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mc michael Nov 4, 2011 09:35 AM

I need to know. Thanks.

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    ns1 Nov 4, 2011 09:35 AM

    budget/any preferences/what time?

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      mc michael Nov 4, 2011 10:15 AM

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

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        ns1 Nov 4, 2011 10:20 AM

        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.

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          mc michael Nov 4, 2011 10:49 AM

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

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            ns1 Nov 4, 2011 10:53 AM

            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.



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

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              mc michael Nov 4, 2011 11:12 AM

              I am indebted. thanks.

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      ebethsdad Nov 4, 2011 02:01 PM

      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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        ns1 Nov 4, 2011 02:03 PM

        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.

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          mc michael Nov 4, 2011 02:52 PM

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

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            ebethsdad Nov 5, 2011 09:04 AM

            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.

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              mc michael Nov 5, 2011 10:57 AM

              thanks a lot.

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                mc michael Nov 6, 2011 07:21 AM

                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.

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                  ebethsdad Nov 6, 2011 08:08 AM

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

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            FranklinJefferson Nov 4, 2011 02:45 PM

            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.

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

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              ns1 Nov 4, 2011 02:50 PM

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

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              susiequeue Nov 4, 2011 09:26 PM

              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!!!

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