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Saturday Night Near Downtown LA

My SO and I are looking for a restaurant that is within a cab ride from downtown (near West 6th St and S Figueroa). We are going to Lou on Vine on Thursday night which we've tried before on past trips to LA (loved the menu, the wine list, and the vibe). Friday night is celebration night at Providence. Saturday night, however, is open. Can someone suggest a place that believes in "local, sustainable, organic" food done fresh and well? As noted above, we really liked Lou on Vine but we are definitely open to different experiences and more expensive places.

btw We are in LA this coming Saturday and any place that needs reservations weeks in advance will not be an option.

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Lou on Vine
724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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  1. Don't know about local, organic, but there's The Gorbals by some winner of Top Chef. I think it's scottish inspired.

    Rivera and Water Grill for latin fine dining.
    WP24 for chinese inspired fine dining near LA Live
    Patina at Disney Hall
    Church & State, a gastropub type place.

    That's pretty much all the well-known choices in downtown LA for moderate to fine dining.

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    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

    WP24
    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

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    1. re: david t.

      Wait, Water Grill is seafood, not Latin. Rivera is post modern Latin.
      You forgot to mention Drago Centro which is upscale Italian.

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      Water Grill
      544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

      1. re: mc michael

        Thanks for the ideas guys. I was hoping for something a little smaller and maybe a little more neighborly. It doesn't have to be right in the downtown core ... I'd happily pay $50 to a cabby to get to a place like Lou's. BTW we're taking cabs since we don't like to drink and drive but we do like to have a little wine with our meal.

        Rivera seems interesting except that the CH reviews indicate the place is so noisy that it prevents conversation.

        1. re: ComerDemonio

          I think you want Wood Spoon.

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

          1. re: mc michael

            Second Wood Spoon! The chicken pot pie is fabulous.

            Not sure about organic, but from the web site: "The ingredients I use are grown in California from local farmers no more than 50 miles from WoodSpoon. Not only does this reduce our carbon footprint, it gives me a chance to visit the farms and hand select the freshest available produce. "

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

        2. re: mc michael

          Drago Centro, oh yeah. Can't believed I missed such an obvious one.

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

      2. You might check out the menu at the Lazy Ox Canteen. Very short cab ride, and they do focus on fresh local ingredients. Much more casual than Providence (great choice there, my favorite in LA) which might be a nice change up. And it's a downtown neighborhood kind of place.

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        Lazy Ox Canteen
        241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. Forage. You can't get any more local than that. It's your neighbors--well our neighbors--who grew the produce that's on your plate.
          http://www.foragela.com/

          Also, Canele. L/S/O http://www.canele-la.com/

          And, love Lazy Ox. http://www.lazyoxcanteen.com/

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          Canele
          3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

          1. Thanks everybody for the ideas. I think we are going to try the Lazy Ox Canteen for dinner ... we like to dine a little on the late side (9:00 PM or so usually) and to linger. The Lazy Ox menu looks enticing. Wood Spoon, Forage, and Canele are all candidates for lunches or for our next trip.

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            Canele
            3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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

            Lazy Ox Canteen
            241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            1. re: ComerDemonio

              FYI - Lazy Ox has a blackboard, with it's daily specials starred on it, as to what's available that day. That's what you want to order from. And ask your waiter if they will make chicharrones (?) or fried pig's ears, even if it's not on the menu, it's a specialty there and is delicious.

              1. re: Phurstluv

                I have been salivating over the blackboard dishes that they have posted on their web site. It looks like the "pig ear chicharon" has been promoted to their regular dinner menu so we'll be sure to try that.

              2. re: ComerDemonio

                Good choice - Lazy Ox is great. Be sure to make a reservation as it's very popular. The Spice Table nearby is also delicious, for future reference.

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                The Spice Table
                114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA