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Tonight!! - near the Troubador

Wayno Aug 20, 2013 03:35 PM

Last minute suggestions needed. Going to the Troubador for a show tonight and looking for a relatively hassle-free, not very expensive place to eat beforehand. Doesn't have to be particularly chow-worthy, but, if I really didn't care what I was going to eat, I wouldn't have posted this request. Any type of food/ethnicity welcome. Would love to do Dan Tana's tonight, but don't think we'll get there early enough, nor do I anticipate having that much time - and if I were going to DT's, I'd want the time to linger over cocktails and a full meal in the bar/front room.

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  1. Servorg RE: Wayno Aug 20, 2013 03:45 PM

    Basically next door http://www.flavorofindia.com/ or www.bossanovafood.com also within walking distance.

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      Capybara RE: Servorg Aug 21, 2013 04:25 PM

      For future reference, I usually go to Flavor of India, virtually next door to the Troubadour (well, next door to Dan Tana's). It's fine. Haven't ever sought to go there unless I was going to the Troubadour, but if I am . . . .

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      Thor123 RE: Wayno Aug 20, 2013 03:51 PM

      I would sit at the bar at Mercato di Vetro. It will be quick and lively. Alternatively, you could sit outside at Trattoria Amici. Its pretty good Italian and a nice patio. Not a full bar. Not a huge fan, but the Palm is also just down the street.

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        latindancer RE: Thor123 Aug 20, 2013 03:53 PM

        Mercato di Vetro has my vote.
        Good pick.

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          Thor123 RE: latindancer Aug 20, 2013 03:54 PM

          I have had a couple of good meals there. It reminds me a bit of an Italian Mezze (which I really miss).

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        Dirtywextraolives RE: Wayno Aug 20, 2013 03:54 PM

        Cafe d'Etoile?
        Tortilla Republic?
        Don't even honestly know if these places are any good or open.....

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          jessejames RE: Wayno Aug 20, 2013 04:32 PM

          rainbow bar and grill, up the hill on sunset, keeping with the rock n roll. steak sandwich, pizza, fried mozzarella cubes and strong drinks...

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            nosh RE: Wayno Aug 20, 2013 05:41 PM

            Carney's. Mostly because they have their own free parking.

            1. Wayno RE: Wayno Aug 21, 2013 08:53 AM

              Thanks for the last minute advice last night. After we got a lucky parking space a couple blocks east of the Troubador, we headed west with the intent to follow the suggestions to eat at the bar at Mercato di Vetro. But just before we got there, I said, just for the hell of it, let's peek in Dan Tana's (at which I had not yet eaten, but have had on my "list"). It was pretty packed and bustling (per usual, as I understand), and the host said it may be an hour (which wouldn't work for us), but then he quickly said "wait" and then immediately escorted us to the little two-top just past the entrance to the back room from the front/bar room. Perfect. Without even looking at the menu, I ordered the Chicken Beckermann (dark meat only), as directed by previous posts. The lady friend just had a bowl of stracciatella soup and the spaghetti with meat sauce that came with my dinner. A prosecco for her and a glass of chianti for me, and it was a fun and tasty dinner and we made our show with time to spare (and sat near some B/C-list TV actors and their arm candy).

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                Servorg RE: Wayno Aug 21, 2013 08:56 AM

                Would you go back for the dark meat Beckerman again, or did this one time scratch it off your list?

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                  Wayno RE: Servorg Aug 21, 2013 09:10 AM

                  I would go back for the ambience and the scene. I totally enjoyed the DMB, and would likely order it on some future visit, but I wouldn't make that dish the reason for the destination. I would try a few other things on the menu, such as the cacciatore, before circling back to the DMB. I do love their bread! And, as for returning there, my "list" is long enough such that (neighborhood places aside) I try to avoid returning to any restaurant until I go at least once to all the ones I've targeted. It's like countries - I really try to avoid going back to a country I've already visited when there are more than a dozen that I still really want to visit, while I try to reach, or at least get close to reaching, 100 (though that hasn't prevented multiple visits to Italy, France, etc.).

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                    linus RE: Wayno Aug 21, 2013 09:38 AM

                    i find this response interesting, as recently on the board dan tana's has undergone a renaissance, if you will, of good opinon.

                    i'm with you, the ambiance and scene are fun (except for the last time i tried to go, when they were so far behind in reservations the host basically went outside to smoke his stress away), but nothing i've ever put in my mouth there, with the exception of the dabney coleman steak, has been remotely "tasty."

                    i guess i'm due for another go 'round, but as i said, i find the recent glowing reviews of the food and drinks surprising.

                    i'm always concerned when the place is recommended to l.a. visitors. it's keen you had a good time. it's possible i'm a moron after all...

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                      Thor123 RE: linus Aug 21, 2013 10:44 AM

                      Steak and peppers is another very good dish.

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                        nosh RE: Thor123 Aug 21, 2013 03:08 PM

                        A parking space on Sunset well before a show?! You were blessed. Do you have to stop feeding the meters at 6 or 8 or never? Did you use a credit card to buy up the night?

                        Who did you see? How's the Troubadour these days? Or "same as it ever was...?"

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                          linus RE: Thor123 Aug 21, 2013 04:18 PM

                          please excuse this probably supremely dumb question, but is the "steak and peppers" literally just steak and peppers?

                          i guess i'm asking how it's prepared, and the quality of the steak as compared to dabney coleman, etc.

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