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Casual Restaurant Recommendation

I'm going to be in LA towards the end of the month on a business trip and at some point I would like to take my cousin, who lives in Redondo Beach, for dinner and drinks. The problem is I'm going to be staying at the Westin downtown and so it would be great if someone could recommend a good casual restaurant that we could meet at somewhere in the middle? By casual, I mean nothing too fancy, lively and fun atmosphere with great cuisine. Speaking of cuisine, American, Asian or Mexican would be great.
Thanks!

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  1. I'm thinking maybe mid city would be easiest and Golden State or Animal would be the best call there.

    1. Not sure how important the drinks are, but... Monte Alban or 800 Degrees (WLA/Westwood)? Or anything along Sawtelle? PeterCC also did a recent review of Tar and Roses, which sounds like it might fit your criteria.

      1. Father's Office or A Frame in Culver City.

        1. Thanks for the recommendations!

          1. How about Plan Check?