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Rec in NoHo near El Portal Theatre?

I need to know. Thanks.

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  1. budget/any preferences/what time?

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    1. re: ns1

      Budget not an issue. Time would be prior to an 8 pm play. Preferences: open.

      1. re: mc michael

        all I got are low key places:

        hayat's kitchen, kansas city bbq, tons of thai north of the theater, osteria firenze, habit down the street...

        my bet would be hayat's if you don't mind hole in the wall middle eastern food - best falafel I've had.

        1. re: ns1

          OK, thanks. Any particular Thai that's good while we are at it?

          1. re: mc michael

            sri siam cafe has been on my list for sometime now, and has been heavily recommended by other hounds

            someone said their whole trout was epic; I tried to go but it was closed the day that I went.

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/sri-siam-cafe...

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806176

            FWIW Krua is my usual Thai spot. I've been to several places since and I always go back to Krua.

    2. Some people don't like it, but I have had good experiences at Salomi on Lankershim. Chiba sushi is a bit of a drive, Saticoy and Lankershim, but worth it. There is a new soul food hot dog place near Salomi that has gotten good reviews.

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      1. re: ebethsdad

        otis jackson soul dog

        I have no idea HTF vicious dogs next to salomi has 4.5* on yelp. the only hot dog i hated more than pinks.

        1. re: ebethsdad

          Coincidentally, a friend just mentioned Salomi. Anything especially tasty there?

          1. re: mc michael

            I like their samosas, both meat and vegetable quite a bit. They do a better job on curries than tandoori, and,of course, they have a very good selection of Indian beers.

              1. re: ebethsdad

                Ended up at Salomi. Good samosas, chicken vindaloo, naan, etc. Not great, but good. Everything is a al carte--no plates that I saw on the menu. Not cheap for Indian cuisine, but reasonable. Wine was inexpensive.

                1. re: mc michael

                  Yep, good but not great. You nailed it. Glad you enjoyed yourself!

          2. Eclectic Cafe, Pitfire Pizza, and the Federal Bar are all passable. Not a whole lot of "ChowHound" level stuff in the region but since it looks like you're trying to go before a show in the area, these are the most frequented by folks that work at the Theaters in the area.

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            Pitfire Pizza
            108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            1. re: FranklinJefferson

              pitfire pizza is terrible. their salads/other stuff isn't too bad.

            2. I've heard good things about "Maximillians" in No. Hollywood from this site. Haven't been --but it seems llike it would be good for a cold or semi-cold night. I believe it is Swiss / German.... It is near the No Ho. Metro station (lankershim)which is near the restarant. Honestly, people love it --- and NO, I don' t work there!!!