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Spur OR Local 360?

Visiting for 1 night and looking for decent food in a relatively casual setting. Will be on the later side (@9:00) on a Tuesday night, with an equally casual friend, so a 'gastropub' or just a pub-pub with an excellent burger, would be great. And the belltown/downtown area is ideal (though could stray a little farther) so seems like Spur or Local 360 may be the lead contenders. Would appreciate any feelings on how the two compare. Also open to alternate suggestions based on the above.

Much thanks!

-Wutz

Nov 11, 2012
blevine99 in Greater Seattle

Best counter service spots?

I'd add Mo's in Burbank to the list. Decent burger.

Oct 05, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best counter service spots?

Santa Monica: Cora's Coffee Shoppe

Downtown: Ciudad

Sep 17, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best counter service spots?

Swingers
101 Diner
Fred 62
Langer's
Canter's
Jar
Bar Marmont

Sep 15, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

best fried chicken

For a sit-down finer dining version, Cynthia's on 3rd Street is the place to try.

8370 W. 3rd St., L.A.
323-658-7851
http://www.restaurant3la.com/ (don't let the crappy website fool ya)

Sep 13, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Food Court LA

Surprised to see that a search did not return any mentions of this 2+ weeks-old entry to the 3rd Street restaurant row.

Stopped in the other night and had a mostly favorable experience. Nice, open atmosphere. Friendly if slightly awkward staff.

Great carne asada spring roll appetizer. Terrific fish if not so special chips. And great pitcher of white wine sangria.

They're open late which alone makes them a great addition to the neighborhood.

Would love to hear about others experiences there. What dishes were especially worth ordering and which to stay away from?

Food Court LA
8334 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 323.782.9689
Daily 12pm-1am
http://www.foodcourtla.com/

Sep 13, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

I was ver disappointed here. Dry and flavorless for a place that specializes.

Aug 31, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Problem with Zeke's is: overly smoky. Works for ribs but not in my burger thanks.

Aug 31, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Um...I think the question was "other than The Counter." But I second The Farm. Surprisingly awesome.

Aug 31, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Boneyard Bistro-Sherman Oaks? RIBS

Went for the first time last week. Enjoyed overall but actually found all the BBQ a bit disappointing. We tried the babybacks, brisket and tri-tip. Unfortunately the ribs were the least successful of all. But, as mentioned, the pork dumplings were fantastic. And among the choice of sides, the beans, yes the beans, were unbelievable good. So get them.

Though I wish it weren't so, I'm afraid other posters may be right when they say, head for the Bistro side of the menu, instead of the Boneyard.

Jul 26, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best Breakfast in LA?

Breakfast at Jans in inedible. Run.

Jul 08, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Jar, Lucques or Hatfields

A close call though I'd rank them 1) Jar, 2) Luques, 3) Hatfields. Choose Jar for an al around great event. Luques for romance, or Hatfields for foodie fun.

Mar 08, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Brunch in Downtown LA?

The girlfriend and I are taking a vacation in our own backyard (downtown LA) next weekend. I've got the tickets to the show, the dinner reservation and the hotel room. Just wondering what the best places for Sunday Brunch are? I know all about the Original Pantry, not looking to go that route. But would appreciate any other recomendations for the best bruches, up or downscale, in downtown LA? Thanks all.

Feb 19, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

is village idiot pub in hollywood any good

several posts on this the last few days. search Village Idiot

Jan 26, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know what happened to: t on Fairfax?

They were only open a few months. Seemed to be doing a bang up business. Then suddenly closed.

Landlord dispute? Investor relations? Just curious.

Jan 26, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Won a bet - need fabulous lunch place around 6th and Flower in downtown

Ciudad (Figueroa @ 5th)

Jan 11, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Philips BBQ is totally over-rated

I'm a rib man, through and through. Don't normally like the brisket at BBQ places, but when I go to Philip's that's all I get. I don't know what they do to it but the sliced beef as they call it is out of this world. Once you get your sauce ratios worked out, I suggest putting it on the brisket instead. And, as no one has mentioned it yet, GET THE PECAN PIE. It's on a whole other level.

Jan 11, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Butternut Squash Ravioli Craving

No offense B&C. My comment had nothing to do with price, but mediocre food and horrendous service. I lived in San Fran when the chain launched and took over the city. I went a few times, like everyone there, before I realized that the bland food and cookie cutter atmosphere just wasn’t delivering. So I stopped. When they finally made their way to LA a couple years ago I gave them a reluctant try and found things to be no better. A few months ago, in a rush, I went in once more. It took 20 minutes for someone to take my order. And another 20 for them to bring my drink and appetizer. I would have walked out sooner of course, but I became so amused at how bad the service was, I decided to watch the clock so I could document the times for cautionary tales and future Chowhound posts.

Jan 10, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Butternut Squash Ravioli Craving

Capri is a charming little Northern Italian place. Very stark inside. Mostly white. But still, it couldn’t be warmer. The owner, a woman, usually greets everyone at the door. All the food is incredibly fresh. The service is excellent and unrushed. Prices moderate. And I believe they have an open kitchen policy which invites anyone to come in an chat with the chef. And the Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage Butter taste like delicate pillows of good stuff.

Jan 10, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Butternut Squash Ravioli Craving

Run don't walk to:

Capri
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd (Cross Street: Rialto Avenue)
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-8777

Actually, I'd call first to make sure it's still on the menu. But if it is, this is what you're looking for. The best I've ever had, and the whole restautant, atmosphere and staff are a delight.

P.S. Whoever is steering you toward Pasta Pomadora has no business being on Chowhound. They're the Denny's of Italian Food. And always a huge disappointment.

Jan 09, 2007
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best last burger before meat fast?

Islands? Might as well go to Denny's. The Counter is all right, but again it's less about the burger than all the bells and whistles. The meat itself was a let down.

Dec 31, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best last burger before meat fast?

My one try there was a huge let down. The burger was dry, flavorless and unmemorable.

Dec 31, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best last burger before meat fast?

Agree. Apple Pan is good for what it is, but again it's about the kitsch atmosphere, not the burger itself. Definitely not the last burger you want to eat.

Dec 31, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best last burger before meat fast?

Cassell's is great but more for the lemonade, potato salad and kitsch. The burgers themselves are just good, not what I'd choose for my last.

Dec 31, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

Best last burger before meat fast?

I've been...not too impressed. Wanted it to be great but the meat was disappointing.

Dec 31, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

where to meet halfway for cheap light dinner/drinks between century city/bev hills & los feliz??

Cheebo.

Or...really for cheap-put-em-away and quintessential LA, just go to the Farmers Market. The bar in the center is a great scene around happy hour...and obviously there are plenty of good cheap eats.

Aug 11, 2006
blevine99 in Los Angeles Area

B-Level Boos

Not a restaurant question but thought the Chowhounds might have some advice.

I want a John Boos Kitchen Cart. But I can't afford one. Damn they're pricey. So...

A) Does anyone know of either a good source for used, or sharply discounted new, Boos in the L.A. area or online?

And...

B) If you had to forgo the Boos, is there a common opinion as to what the next best brand would be? A Boos wanna-be, knock-off or also ran?

Appreciate any thoughts.

Jul 09, 2006
blevine99 in Cookware