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Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

I'm no fan of most eateries @ LA Live but you did say walking distance. How about Border Grill or Roy's up the street? Still walking but a few blocks north.

Nov 04, 2013
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Dinner in East Pasadena - help!

I second Bhanu but purely for the food. You'll basically be sitting inside of a small mom and pop grocery store. That being said, I'll take their food over Mezabaan, Akbhar's, All India or any other Pasadena Indian eatery.
East Pasadena (Hastings Ranch) doesn't have many stand out eateries. I'd steer clear of Robin's BBQ. Couldn't get me to eat their food for free. Just awful, in my opinion. I would however recommend Stonefire Grill right up the street from Robin's. It's not a 10 but I've never had bad food there and some of their stuff is simply delicious.

Panda is also very good. Not to confuse with Panda Express. This is a full sit down with good service restaurant on Foothill. Excellent food. Some will say it's a little Americanized but it's still very good.

Ichima Sushi next to 300 Bowl is also good. Very reasonably priced fresh sushi. Not top tier sushi for sushi snobs but good, none the less. If you want better sushi, head a little south to Yoshida's. A little pricey but excellent sushi.

Nov 04, 2013
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Colori shut down? Well, that sucks. Restaurant business is so tough. Right across the street from Staples Center is LA Live. Tons of restaurants to choose from there. Flemming's Steak House also has a decent happy hour.

Nov 04, 2013
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

The group consensus was Italian so we ended-up at a place called Colori Kitchen on 8th, just off of Hill. From the street, looks very unsuspecting. Once inside, it opens up nicely. Food and service was excellent. No beer or wine but you can bring your own. In fact, they have a wine list from a near by liquor store with their phone number. You call and they deliver. Got a nice bottle of Pinot for $11.99 and dinner was $130 for 6 people. As far as I'm concerned, we scored. If there's one thing I could complain about was the musty smell in the restaurant. That could've been the carpeting or the old building. You always would rather dine without any odors present.

We went onto the show and got to see one amazing live performance by The Black Keys. Overall, a very solid evening with family.

http://www.colorikitchen.com/

Oct 06, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

I left Pasadena at 4:30 and arrived in Westwood @ 5:20. Not bad, for a Friday night. From Westwood, another 30 minutes to downtown. Made it to dinner and the show on time. Speaking of the show, Black Keys killed it. Awesome live performance!

Oct 06, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

La Estrella in Pasadena (Foothill & Altadena Dr.): Delicious fish tacos!!!

Wow, a thread brought back from the dead. I grew up spending lots of time in Baja Mexico. Lots of surfing trips down to Esterro, San Miguel, San Filepe, Encenada, Rosarito, etc. One thing we always looked forward to and loved were the little taco stands in and around the neighborhoods. La Estrella isn't 100% that but it's pretty damn good. I don't think anything will ever be as good as nostalgic food. Although, I recently discovered Ricky's Fish Taco's stand in LA (funky limited hours) and I must admit, it's so very close. Another must try.

Oct 06, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

With Friday evening rush hour traffic, those little 3-4 miles could take 30-40 minutes to get to. Another time, when there's less time restraints. It does however look good!

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Another solid suggestion. Thank you! I think it's a toss up between Guelagutza and Papa Cristo's, for now.

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Thank you. Those are some good suggestions as well.

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Papa Cristo's sounds good and might fit the bill. I've heard about it but never been. Hopefully, we'll end-up there. Thanks!

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Pasadena. But, I have to make a stop @ UCLA to pick up my daughter and friend @ 6. Then meet the rest of the party in downtown or general area.

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Oh gawd no! I was just at KBBQ AYCE (Road To Seoul) on Wednesday night and I'm still full. Besides, when you leave a KBBQ, you almost always need to shower or you'll smell like a bbq for hours. That being said, I love KBBQ. I just don't think it's good for tonight.

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Downtown LA eateries near Staples (LA Live or general downtown area) on a tighter budget...

Taking the the 3 kids plus there friends out to dinner before a concert @ Staples tonight (Black Keys). I know lots of good restaurants in the area but none that wouldn't break the bank on this struggling dad. Taking 7-8 people out to Fleming's or Roy's (for example) would set me back $300-$500 and I can't afford that. Any suggestions of good eateries on a tight budget near Downtown LA? Thanks in advance.

Oct 05, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

I need dinner suggestions for a picnic basket. Going to The Hollywood Bowl...

Curious, how did you stumble on this thread? This thread is 6 years old. Always cracks me up, when I see a thread from the dead brought back to life. Thanks for the input regardless.

Jul 07, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Japanese Teppan style restaurants (Tokyo Wako) in Pasadena area...

Taking our son out to Tokyo Wako in Pasadena for his birthday tomorrow. It's not be best of restaurants but he likes it so we're going. Up until recently, they were running a special where if you bought one dish, you'd get the 2nd one for free (Monday-Thursday). Apparently, that is no longer. When I called to inquire about specials, they said the only one that is currently running is in The LA Times. I've searched everywhere and can't find it. Does anyone know of such a coupon or has one?

Thanks in advance!

Feb 22, 2012
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Area Funky Restaurant

The Velvet Margarita for sure! Not sure about the size of your party but I know they have a private room upstairs. Usually very busy on weekends and they take reservations a week in advance (at least, I think). Aside from funky, the food is pretty good too.

Dec 12, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Please help - Romantic"ish" Restaurant Needed - Malibu or environs

Geoffrey's in Malibu is very romantic and waterfront. Might be a little pretentious and expensive for some but hey, that's Malibu for you.

