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smile81 Aug 17, 2010 02:31 PM

visiting from san diego with group of friends... looking for a fun, but tasty, restaurant to please everyone from hipsters to foodies to one vegetarian thanks!

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    yogachik Aug 20, 2010 10:21 AM

    Nothing beats Bottega Louie. And then go across to Seven Grand after!

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    Bottega Louie
    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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    1. re: yogachik
      J.L. Aug 20, 2010 10:42 AM

      Bottega Louie is great fun (and louder than The Who in concert), but not so great food. There is better Italian to be had only 2 blocks away at Colori Kitchen, in fact.

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

    2. Phurstluv Aug 20, 2010 08:43 AM

      If any of them are into beer, try the Yard House in the LA Live complex. Over 100 beers on tap. And large menu. The cuban french dip sandwich is to die for!!

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        designjb Aug 20, 2010 01:46 PM

        They could stay in San Diego if they want to just go to the Yardhouse. Dublin's us supposed to be opening downtown soon.

        http://dublinsdowntownla.com/

      2. aching Aug 19, 2010 07:35 AM

        Corkbar would be another good option for you, at a slightly lower price point than Lazy Ox.

        1. honkman Aug 18, 2010 05:08 PM

          Rivera and Lazy Ox are both great options and you won't find both types of restaurants in SD

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            mc michael Aug 18, 2010 02:16 PM

            Wood Spoon downtown is a fun, interesting place.

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

            1. Servorg Aug 18, 2010 11:08 AM

              One other place to consider (not fancy by any stretch of the imagination - but then again you have a pretty wide range on that scale already) but the food is quite good: Colori Kitchen.

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

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                samtron608 Aug 18, 2010 04:48 PM

                ahh..fun place (not bar like fun) but a casual laid back atmosphere...plus unlimited $0 corkage on wine!!!

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                albatruffles Aug 18, 2010 10:23 AM

                All good suggestions so far. For a place with some atmosphere, Laxy Ox would fit the bill. Wurstkushe is a biergarten and don't forget to order the truffle fries. At first I thought Cole's was a bad choice, but their menu is slightly updated and in the back is a speakeasy bar that is well regarded, The Varish. Next door is a much busier bar called The Association. Also look into Chaya Downtown, Drago, and Bottega Louie in that order. And of course Ludobites, if you are luck enough to get a reservation. PS If you want a really fun time, leave the vegetarian at home : )

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

                Bottega Louie
                700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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

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                  nachosaurus Aug 17, 2010 10:14 PM

                  cole's!!
                  http://colesfrenchdip.com/

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                    Servorg Aug 17, 2010 10:17 PM

                    What are the vegetarian options at Coles? I don't recall them (but then again I'm there for a dip sandwich with meat).

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                      ipsedixit Aug 18, 2010 09:40 AM

                      Cole's makes a decent grilled cheese sandwich, and along with some cole slaw or mac n cheese, and I think a vegetarian would not leave hungry, or unhappy.

                      But who knows ...

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                        cls Aug 18, 2010 04:25 PM

                        I like Cole's, and The Varnish is a great place for drinks. They both meet the "good fun" requirement, but I would say fall short of the "great food."

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                          aching Aug 19, 2010 07:36 AM

                          I really like the food at Cole's! Lamb French Dip, atomic pickle, bacon potato salad, and sweet potato fries...mmm...

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                    samtron608 Aug 17, 2010 02:41 PM

                    Rivera

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                      J.L. Aug 19, 2010 11:30 AM

                      Second Rivera. Awesome mixology.

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                      andytseng Aug 17, 2010 02:37 PM

                      i think wurstkuche would fit the bill if you guys are gonna be drinking beer. not too sure if they have a vegetarian option, but you can check on their website.

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                        cls Aug 17, 2010 03:02 PM

                        Wurstkuche has a vegetarian option.
                        If it's dinner you might try Lazy Ox.

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                        Wurstkuche
                        800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                          wienermobile Aug 17, 2010 10:29 PM

                          On the current Wurstkuche menu
                          1.Vegetarian Italian - fennel, garlic, red peppers & eggplant
                          2.Vegetarian Smoked Apple Sage - apples, yukon gold potatoes & rubbed sage
                          3.Vegetarian Mexican Chipotle - chipotle, chille di arbol peppers, garlic, and onions

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                          Wurstkuche
                          800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                            aching Aug 18, 2010 07:49 AM

                            I second the Lazy Ox.

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                              andytseng Aug 18, 2010 09:23 AM

                              Actually, I'd like to change my vote to Lazy Ox as well.

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                              Phurstluv Aug 20, 2010 08:41 AM

                              Totally wholeheartedly endorse the Lazy Ox Canteen.

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

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