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Oct 13, 2010 09:03 AM

Downtown, mellow, good atmosphere and good food?

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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  1. Lazy Ox is really down to earth.

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

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

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

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          1. re: wilafur

            Best pot pie in LA at Wood Spoon.

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

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

            800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013