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May 26, 2011 04:16 PM

Places to go, with regular Los Angeles visitors

I have two friends coming to visit in two weeks. They've come to LA many times before (from Chicago) and I'm trying to think of where to take them. Here is what I'm trying to work through:

They will be attending the E3, held at the Convention Center. I work in DTLA and take public transport, and can meet up with them after 5:00. They will be divided in their own cars, and are not against hopping on a DASH bus. There might be parties they are invited to--so I'm trying to think of places we can stop and have a drink or a bite, before trooping to the venue. For this point, I'd like to not have to move the car.

For days when they are not tethered to the Convention Center area--we are based in Glendale, and have mutual friends in Highland Park and Los Feliz. I would love to try and think of low and moderately priced restaurants to take them. One of our visitors particularly likes micro beers--I think I've already taken them to The York, and was hoping for gentle pointers in another direction.

And finally, a note about atmosphere--we're all in our late 30s and early 40s. I'd like to go someplace with good food, good drink, and a little bit of atmosphere.

Any and all suggestions welcome!

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  1. There are two places not far from Downtown that I love, Park's BBQ in Koreatown for some of the best Korean flavored meat in LA cooked at your table. Wonderful food and open late.

    and 5 minutes from downtown Langer's Deil for the best Pastrami on earth. Open for lunch only till 4pm and closed on Sunday.

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

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I know Langer's would never do a food truck or have an outpost say in the Westside, but can you imagine the lines (and the cha-ching) that would come of this? This isn't pastrami by any normal description - this is a prerequisite for passage into Chow heaven. Absolutely the Usain Bolt of pastrami.

        1. re: wienermobile

          "Heaven on rye."

          Reminds me of my first time getting drunk in High School - except that was "Heaving on Scotch" ;-D>

    2. This very recent thread ought to have some suggestions that will work for you:

      1. for options near the convention center (walking distance) I suggest Rivera.

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          1. re: BSW6490

            We love Rivera as well. A cocktail with beef jerky? Gotta love it! Food is great as well. I do not care for tequila and I admit that I love "girly" cocktails, but their tequila flight is my favorite!

            Rivera Restaurant
            1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        1. I just had a great meal at Wood Spoon (downtown), that I put on my mental list for when some regular LA visitors come to town next.

          They were just here in Feb and we hit Wurstkuche (although, I'd suggest going on a weeknight - it was a bit cramped on the weekend) - but they really enjoyed it (great beer selection too)

          800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

          1. If you're ready to roll at 5pm every day, I would suggest searching the best Happy Hours. Morton's Steakhouses usually have a good one with some great small-plate choices. I'm sure there are some good ones in the Los Feliz area as well. is one place to browse.

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            1. re: HaroldandMaude

              Roy's has a good happy hour as well.