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A friend of mine is leaving town soon and I'm ISO a decent spot in Downtown area to make his stay more memorable this Friday night. Budget is $$. He likes Italian, Thai, Japanese but I'm thinking to surprise him with some new American like Lazy Oz but it's all booked that night. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced.

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  1. drago centro or chaya? church and state?

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    1. re: rickym13

      Church and State sounds good but we prefer something on a more casual side and less expensive. I'm still reading some of the reviews on the Drago Centro yelp. Looking good, thanks. Any must order dishes?

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      Drago Centro
      525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      1. re: babybellyfat

        The pheasant pappardelle at Drago Centro is really delicious. Also, I love the cheese straws they serve at the bar. However, Drago Centro is not "on the more casual side" - it's pretty upscale. Church and State, on the other hand, IS pretty casual, in my opinion! Other options you might want to consider are Corkbar or Rivera. HTH!

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        Drago Centro
        525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        Rivera Restaurant
        1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        Church & State
        1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        Corkbar
        403 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA

        1. re: aching

          Thank you, ching. It looks like we are going to Corkbar.

          1. re: babybellyfat

            Oh good! It doesn't have as much buzz on this site as some other places do, but my hubby and I are extremely fond of it and go at least once a month. The owner is great and I'm absolutely addicted to their mac n' cheese and their white bean puree. Mmm-mmm - enjoy!

        2. re: babybellyfat

          I had a seafood pasta at Drago Centro that was out of this world. Simply perfect and fresh. I dont know what they did, but it was a memorable dish from start to finish. The flavors and textures were just.....well....perfect. Also, the service was first rate. They made us feel really special. A great room. But I would not say it is a casual place. Lots of suits in the room; it's not a blue jeans kind of place.

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          Drago Centro
          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. re: Baron

            You can comfortably wear nice jeans with a jacket/sport coat.

            1. re: mc michael

              "You can comfortably wear nice jeans with a jacket/sport coat."

              That applies literally to just about every restaurant in Los Angeles, with the exception of maybe a place like Soot Bull Jeep. Wouldn't want to ruin a nice pair of jeans by perfuming it with charcoal and smoked beef ribs.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Just sayin you can wear jeans to Drago and not feel out of place. I have done so.

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                Drago Restaurant
                2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

            2. re: Baron

              I will put Drago Centro on my to-do list this year and I love seafood pasta. thanks.

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              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        3. I thought this post was going to be about the OP giving up on finding any good dinner in downtown LA.

          Mr Taster

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            Ha. sorry. DId get your attention, didn't I.

            1. re: babybellyfat

              I just figured you were channeling Raymond Chandler...and Colori Kitchen is a good, inexpensive (but very "plain" ambiance) idea...(as rickym already suggested below and to which I am contributing a "seconding" opinion)

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

          2. Nickel Diner is very casual and inexpensive as is Coles.

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

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            1. re: toonoble

              colori kitchen for very casual good italian....byo with no corkage :)

              1. re: rickym13

                have taken them to the Colori Kitchen already. good one tho. thanks.

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

            2. Wood Spoon is an interesting South American.

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              Wood Spoon
              107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015