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Kitchen Queen Apr 3, 2013 09:15 PM

Getting married. Want to have an intimate dinner with a couple of my close BFF's on the Friday b-4.

Nothing on the Westside.
No red meat, No sushi.
GF options.
Unique, fun, off beat
Nothing too loud
A special occasion kind-a place

KQ :)

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    nosh Apr 3, 2013 10:14 PM

    Musso & Frank's for old-fashioned drinks and a taste of old Hollywood?

    Water Grill, Patina, or Checkers downtown? Cafe Pinot on their patio? A shame Cicada is not open for lunch...

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      Baron Apr 4, 2013 03:18 PM

      I just had lunch at Musso and Franks. Sad to say that The place has declined. Years ago when I worked in Hollywood I'd lunch there often. The food now is not good, expensive and the place did not seem clean. Avoid.

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        westsidegal Apr 4, 2013 03:26 PM

        your take on the current state of things at musso and franks exactly mirrors that of one of my close friends who was a regular there for decades.
        the last straw for him was when they tried to play a switcheroo on his steak the last time he went there.
        what were they thinking?
        after all these years did they think he wouldn't notice?
        after all these years did they think he wouldn't be able to tell the difference?
        needless to say, he hasn't gone back.

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          nosh Apr 4, 2013 09:50 PM

          I respectfully withdraw my rec of Musso & Frank's. It was based on very old impressions.

          If Craft is not too far westside, +1. If you are willing to negotiate the parking in the underground tower facility, you can avoid the ridiculous valet charge. The crispy brussels sprouts on the bar menu were fantastic and addicting. I really liked the cheddar hushpuppies with the maple syrup sauce too.

          1. re: westsidegal
            kevin Apr 5, 2013 02:38 PM

            I still like Musso's.

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              maudies5 Apr 5, 2013 05:31 PM

              Do you think Musso's has ever even heard of GF?

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                Thor123 Apr 5, 2013 07:18 PM

                Sounds thorny.....

                1. re: maudies5
                  kevin Apr 5, 2013 09:23 PM

                  GF ?

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                  Baron Apr 6, 2013 09:59 AM

                  I just had their sand dabs a few days ago. A dish they were once famous for. I was served something no better than the frozen battered fish from Trader Joes. The salads were ok. And, the place had the festive feel of a morgue.

                  I guess GF = girlfriend

                  1. re: Baron
                    ipsedixit Apr 6, 2013 10:51 AM

                    Gluten Free

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                      Baron Apr 6, 2013 11:18 AM

                      Thanks ipse.

            2. re: nosh
              Thor123 Apr 5, 2013 11:20 AM

              Its not a shame for the OP. He is looking for dinner.

            3. ipsedixit Apr 4, 2013 07:45 AM

              ink or Providence

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                wienermobile Apr 4, 2013 04:22 PM

                The Providence tasting menu and for an additional treat the Providence dessert tasting menu.

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                josephnl Apr 4, 2013 03:28 PM

                Craft would be perfect...if not too far west!

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                  Dirtywextraolives Apr 4, 2013 04:32 PM


                  1. Kitchen Queen Apr 4, 2013 09:15 PM

                    Thanks folks....Anything to recommend in the San Fernando Valley?

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                    1. re: Kitchen Queen
                      Servorg Apr 5, 2013 07:34 AM

                      Maybe Ca' Del Sole if you sit on the patio or what about Ombra? http://ombrala.com/ but I have no idea about GF options, so you would need to call them about that issue.

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                        Kitchen Queen Apr 5, 2013 11:58 AM

                        Thanks Servorg....
                        Do enjoy Ca' Del Sole and yes, the patio is a good option.
                        This may be the place. Also enjoy Gale's in Pasadena.

                        Any good Tapas in the Valley? Prob. not eh?I love Cleo but, it's so darn noisy!

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                          Servorg Apr 5, 2013 12:05 PM

                          I wonder how D'Cache is doing these days? http://www.dcacherestaurant.com/

                      2. re: Kitchen Queen
                        ilysla Apr 6, 2013 03:40 PM

                        In the SFV for tapas:


                        Went there once several yrs ago, and found it quite tasty. Wouldn't consider it a special occasion place, though....

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                        Thor123 Apr 5, 2013 11:19 AM

                        Rivera would be a good choice.

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                          ns1 Apr 5, 2013 11:43 AM

                          wtf is GF options?

                          littlefork would be my current choice. It's a nice loud to me (warning: soundtrack includes black keys and the strokes)

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                            Servorg Apr 5, 2013 11:46 AM

                            gluten free

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                            mc michael Apr 6, 2013 08:08 AM

                            Maybe Real Food Daily in Pasadena.

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                              ipsedixit Apr 6, 2013 10:54 AM

                              Do you really consider Real Food Daily a special occasion place?

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                                mc michael Apr 6, 2013 11:30 AM

                                Not really, but it fits all the other criteria.

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