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Sep 12, 2009 02:48 PM

my girlfriend's in NY until wednesday. Time to feast in her absence! Any tips?

Specifically, i'm looking for a recommendation for dinner tonight. I've got basically one shot at dinner while she's gone, and i want to make it a good one. She's a vegetarian, so our eating out choices are limited. I'm willing to spend up to 100 dollars for this meal. Any recommendations?

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  1. Well, if you're looking to get a meat fix, go to Fogo de Chao off of Beverly Blvd in LA (on restaurant row).

      1. re: impoverishedfoodie

        Go directly to Animal. Do not pass go. Get 3 appetizers (pork belly sliders being one of them if on the menu). Go home happy.

        (one review here:


        435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. re: Servorg

          though i've never been to Animal, due to the fact i am not a pork person, I would say this recommendation is simply perfection.

      2. I got this idea from DrBruin's recommendation-perhaps you could get some dining companions and head to Koreatown for some all you can eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ. Those places are definately not vegetarian friendly and is cheaper than Fogo de Chao (I've never been so I can't say that concretely!). Since money isn't an issue in your case, perhaps you can even go to place that has higher quality meat that isn't AYCE (like Park's BBQ which is highly recommended by other CHers).

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        1. re: crystaw

          I dunno, KBBQ is so..ordinary. I'm looking for a foodie sort of meal, something where i can try a bunch of things and really experience something new and different.

          1. re: impoverishedfoodie

            Go to Breed Street in East LA. Breed & Cesaer Chavez. In the parking lot behind B of A. Great hand made mexican street food. Goat, Barbacoa, Al Pastor, asada. Quesadillas D.F. style, hand made hurraches, fresh churros, jamaica, horchata, mariscos and the list goes on. If you spend more than $12-15 your are more of a pig than I am.....LOL

        2. if you would be willing to consider a mom and pop (read: not upscale) place that serves absolutely terrific mexican seafood (in the style of nayarit and sinaloa), then you must go to MARISCOS CHENTE in mar vista.
          there are tons of threads about this place on this board.
          if you can control your consumption of the chips/rice/tortillas you will be able to consume much more fish/shellfish.