Hi all. My friend from Osaka is coming to Los Angeles (and the U.S.) for the first time and I wanted to arrange a welcome dinner to celebrate her arrival. We are staying in West L.A., but the guests who may join us are scattered from mid-city to the north-east. Some parameters:
Location: Likely mid-city/downtown will be the most convenient (preferably with easy freeway access).
Atmosphere: Casual (she will likely be jet lagged)
Price: Affordable (mains $15 and under)
Cuisine: Any, though I’m thinking California cuisine or American for her first meal, or Mexican. She has no dietary restrictions, though others in the party are vegetarian and avoid wheat.
Etc: Either reservations accepted or not difficult to grab a table for about 6 people with minimal wait on a Saturday. Open until 10p.m. would be a bonus.
I think that’s about it. I moved away from L.A. a few years ago, back for a few months here and there, so I’m a little out of the loop with current options. Thanks in advance!