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Mid-City (ish), Miracle Mile? CHEAP, DELICIOUS, and suitable for a birthday? Happy hour perhaps? (sadly, NOT Robata Jinya)

Mr Taster Nov 2, 2011 10:38 AM

Hello 'hounds

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:

1) cheap
2) delicious
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.


Mr Taster

Robata Jinya
8050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

  1. TonyC Nov 3, 2011 09:31 AM

    Tasca. Has happy Hour. Solid tapas, almost affordable, but parking... O My parking God.

    Tasca Restaurant
    8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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      samtron608 Nov 2, 2011 01:59 PM

      Genwa? you can get a combo meal and it comes with about 20 small little korean side dishes.

      5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: samtron608
        Clyde Nov 2, 2011 05:21 PM

        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

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        vickie2172 Nov 2, 2011 01:06 PM

        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

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        1. re: vickie2172
          floppy fish Nov 2, 2011 09:00 PM

          I'm a Haru fan but I wouldn't say it is cheap, it is a sushi bar after all and no happy hour. I would recommend Farmer's Market. Loteria Grill is good and they is a bar right next door.

          Loteria Grill
          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          TracyS Nov 2, 2011 11:55 AM

          Some ideas:
          Monsieur Marcel
          Osteria Mamma
          Osteria La Buca

          La Buca
          5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          BLD Restaurant
          7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Yabu Restaurant
          521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

          Osteria Mamma
          5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Monsieur Marcel
          6333 W. 3rd St. AND 3rd St. Arizona at the Promenade, Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA 90036

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          1. re: TracyS
            Mr Taster Nov 2, 2011 12:08 PM

            I know Mamma and La Buca are great, but do they have happy hours (or happy hour prices?) Marcel is great for atmosphere but can't be recommended for food.... and food is important.

            Mr Taster

            La Buca
            5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            1. re: Mr Taster
              TracyS Nov 2, 2011 12:20 PM

              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

          2. Servorg Nov 2, 2011 11:17 AM

            Maybe Rascal on S La Brea?

            801 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            1. re: Servorg
              Mr Taster Nov 2, 2011 11:55 AM

              Looks promising. Thanks Servorg.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                Mr Taster Nov 2, 2011 12:10 PM

                And your suggestion has met with enthusiastic approval! Thanks again, Servorg.

                Added bonus is that Yelp has a Groupon style certificate available. But $10 get $20. Great! Did this replace the Japanese place on the corner?

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  Servorg Nov 2, 2011 12:43 PM

                  Right. Shabu Shabu Ya.

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