This is where I proposed to my ex-wife. Good and bad memories :-)

http://www.geoffreysmalibu.com/

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Geoffrey's Malibu
27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Dec 07, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

LA lounge bars who serve the best Cosmo's, Martini's and other well drinks...

Originally had planned a get together @ The Standard roof top bar in Downtown LA to celebrate a special occasion with 10-15 people. With the rain coming, this might present a problem for this weekend. We're looking for similar loungy kind of place and not a club setting who server good Cosmo's, Martini's and other well drinks as well as finger foods without breaking the bank but not necessarily a dive bar. Obviously, if we were planning on going to The Standard roof top bar and forking over $12.00 per cocktail and paying a $20.00 cover charge, we're anticipating a little investment and a dent in our wallets.

Closer to Pasadena the better but no further then Downtown LA.

Dec 06, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley

Only places that comes to mind is Le Chen in Aqua Dulce. Very romantic with good food and great wine list. Only a 15 minute drive on Sierra Hwy from Downtown Santa Clarita.

http://i.pbase.com/u35/digipets/large...

Dec 06, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Middle Eastern Restaurant Delivery, 30-40 people?

I think what people might realize is that there is a difference inmiddle-eastern foods, depending on the country of origin. For instance, Shamshiri is a Persian food establishment, which is very different then let's say a Lebanese, Israeli (Haifa, which I believe is Israeli based), Western Armenian (Syria/Lebanon) and Eastern Armenian (Armenia/Russia). They all have the same base but with very different and distinct flavors and sides.

Dec 06, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Middle Eastern Restaurant Delivery, 30-40 people?

I think one can do much better then BG. For Middle Eastern standards, they would be graded very low in quality, flavor and authenticity. As mentioned above, check out Carnival in Sherman Oaks, which has very good food or Marouch in Hollywood.

Dec 06, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

I love Cafe Bravo. Up until 4 years ago, I worked a block from there and have eaten there a few dozen times. Sadly, the old man who opened the joint died 2 years ago of a massive heart attack and although their food is still good, it's not as good as it was. Also, their menu is a bit more on the Armenian-Russian side. Consider the fact the he migrated from Armenia to Iran and eventually to here, it's clear why that is. They make a tasty chicken Kebob and delicious Ikra (eggplant dip). One of the best I've had.

Dec 05, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

Well, pretty much everything there is good. It all depends on what you like. If you go on a weekend and towards the earlier part of the day, they serve-up a killer kaniafa (sp?), which is usually eaten as a breakfast sweet. They have AWESOME cakes as whole or as individuals servings. Delicious cookies and if your friend likes Baklava, theirs is one of the best around.
While there, go next door to Garo's Basturma and let him score some tasty basturma. If he's middle easter, he'll love it.

Dec 05, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

I know both well and IMO, Vrej Pastry on Allen is by far better. Sarkis Bakery just has the name and the curb appeal but no where near as good as Vrej's.

Dec 05, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Armenian bakeries/restaurants

Bakeries: Hands down, Sassoun Bakery on Santa Monica Blvd. (just west of Normandie). Lahmajun (Armernian pizza) is the best in town. Also try their spicy cheese breads. They're very good, albeit spicy and greasy. Glendale location seems to be of same quality and freshness.
If you meant bakeries, as in pastries and sweet stuff. In Pasadena, on Allen. Vrej Pastry. Much better then other bakeries.

Restaurants: Marouch Restaurant on Santa Monica (corner of Edgemont). Personally, my favorite middle eastern eatery in Southern California. A close 2nd is Carousel in Glendale and a 3rd is Carnival in Sherman Oaks.

The above is guaranteed to satisfy all his cravings.

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Carousel Restaurant
304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

Carnival Restaurant
4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Vrej Pastry
1074 N Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA

Marouch Armenian & Middle Eastern Cuisine
4905 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Dec 05, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: Father's Office

Kind of like that, yes. The burger itself is not on a traditional bun with traditional condiments. It's on a French roll (I think) with non traditional seasonings.
One the most delicious things I've bit into. I can't believe it's called a hamburger. It's almost an insult!

Nov 21, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: Father's Office

Definitely worth the effort to at the very least to have tried it. I'd kick myself in the behind if I was anywhere in the vicinity and not go there.

In-N-Out is a icon in burgers but comparing it to FO's is like comparing apples to oranges. 2 very distinct and very different burgers. Both good but in their own ways.

Nov 21, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Pie n Burger- WORST EXPERIENCE EVER

Funny you mentioned that. I just tried the Top's Kobe Burger yesterday for the first time and we absolutely loved it! A close 2nd to Father's Office burgers. Only bummer is that we've waited so long, considering how close it is to us.

Nov 18, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Pie n Burger- WORST EXPERIENCE EVER

Pie n Burger just plain old sucks. The only thing they do good are their pies; NOTHING ELSE. If you like their food, it's either because you're taste buds like diner style greasy bland food or because you're part of the herd.

Thanks for being honest. Too many times people rave about it and I just don't get it!!!

Nov 18, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area

Pubs/Bars That Serve Food in Pasadena

Crown City Brewery on Raymond or as someone already mentioned, The Yard House @ The Paseo.

In Arcadia, you have Matt Denny's on Huntington and BJ's just east of it. Both within 5 miles of Pasadena.

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Crown City Brewery
300 S Raymond Ave # 2, Pasadena, CA

Matt Denny's Alehouse Restrnt
145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006

B J's Restaurant
400 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006

Nov 18, 2007
Joe in Los Angeles Area