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Saturday dinner near LACMA

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Dedicated Fresser Aug 25, 2009 10:52 AM

Seeking a casual and relatively cheap place for dinner on a Saturday night, either very near LACMA or east from it along Wilshire Blvd. (I'll be traveling by MTA bus, and will be trying to make a train after dinner, so I am reticent to stray far from Wilshire.)

I thought of Luna Park. Will it be mobbed?

Any other suggestions close by the museum or eastward from it along (or a block or two off) Wilshire?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Dedicated Fresser Aug 25, 2009 11:03 AM

    Umami for burgers, or one of the Ethiopian places on Fairfax just south of the museum.

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      QualityMart RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 25, 2009 10:29 PM

      Little Ethiopia is starting to push the distance limit if trying to deal with time constraints and buses and staying close to Wilshire. Sure it's only 2 and a half blocks, but those are longish blocks and they you have to cross a ridiculously slow and cumbersome intersection. :)

      Ugh, Umami burger. I hate to turn into the resident Umami basher around here, but I've experienced nothing but horrible service there and it's really not very nice inside. I couldn't recommend it less for a pleasant dining experience.

      But right across the street from it is the brilliant Sake House. That's my favorite joint in the area, fun and low-key and delicious.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: QualityMart Aug 26, 2009 06:01 PM

        "Sure it's only 2 and a half blocks, but those are longish blocks and they you have to cross a ridiculously slow and cumbersome intersection. :)"
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        LOL! it must be the New Yorker in me. i consider any distance shorter than 5 blocks to be basically "around the corner." ;)

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          QualityMart RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 26, 2009 11:40 PM

          Yeah I'm thinking more time than distance, especially when I hear phrases like "need to make a train".

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: QualityMart Aug 27, 2009 09:14 AM

            well i walk like a NYer too, which means that i'm much faster than your average Angeleno, *and* a chronic jaywalker...so i can cover an appreciable distance in a very short time ;)

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      MelanieB RE: Dedicated Fresser Aug 25, 2009 11:54 AM

      I'm a big fan of Luna Park, and it's been much slower since the recession kicked in(slow enough at least that if you make a reso, you don't have to worry about waiting half an hour for your table anymore).

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        Dedicated Fresser RE: MelanieB Aug 26, 2009 02:43 PM

        Thanks, everyone. I did have fun reading the negative stories about Umami. I think I'll opt for Luna Park.

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