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Recs for central/dwntwn/freeway-friendly LA joint for drinks/light fare -- small group on Saturday afternoon?

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dbdancer Dec 5, 2011 08:06 PM

Am hosting a small gathering of 4-7 people on Saturday. It's a casual reunion of sorts, and some are driving far (from Ventura County,from Inland Empire), so am trying to keep it freeway-/parking-friendly, not too hard to find. Some may eat/some may not. Drinks are *definitely* on the agenda. Believe it or not, I'm having a hard time finding a place that's neither a total dive bar nor a super-noisy/trendy hipster/$$$$ place but that has decent seating, edible fare, and a full bar... AND that serves all that up between 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ethnic cuisine would be fine, as would gastropub-ish stuff... as long as the price is ok,

Recommendations, fearless Chowhounders? Thank you!

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    happybaker RE: dbdancer Dec 5, 2011 08:22 PM

    Oddly enough, I'd say - Philippe's French dip. Many choices (not just sandwiches) great sides and a surprisingly good wine list. You can take over a table...

    Daily Grill downtown has good happy hour with validated parking.

    And so does Chaya downtown, even on a saturday!

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      dbdancer RE: happybaker Dec 5, 2011 09:15 PM

      Thanks to all so far...

      Chaya and DG -- don't open until 5 p.m. and Chaya is too much $$ -- I think -- for this crowd.
      Wurstkuche will not work and I already checked out Cole's... yeah, a bit high on the hipster Richter.
      A friend of mine suggested Taix in Echo Park... the lounge area. But I can't tell from the Website if one can eat in the lounge throughout the afternoon. Thoughts? They do have their own parking lot.

      PS: When I said I'm hosting, I meant organizing. I can't afford to spring for everyone's meals; it's definitely each man/woman for himself/herself... ;-)

    2. Peripatetic RE: dbdancer Dec 5, 2011 08:45 PM

      Cole's might work, provided it doesn't exceed your trendy hipster threshold.

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        paprkutr RE: dbdancer Dec 5, 2011 08:49 PM

        Wurstkuche, should be quiet at that time of day.

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          carter RE: paprkutr Dec 5, 2011 08:57 PM

          Wurstkuche would also be my suggestion. Now with full liquor, a nice beer & wine selection, plus some very good pub/sausage fare.
          Not far from the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station for those inclined to use public transportation.
          www.wurstkucherestaurant.com

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