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dinner and drinks in Beverly Hills (the Bazaar?)

Hi everyone,
I have an out-of-towner here tonight who wants to have dinner and drinks LA style. We're both in downtown today. I'm not sure if she'll want to get out of the area or if we'll stay downtown. I want to have two options available.

If we stay downtown, we'll do the Edison for drinks and Lazy Ox or the Gorbals for dinner.

If we leave the area, I'm thinking we'll go to the Bazaar for drinks, but I'm not sure about dinner. Any suggestions for something similar to my downtown selections (price-wise and experience-wise)?

I'm choosing Beverly Hills because I know the area pretty well and getting there on the 10 won't be that difficult at rush hour (it's my normal commute).

I've only been to the Bazaar for dinner once, so I don't know what the bar scene is like. If you think there's somewhere better, I'm open to it.

Thanks so much!

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

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  1. "Any suggestions for something similar to my downtown selections (price-wise and experience-wise)?"

    Rivera is one possibility-see Exile Kiss review on CH here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6338...

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    Rivera Restaurant
    1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: Servorg

      Servorg, i could be wrong but i think what Danielle meant was that she wanted a suggestion for something *in BH* that would be similar to the places she mentioned downtown.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Now that I reread it you are exactly right. Doh! Well, always good to give another airing to Exile Kiss reviews in any case... ;-D>

    2. personally, i'm a big fan of cole's for drinks over edison. it's smaller and more intimate. you can walk right over to gorbals right after. plus, you could also drop into varnish at coles. however, i do think the food at lazy ox is dramatically better than gorbals.

      i've noticed that the bar scene at bazaar has really quited down from its peak. this is a good thing. terms of food, i'd say for food similar to lazy ox, go to animal.

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      1. re: cdub

        Thanks for the suggestion, but I think that Animal may be out of my price range. I'm more looking for similarity in price and quality rather than food style.

        1. re: DanielleW

          I don't think Animal would be more (and it might be less) than some of the places you are considering. Two people can get out for under a $100 (depending on wine drinking that price can obviously rise considerably).

          1. re: Servorg

            Oh, that's interesting. I couldn't find a menu on the website and I just assumed it was $$$$. I'll do some more research. Thanks!

            eta: I just found the menu on the site. oops.

            1. re: DanielleW

              from my experiences, i've always spent considerably less at animal than bazaar. i think the price point of animal as well as style is pretty close to lazy ox. 2 of my favorite restaurants in the city right now.

              1. re: cdub

                Oh no, I definitely won't be eating at bazaar. that's just for drinks.
                Are there any other options in BH nearby? I'm afraid Animal might be a little too adventurous for my guest.

      2. Going from Downtown on the 10-West, towards Beverly Hills near rush hour is my usual commute as well, and it is unpredictable at best. What IS predictable on that stretch of the 10-Fwy is the scenery: Concrete, cars, and sound-retaining walls.

        May I suggest a far more interesting (and often times faster!) route for you and your friend: Take Sixth Street westwards from Downtown (it begins near the Bonaventure Hotel at Fifth & Figueroa), pass by Good Samartian Hospital & good ol' Pacific Dining Car at Bixel, witness the sheer spectacle of the throngs of dusk streetside Latin American vendors as you keep going past Rampart towards Alvarado, watch the myriad of kids playing futbol at MacArthur Park, the neon-lit shopping centers and nightclubs of K-town, then through stately homes of Hancock Park, then past La Brea Tar Pits/LACMA.

        Sixth Street finishes at San Vicente, where you can make a right onto San Vicente and head towards nearby Bazaar.

        BUT... I'd suggest you take an early right at Fairfax, go north a bit, past Samy's Cameras (love that place) and have dinner at Farmer's Market (NE corner of Farifax & Third). You & your less adventurous friend are bound to find something more affordable and just as tasty, AND that's quite a nice slice of a typical cross-section of L.A. to boot!

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        Pacific Dining Car
        1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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        1. re: J.L.

          Well, I'll have to try that route. I like the idea of showing her something other than the freeway. ...and I happen to be picking her up at the Bonaventure hotel. However, I have been near the Farmer's Market at rush hour (I took a class at Samy's) and I wasn't happy about the traffic there.

          Where in the Farmer's Market would you take someone to eat? I have only been there once or twice. I would normally say Loteria Grill, but I know she ate at the Grand Central Market today.

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          Grand Central Market
          317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          Loteria Grill
          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: DanielleW

            Where, yes that is the question. Either turn North on Faifax and continue on toward Animal or go North on Fairfax to 3rd, turn left and head for AOC.

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            AOC
            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        2. Well, we ended up going to Animal and it was incredible!

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            1. re: Servorg

              Our first dish was the lamb with cavatelli. The flavor was amazing and the sauce was crazy good. We ordered bread specifically for dipping into it.
              On the recommendation of our very friendly waiter, we got the barbecue pork belly sandwich. He said that is was very popular. I'm really glad we got it, I think it was my favorite out of everything.
              We also got the pig ear, which was spicier than expected. My friend was happy it didn't look like an actual ear. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll get it again.
              And finally we got the Poutine. It was the last thing. It was super-tasty, but it was so heavy that we couldn't finish it.
              We really lucked out for seating. They had a free table right when we walked in and said we could have it as long as we were done by 9pm, which gave us an hour and a quarter. So we sat down immediately! We didn't feel rushed at all, either. The first item came out really fast and then everything after was well-paced. And, whoever said we could get out of there at $50pp was right. We each paid $48 with tip!

              1. re: DanielleW

                We love Animal and I dream about going for a fourth visit. One of these days! Thanks for the detailed report (and it was me that said you could get out for $50 pp - I think that they offer one of the greatest values for the taste, quality and quantity of food of any restaurant in LA at the moment).