Recs for central/dwntwn/freeway-friendly LA joint for drinks/light fare -- small group on Saturday afternoon?
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/$$$$ place but that has decent seating, edible fare, and a full bar... AND that serves all that up between 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Ethnic cuisine would be fine, as would gastropub-ish stuff... as long as the price is ok,
Recommendations, fearless Chowhounders? Thank you!
Oddly enough, I'd say - Philippe's French dip. Many choices (not just sandwiches) great sides and a surprisingly good wine list. You can take over a table...
Daily Grill downtown has good happy hour with validated parking.
And so does Chaya downtown, even on a saturday!
Thanks to all so far...
Chaya and DG -- don't open until 5 p.m. and Chaya is too much $$ -- 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... ;-)