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Need alternatives to Animal!

violet42 Jun 3, 2010 02:03 PM


So I was looking to make a reservation at Animal on June 30 for a special occasion, since I have never been and am dying to go, but they are having a special dinner that night and are not serving their normal menu! I'm so bummed!

What are some alternatives that are in a similar price range and have equally awesome and inspired food? The food being incredible and satisfying is what matters the most, not the scene, ambiance, etc, etc.


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  1. Ciao Bob RE: violet42 Jun 3, 2010 02:25 PM


    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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      wienermobile RE: Ciao Bob Jun 3, 2010 03:45 PM

      2nd Gjelina

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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      New Trial RE: violet42 Jun 3, 2010 03:08 PM

      Perhaps Eva or Hatfield's.

      6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Eva Restaurant
      7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        NYCnowLA RE: violet42 Jun 3, 2010 03:33 PM

        Tasting Kitchen

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          daftpunkxl RE: violet42 Jun 3, 2010 03:48 PM

          Take a look at Lazy Ox Canteen. Totally rad, and very similar in attitude.

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

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

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            sarcasmsk RE: daftpunkxl Jun 4, 2010 09:50 PM

            I second Lazy Ox. It feels almost the same with good food and type of food. Great beer and wine selection too!

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              troublemaker RE: daftpunkxl Jun 6, 2010 11:58 PM

              THIRD'd. Lazy Ox is the more global spiritual sibling to Animal. They both embody that loose, fly-by-the-balls attitude -- glutinous, fun, adventurous cooking. If you go, make sure to give the chalkboard a thorough once-over as they have a bounty of daily specials. The pasilla soup mainstay is fantastic too, as well as the beef paleron.

            2. Phurstluv RE: violet42 Jun 4, 2010 08:03 AM

              Haven't been myself, so take with a grain, but SIV gave Ammo 3 stars last week.

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                heyitsjai RE: Phurstluv Jun 7, 2010 05:45 PM

                Agree with Tasting Kitchen & Lazy Ox.

              2. honkman RE: violet42 Jun 7, 2010 06:04 PM

                Gjelina, Hatfields, Bistro LQ and recently we had some very good dinner at A.O.C.

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