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Dining near The Laugh Factory

My husband and I are going to the Laugh Factory on Saturday and are looking for dining options near there. Walking distance is a plus, but not a requirement.

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  1. Your best choice, conveniently located next door, is probably Greenblatt's. The pastrami is solid, the matzoh ball soup too, and there is lots of wine. Also open rather late, if you want to snack before and eat after.

    Otherwise...Laurel Hardware? Pink Taco?

    I vote deli.

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    1. re: noahbites

      laurel hardware still has that sign right outside, right ?

      and it looks like a hardware store if you are whizzing by ?

    2. How about Gorge? Looks like 9 blocks away based on the address numbering. Walkable.


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      1. re: PeterCC

        +1 for Gorge, but it's not within walking distance IMO. Same with Night+Market, which is a couple of blocks west of Gorge. But I highly recommend both. As for something within walking distance...The Pikey or Connie & Ted's?

        Some other places within ~1 mile: Salt's Cure, The Hart + the Hunter, Eveleigh.

      2. Zankou Chicken is just a block away.

        1. I agree with Greenblatt's. Good sandwiches....really good Cobb salad. Great wine selections. You can buy a bottle with very inexpensive corkage. And there's parking in the back.

          1. Greenblatt's will do in a pinch. And then you don't have to worry about parking.

            It's a win-win situation, except for the fact that Greenblatt's is ok at best though i really like their dark meat turkey sandwich there.

            1. The Pikey isn't too far...it's a bar and restaurant, great if you are looking for a lively place. British pub food. You can walk from there. And also 14 (no idea what the roman numerals are for that) in the old Coconut Teaser space. Super close. Like next door close.

              1. Vivoli Cafe is just across the street and serves decent Italian....

                1. not exactly "dining" but Carney's is a fine place for a burger and dog and a beer before or after the show; rainbow bar and grill is also fun spot for drinks and some good things on menu (steak sandwich, pizza, fried mozzarella cubes) and some strong drinks.

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                  1. re: jessejames

                    I recently discovered Carneys and I'm hooked. It's SO CHEAP, and it's a very decent burger. 2 people can be out the door (with a beer each) for under $20.

                    1. re: schrutefarms

                      Burgers ?

                      Try those dogs.

                      The chili dogs to be exact, hold the mustard., that's where it's at.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Agree with Kevin,,,One of the best chili cheese dogs in town and you get to eat in a train!

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          If you get cheese, specify mixed shredded cheese, instead of just cheese, because they'll just add Amercian cheese if you don't.

                          In my humble opinion, American cheese has no place on a chili cheese dog but that's just my humble opinion (Im sure others love it since it arrives standard if you ask for "cheese")

                        2. re: kevin

                          You are right. I've been ignoring the dogs on recent visits, but I had one maybe 5 months ago and, yeah, it was GREAT!! Except my dog of choice is extra mustard and sauerkraut. Occasionally some ketchup sneaks on, as does a pickle spear. They have pretty good fries, too.

                          1. re: schrutefarms

                            Try one with chili and onions and some of that shredded cheese mix next time, or rather three of them and a pitcher of beer on tap and you are better than good to go.

                            And a cheap dinner before or after hit up the club/bar scene on sunset.

                            1. re: kevin

                              I still learn something everyday. I had no idea after all these years of eating CCD's at Carney's (and not liking the slice of cheese they use) that they could do shredded cheese. I'm so happy, man...I could cry!

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Yeah, that's why a whole slew of times, I just ordered it without the cheese to begin with, and then I realized they had a shredded cheese mix because they added it to their tacos (not that you should ever order the tacos there).

                                Presto, bingo, then just added the shredded cheese to the dogs.

                                And then I too became a much happier camper.

                                Right now, I think they still make the best CCD's in town (i used to be a fan of fab's but no longer). (and since the weiner factory is now long gone too).

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  yes, the curmudgeonly type can still learn something new. :)

                            2. re: kevin

                              yes that's some of the best dogmeat in town, and my preference is pickle, onions and some of that red kraut they have, and a chili cheese dog w onions,,,and yes,,,,those burgers are underrated...nice flavored but thin patty, USA cheese and grilled onions, not huge and a good compliment to a few dogs or a dog and beer....fries as a side dish is overrated...oh yeah and those little hot pepper things are great on the dogs and burgers

                              carneys will also sell you those dogs and special ready to be steamed buns and chili to "cook" at home and it is pretty cheap

                            3. re: schrutefarms

                              I'm hooked too and especially enjoy their chocolate dipped frozen bananas......after my dog.

                          2. How about the restaurant at the Chateau Marmont?

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                            1. re: SoCalMuncher

                              Great choice. Nice to sit outside too.