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Valentines Dinner

Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 03:33 PM

Moved to LA about a week ago. I'm looking for a nice place to take a young woman (who's actually a culinary student) on Valentines Day. I live in the Eagle Rock area and I have a medium size budget (max $75). I'm quickly learning the Los Angeles area so I'm willing to travel. She has class on friday so I'm looking for it to be a good dinner. Please and Thank you.

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    Butter Fight RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 05:27 PM

    Any particular type of food or things to avoid?

    Does the place have to feel romantic?

    I fear that most good places are already booked solid. There was a guy who posted earlier today offering his reservation for two at Son of a Gun at 6:30. That might be worth looking into.

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      Hungrierthanever RE: Butter Fight Feb 10, 2014 06:12 PM

      For her, everything's a go lol. For me, I don't eat pork.

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        BacoMan RE: Butter Fight Feb 10, 2014 07:11 PM

        Too bad SoaG would be way over $75 for two =/

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        foodiemahoodie RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 05:42 PM

        Just so happens that Barnyard in Venice has a V-Day dinner for $150.


        I've never been there - so I can't vouch for anything.

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          happybaker RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 06:03 PM

          $75 total, or per person?

          Here's a link summarizing the offerings in LA for Valentine's Day - Maximillian's (sp?) in Highland Park has a multi course for $55 per.


          When we were dating, my husband and I would often go out for Valentine's Day. Now that we're an old married couple ; ) we like to go out, pick up something really fun to cook or eat - this year it may be live dungeness crab - and then cook or reheat and celebrate at home. Very festive and a lot more relaxed.

          Good luck on your search!

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            Hungrierthanever RE: happybaker Feb 10, 2014 06:18 PM

            I'd say $75 total. If it's $75 per, I don't mind, she's worth it.

          2. ipsedixit RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 06:14 PM

            Tasty Garden in Alhambra on Valley Blvd, and then walk down the street a couple of storefronts to Salju for dessert.

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              happybaker RE: ipsedixit Feb 10, 2014 06:31 PM

              Ipsedixit has a great idea - don't go to the "normal" places to celebrate. They will be packed and overwhelmed.

              Go to someplace not French, Italian or "American" - and have fun. For $75 a lot of joy, tastiness and adventure can be had!

              Hey, maybe I should ditch my crab plans and head to Colonia Taco Bar...-


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              mocro RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 07:20 PM

              This isn't a food related comment, but I'll just say that in an age when the young people I know say 'dating is dead' you seem to be a guy who knows how to treat a young lady and hope you both have the BEST time!

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                Hungrierthanever RE: mocro Feb 10, 2014 07:21 PM

                Thank you. I hope she enjoys wherever I choose.

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                  BacoMan RE: mocro Feb 10, 2014 07:23 PM

                  I don't think that phrase means what you think it means.

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                  jaykayen RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 07:27 PM

                  $75 on Valentine's Day means ethnic.

                  Lots of good Latin American in that area.

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 08:59 PM

                    Take it from an old married lady : pick up some nice takeout as early as you can. Pizzeria Mozza would be a good choice. Then take her on a picnic in Griffith Park, or somewhere near where you live in Eagle Rock.....bring some wine or champagne, depending on how you really feel about her ;). Or just clean up your apartment a bit and light candles, buy some flowers for your table (or her) and heat up and plate the food and enjoy it at home. She will be duly impressed, trust me. V-day is a rip off at restaurants, they will rush you and limit the menu choices and make you pay though the nose.... Good luck!

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                      happybaker RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 10, 2014 09:00 PM

                      Can I recommend this three times? 30? : )

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                        Dirtywextraolives RE: happybaker Feb 10, 2014 09:04 PM

                        I knew there would be a few of us romantics who would appreciate this suggestion.....!

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                          happybaker RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 10, 2014 09:17 PM

                          Having a guy clean his place, get nice food and show he cares - it's huge.

                          And in a way, far more intimate than a meal out...

                          Just saying.

