I just noticed I'll be in LA during Dine LA (arrive Wed. nite 1/26 from BOS, depart 1/31). My original idea was to try one of the gastropubs (mentioned in that recent thread) upon arrival since I'll be hungry and casual. But I always like to take advantage of a deal and thought Wed. nite might be a good time for a nice Rest. Week meal then call it a nite. Any suggestion for one of the less expensive deals where we don't have to dress up arriving around 9-9:30? The menus at Bar & Kitchen and First and Hope look good. Also Vermont Rest. but not sure what the buzz is on them. Looking for a fun atmosphere.
Hatfield's is more than I'd like to spend for the nicer dinner out. Sona was on my list last visit 4 years ago but I see it's closed. Are the entrees really only $15-20 at AOC (or are they only showing the lunch menu?)? I see Animal has lots of plates from $12-17, are those good sized or tapas style? Looking for new American, Mediterranean, northern Italian, maybe French, entrees $18-30, nothing too small or quiet.
I've gotten more donut info from you and Nickel Diner sounds good. Will probably try Pann's or Cole's. If there are any other old school joints, burger places that are better than Tommy's, or a good mid priced Santa Barbara lunch option, etc., let me know. Thanks.
Edit: And Animal really doesn't have a glass of wine for $10 (or less)?
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048
Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013