about "impressing" anyone, just finding a comfortable, enjoyable place to talk.
I've been to the CC location a few times, and I love their burger and sweet potato fries (and beer!), but I wouldn't think of it as a good spot for a date. It's always been fairly full to having to spend 30min. hawking for a table. I wouldn't consider it quiet either.
Also, I don't think they have couches... they have the "bench" along the walls and a couple "mini-booths" IIRC.
Would probably be solid for a 3rd or 4th date though...
With the caveat that Renee's would only be a good option earlier in the week as it gets louder and douchier as the week goes on. Similarly, I think that Bodega on Lincoln and Broadway in Santa Monica is a good spot, but only early in the week. Culver City seems pretty mid-point and there are a ton of spots there, as wutzizname pointed out.
could you give us an idea about what the 'reasonable' dinner prices are at il moro?
when a date and i went for dessert and cappucino, it ended up costing over $20/per person all in.
my assumption is that a full blown dinner there might be a little expensive for a first date.
have to say though, the place was very pretty and romantic.
Lucky you, I think Hollywood is a central location for dates. I guess it depends what you consider "casual" as so many places offer good happy hours and prix fixe these days.
Here are some places I'd recommend, all of them have a romantic vibe, are smallish and have good, reasonably priced eats.
Boho http://www.bohorestaurant.com/ I believe they have a good wine selection.
Hungry Cat for happy hour
As for the midway spot, I recommend Culver City. It's fun to stroll along Helms, or shop at Surfas. I believe there's a museum there too. Good luck!
The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028