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Good dinners near the Wilshire Grand?

zenduck Feb 16, 2010 01:06 PM

I'm going to be Downtown for a conference in early March and I'd love to have some suggestions of good places for dinner within walking distance of the Wilshire Grand that aren't too posh and where I might stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting in on short notice. I promise to return the favor if you come to Berkeley!

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    aventinus Feb 16, 2010 01:51 PM

    There are plenty of good places nearby. None of them has a demanding dress code. Morton's is probably as posh as restaurants get downtown, but I've gone there several times in jeans and a t-shirt.

    Anyway, I'll give three picks suitable for a single diner wearing slacks and a collared shirt, from most to least expensive and posh:

    Water Grill. One of the best restaurants in LA. Probably the consensus best restaurant downtown. You can have a nice dinner at the bar. Expensive but worth it.
    Roy's. Good bar scene, very comfortable. I've always loved the food, but it doesn't get much praise (or criticism) on this board.
    Casa. If super-casual (but geared toward downtown professionals) Cal-Mexican sounds good, this is your place. The food is totally inauthentic and far better than average LA Mexican (might approach blasphemy to say that here).

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    1. re: aventinus
      rftc2121 Feb 16, 2010 03:55 PM

      There are numerous options not far from Wilshire and Grand that are better than Casa and just as expensive if not more reasonably priced:
      Drago Centro
      Bottega Louie
      The Must
      Water Grill
      Colori Kitchen
      Cork Bar

      1. re: rftc2121
        yinyangdi Feb 16, 2010 05:37 PM

        I highly recommend Bottlerock over Cork Bar.
        Bottlerock excells in food, wine & service.

        1. re: rftc2121
          aventinus Feb 16, 2010 06:22 PM

          Maybe you're thinking of a different place. Most of those are significantly more expensive. Drago, Chaya, Ciudad, Kendall's, and Water Grill are 2-3 times as expensive.

      2. yinyangdi Feb 16, 2010 01:32 PM

        Colori Kitchen (213) 622-5950
        429 W. 8th St. (at Olive), Los Angeles, CA 90014
        Dinner – Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 6pm-10pm
        BYOB; buy a bottle at Golden Gopher (right next door) or at Ralphs (corner of 9th/Hope)

        O Bar & Kitchen 213-623-9904 ext 105
        O Hotel, 819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        Chaya Downtown (213) 236-9577
        525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

        Colori Kitchen
        429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

        Chaya Downtown
        525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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        1. re: yinyangdi
          BluSantaMonica Feb 17, 2010 12:07 PM

          I second that.....I was at O Bar & Kitchen last week for a dinner party. Great atmosphere and even better food.

        2. Servorg Feb 16, 2010 01:25 PM

          You can get a good bowl of chili at Engine Co. 28 - basically across the street from your hotel. I think the food (and the beer/drinks) can be quite good at Casey's Irish Bar which is maybe a couple of blocks away. Arnie Morton's is close and if you like a good steak they can definitely fill the bill (or check out their happy hour if you want to be more financially conservative).

          Arnie Morton's the Steakhouse
          735 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          Casey's Bar & Grill
          613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          Engine Co No 28 Restaurant
          644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          1. re: Servorg
            Servorg Feb 16, 2010 01:55 PM

            Here is Morton's own website information on their Happy Hour (which they call "Power Hour") including menu and hours of operation: http://www.mortons.com/losangeles/bar/

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