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Feb 16, 2011 02:52 PM

Dinner before heading over to The Edison

Looking for rec's for a nice (but not too heavy) dinner near The Edison downtown.

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  1. Depends on the setting but if you like Japanese Ramen, Orochon (123 S Onizuka St) is a block away. Pitfire Pizza (108 W 2nd St) is pretty good. Cole's (118 E 6th St) is pretty good for a french dip and a good mixed cocktail. For some sushi I would hit Sushi Gen (422 E 2nd St), seriously some of the best sushi in LA for the price. Lazy Ox (241 S San Pedro St) is a must at some point and that time might as well be now. Josef Centeno is up for F&W People's Best New Chef so check it out. Enjoy!

    Pitfire Pizza
    108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    2nd St Cafe
    442 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. re: Petey McNichols

      I found Sushi Gen to be overpriced and poor quality sushi. I've had better sushi at all you can eat sushi restaurants.

      1. re: Petey McNichols

        There is/was a Chinese restaurant that was at the corner, where you go down the alley to The Edison. Don't know the name but that's rarely mentioned on here. Maybe nobody has been to it.

        1. re: reality check

          LiLi Ya China Bistro

          LiLiYa China Bistro
          108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      2. Not too far from Pete's Cafe on 4th Street

        Pete's Cafe & Bar
        400 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        1. You need to make reservations at Edison if you want a good sitting/standing area. Also, need to check if it's open on any given night. Note also that Edison has various eats.

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          1. re: mc michael

            We were there with a group of about eight a few weeks back, and had reserved a seating area for 5:30. Being borderline elderly - all but a few of us were over 50 - we met for drinks with the intention of eating afterwards, but a couple of the guys started ordering appetizer platters that turned into a meal of its own. Decent stuff, but mostly fried; the calamari was quite good, but I'd have preferred a good aioli or fresh tartar sauce to the salty glop they served with it.

            I agree that Pete's would be a good choice, and not at all far away. We followed our original plan and went up to the Redwood afterwards, as we usually do, but it was hard to enjoy the food as we'd over-eaten those "snacks". That is however straight up Second almost to Hill, on a well-travelled and well-lit street, and while it's bar food it's damned good bar food. Fish and chips and the burger are both very highly recommended.