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HELP need place near Music Center

Mdee2 Oct 5, 2013 05:09 PM

preferably walkable....the last post I could find here was from quite a few years ago so hoping there is something new...just would be nice not to have to move the car :)

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    Jack Flash Oct 5, 2013 11:07 PM

    I think you'd be much better off at Nick & Stef's. Not cheap, but you do get a quality steak.

    Blue Cow Kitchen if you want something less pricey.

    There is also a free shuttle service from Cafe Pinot and Border Grill. In fact, I think the shuttle also goes from Chaya Downtown/Drago Centro.

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    1. re: Jack Flash
      Jwsel Oct 6, 2013 11:06 AM

      Those are different shuttles, but at least those restaurants still have shuttles to the Music Center. Most of the other restaurants downtown discontinued their shuttle services during the recession. It really is a shame that they did. I wish some company would offer an as-needed shuttle service that you could book through the restaurant and pay a per-head charge.

      Another option if you don't want to move the car is to take a cab from the restaurant. It adds to the expense, but is convenient when you want to avoid the rush of trying to park.

      1. re: Jwsel
        Jack Flash Oct 6, 2013 05:35 PM

        All the places I mentioned still had shuttle service as of the end of last year's season at Music Center. But it did seem like there used to be more. I know Roy's, for example, also had a shuttle but it's been a few years since I was there and am not sure now.

        1. re: Jack Flash
          Jwsel Oct 6, 2013 09:47 PM

          Sorry, I should have been more clear.

          Border Grill has a shuttle. So do Chaya & Drago Centro, which share one. I can confirm those shuttles still exist.

          I believe shuttles still run from Daily Grill, Nick & Stef's, McCormick & Schmick's, and Engine Company No. 28. Each currently mentions offering a shuttle service on their websites.

          Roy's, Morton's and The Water Grill have discontinued their shuttles.

          1. re: Jwsel
            Jack Flash Oct 7, 2013 10:52 AM


            Personally, from Nick & Stef's, I just walk because they're on the same street and only 2 blocks away, but would take a shuttle if really pressed for time.

            Glad to know the current shuttle status. The loss of the one from Water Grill probably hurts the most.

      2. re: Jack Flash
        carter Oct 6, 2013 05:54 PM

        Even Noe in the Omni Hotel across the street from Disney Hall and in the same California Plaza as Nick & Stef's.

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        Liquid Sky Oct 5, 2013 09:23 PM

        Personally I would eat somewhere in Little Tokyo and then just walk up First Street to the Music Center.

        Sushi Gen is pretty rockin'.

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        1. re: Liquid Sky
          carter Oct 6, 2013 05:52 PM

          Doubt many would want to walk that distance, uphill, to the Music Center/Disney Hall area, especially if dressed In more than jeans or shorts or similarly casual clothes.

          1. re: carter
            Liquid Sky Oct 6, 2013 07:13 PM

            True... I mostly wear flats now and assume everyone walks a lot like me... I forgot we're in LA! :)

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          carter Oct 5, 2013 09:21 PM

          Actually, Kendall's is a good option if you like mussels.
          Most everything else is just pedestrian.
          Not sure when you might be in that area, but if week days are the plan, the lunch place at the Colburn School is quite good, very affordable, etc., and very proximate.
          For a sandwich kind of menu, underneath the Omni Hotel is Mendocino Farms, which has a very good selection of sandwiches, meaning not the usual stuff.
          Not sure whether you are wanting food pre or post performance, but if the latter, then Taix on Sunset at Park View, just eest of Alvarado, works perfectly.

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            cjla Oct 5, 2013 08:37 PM

            Kendall's, white wine and mussels. Not good enough to be a destination, considerably cheaper than Patina, and better than almost any other option.

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            1. re: cjla
              ipsedixit Oct 5, 2013 08:42 PM

              Kendall's is "better than almost any other option" if you're on a strict no-food diet.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                Jack Flash Oct 5, 2013 11:03 PM

                My mom went to Kendall's a week or so ago. Had the mussels; she said that 8 of them didn't open. To me, that's an unacceptable ratio.

                1. re: Jack Flash
                  ipsedixit Oct 6, 2013 10:35 AM

                  And, let me venture a guess, was she plated 8 mussels in total?

              2. re: cjla
                J.L. Oct 6, 2013 01:52 AM

                I'd rather wait and starve until after the show, and then grab a bite elsewhere.

              3. perk Oct 5, 2013 07:05 PM

                second patina....

                1. ipsedixit Oct 5, 2013 06:28 PM


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