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Dinner before the Greek Theater...where?

liu Oct 23, 2013 06:04 PM

Where would you eat dinner before the Greek Theater on a Thursday night (tomorrow night!) around 5:00pm?

Any Asian is preferred, but we are open to all other cuisines as well.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: liu Oct 23, 2013 07:02 PM

    Depends on how far you want to stray from the venue. If you want to stay relatively close by (down the hill), I would suggest Little Dom's.

    If you don't mind driving a bit further, there's Thai town and you have your choices like Jitlada and Ruen Pair, amongst others.

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      liu RE: ipsedixit Oct 23, 2013 07:22 PM

      Thanks, ipse...your ideas are helpful and appreciated!

      Wandering from the site is definitely an option, as in Atwater Village, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Koreatown...but where?

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      chewbacca RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 07:49 AM

      Try The Palace on Hillhurst. It's fine for a pre-show feast.....great for groups.

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        jessejames RE: chewbacca Oct 24, 2013 08:10 AM

        this is the old chai dynasty right? if so, good call.

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        schrutefarms RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 08:17 AM

        Hillhurst has tons of options for you, my picks being Little Doms, Farfalla and Mexico City (which is fun, loud and kitchy, but a lot of people don't love the food...I, however, do) There is also Mess Hall, which I haven't been to, but have heard good things about.

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          mc michael RE: schrutefarms Oct 24, 2013 09:25 AM

          Farfalla is good. Maybe En Sushi next door (haven't been to the location since Katsu departed).

        2. Ciao Bob RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 09:23 AM

          Mother Dough is my fav for Greek these days.
          If not there are many Thai Town options
          Here's a recent rundown of Thai from a local blogger

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            Servorg RE: Ciao Bob Oct 24, 2013 11:15 AM

            Bob, is Mother Dough a pizza place or has it morphed into a Greek place (or is there more than one MD?)?

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              bg90027 RE: Servorg Oct 24, 2013 11:20 AM

              "Greek" is in reference to close proximity to the Greek Theatre, not the type of food. Mother Dough is a pizza place. As far as I know, there's only one.

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                Servorg RE: bg90027 Oct 24, 2013 11:23 AM

                Doh! Thanks...(Double Doh! - being pizza centric)

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            jessejames RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 09:25 AM

            always beer and wings at ye rustic, which is very close

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              foodiemahoodie RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 11:35 AM

              Just did that Sunday night for the Brian Wilson/Jeff Beck concert at the Greek. Went to Mother Dough on Hollywood Blvd. It's mostly pizza - and great pizza at that.

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                Ciao Bob RE: foodiemahoodie Oct 24, 2013 12:26 PM

                What about the Spanikopita?

              2. liu RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 12:27 PM

                My sincerest thanks to everyone who has posted with some good suggestions!

                Little Dom's is a real possibility.
                I will save the Palace on Hillhurst for another time; I would not know what to do with the left-overs since we will not be going home right after dinner...and Chinese restaurants are most fun with a larger group.
                We pass En Sushi often when we are moving about town, but I have heard mixed reviews.
                Ye Rustic Inn is on my list for chicken wings...perhaps another night when we are having a more leisurely dinner.
                Mother Dough Pizza opens at 6:00pm; we need to eat around 5:00pm.
                Ruen Pair is a solid idea. Although I have been there, I do like Thai food a lot.
                Raffi's in Glendale is yet one more possibility.

                Again, thank you to all!

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                  ipsedixit RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 07:05 PM

                  I will save the Palace on Hillhurst for another time; I would not know what to do with the left-overs since we will not be going home right after dinner...and Chinese restaurants are most fun with a larger group.

                  I would just forgo the Palace. Period. You can do a lot better. A lot better even for bad Chinese (which is what the Palace is).

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                    jessejames RE: ipsedixit Oct 24, 2013 08:29 PM

                    It's right there and preference was Asian. What's better and closer? Have you eaten at the palace?

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                      ipsedixit RE: jessejames Oct 24, 2013 08:39 PM

                      Well, let's see. If memory serves, there's actually a Chinese fast food joint in one of the strip malls leading up to the Greek.

