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jdbeck Jan 11, 2013 02:53 PM

LA Chowhounds,

Can you direct me to an upscale American traditional restaurant in the downtown area or nearby. I'm looking for places similar to Houston's or Hillstone. I would also appreciate a good Mexican restaurant. Thank you!


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    Thor123 RE: jdbeck Jan 11, 2013 02:59 PM

    For upscale Mexican downtown, try Rivera. For American, Nick & Stef's is very good (very good steaks).

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      wienermobile RE: Thor123 Jan 11, 2013 04:39 PM

      +1 for Rivera.

      Border Grill also has a downtown LA location.

    2. wienermobile RE: jdbeck Jan 11, 2013 03:31 PM

      Water Grill downtown is wonderful. Mostly seafood with a great raw bar but they do have Prime Rib, Steaks, mac & cheese and a pretty good burger too.

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        Thor123 RE: wienermobile Jan 11, 2013 03:38 PM

        Totally agree. As Nick & Stef's leans to steak, Water Grill leans to sea food. Outstanding sea food. Would kind of be a shame IMO to go to Water Grill and not have sea food.

      2. wienermobile RE: jdbeck Jan 11, 2013 03:53 PM

        The closest Hillstone resturants near downtown are South Beverly Grill in Beverly Hills or Houston's in Pasadena. Both are around ten miles away from downtown LA.

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          wienermobile RE: wienermobile Jan 12, 2013 05:08 PM

          If you are in the Hollywood area LA's classic old school Musso and Frank's might be what you are looking for. On Hollywood Blvd. since 1919. I love their Thursday night's Chicken Pot Pie special.

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            westsidegal RE: wienermobile Jan 13, 2013 03:09 PM

            if the OP is going to travel to beverly hills, i'd suggest the Grill on the Alley.

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              Thor123 RE: westsidegal Jan 13, 2013 04:44 PM

              When did he get to BH?

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                westsidegal RE: Thor123 Jan 13, 2013 07:27 PM

                wienermobile mentioned a Hillstone restaurant in BH.
                in my mind, if BH is a possible location, i'd go with Grill on the Ally.

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            ns1 RE: jdbeck Jan 11, 2013 04:45 PM

            had a fantastic meal at mess hall, los feliz.

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              Thor123 RE: ns1 Jan 12, 2013 11:53 AM


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                ns1 RE: Thor123 Jan 12, 2013 05:03 PM

                somewhere in between dressy casual/upscale/hip

                it's socal (los feliz no less) so i saw a blend of it all when I was there.

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                ronsilverado RE: ns1 Jan 13, 2013 01:13 AM

                I'd agree, insofar as the first time I stepped into Messhall, I thought to myself "I feel like I'm at Houston's". Despite the camp motif, it really has that vibe, maybe it's the flat screens. Regardless, it is pretty solid, upscale American, though the drinks I've had there have been more memorable than the food.

                As far as Mexican, I'd say you're not going to do much better than Guelaguetza for a proper, sit down restaurant. It always amazes me how a city with so much great Mexican food can have so few good Mexican restaurants.

              3. ipsedixit RE: jdbeck Jan 12, 2013 11:58 AM

                Daily Grill
                Pacific Dining Car
                Engine Co. No. 28

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                  Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Jan 12, 2013 04:24 PM

                  IMO Pacific Dining and Engine Co are several years past their prime.

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                    ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Jan 12, 2013 07:07 PM

                    Don't disagree, but both fit the OP's criteria of "upscale American traditional" ...

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                    monpetitescargot RE: ipsedixit Jan 13, 2013 09:03 PM

                    i recently went to engine co and it was dreadful. i wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

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                    Ave RE: jdbeck Jan 12, 2013 02:13 PM

                    Yxta is a good, interesting Mexican restaurant with a good bar. It's at 6th and Central.

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                      monpetitescargot RE: Ave Jan 13, 2013 09:05 PM

                      bar ama has some great tex mex so its mexican and american. not super upscale but hip and good drinks and food.

                    2. lapizzamaven RE: jdbeck Jan 13, 2013 04:17 PM

                      Anyone been to Towne Restaurant?

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