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Nearby Son of a Gun for dinner?

Professor Salt Oct 7, 2012 09:09 PM

I was hoping to nab an early (5pm) reservation at Son of Gun this weekend, but they don't open until 6.

Thing is - we have a show to go to at 7 closer toward Koreatown, and I want to take a leisurely early dinner and drinks before we cab it over to the Ebell Theater.

What else is in the area between Beverly Center and K'town that's new and exciting? Also, must be open by 5pm. No limits on the cuisine

I was thinking maybe Robata Jinya, or even Chaya Brasserie, but both open at 5:30. What else is good in the neighborhod?

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  1. Porthos RE: Professor Salt Oct 7, 2012 09:53 PM

    Not new but still delicious: Pizzeria Mozza.

    New and exciting items at the Hollywood PM (if you haven't already tried them) include veal tongue and pig ear milianese antipasti and the Bianco/Di Napoli margherita pizza.

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      Professor Salt RE: Porthos Oct 7, 2012 10:11 PM

      Haven't tried those items, and agree - Mozza's a good play in that area.

    2. Servorg RE: Professor Salt Oct 7, 2012 10:03 PM

      Which day of the week are you doing this on?

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        Professor Salt RE: Servorg Oct 7, 2012 10:10 PM

        Saturday night.

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          Servorg RE: Professor Salt Oct 7, 2012 10:41 PM

          Well, that just happens to be porchetta night at Angelini Osteria (not too mention their killer lasagna verde). On Saturday they open at 5 PM http://www.angeliniosteria.com/

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            Professor Salt RE: Servorg Oct 8, 2012 12:34 AM

            I might have to rethink the "not in the mood for Italian." I'm getting pincer-movemented by good Italian options.

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              Porthos RE: Professor Salt Oct 8, 2012 07:42 AM

              It's a good thing Sotto doesn't open until 530 (despite it being a touch west of your parameters) or you would definitely be out flanked!

      2. Dommy RE: Professor Salt Oct 7, 2012 10:09 PM

        Based on your critera... I think perhaps a nice munchy dinner at Rays at LACMA might be a good hit. The cab ride is just straight down Wilshire.

        Also, since you guys are coming up... perhaps you don't have to go to far west. We recently had a KNOCKOUT dinner at All Angolo in Koreatown.

        Both of these places are pretty much open all day, so you could come earlier if you wish...



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          Professor Salt RE: Dommy Oct 7, 2012 10:16 PM

          Ray's might be it. Looking for a little more atmosphere for this dinner.

          Though All' Angolo sounds good too. Not generally inclined to eat Italian in this town, but I'd try it based on your enthusiastic recommendation.

        2. Professor Salt RE: Professor Salt Oct 14, 2012 08:09 PM

          Followup: we ended up at AOC for some pre-show bites. Had some great wines by the glass, ate great small plates. Exceptionally sharp service. It's a great place and we enjoyed it.

          But after our show, we poked our heads into Gusto for some dessert, wine and maybe one entree to share. Finished tableside by the Chef with a raw egg yolk stirred into the piping-hot pasta, the carbonara dish was the best thing I've eaten in forever. Also, the toasted coconut gelato "pie" and the panna cotta were phenonemal. I wish we'd eaten our pre-show actual dinner here instead of AOC. Much lower-key vibe, and much more exciting food than AOC. The wine program's not as good as AOC, but I can live with that.

          Gusto is a small space, and easy to miss. It gave off great chow-juju when I first saw it, and it delivered on that promise when we ate there. Looking forward to going back.

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            mpken RE: Professor Salt Nov 12, 2012 04:30 PM

            Mmmm, Gusto sounds good. Good think you didn't make it to SOAG. We found it not as gratifying as it could be.

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            bruinike RE: Professor Salt Nov 14, 2012 09:15 PM

            The Churchill fits the bill

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