I have 2 related question.
1) suggestions for a bar with some decent food, or just a cheap restaurant without a bar but with decent food near the theatres. Nothing very expensive or formal, just somewhere to hang out (quietly) and get a drink and/or a small meal, until showtime at the Academy, Kimmel, Merriam, etc. I am not a chain fan, and a lot of the options in the area are chains (Cosi, Fado, Applebees!!!??) so I tend to rely too heavily on Copa. To narrow it down: I do not like Italian, like a lot of ethnic (is New Samosa any better than the blandness of the old version?) inexpensive, casual, and has a tolerance for quiet lone patrons :)
2) suggestions for slightly more upscale restaurant, not ethnic, can be a nice chain (sigh) and probably should be a steakhouse or basic, non-ethnic cuisine, must have a bar, in the same area as above.