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Dining solo in/near West Hollywood

saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 03:32 PM

Staying in West Hollywood for the night and looking for a fabulous meal nearby.

Love the idea of dining at the bar, with a bit of atmosphere/energy.

Not interested in Italian, but open to any other cuisine.

Money not an issue!

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  1. wienermobile RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 03:40 PM

    Connie & Ted's has a nice dinning bar and great seafood.
    Animal has a small bar and is a meat lovers dream.
    Son of a Gun (seafood and more) has communal tables for solo dinners (from the same chef's as Animal).
    Welcome to LA.

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      whatsfordinner RE: wienermobile Mar 27, 2014 03:47 PM

      Great choices!

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      Thor123 RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 03:49 PM

      How about a steak at the bar at Dan Tanas?

      Pork Chop at bar at Salts Cure.

      Great Peruvian at the bar at Picca.

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      1. re: Thor123
        kevin RE: Thor123 Mar 27, 2014 05:35 PM

        Come on mr. Thor.

        I Really really really don't want my joint overrun.

        Thank you very much.

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          latindancer RE: kevin Mar 27, 2014 05:43 PM

          Your joint?

          It's my joint :).

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            kevin RE: latindancer Mar 27, 2014 05:47 PM

            Tanas is your joint too ????

            Well, excuse me.

            How come it's your joint ??????? :)

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              latindancer RE: kevin Mar 27, 2014 07:02 PM

              <How come it's your joint???????:).

              Well, how come it's your joint???? :).

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            Thor123 RE: kevin Mar 27, 2014 07:01 PM


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          maudies5 RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 04:27 PM

          Bar at Lucques is great

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            jessejames RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 04:44 PM

            Bar at: Jar, Bludsoes BBQ, Dan Tanas (no need to order italian), Sun of a Gun, Matsuhisa sushi bar...

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              wienermobile RE: jessejames Mar 27, 2014 05:03 PM

              a second vote for Matsuhisa, Nobu's very first restaurant (some of the more inventive dishes are not from the sushi bar). They do have a very good tasting menu.

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                lesliesue RE: wienermobile Mar 27, 2014 05:12 PM

                At Matsuhisa,, try the New Style Sashimi.

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                  kevin RE: wienermobile Mar 27, 2014 05:32 PM

                  Only in the tempura bar ????

                  I still have to try that and plow through a myriad number of toro tartares.

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                  kevin RE: jessejames Mar 27, 2014 05:31 PM

                  Son of a Gun.

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                    jessejames RE: kevin Mar 27, 2014 07:42 PM

                    I love sog but just not very comfortable there. I guess that's the new foodie thing but I like a little more elbow room. Damn the food is good tho. The hush puppies w maple butter and some amazing ham is dynamite. Same w oysters.

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                    jessejames RE: jessejames Mar 27, 2014 07:44 PM

                    Add bar at mastros. Second floor w piano man band.

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                    lesliesue RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 05:11 PM

                    Son of a Gun, no question. Besides great food, it has a long communal table you might like in addition to the bar.

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                      New Trial RE: lesliesue Mar 28, 2014 01:34 AM

                      The communal table at SOG is apparently no more but there are regular tables now set aside for walk-ins:


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                      kevin RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 05:34 PM

                      Salts Cure.

                      Lovely counter with clear, vivid, lucid sight lines into the tiny yet openly expansive kitchen.

                      1. J.L. RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 08:35 PM

                        Making the decision more difficult for saltysnack by adding to the list:

                        Mari Vanna
                        Night + Market

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 10:40 PM

                          Plus one for:
                          Salts Cure
                          Son of a Gun
                          Dan Tana's (sorry Kev)

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                            foodiemahoodie RE: saltysnack Mar 27, 2014 11:10 PM

                            I've done that at Animal a few times.

                            1. perk RE: saltysnack Mar 28, 2014 01:36 AM

                              Petrossian is fun and quite good.

                              1. katydid13 RE: saltysnack Mar 28, 2014 07:33 AM


                                1. Ciao Bob RE: saltysnack Mar 28, 2014 09:45 AM

                                  This may be done-ski already but I think our fantastic hounds are throwing you a few bones on this thread. And not tasty bones.

                                  As a native New Yorker, but 20-year Angeleno, I would steer clear of Dan Tana's unless you are really homesick. Plus it is Italian-Steakhouse and you clearly say no Italian.
                                  Connie and Teds is New England Seafood. Why would you do that? animal isn't kicking it like it used to - everything used to be great, but now it's 50/50. Jar is so-so.

                                  Others on the thread and in WeHo would seem better for a NYer visiting -
                                  Son of a Gun, Picca, Luques, , Night + Market, Matsuhisa

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Ciao Bob Mar 28, 2014 11:04 AM

                                    Isn't there a Matsuhisa or just as good if not better sushi in NYC?? And, a Petrossian??

                                    Just sayin.

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                                      jessejames RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 28, 2014 11:06 AM

                                      Not just sushi there and no if U ask me

                                      I love the petrossians in NYC too

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                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: jessejames Mar 28, 2014 11:10 AM

                                        There **must** be a Nobu there.... He's everywhere.....

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                                          jessejames RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 28, 2014 11:25 AM

                                          There is
                                          But lots of original and awesome non sushi dishes at matsuhisa.

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                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: jessejames Mar 28, 2014 03:32 PM

                                            Oh yea, totally. Like for sure. I getcha!

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                                            J.L. RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 28, 2014 11:34 AM

                                            Yes, but the Beverly Hills flagship remains the one Nobu location with the best food.

                                            N.B. Nobu technically isn't a sushi joint (they serve it cuz people expect it, and it pays the bills) - It's actually a Japanese-Peruvian fusion concept.

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                                              kevin RE: J.L. Mar 28, 2014 12:03 PM

                                              Think Hirame Tiradito and new style sashimi.

                                              JL save me a seat at the private enclave know as the eight-seat tempura bar.

                                              Also, it's not actually a Nobu but ratther a Matsuhisa. The eponymous and only one by that name to my limited knowledge.

                                              If I'm not mistaken, the first Nobu opened in TriBeca with the bankrolling prowess of Bobby DeNiro and other Celebes.

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                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Mar 28, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                Aw, man, that reminds me of the joint I went to years ago in battery park that was his, TriBeCa Grill. Snagged a signed menu from it...... Yea, it's his drawing on one side and the menu on the other. It's framed in my powder room. I'm hoping to cash it in for big bucks when he kicks....LOL!

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                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: J.L. Mar 28, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                Yes, yes it is. You're absolutely correct.

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                                                  VenusCafe RE: J.L. Apr 6, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                  IMO: Malibu location has the best food, the best everything.

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                                                    J.L. RE: VenusCafe Apr 6, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                    IMO, undeniably gorgeous location at Malibu, but the food still lags behind when compared with Matsuhisa La Cienega.

                                          3. re: Ciao Bob
                                            BacoMan RE: Ciao Bob Mar 29, 2014 07:28 PM

                                            Kind of curious, why do you think Animal is slipping and not SoaG? (They have the same owner chefs after all).

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