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It's been nearly two years since my husband and I have had a grown-ups only meal together. We'd love to go someplace new(ish) and noteworthy (romantic a plus) to celebrate our anniversary -- it will be a weekday lunch. Eastside (MidCity to Glendale and SFV) would be best, and we'd like to come in at around $60 per person including drinks. Back when we used to go out AOC and La Botte were two of our favorites. Any suggestions? I was thinking about Hatfields and Cafe Was -- but I don't really know what to expect.

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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1521 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028

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  1. Maybe it's an obvious choice, but I just had a meal at Mozza and it was pretty spectacular. Especially the mozzarella with speck, the wild boar ragu, the potato side, and the boysenberry dessert.

    1. If Glendale is within your radius and based on your criteria you might look into Palate Food and Wine Bar.

      FYI Geography lesson: none of the places you mention are east of DTLA

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      Palate Food & Wine
      933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

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      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        It's "Eastside" if the OP lives on the westside.

        1. re: monku

          But two of the three choices are not East of the westside; they are north.

          And Mid City still isn't east enough.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            The idea of what is east side has changed over the years and DTLA is really no longer thought of as the dividing line for east side vs west side. The recent LA Times effort to enlist the residents of our fair city in a "mapping" their neighborhoods exercise certainly made this fact abundantly clear. The line keeps moving west and now seems to hover around either La Brea or La Cienega, depending on where you live and what your threshold is for traffic when selecting places that you want to visit on a weeknight (or even a weekend night these days - as it doesn't give much relief in terms of traffic).

            1. re: Servorg

              The line moves because saying you live on the westside sounds better.

              1. re: monku

                Even better, it sounds like higher property values.

                1. re: Servorg

                  even though the line is moving west..... which defeats that theory.

            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              OP did say SFV.
              First thing that came to my mind was east of DTLA.

              1. re: monku

                Which is why is was pointing out that describing Glendale and SFV as Eastside might be problematic. Is there such a thing as Northside LA. that might work.

        2. Palate, as Matt pointed out above, is a solid choice.

          I would also seriously consider Bashan. http://bashanrestaurant.com/

          Enjoy and happy anniversary.

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          Bashan
          3459 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

          1. I think that Glendale and SGV are sometimes lumped with the East Side due to their accessibility from the true East Side. And also, we don't need to get all technical here... The lady is just mentioning what areas she'd be willing to travel to.

            Back to more suggestions:

            An oldie but a goodie: Pacific Dining Car. Yum.

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            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017