It's easy to get amazing food if you are willing to spend a fortune. However, I really don't like the pretentious places or folks to which "foodies" tend to gravitate. For example, Cut or L'Orange just don't do it for me. What I am looking for is someplace where the "wow" factor is in the quality of the food for the price.
Places that come to mind immediately are the original Versailles, Langer's, Pink's or Jinky's, all of whom have really great food for a really great price.
With that said, my brother is in town for a couple of days and I'd like to take him someplace for dinner where we're not spending more (or much more) than about $30-$50 a person.
Oh, yeah. He's from Hawaii, so I'd prefer something other than Asian food.
Anywhere in the LA area is fine. Any ideas?