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fishcall Nov 8, 2010 05:06 PM

We will be staying at the Millenium Biltmore for 2 nights. We are looking for good lunch or dinner spots near our hotel. Any suggestions would be great..Only have 2 days to make the most of it. Thanks!

  1. Servorg Nov 8, 2010 05:08 PM

    Good lunch at the Nickel Diner (and a maple bacon doughnut for dessert to sweeten the deal)

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    Nickel Diner
    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    1. scarmoza Nov 8, 2010 05:34 PM

      We had a pretty late supper at The Gorbals and loved it! Expect a little quirky menu of Jewish American inspired small plates. Their menu has changed since the summer but I bet it's still fun and delicious . We walked there from the Millennium Biltmore - it's only a couple of blocks away.

      Bottega Louie is also within walking distance from the Biltmore. It's a grand space. The menu is Italian inspired (salads, pastas, and pizzas). They've also got a full bar. If you're looking for good coffee (Intelligentsia Roasters) in the mornings, you'll find it here - along with all their beautiful pastries.

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

      1. aching Nov 8, 2010 05:43 PM

        This recent thread should help you:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7353...

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          New Trial Nov 8, 2010 11:01 PM

          Right next door is the Water Grill for high-end seafood (though I believe that the Chef is in the process of leaving) and a short walk West will bring you to the excellent Italian of Drago Centro. For lunch, check out Mendocino Farms and Starry Kitchen, both just up the hill from the Hotel. A bit more of a jaunt South is L.A. Live! where you can try the new and well-touted Wolfgang Puck Asian restaurant, WP24. If you do not mind a short cab ride or trying the DASH buses (mostly during business hours), you can also venture into Little Tokyo or over to Koreatown for some wonderful places. A non-Asian choice in Little Tokyo that is quite good is Lazy Ox for creative small plates.

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          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Drago Centro
          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Mendocino Farms
          300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

          Mendocino Farms
          444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Starry Kitchen
          350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          WP24
          900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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            carter Nov 9, 2010 11:01 AM

            And if you get to little tokyo, not far from the LazyOx is WurstKuche, a sausage haus that is much fun, with good food and beer and wine.
            Other quality dinners nearer the hotel could include Chaya adjacent to Drago Centro, both at City National Plaza on Flower Street, or Rivera for super quality Mexican food from Jon Sedlar, located on Flower around 11th. Well worth the bit of an extra walk.

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

            Drago Centro
            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            Chaya
            525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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              d_doubleyew Nov 10, 2010 06:26 PM

              The Biltmore is a block away from the Pershing Square subway station from which you can hop on the red or purple line trains. One stop away on the red line (Civic Center) places you a block away from Little Tokyo and the purple line takes you to Koreatown. You could also take the red line to Union Sation and transfer to the gold line which will take directly to Little Tokyo and East LA as well as Chinatown.

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              sushigirlie Nov 9, 2010 04:00 PM

              You're fortunate to have a lot of good restaurants within short walking distance:

              More upscale
              Water Grill (the best restaurant downtown, IMO)
              Drago Centro (also very good)
              Cafe Pinot (the prix fixe menu is good for a cheap upscale lunch)
              Patina
              Chaya

              More downscale
              Mendocino Farms (delicious healthy food)
              Lemonade (delicious healthy food)

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Cafe Pinot
              700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Chaya
              525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Mendocino Farms
              300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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