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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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    sparkareno Apr 29, 2011 10:51 AM

    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.

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      emanacker Apr 28, 2011 11:05 PM

      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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        Peripatetic Apr 29, 2011 04:29 AM

        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.

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          rmb123 Apr 29, 2011 10:49 AM

          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

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          sushigirlie Apr 28, 2011 10:04 PM

          I'd consider Pizzeria Mozza.

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

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            foodiemahoodie Apr 26, 2011 07:02 AM

            A Frame.

            1. PommeDeGuerre Apr 26, 2011 03:14 AM

              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

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                anothernotch Apr 25, 2011 05:36 PM

                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. wienermobile Apr 25, 2011 04:06 PM

                  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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                    ipsedixit Apr 25, 2011 04:08 PM

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

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                      wienermobile Apr 25, 2011 04:11 PM

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

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                        wienermobile Apr 29, 2011 09:58 AM

                        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

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                        andytseng Apr 29, 2011 11:35 AM

                        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. ipsedixit Apr 25, 2011 03:25 PM

                      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

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                        mc michael Apr 25, 2011 03:22 PM

                        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

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                          jaykayen Apr 25, 2011 03:11 PM

                          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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                            Hoc Apr 25, 2011 03:15 PM

                            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

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                              jaykayen Apr 25, 2011 05:28 PM

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

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                                wanderlustre Apr 25, 2011 11:02 PM

                                Lazy Ox has a better burger IMO

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