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rednails Jun 14, 2011 08:30 PM

Going to a play this Saturday nite on the 6200 block of Santa Monica Blvd. I need a rec for casual dinner pre-show or dessert after. 4 of us are coming in 3 separate cars, so parking is definitely a consideration. Nothing spicy for me, but Mexican is doable. Italian, BBQ, Calif cuisine, etc are fine. Budget no more than $25 pp tops (including tax/tip) not including alcohol for dinner. It would be great if we didn't need a res as I'm not even sure if we'll get there early enough to have a nice, unrushed dinner.

Dessert could be anywhere nearby or on the Westside as we're all headed in that general direction afterwards going our separate ways. Showtime is at 8 pm....

Any thoughts or suggestions? I don't know the area at all.

Thanks!!

  1. katydid13 Jun 15, 2011 08:04 AM

    In that area I like Tere's (Mexican), which is in a little strip mall at 5870 Melrose. It's no-frills, but the food is good & freshly prepared. (You order at the counter & then take a seat.) The lot is small, but between that and street parking, you should be OK.

    You can also head to the Sunset/Vine area, which has lots of other places ranging from casual to pricey.

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      rednails Jun 15, 2011 09:31 PM

      Thanks for the response. Is there anything in the Sunset/Vine area that you've liked? Tho Tere's sounds good, as it's got to be (a) reasonable (b) casual and (c) fairly closeby.

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        bulavinaka Jun 15, 2011 10:05 PM

        Los Balcones del Peru is in that neighborhood. Very good Peruvian from what I've heard - their seafood dishes are their strength - but I've not personally tried them yet. I looked up their menu and If you share a couple of apps and each order a main, you should be right around that price point:

        http://losbalconesdelperu.menutoeat.com/

        1. re: bulavinaka
          katydid13 Jun 16, 2011 06:14 PM

          I had good food at Balcones del Peru before they remodeled & overhauled the menu (to detrimental effect, IMO), but I found the service to be a little slow, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're trying to make curtain time. As for options at the Sunset/Vine intersection, I've personally tried only Tender Greens (good), Fabiolus Cafe (so-so) & the Bowery (forgettable + major attitude). Also in that area is Hungry Cat, which has a lot of fans on this board but could be more than you want to pay. If you're really into seafood, you might like it. The new kid on the block is Go Burger, but I haven't tried that.

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          The Hungry Cat
          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          Fabiolus Cafe
          6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

          Tender Greens
          6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          Go Burger
          6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. re: katydid13
            Phurstluv Jun 16, 2011 10:27 PM

            +1 for Tender Greens

            hard to stay in that budget at Hungry Cat

            Haven't been personally, but Cleo, just up Vine from Hungry Cat, has gotten good reviews. Don't know price range personally, however.

            Link not coming up:
            Cleo
            1717 Vine Street

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            The Hungry Cat
            1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Tender Greens
            6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            1. re: Phurstluv
              Servorg Jun 17, 2011 10:47 AM

              Place Link (thank you to whom ever added it)

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              Cleo
              1717 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                Phurstluv Jun 17, 2011 10:54 AM

                Thanks, I did, but didn't know how to do it, once you place it in there, but at least we have you to do the dirty work!!! ;p)

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                  Servorg Jun 17, 2011 11:35 AM

                  It simply takes a half hour or so for it to show up in the database when you go to manage your links, other wise you did it perfectly.

              2. re: Phurstluv
                lil mikey Jun 17, 2011 09:03 PM

                Another +1 for Tender Greens. It's relatively quick, and there's vastly more variety than Umami. And if you don't make it for dinner, they have dessert, too.

                I agree with Phurstluv on Hungry Cat - Not quick and it can be pricey depending on what you order.

                Cleo is also out. They'll be packed by 8:00 and it takes a while to get all the small plates. You can also rack up a pretty hefty bill here.

                Go Burger, despite being a burger place is a sit-down restaurant with all the attendant issues (time, etc.). If you go, get the smashed burger.

                Tere's is a good option. More casual than the other places (with the possible exception of Umami). I also don't know how you'd be able to spend $25 per person here (i.e., it's relatively cheap).

                Balcones, while good, is WAY too unpredictable service-wise if you need to get to a show. They're always friendly, but the same meal could take 40 minutes one night and 90 minutes the next night.

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                Tender Greens
                6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                Go Burger
                6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                The Hungry Cat
                100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

      2. wienermobile Jun 16, 2011 06:18 PM

        Umami Burger.
        http://umamiburger.com/

        1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
        Los Angeles, California 90028
        (323) 469.3100

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          rednails Jun 17, 2011 08:44 PM

          Thanks for all the recs. I hope we can get there early enough to relax and have dinner. Timing will be tight as I'm helping my son apt hunt in the Santa Clarita Valley (will be the subject of my next search), then try to get dinner/see the show, etc etc. I tried the link for Unamiburger last night w/out any luck. Will try again.

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            rednails Jun 21, 2011 08:53 PM

            Ended up at Umami Burger. Actually, my friend's daughter had eaten there before so it was perfect. My friend and I both had the SoCal burger, my son had the Manly Special, and friend's daughter had...I forget. Shared 2 orders of sweet potato fries. Everything was delicious, service was quick and efficient. Total bill (4 burgers, 2 orders of SP fries, 3 sodas and 1 margarita) was $75.00 including tax but not tip. A bit pricey considering the burgers don't come with any side (and extra condiments cost $) but would go there again.

            Excellent suggestion, thanks!

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

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