On the one hand, there's Providence with its devine $65 a plate truffle risotto.
When I'm going a little downscale, I like to try cheap food in the Valley. One new find this weekend is a new restaurant, Pupuseria del Valle at 431 S. Victory Blvd., in Burbank. The owners (a brother and sister) have only been in operation a few months, but grew up with a restaurant background from El Salvador. If you like a good pupusa -- it is definately the way to go. Light, but delicious, and only a buck seventy-five.
Also good this weekend was Pad Thai, and more at Krua Thai at 13130 Sherman Way in Noho. Dinner for two was about 6 bucks. Can't beat it.