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compucook Mar 5, 2010 11:15 AM

Help, we want to take a friend out for a Bon Voyage dinner. Our go to place is Nook ,but they're already booked as is Rustic Canyon. We need 3 seats about 6:30. Suggestions are welcomed, but no Asian food please!

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    lizziee Mar 5, 2010 11:30 AM

    Wilshire - scroll down to find my thoughts.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/689528

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      loreeLB Mar 5, 2010 11:39 AM

      go to opentable and see what they have available. I just looked and it looks like they have over 100 places open ranging in price, Craft, Melisse, NineThirty, etc... good luck!

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        compucook Mar 5, 2010 11:57 AM

        Wilshire sounds great but is to pricey for this dinner. Also as this was a spur of the moment decision, we're a bit under dressed. Maybe we'll postpone until next week as she loves the Nook!

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          Servorg Mar 5, 2010 12:01 PM

          Literati 2 at Wilshire and Bundy might just be a good fit. How about Bandera at Wilshire and Barrington?

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          Bandera
          11704 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          Literati 2
          12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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            compucook Mar 5, 2010 12:12 PM

            Bandera could work. A couple of years ago I had two meh dinners at Literati, so I'll pass on that one.

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        snackwrangler Mar 5, 2010 12:31 PM

        Tavern on San Vincente. Absolutely delicious. BTW, Literati 2 doesn't exist any more. It's now Cafe Literati, which is completely ordinary and extremely boring food-wise.

        1. Ciao Bob Mar 5, 2010 12:54 PM

          Looks like you want good, low-moderately priced non-asian food with a lively atmo, right?
          Le Grand Orange
          La Cachette Bistro
          The Galley

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            a320 Mar 5, 2010 01:35 PM

            Pizzicotto could work. I'm not sure if they take reservations, but I've always walked in and have never waited more than 5 minutes.

            1. wienermobile Mar 5, 2010 01:46 PM

              Westside Tavern.
              http://www.westsidetavernla.com/

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                Servorg Mar 5, 2010 01:54 PM

                I would have recommended Westside Tavern (which we like quite a bit) except no reservations and Friday night can make for a tough wait...

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                  compucook Mar 5, 2010 01:58 PM

                  We love Westside Tavern, but on a Friday night it will be a zoo!

                  My other problem is that right now I'm extremely limited on my choices due to stomach issues. I need somewhere that I can choose a grilled fish or chicken dish. It's a foodie's nightmare!

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                    maudies5 Mar 5, 2010 03:23 PM

                    Grilled Arctic Char at Tavern is so delicious.

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                      soniabegonia Mar 5, 2010 04:00 PM

                      Nanbankan for many grilled options and a lively atmosphere. and quite affordable.

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                        mollyomormon Mar 5, 2010 04:01 PM

                        although it's Japanese food so doesn't meet the no-Asian part of OP's request.

                2. mollyomormon Mar 5, 2010 03:38 PM

                  What about Kreation Kafe? The food is more than solid, they seem to always have space for dinner and they definitely have grilled chicken (which was actually really tasty last time I had it). Either that, or I would postpone til when you can do Nook.

                  Oh, or Sauce on Hampton! That might be perfect.

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                    westsidegal Mar 5, 2010 03:57 PM

                    although i love sauce on hampton, would not consider it festive enough for a celebratory dinner.
                    tiny place, front door is always open (so it's often cold in there), tables spilling out onto the sidewalk.

                    i heartily recommend sauce for a casual lunch, though.

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                      mollyomormon Mar 5, 2010 04:03 PM

                      it's definitely not festive, although i think it might be one of the only workable options with good food that meet OP's other criteria...I'm thinking postponing sounds like the best option, though.

                  2. westsidegal Mar 5, 2010 04:41 PM

                    how about shamshiri grill?
                    imho some of the best price/quality/quantity ratios around.
                    skewered meats, poultry, and fish.
                    other persian entrees for those who are more adventurous.

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                      compucook Mar 6, 2010 08:42 AM

                      Thank you all for the great suggestions, actually we ended up at Javan (which we prefer to Shamashiri). It worked well, they had tadiq and fesanjhan, as well as soup and I enjoyed a grilled chicken kabob, which suited my needs. Dinner was good, service was fine and it was quiet enough to talk.

                      I've never heard of Sauce on Hampton or Kreation Kafe, and I really want to try Tavern. I'll be checking them out in the near future! Thanks Hounds!!

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                        J.L. Mar 6, 2010 10:30 AM

                        Javan is a good choice.

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                          a_and_w Mar 7, 2010 09:31 AM

                          I'm addicted to their sabzi polo rice. Add some egg to the leftovers for the best fried rice ever.

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