                          Hey, I'm an old married lady too - so I can say - it worked! : )

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: happybaker Feb 10, 2014 09:47 PM

                            Yup. It definitely works...... We are suckers for stuff like that, more so than spending $$$$ at a crowded, loud trendy place, where they rush you and get the orders wrong, and you get brutal service....so not worth the $. Take my advice, boys, this is the way to your lady's heart....

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                              JAB RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 11, 2014 06:56 AM

                              The tender trap! ;>)

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                                chewbacca RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 12, 2014 09:02 AM

                                Wait, he just moved here a week ago. His place is probably a mess..it takes 6 mos to unpack! He probably wants to explore. Start in Eagle Rock and try Casa Bianca, cafe Beaujolais or the Oinkster. Then go back to your new place. And just have a nice little place carved out.

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                          blimpbinge RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 11, 2014 05:47 PM

                          I wish I had read this before I planned a whole night out! :D

                          Will make use of this advice for the future !

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: blimpbinge Feb 11, 2014 07:21 PM

                            Aw, I would have told you earlier!! That's okay, I'm sure your SO will appreciate any effort you make..... You learn after a few years that the whole restaurant thing is really geared toward those young lovers who will go to great lengths.... I used to be one of those, and my husband even proposed to me at L'Orangerie on Valentines Day, many moons ago....I can't even imagine how long he had that reservation for. Sadly, those restaurants with the room to move between tables and the non fixed menu & Prix fixe prices are going the way of the buggy whip....

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                          BacoMan RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 10, 2014 09:51 PM

                          If you can get in, Bos in Little Tokyo has V-Day dinners for $75.

                          1. wienermobile RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 11, 2014 10:34 AM

                            Create your own taste of LA Dinner at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax. Stroll from stand to stand, taste by taste. You will have a great time and be way under budget. Don't miss Littlejohn's Candies and Short Cake.

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                              cfylong RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 11, 2014 01:26 PM

                              If you're in Eagle Rock, try a couple of neighborhood joints, like Cafe Beaujolais on Colorado--real French waiters with affordable, pretty decent French food, or Columbo's steaks and lasagna, or Maximilian's in Highland Park, or even Mia Sushi on Eagle Rock Blvd. They should all be around the budget you proposed.

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                                happybaker RE: cfylong Feb 11, 2014 05:37 PM

                                Maximillan's may just be doing a set 5 course menu that night.

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                                sammfol3y RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 12, 2014 02:08 AM

                                Check this link to find your choice of restaurants around your area... You did not say the specifics so here - http://www.urbanspoon.com/npr/5/416/1...

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                                  ilysla RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 12, 2014 11:21 AM

                                  Where does she have class and when do you get off of work? Javan (Persian in West LA) is doing a set meal ($75 for 2 people) + live music (I think). Good luck getting there from Eagle Rock on Fri, though.

                                  Don't know if The Park (in Echo Park) is doing anything for Valentine's, but I doubt they're doing it for $75 for two.

                                  Just to support what Dirty said, stay in next yr! My partner and I refuse to go anywhere that's not in walking distance on Valentine's Day after one yr where we were both stuck in THE WORST TRAFFIC EVER (which apparently is typical on that day) and having to pay an arm and a leg for food that was only average at best. =(

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                                    happybaker RE: ilysla Feb 12, 2014 11:39 AM

                                    The park is doing a set menu $40 per person.


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                                      ilysla RE: happybaker Feb 12, 2014 12:11 PM

                                      Hmmm.... A little beyond the OP's budget, but maybe he can stretch it? Menu looks quite good.

                                      To the OP, I only went once to The Park a few yrs ago for NYE. Ambiance is pretty plain (esp for something like Valentine's Day), but food was really, REALLY good. Might be worth looking into...

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                                    happybaker RE: Hungrierthanever Feb 13, 2014 09:23 PM

                                    Have to be silly and share this link from Thrillist.

                                    Click then scroll down to the pic and you'll see a "menu" that summarizes our complaints and concerns about eating out that night -


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