                      That's closer, and it's arguably better if one takes into account price:quality ratio.

                      And, yes, I've had the unfortunately pleasure of dining the Palace. It was never that much of an improvement over Chi Dynasty.

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                        jessejames RE: ipsedixit Oct 24, 2013 08:43 PM

                        For a pre show casual meal I'd have no probs with chi dynasty. Glad to hear palace better.

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                          chocolatetartguy RE: ipsedixit Oct 25, 2013 11:30 AM

                          Yes, last time I looked there was such a joint across from the Loew's Hollywood. A little further down Highland before Hollywood Blvd, there is a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place that I've been told is good. Never been myself. It's nextdoor to a dive bar.

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 12:51 PM

                    Get to Mother Dough when they open, tell them you need to be paid up and on the road at 7:00 and it shouldn't be a problem.

                    It's 1.5 miles to the Greek from M.D. (like I said, I did it on Sunday).

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                      Ciao Bob RE: foodiemahoodie Oct 24, 2013 12:53 PM

                      Not sure why Liu needs a 5 PM meal. If it is fear of Greek traffic, I agree with you foodiemahoodie, MD works...I''ve done it lots of times and never missed curtain.

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                        liu RE: Ciao Bob Oct 24, 2013 01:04 PM

                        Thanks, foodie~ and Ciao B~ for your sincere concerns.

                        Mother Dough does sound delish; we need a little bit of a time cushion, so we will save MD for another day.

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                      bg90027 RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 12:54 PM

                      Another good option is Le Figaro Bistrot on Vermont. They have a happy hour from 5-7 daily which includes great deals like $5 for carpaccio, mussels or escargot, $6 for crab cakes, $8 for a charcuterie plate.

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                        liu RE: bg90027 Oct 24, 2013 01:14 PM

                        Thanks, bg~
                        You have offered good tips on how to "do" this restaurant.

                        Although I have never heard of Le Figaro Bistrot, I will definitely check it out.

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                        LAgirl2 RE: liu Oct 24, 2013 07:39 PM

                        Will be too late.......but....

                        Last time I went to a show @ the Greek (August), we ate @ Mess Hall. VERY close to the venue and easy parking (valet). I would say that my group of friends really liked their drinks, but they had a mixed response to the food. One friend got the whole grilled trout and he loved it. A couple of friends got the burger and said "meh, I've had better burgers for that price". I got the mussels/frites and I liked them (I believe they were a "thai" style prep w/ coconut curry). The patio was great and overall it was a fun start to our music evening.

                        Reun Pair is always great. There is also an Umami Burger on Hollywood and Spitz on Hillhurst if you want something casual.

                        1. liu RE: liu Oct 25, 2013 10:50 AM

                          We went to Ruen Pair in Hollywood. It was good...not great! We parked on Hollywood Boulevard because the entire shopping center with Ruen Pair was reserved for valet parking.

                          We ordered three dishes: Tom Yum Goong soup, a beef salad and Pad Kee Mao.

                          The soup was full of flavor. It was without the coconut milk base with a clear broth, but the lemon grass flavor was brilliant! The mushrooms were larger than I have had in Thai soups and the soup was loaded with shrimp...tails on.

                          The beef salad was too "beef-y" for my taste. There was an underlying gaminess that was not appealing; even the fish sauce and lime in the salad could not smother it.

                          The rice noodle stir fry was good, although I have had better. It was lacking in that "stir fry" flavor that is so desirable in this dish.

                          Ruen Pair worked well as a choice for dinner before the Greek Theater, but I think there must be even more delicious choices for Thai food along Hollywood Boulevard.

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                            Jack Flash RE: liu Oct 25, 2013 01:18 PM

                            If you wanted the coconut milk soup, that's Tom Kah, not Tom Yum.

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                              liu RE: Jack Flash Oct 25, 2013 01:29 PM

                              Thank you for making this distinction, Jack. However, the clear broth was lighter and just as flavorful...actually, a nice surprise!
                              Although we knew that we had ordered a soup without coconut milk, we did not expect it to be as good as it was. The lemon grass is the star!

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