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The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by driveslowk, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    So the deals aren't worth the crowds?
     
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  2. LALurker

    LALurker Senior member

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    I hate long lines. Try lunch.
     
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  3. lawyerdad

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    That's been my experience. But that's based on, I think, two or three data points over several years. Plus I'm a cranky, impatient misanthrope who hates crowds, restricted choices, and crappy service. And as a general rule, I'd rather economize in other areas and pay a bit more for dining out if it means I'm doing so entirely on my terms. But everyone balances those trade-offs differently, and I haven't looked at the DLA press this year so there could well be crazy good deals that make a lot of sense.
     
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    Dine LA is a shit show... don't bother. The participants are so overwhelmed by frugal diners that service and quality suffer terribly.
     
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    AloysiusSF Senior member

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    Pretty much +1 everything lawyerdad noted about DineLA - but there are always diamonds in the rough - not vouching from this based on personal experience, but Eater LA tends to put out good recommendations - here are their best deals for dinela 2015:

    http://la.eater.com/maps/the-25-best-deals-for-dinela-2015
     
  6. foodguy

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    restaurants hate dine-la only a little more than they hate valentines and new years eve.
     
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    Yeah I learned that lesson last year. Restaurant weeks have been solid in NorCal but when I went done LA it was terrible. Every meal had some sort of issue. Granted spago in general seems to be terrivle everytime I go (not by choice) and capped it off last visit with soft shell crab sauced with 'amazing homemade sauce inspired by asian cusine' that was actually just a standard sauce you can buy in a grocery store in Asia
     
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    govt should put some regulations restricting on naming of dishes on a menu.
     
  9. lawyerdad

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    I don't know if you're paraphrasing or quoting, but as a matter of principle (admittedly the only real principle involved is me being persnickety) I refuse to order anything on a restaurant menu that is described as "homemade" unless I have some reason to believe the chef is really making it at home and bringing it to work in tupperware. Pretty sure that's not happening at Spago.
     
  10. venividivicibj

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    I'd only order it if I got the tupperware too.
     
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  11. Spencer

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    Going to Bestia tonight. Benn there before, but forgot the must order items. What can't be missed....?
     
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    The uni past

    the uni pasta
     
  13. Spencer

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    Done
     
  14. doctorman

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    funny you mention "crappy service". i don't mind so much of the restricted choices or even the crowds, but what i don't get is the seemingly poor service in some supposedly good restaurants. it's as if we are treated differently because we are paying a little less...
     
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  15. Kid Nickels

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    Agreed @doctorman. I've gotten lucky and been to a couple that have been pretty good, but the reviews I've read lately mostly indicate it's not worth it. Seems counterproductive if the goal is to broaden your customer base.
     
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    late to this. restaurant attitudes toward dine la are not uniform, of course, but there is a prevalent one of "we're deep in the weeds because of the crowd and we're never going to see most of these cheapskates again". which may or may not be factual.
     
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    This is entirely understandable… I get it. But regardless of whether people are just trying it out (and potentially returning) or trying to save money (one-time cheapskates), if the experience suffers so much as a result of the logistics/concept, then the restaurant loses anyway no?
     
  18. foodguy

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    you're perfectly right. but when a waiter gets in the weeds, "reasonable" goes out the window.
     
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    i hate how idiots bring down the rating of a nice place based on a dinela experience
     
  20. lawyerdad

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    I agree as far as your statement goes, but you could have boiled it down to this and I'd still agree.
     

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