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ISO dinner venue near Fairfax/Melrose

waterisgood Nov 4, 2011 09:36 AM

Taking my hipster cousin out for dinner, and she loves everything but Chinese. Near Fairfax/Melrose or not so far south or west of that area. Somewhere lively and not bank breaking (limit is $40pp without drinks, tax, tip). Trying to avoid Red O. Was thinking Luna Park, which I used to frequent but stopped maybe 5 years ago - I went recently and the food was not good.

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    samtron608 Nov 4, 2011 09:57 AM

    The Foundry on Melrose might be an option.
    just a few block south is Animal, Son of a Gun and AOC.

    8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Son of a Gun
    8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. Servorg Nov 4, 2011 10:03 AM

      If you have interest in Argentinian food then 2 blocks west of Fairfax on Melrose is Carlitos Gardel. Unless you go for their most expensive steaks you should be well able to keep to your budget.

      Carlitos Gardel
      7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. perk Nov 4, 2011 11:00 AM

        I find Luna Park's food just passable. But there is a new wine bar close to that area. 3Twenty South.
        It's at 320 South La Brea. Not a full bar....but "pours" of wine in those machines....so lots of choices.
        Very nice selection of small plates. The owner, Edgar, is very knowledgeable. Has a fun crowd by mid evening. It's my new favorite place in the neighborhood.

        Luna Park
        672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. westsidegal Nov 4, 2011 12:46 PM

          fwiw, i would substitute Angeli, 7274 Melrose Ave, for Luna Park.

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            BSW6490 Nov 4, 2011 04:02 PM

            CaBrea or Campinille (both on LaBrea) are good choices.

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