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Little Door & Little Next Door

Funwithfood Jan 5, 2010 10:02 PM

I saw a reference to this place on another thread. Tell me more about it-- is the food good?

  1. Funwithfood Jan 12, 2010 10:05 PM

    How does the food compare to say Joan's on Third or Clementine IYO?

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      AAQjr Jan 13, 2010 07:15 AM

      Well I've never been to Joan's.. but Clementine is a little more casual, the food skews American artisinal deli food, while LND is very french bistro and casual too. The food at both places is good, just very different. Little next door doesn't have a lot of tables, but in comparison to Clementine, it's down right spacious.

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      stuartontour Jan 6, 2010 06:54 PM

      Sorry, I'm not a fan of the Little Door. The restaurant is a scene, the food is average at best, and the prices are much higher than normal, even for a sceney joint. Never again.

      1. Funwithfood Jan 6, 2010 12:49 PM

        Wow, sounds like my kind of place!

        How is the parking?

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          Newkie Jan 6, 2010 04:08 PM

          Street parking is very tough but they have valet.

          Little Next Door is definitely worth a visit. Like AAQjr said, the patio is lovely and the croque monsieur sublime. I'd skip Little door though if food is your main priority. The food is much too inconsistent for that price point. It is however the best looking patio in town (very romantic), so worth going if you want nice-ish food and fabulous ambience.

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            foodforus Jan 6, 2010 04:53 PM

            The patio at The Little Door is just too delightful to not go. I do suggest sitting at the bar, having a glass of wine or bubbly, getting an appetizer or their cheese plate and soak it up. Its fun at night with the low lights being half inside and outside :) Little Next Door is great for their to go items, I am partial to their Blood Orange Marmalade, IMO it rivals June Taylor's.

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          Capucine Jan 6, 2010 12:24 PM

          Love this place! I'm there weekly. I love the mergez sandwich and the lamb stew w/ couscous. Great wine list. They are even going to cater my wedding in the fall. Love this place.

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          Little Door
          8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            dreadpirateroberts Jan 6, 2010 10:56 AM

            The Little Door is one of the best date restaurants in the city imho, the food is very good (not great, but close), the drinks are stiff, and on spring and summer nights the patio is amazing. I'd highly recommend it.

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              AAQjr Jan 6, 2010 09:59 AM

              I've never been to the Little Door. Little Next Door on the other hand is one of my stand by's when friends come from out of town. They have a big patio, the hostess is friendly and accommodating. It's very much a good French neighborhood cafe and you often hear French spoken. There rillet plate is very good, I love the smoked salmon (although I miss the previous presentation with it served on oversized pistachio blini). Really nice onion soup as mentioned in another thread. They do a good eggs bennie, Croque Madame.

              On the lunch side the Ahi sandwich is good but not great, could use a little more texture. The merguez sandwich is good. Keep in mind these aren't Jerry's Deli Portions, if you're really hungry you'll need an app or side. The coffee is pretty good as well, nice wine selection. All in all its a nice experience. It's may not blow you away, but it is a place you can go back to with friends and have a good experience.

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