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Downtown, mellow, good atmosphere and good food?

marot Oct 13, 2010 09:03 AM

I have old friends coming in town for only a few hours on Thurs night. I'm picking them up downtown and want to take them somewhere nearby for dinner and drinks.

They are hippyish and won't be into something stuffy or too fancy, but would love a place with cool atmosphere. Think The Edison without the scene.

Any tips?

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    jaykayen RE: marot Oct 13, 2010 09:50 AM

    Lazy Ox is really down to earth.

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      andytseng RE: marot Oct 13, 2010 10:01 AM

      i would go w/ Wood Spoon and Varnish based on your description

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

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        gbrl RE: marot Oct 13, 2010 10:40 AM

        In addition to the Lazy Ox, the Gorbals is great and pretty low key (open late, too).

        The Gorbals
        501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        1. wilafur RE: marot Oct 13, 2010 02:43 PM

          wood spoon is a good call. i also like colori kitchen.

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            wienermobile RE: wilafur Oct 13, 2010 04:43 PM

            Best pot pie in LA at Wood Spoon.

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

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              mc michael RE: wienermobile Oct 14, 2010 09:52 AM


          2. Peripatetic RE: marot Oct 13, 2010 04:39 PM

            There's also Wurstkuche, though it's on the loud side for conversation.

            800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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              aventinus RE: marot Oct 14, 2010 10:04 AM

              I would choose La Golondrina.

              La Golondrina
              17 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                mc michael RE: aventinus Oct 14, 2010 02:02 PM

                A trip down memory lane....

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                trolling for snacks RE: marot Oct 15, 2010 11:39 AM

                To late for now but next time try The Urth Cafe,
                they serve all organic food & coffee & teas
                and also have a great patio.

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