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Apr 11, 2011 01:06 PM

ISO: good food, full bar, east of western, not downtown

This is a super-specific request, so I appreciate any help you all might be able to offer.

As the title implies, I'm looking for a restaurant with great food and a full bar that's east of Western. But, for various reasons, not really looking for places downtown (which rules out Church & State, Drago Centro, Gorbals, Rivera, among others). I'm sure there are some excellent divey places in/around K-town which fit the bill, but I'm looking for something kind of, I guess, more date-appropriate (think early date, before you're 100% comfortable wrapping barely-cooked meat in a lettuce leaf, stuffing it with a whole clove of garlic, throwing some sauce on there, and going to town).

All signs point to Little Dom's, right? I agree -- people may be divided about the food there, but I think it's very good and occassionally great. Little Dom's is a good backup, but I'm sort of bored of it.

So, any ideas?

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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

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  1. Dresden Room?

    Dresden Room Restaurant
    1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: mc michael

      Interesting. I'll be honest, I didn't even know the Dresden had food. Is it any good?

        1. re: mc michael

          a much better version of the Dresden, and definitely cheaper, is Les Freres Taix, at Sunset & Park View, near Alvarado.
          Taix has been there forever, definitely old school, very good drinks and wine list, and worthy of repeat visits.
          www.taixfrench.com for more details.
          2 different wine lists, if that might be of interest, and both are superb values. Make sure you see the special list, if wine might be of interest.

    2. Cafe Stella
      Barbrix (although it's just wine and beer, but they do have a cool bar)
      Rockwell (food is average but nice date spot)

      Cafe Stella
      3932 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

      1. i cringe (because i do not care for it but many still do): pacific dining car?

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

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        1. re: justanotherpenguin

          The food is so-so, above average but not great, but the bar and the wine service are very good. Also, interesting types sometimes appear.

        2. What about Taylor's on 8th Street for old-school steaks?

          Guelaguetza has a full bar, but it's probably too casual for what you want.

          When you say you don't want to go downtown, does that rule out LA Live and the Marriott? WP24 is there, as are Flemings and Kastsuya (neither of the latter two are high on my list), but it really isn't that much farther than Western.

          You might consider going just a little west of Western (I mean just a few blocks) and consider Osteria La Buca at 5210 Melrose.

          And Marino is very good and underrated Italian a few blocks further west (still east of Highland). I can't recall if it has a full bar, but it is pretty old school so I think it must. It does have a good wine list and would be a nice place for an early date.

          La Buca
          5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Taylor's Steakhouse
          3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

          Marino Ristorante
          6001 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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          1. re: Jwsel

            Taylor's is a great idea. And Osteria La Buca is on the short list if I give up my quest to find something further east. I've never been but heard good things.

            La Buca
            5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          2. Take a look at vermont, which also has the new bar/lounge Rockwell affixed to it.

            Vermont Restaurant
            1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027