Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Aug 17, 2010 02:31 PM

downtown LA-great food, good fun

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!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: andytseng

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

      800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. re: cls

        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

        800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          1. re: aching

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

          2. re: cls

            Totally wholeheartedly endorse the Lazy Ox Canteen.

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

          1. re: samtron608

            Second Rivera. Awesome mixology.

            1. re: nachosaurus

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

              1. re: Servorg

                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 ...

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  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."

                  1. re: cls

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

            2. 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 : )

              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

              1. 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.

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

                1 Reply
                1. re: Servorg

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