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HELP! Need suggestions about restaurants at Staple Center DOWNTOWN...

Wanted to get Chowhounder opinions on the quality of the following restaurants:

1) Rosa Mexicano; and

2) LA Market (inside Ritz-Carlton hotel).

I think the chef at LA Market was the winner on one of "Hell's Kitchen" competitions, right?

Are either of these restaurants worth going to? And if not, please make suggestions of best places to eat in that area. Thanks for your help!

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  1. You might review some of these http://www.chow.com/search?query=stap... many prior threads on dining near Staples and see what you find. As you can imagine this venue/area has been a very popular subject for the LA Chowhound board over the years.

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      1. re: graphika

        Thanks, graphika. RIVERA got mixed reviews on Yelp (small portions, pricey) so I have stayed away so far.

        1. re: Liquid Sky

          Rivera DOES have relatively small, relatively pricey dishes - but they're good!

          1. re: aching

            yup,. went recently...instead of ordering a main dish, we just ordered a bunch of the small plates. we had a very good meal. if you go the small plates route, probably $30-35 a person without drinks...but then you get to try about 4-5 different small plates.
            and dont use yelp for reviews..use them to find places..then check here for real reviews :)

        2. re: graphika

          I really liked Rivera last year -- went there twice in a week. but then again I was on a business trip using an expense report.

        3. LA Market is excellent. Go!

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          LA Market
          900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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          1. re: apple7blue

            apple7blue: Have you been to LA Market recently? What did you get? Thanks!

            1. re: Liquid Sky

              Sorry I missed this earlier, I get the mezze plate, pizzas most often again and again.

            2. re: apple7blue

              I completely agree. We went to LA Market on X-mas eve and had a wonderful experience. The edamame, and tuna dynamite are wonderful as appetizers. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient with us. I highly recommend.

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              LA Market
              900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

            3. I was majorly underwhelmed by Rosa Mexicano.
              i won't be going back.

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              Rosa Mexicano
              800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                SilverlakeGirl: Too bad. It looked like a good place to eat and get a decent margarita in the area...

                1. re: Liquid Sky

                  it is a good place to get a margarita. Just don't expect anything more than an upmarket El Torrito and you'll be happy.

              2. I really like Wood Spoon a few blocks away, home of a wonderful homemade Brazilian chicken pot pie with hearts of palm, olives & roasted corn and their famous Pork Burger.
                http://www.woodspoonla.com/

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

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  wienermobile: I'm a fan of Wood Spoon also. Love their pork burger, chicken pot pie and their SANGRIA (of course). Some people complain about the size of the pot pie... but it is so dense with food, I was completely stuffed after eating one!

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Note - quite far from LA Live/Staples center area, if you are looking to park the car only once and go two separate places.