where to take foodie, last minute, westside
we need a place that can accommodate a medium-sized group (maybe around 10 people) tomorrow (Thursday night) or Friday night. there will be at least one out-of-town foodie (from Seattle) so looking for something "special" or "LA" on the westside.
casual, fun, GOOD FOOD, easy on the pocket, like <$20/entree.
Rustic Canyon and Gjelina won't have availability. What about Warszawa?
1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Two suggestions. Upstairs 2 above the Wine House (buy a bottle from them and corkage is only $10 - or $15 if not from the Wine House) or the Blue Stove in the new Santa Monica Place Nordstrom's.
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA
2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Hi westsidegal... And I greatly respect your opinions on chow in Los Angeles (enjoy reading your 'thumbs-down' as much as your 'thumbs-up recommendations)... I suppose it is true, I don't know if Nook is really a foodie destination or not. I eat just about everything, so I may be too much of a generalist in the pie-hole and palate department. I like Nook, but I also know that you are not alone in finding it less than worthy...
nook's strengths are it's "comfort food" dishes.
their other stuff, imho, is a no go.
stick to nook's rendition of the old-style high-saturated-fat type dishes that my grandparents' generation adored. for me, they hold no appeal.
had an absolutely embarrassing first date there.
we went to Nook because my date's son had recommended it.
we both ordered the fish.
when the fish arrived, it's rotten-smell preceded it.
after tasting it, both my date and i moved our respective portions around on our plates for the rest of the time, neither one of us ate another mouthful.
since this was a first date, neither one of us was comfortable saying that the emperor had no clothes.
at my age, the men i date typically are eating food that they construe to be "heart-healthy" which makes Nook less than ideal for my purposes.
Rustic Canyon might surprise you. If you make a reservation for 6:00 PM you may succeed. We got lucky with a party of 10 on 2 days notice for an early Sunday reservation. This was just about 2 weeks ago. Open Table did not show availability. Calling the restaurant worked. Good luck. Everyone loved their food.
i LOVE LOVE LOVE the food at Fig.
that said, unless they are running their "Fig at 5" special, i wouldn't call them <<easy on the pocket>>
depends if you can get there at 5pm and if the special is running that day (for sure the special WON'T be running during restaurant week,)
had dinner there tonight, as a matter of fact,