Mid-City (ish), Miracle Mile? CHEAP, DELICIOUS, and suitable for a birthday? Happy hour perhaps? (sadly, NOT Robata Jinya)
I need some serious help here.
Happy hour on Friday for a colleague's birthday. It's a small group, just three of us.
But it's got to be:
3) conducive to conversation
She didn't like Robata Jinya.
It doesn't have to be happy hour, as long as the prices are comparable.
She's not really a burger bar type of person. Asian foods are positive since there's all kinds of corn, dairy, etc. allergies and finickiness to contend with. However, if you've really got a stellar idea that is not Asian, or not immediately within the Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile area, I'd love to hear it.
8050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Genwa is kind of pricey-- everytime i eat there for lunch it costs me almost $20, even when i order off the lunch menu - that's when i'm with co-workers and the bill is higher. when i'm by myself it's more like $16/$17. I do love it though and those side dishes are killer. Instead of Haru, what about trying Slowfish on Wilshire in the old cafe flourish space? Just opened and i've been there 4 times. it's not cheap unless you get the lunch specials. I've seen the bento boxes and they're huge. Not sure what time you plan on going though, b/c if it's after lunch special time-- the price may be too $$$.
5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Haru Sushi Cafe on San Vicente (between Drexel & 5th st). Small, quiet, inexpensive. Sake, beer, wine only. Non-sushi entrees: chicken/ salmon teriyaki, grilled cod, japanese curries. It's cute -- appealing to feminine types. It might not appeal to those with trencherman appetites, but it's not a small plates place, either.
Haru Sushi Cafe
480 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6333 W. 3rd St. AND 3rd St. Arizona at the Promenade, Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA 90036
re: Mr Taster
No none of those have happy hours unfortunately, but I suggested them just because they're relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of what else is out there and even then they aren't at the top of my list food-wise. I tend to find happy hour specials are inversely proportionate with the quality of food sometimes. For HH, margaritas and fish tacos at El Carmen perhaps if it's not too crowded?
El Carmen Restaurant
8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048