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Looking For Spectacular In LA For Under $30-$50 A Person

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  • Hoc Apr 25, 2011 03:08 PM

It's easy to get amazing food if you are willing to spend a fortune. However, I really don't like the pretentious places or folks to which "foodies" tend to gravitate. For example, Cut or L'Orange just don't do it for me. What I am looking for is someplace where the "wow" factor is in the quality of the food for the price.

Places that come to mind immediately are the original Versailles, Langer's, Pink's or Jinky's, all of whom have really great food for a really great price.

With that said, my brother is in town for a couple of days and I'd like to take him someplace for dinner where we're not spending more (or much more) than about $30-$50 a person.

Oh, yeah. He's from Hawaii, so I'd prefer something other than Asian food.

Anywhere in the LA area is fine. Any ideas?

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  1. Lazy Ox, Waterloo & City, Father's Office, Umami Burger are some of my favorites.

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    Umami Burger
    850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Father's Office Bar
    1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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    1. re: jaykayen

      I really like the Father's Office Burger (and their pimientos de padron are great, too), and was going to suggest that. I have not tried Umami Burger and have not heard of the others. What's good there?

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      Umami Burger
      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Father's Office Bar
      1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

      1. re: Hoc

        The Umami 6x burger is pretty good, and unique.

        1. re: jaykayen

          Lazy Ox has a better burger IMO

    2. Sunday supper at Lucques is pretty good.
      Green Street may be more what you are looking for.

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      Green Street Restaurant
      146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

      Lucques
      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      1. Mo-Chica
        Chichen Itza
        Wood Spoon

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        Chichen Itza
        3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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

        Mo-Chica
        3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

        1. Park's BBQ for amazing Korean BBQ. One of my favorites in all of LA. The short ribs are a must.
          http://www.parksbbq.com/

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          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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          1. re: wienermobile

            But ... but ... OP said no Asian.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I know but I couldn't resist. Think of it as a steak house.

              1. re: wienermobile

                I love Langer's, best Pastrami on earth, but know they close daily at 4pm and are closed Sundays.
                http://www.langersdeli.com/

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                Langer's Delicatessen
                704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Along the same lines, I don't remember ever having the same caliber or type of Chinese food in Hawaii as we have in LA (albeit I've only been in Hawaii briefly). And when it comes to value-oriented food, nothing beats the SGV.

            2. The Monday night bistro menu at Jiraffe might fit the bill. The food is always spot on and the price can't be beat.

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              Jiraffe Restaurant
              502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. Also try Son Of A Gun Restaurant., Drago Centro's bar menu, Simple Things Restaurant, or Golden State. You can actualy eat for less than $50/person at Pizzeria Mozza and Street if you watch your number of dishes..

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

                The Golden State
                426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. A Frame.

                  1. I'd consider Pizzeria Mozza.

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                    Pizzeria Mozza
                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    1. Oinkster in Eagle Rock is awesome, they have great burgers, pulled pork, roast chicken and they serve plantains!

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                      Oinkster
                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

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                      1. re: emanacker

                        When Oinkster is good, they're very good, but they're very inconsistent. That said, it's been nearly a year since I was last there, so I should probably give them a try again.

                        1. re: emanacker

                          I don't think I would call Oinkster spectacular, but it is tasty.

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                          Oinkster
                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                        2. Eva has a Sunday night supper for $39 including wine. The food is very good as is the wine which they pour freely. Sign up for their email and they will send you the menu for the upcoming Sunday.