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Feb 10, 2010 10:56 AM

Downtown Solo Early Dining?

Going Downtown to drop off my daughter early, 5:00 pm ,for 90 minutes around music center...looking for a place to dine.

Aside from Phillippes, what else is there...don't really want to spend $10 to park somewhere.


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  1. 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!

    Traxx Restaurant
    800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles - (213) 625-2999

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    1. re: susiequeue

      People watching here is fun too!

      1. re: susiequeue

        And parking for Traxx can be found at a discount if you continue a little further down Cesar Chavez to the Metro parking lot. $6 max per day. Might also consider Pete's Cafe at 4th and Main...

      2. 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).

        Homegirl Cafe
        130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Nickel Diner
        524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        1. Coles is pretty solid.

          1. 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.

            1. How about Lazy Ox Canteen? Happy hour is from 5PM - 7PM. $5 bites
              Otherwise, there is Wurstkuche for sausages and fries, Bottega Louie, Pitfire Pizza or Pete's Bar & Grill.

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              1. re: bruinike

                love those suggestions. never been to Pete's, so now I've got something new to try in the area.

                Pitfire Pizza
                108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                Bottega Louie
                700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                Lazy Ox Canteen
                241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012