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Need place for double date with couples on two different budgets

sanmon Oct 27, 2011 10:06 PM

Any suggestions on a good place for a double date? One couple has a lot of dough and the other doesn't. What suggestions do you all have for a modestly priced place with decent food, not too loud, where you aren't pushed out quickly. For instance, budget-wise a place like A-Frame would be good, but it gets too crowded and you don't feel comfortable having a leisurely meal. On the higher end of the budget, a place like Gjelina would be okay (but we want to try a different place). Westside is preferable though we could travel a bit.

12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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    New Trial Oct 27, 2011 11:45 PM

    Fraiche, Lukshon, Tasting Kitchen, Upstairs 2 or Waterloo & City

    9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    Upstairs 2
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Fraiche Santa Monica
    312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Waterloo and City
    12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

    3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

    Tasting Kitchen
    1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

    1. wienermobile Oct 28, 2011 07:59 AM

      Manhattan Beach Post. Creative wonderful food. Small plates. Loved heir MOROCCAN BBQ LAMB BELLY, creamy semolina, cardamom carrots ,

      Manhattan Beach Post
      1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      1. westsidegal Oct 28, 2011 12:33 PM

        Lilly's French Cafe
        1031 ABBOT KINNEY BLVD, VENICE CA 90291 - 310.314.0004

        imho, the food is as good as that served at fraiche( admittedly, i'm not much of a fan of fraiche given their prices), but much less costly.
        their food is good AND their portion sizes are generous.

        meets all of your criteria AND offers a pretty environment too
        they offer some very inexpensive, drinkable, house wines to boot.

        Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
        1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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        1. re: westsidegal
          bg90027 Oct 28, 2011 04:01 PM

          Lilly's is a really good recommendation.

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          ns1 Oct 28, 2011 01:02 PM

          Park's BBQ.

          I have never, ever felt rushed while eating there.

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

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            whatsfordinner Oct 28, 2011 01:09 PM

            What a great question! Nanbankan or Musha are moderately priced.

            1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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            1. re: whatsfordinner
              westsidegal Oct 28, 2011 03:25 PM

              i LOVE the food at Musha, but, imho it gets
              << too crowded and you don't feel comfortable having a leisurely meal>>

              424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            2. perk Oct 28, 2011 01:24 PM

              Nook Bistro is reasonably priced and very good.

              Nook Bistro
              11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              1. re: perk
                westsidegal Oct 28, 2011 03:32 PM

                respectfully disagree about the food at Nook.
                (despite the love Nook gets from many on this board)
                i do agree that their prices are reasonable.

              2. omotosando Oct 28, 2011 02:57 PM

                La Cachette Bistro, either Sunday night ($1 corkage) or Friday or Saturday night after 9:00 p.m. (30% off entire bill). Went on a Sunday night, brought wine, shared small plates and got out for a little over $40 per person with tax and tip for a lot of food and a lovely dinner.

                La Cachette Bistro
                1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                1. re: omotosando
                  westsidegal Oct 28, 2011 03:28 PM

                  if you plan to take advantage of the Friday/Saturday deal,
                  keep in mind that the kitchen closes at 10, so plan to be there at nine sharp if you want <<a leisurely meal>>

                2. Ciao Bob Oct 28, 2011 03:43 PM

                  Not Westside, but Mohawk Bend sounds like it would be great for you.

                  Waterloo and City or Westside Tavern are other good options. If you want to do budget ethnics you have
                  a myriad of Thai, and Indian options that will not rush you at all. Mariscos Chente -- or whatever it is called now - may be a great choice as well...make your own margarita's and bring them.I think the new name is

                  Coni's seafood restaurant


                  3544 west imperial highway

                  inglewood, CA 90303

                  Mariscos Chente
                  4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                  Westside Tavern
                  10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                  Waterloo and City
                  12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                  Mohawk Bend
                  2141 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                  1. re: Ciao Bob
                    westsidegal Oct 28, 2011 03:46 PM


                    (but, as of last night, the signage still says Mariscos Chente's )

                    1. re: westsidegal
                      Ciao Bob Oct 28, 2011 03:58 PM

                      What did you have?

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        westsidegal Oct 29, 2011 11:01 AM

                        actually, i didn't actually eat there. As a demonstration project, I drove a friend of mine there in order to entice her to start driving to the inglewood location (she's still going to the mar vista location). i needed to demonstrate that the inglewood location is easy to find, not very far, and that there is nothing menacing about it.

                        We actually had eaten at The Tripel earlier in the evening.

                        I love so many things at Coni'Seafood, that i normally just ask Sergio to make me some food and surprise me. At this point, he knows my preferences. . . .

                        333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

                        1. re: westsidegal
                          maudies5 Oct 29, 2011 12:08 PM

                          Bandera would work. They take reservations and honor them. They have some delicious salads and other appetizers which are big enough to share. My husband and I often share 1 app and one entree and it's fine. OTOH, I understand they make a good steak and their roast chicken and ribs are yummy. Corner of Wilshire and Barrington, with no obvious signs. They make a terrific martini and IIRC, do not charge corkage.

                          11704 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                    2. re: Ciao Bob
                      westsidegal Oct 30, 2011 01:24 PM

                      respectfully disagree about westside tavern.
                      i'm not a fan of their food,although others on this board disagree:
                      nor have i ever thought the price/quality/quantity ratios stack up at all.
                      they ARE, however, a place to have a leisurely meal.

                    3. J.L. Oct 29, 2011 11:05 PM

                      Fundamental LA. Excellent and tasty appetizers, salads and sandwiches...

                      Very nice on the wallet.

                      On Westwood Blvd, just south of the corner of Wellworth (next to Papa John's).

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