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Something delish within walking distance of Nokia?

Haven't been to the Nokia, but got tix for Wait Wait tomorrow and need some good eats.

Would love a 6:30-ish happy hour bar, but no good ideas. The alternative is a real meal.

And thanks to the Weinermobile, as I might have taken my wife to the Kodak theater on Hollywood Blvd... (I'm truly geographically handicapped...)

Ideas?

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  1. Did you mean the Pantages Theater? The Nokia is in downtown LA not Hollywood.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Now that you figured out where you are going here's a recent post that may help. Enjoy!
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872278

      1. re: wienermobile

        I really am embarrassed. And thanks for the link.

        1. re: stevebass

          Don't be. Just know some of these recommendations are not walkable from LA Live.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Thanks, I'm going through them right now.

    2. SO jealous you're getting to see Wait, Wait! -- fun!! I work a couple of blocks from LA Live and there are increasingly good options in the area. A newer favorite of many of my colleagues is Towne (NW corner of 9th & Flower). I think I read the owner/chef also started Mi Piace. A wide variety of foods with some interesting twists. I've only been once but was impressed. I work for a large consulting company and it's become a regular for client lunches among my coworkers. Enjoy!

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      1. re: broccoliluv

        My wife loves the show; I got lucky and found a guy on Craigslist selling a pair of orchestra tix for $100, including parking.

      2. If you want something upscale, Rivera is nearby.

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        1. re: MarkC

          The consensus so far is Colori Kitchen. Walking distance AND we can bring our own wine.

          1. re: stevebass

            Colori gets my vote as a solid solution for your situation as well. Get their tagliatelle alla bolognese & ricotta cheesecake. Just get there early to avoid a wait.

        2. A slightly longer walking distance but doable is Wood Spoon. Two colleagues from Chicago, Dommy and I got out of there with dinner and 3 glasses of Malbec for $57 plus tip. It was an excellent meal. It was A little over a 15 minute walk to the Marriott where they were staying.

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          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I love Wood Spoon's Brazilian chicken pot pie and also their pork burger.
            http://woodspoonla.com

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Wonderful price and wienermobile's recommendation sounds inviting. (And regards to Dommy...)

            2. So funny! I was at Nokia yesterday and also initially thought it was at Hollywood Highland (which is the Kodak theater). The LA Live restaurants were crazy crowded, but the theater concessions are sparse in terms of variety and $$$$. I bought a "pretzel" for $5 that was actually 1/2 a pretzel. They literally cut it in half and put it in a small bag (to hide the fact that it was 1/2 a pretzel is my guess. $10 for a soft pretzel is pretty radical. Anyhow - good that you are eating beforehand.

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              1. re: sasha1

                We didn't like the enormous Nokia, with its 5000 seats and rigid, wallet, phone, and belt checking security at the door.And unless you had seats in the pit ($150 and up, plus fees), you watched the show on a big TV, admittedly a bigger screen than at home, and except for the crowds, just like at home. (BTW, this Wait Wait show will air on PBS next weekend.)