I'm trying to figure out which place to try out with my friend. We went to POP champagne about a month ago and spent hours munching on okay/decent food and catching up on old times. I had been to POP before but just for dessert, so I knew it had the right vibe I was looking for and thought giving their dinner menu a try would be fine.
I'm looking for something with good food, good desserts (although if there's another good dessert place not too far from either location, I don't mind making another stop), and a decent environment. Somewhere I won't feel like we're being rushed out and can take our time eating. Drinks aren't that important.
I've been to Bottega Louie and am aware that it can get loud, but the place is pretty cool and the food wasn't bad at all. I think she might like it.
I have NOT been to Vertigo Wine Bistro, so I don't know what to expect except for the pictures I've seen and the reviews I've read-which haven't been too bad.
I know Vertigo is slightly pricier, but I think doable. Of course I like the idea of a "tapas" feel, just so we can try and munch on a variety of food without getting full. I'm looking for a way to get variety and quality or quantity.
I'm in the Highland Park area, so either location is fine for me. I'd prefer not to drive out to the westside or Hollywood, so any other recommendations in Pasadena/or Downtown are welcomed.
Another place I've thought of is Daisy Mint (but I think you should go wth more than just two people to taste more of the menu). I know there are a few place in downtown that are coming up, but I'm not too familiar with them.
Lastly, kind of cuisine-doesn't matter. She's pretty open to anything and I am too, so anything is fair game.
Thanks for the help!