Downtown Solo Early Dining?
Well, I've had perfectly AWFUL food at Kendalls in the Music Center, and patina costs a fortune (and better non-solo) but there are a lot of nice places that can shuttle you to the Music Center. (I think the shutle-able restaurants are listed onmt he Music Center's web site....) But you pay a little for thhe shuttle luxury. (especially ifyou go to the Dining Car -- and I mean the food!)
.Personally (even tho I once had really rude service there and I half-forgive them for that), I'm an 85% fan of Traxx in Union Station. Not sure of the valet price or the non-valet self-parking price for that matter, because I like the Metro.
But what a gorgeous, warm, architecturally amazing place it is -- and you perfectly comfortable dining alone. The hangar steak is very good. Nice Waldorf salad too (if you like Waldorf salad!). But the ambiance is spectacular -- you feel like you've stepped back into the 30s or 40s at its most glamorous! Enjoy!
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles - (213) 625-2999
I would think you could find metered street parking then for the Nickel Diner over on Main St.
ADD: Well, I just looked at their website and wondered why I thought they opened from lunch straight through dinner. It looks like they don't open until 6 PM for dinner. Sorry about that.
If you can wait until 5:30 PM then I know Homegirl Cafe has a lot right behind them and it's very close to the theaters (not far from Phillipes).
130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Patina IS expensive...but I've been there solo lots of times, and found it perfectly fine. Have also seens several other solo diners there.
Ciudad might be another good choice. There's validated parking; I'm not sure of the cost. Haven't been to Pete's, but I hear good things. I love Church & State, and you can find street parking pretty easily.
love those suggestions. never been to Pete's, so now I've got something new to try in the area.
108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012