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Good friend who's a foodie and I, not so much of one, are looking for interesting but inexpensive dinner before Murray Perahia concert at Disney Concert Hall tonight. Our usual routine has been to dine at Ciudad. However, we did spring for the best seats AND we both work for the state and are therefore living with diminished incomes--need I say more?
Any ideas?

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  1. the closest place i can think of (other than koo koo roo and cpk) is the redwood bar. it's pretty tasty. i love their clam chowder which is one of the only things i get there. but they have ok burgers and other fare
    http://www.theredwoodbar.com/site08/h...

    cole's is also not too far and has some great history and phenomenal potato salad.
    http://colesfrenchdip.com/

    is little tokyo too far for you? there are some inexpensive foodie places around both. i would check out spitz, wurstkuche, or nickel diner.

    http://www.eatatspitz.com/
    http://www.wurstkucherestaurant.com/
    http://nickeldiner.com/

    1. Philippe's for french dip.

      1. Good night for some ramen. Daikokuya in Little Tokyo about 7 blocks
        from Disney Hall.
        327 E 1st St.

        1. I'd give serious thought (as I look out the window at 4 pm) only to places adjoining the Red Line stops. or with shuttles, because it may be pouring again shortly, and while I'd normally suggest that the walk to/from Little Tokyo was a pleasant jaunt, tonight maybe not so much. So look around the 7th and Fig/Metro stop.

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          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            Thanks to all who responded. We might just end up in the Concert hall cafe after all (because of the unpredictable weather), but we'll take your suggestions to heart for the next outing---because nobody's budget challenges are going away soon!

            1. re: ecd

              sorry for the late reply Oct. 14. But, maybe next time you go for dinner?

              SO< where did you decide to eat before the concert?

            1. I would suggest a place in Chinatown for fantastic food, but it's not so fancy atmosphere. Very authentic Cantonese recipes. A-Graded. Excellent value. It's clean and well run, just not luxurious. And, it's kind of hard to find since it is at the end of a hallway of stores from the street. The pay parking lots are close, but there is also a very small parking lot in back if no street meter parking is available.

              New Dragon Seafood
              www.newdragonseafood.com
              (though their menu links are not properly working, maybe call and ask them to fax you a menu if you're concerned
              )934 N Hill St
              Los Angeles, CA 90012
              (213) 626-6050

              It's actually really close to Disney Hall. Another option for time and surroundings is to decide what you want when there at New Dragon (with the help of staff cause they will be good) and then take it to go sit by Mrs. Disney's Fountain in the backyard of Disney Hall.

              1. I'm going to echo the Chinatown recommendation which is not walking distance, although you could do it, but darn close. My pick is Full House Seafood which five of us ate at last year for $74. Great Schezwan green beans and cod in black bean sauce. They serve 'til 3am and have more fish tanks on the floor than your local pet store.

                963 N Hill St
                Los Angeles, CA 90012
                (213) 617-8382