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Looking for Great Food, Atmosphere, Low Production, Hip but not tragically so, for under $200 for 2

Say that you are in your 30's or 40's... You and your partner, and/or friends want to go somewhere to have a really enjoyable dinner within a 20 mile radius of downtown L.A.. The food should be great and also a little bit interesting -- somewhere between burgers/tacos and molecular gastronomy. The place should be unfussy, low production -- no tuxedoed waitstaff hovering about. The atmosphere should be comfortable and lively -- hip, but not tragically so. The sort of little place where an under-appreciated local chef/owner turns out great food for his/her grateful regulars. This place would likely be near the top of your "Go To" list when you say, "Hey, let's go out tonight! Where do you wanna go?" Total cost with a bottle of wine, tax & tip, under $100 per person.

What is the name of this place?

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  1. Far less than 20 miles... Church and State!

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    1. re: FranklinJefferson

      Thanks for the recommendation - I'll check it out!

      david

    2. Animal works in almost every way you want except it is hardly under-appreciated. And it isn't so easy to breeze in last minute unless you want bar seats.
      Shin, Korean BBQ in Hollywood, is another thought.

      1. Foundry at Melrose. I recommend their grill cheese with short ribs or their Patio burger.

        Or Boho near Arclight Cinema, recommend their oyster po boys and their rice pudding.

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        Foundry On Melrose
        7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        1. Canele on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater.

          1. Lucques, an old standby, would work. www.lucques.com

            Also, Bashan in Montrose would fit the bill. www.bashanrestaurant.com