Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...
Taking the the 3 kids plus there friends out to dinner before a concert @ Staples tonight (Black Keys). I know lots of good restaurants in the area but none that wouldn't break the bank on this struggling dad. Taking 7-8 people out to Fleming's or Roy's (for example) would set me back $300-$500 and I can't afford that. Any suggestions of good eateries on a tight budget near Downtown LA? Thanks in advance.
The group consensus was Italian so we ended-up at a place called Colori Kitchen on 8th, just off of Hill. From the street, looks very unsuspecting. Once inside, it opens up nicely. Food and service was excellent. No beer or wine but you can bring your own. In fact, they have a wine list from a near by liquor store with their phone number. You call and they deliver. Got a nice bottle of Pinot for $11.99 and dinner was $130 for 6 people. As far as I'm concerned, we scored. If there's one thing I could complain about was the musty smell in the restaurant. That could've been the carpeting or the old building. You always would rather dine without any odors present.
We went onto the show and got to see one amazing live performance by The Black Keys. Overall, a very solid evening with family.
I really like Wood Spoon and their great chicken pot pie
Can't go wrong with those wonderful sausages at Wurstkuche (love their rattlesnake and rabbit sausage) and maybe some pie across the street at The Pie Hole.
Nickel Dinner is good.
Can't go wrong with a Lamb Dip at Philippe's.
Also recommend Umamicatessen for their hatch burger or their wonderful thick cut pastrami sandwich.
hey cool I'm going to the same show
taco trucks near the met (flower and wilshire I think)(danny's tacos IIRC)
colori kitchen for something slightly more upscale
yard house/lawry's carvery for LA live
there's also a taco truck across the street from regal @ la live.
for post show, I'd go to Mexicali Taco Co