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Looking for a restaurant recommendation in Abbott Kinney area

hungrykels Oct 15, 2012 01:19 PM

Heading to LA and looking for a recommendation for great food (reasonable price range). Anywhere around Abbott Kinney would be great! Thanks!

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  1. wienermobile RE: hungrykels Oct 15, 2012 01:23 PM

    Gjelina is my favorite, but try to get a reservation first.

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      westsidegal RE: wienermobile Oct 15, 2012 01:32 PM

      alternatively, you can go at about 2-2:30 in the afternoon or 5:30 at night.

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        wienermobile RE: westsidegal Oct 15, 2012 01:33 PM

        They also serve till midnight.

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      Dirtywextraolives RE: hungrykels Oct 15, 2012 01:49 PM

      The Tasting Kitchen.

      Not sure if that fits in your mind as reasonable or not, but it is incredible food & cocktails.

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        bulavinaka RE: hungrykels Oct 15, 2012 03:36 PM

        You probably want to define your price range since Abbot Kinney and "reasonable price range" are antonyms to many. Both Gjelina and Tasting Kitchen put a lot of effort in making great food, so imho one gets good value from both. What one pays in absolute dollars is what be an issue versus "reasonable price range."

        Also, are you looking for lunch or dinner on the weekend or during thw week? The prices, portions, menu items and restaurant hours might be an issue as well. Joe's offers a lunch menu that's very popular because of its high quality/price ratio. But the portions are sized for lunch.

        Tasting Kitchen only does dinner during the week. As westsidegal has already alluded to, Gjelina is much easier to hit during slack hours, but the menu is abbreviated as well.

        Wolf in Sheep's Clothing has reopened sans their original chefs who put the former pop-up on rhe map. Haven't tried the new version but the do open at 4PM for happy hour and have a great patio.

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          nosh RE: bulavinaka Oct 15, 2012 05:26 PM

          I'll beat westsidegal to it: The reason she specified 2:30 is Gjelina is still serving its complete lunch menu; 5:30 because that's when they start serving the entire dinner menu. Between 3 and 5 you get an abbreviated menu. The way to keep costs "reasonable" at Gjelina is to share a pizza, a salad, a veggie dish or two, a small plate or two, and a dessert (assuming two people). The menu I just laid out, assuming two veggie dishes (which run $8) and two small dishes will run $70 to $80 before tax, tip and beverages/wine, and be too much food for two big eaters. All dishes at Gjelina are served to share, and they do not make modifications. It is my favorite restaurant in SoCal the last three years.

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            westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Oct 15, 2012 08:00 PM

            the abbreviated menu doesn't start until about 3pm, it continues until the full dinner menu starts at 5:30., just as nosh described.

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            yogachik RE: hungrykels Oct 15, 2012 07:54 PM

            Besides all that's listed above, also consider Sunny Spot, Oscars, also Superba.

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