An old friend will be visiting me in West LA this week. Neither of us are particularly in a holiday frenzy this year; still, I’d like to have a few low key options for us to try on Dec 24 and/or Dec 25.
Price is a concern, I’d like to keep either dinner to under $50/pp not including booze or tip. He is, unfortunately, a cautious eater with diner/moderate cuisine tastes. (He’s white and grew up poor in the Midwest for reference.)
Years ago friends had a great Christmas experience at the Pikey. Are there any other suggestions for us?
Metro Cafe. Food is always good. Small, kitchen can be slow when busy. Owner is often there - very cordial. Very reasonable prices.
Mar Vista. Bigger space, locally supported. We’ve had some pretty good meals there. Pretty broad menu. $50 per can easily be done.
Belle Vie. The menu is small as is the space. But the food has been very enjoyable. Like Metro Cafe, the owner is often there and is very coridal. $50 per for food will be well spent - but it’s worth spending a little more if your friend doesn’t object.
Westside Tavern. The largest of my suggestions but the booths are very comfortable. It can get loud. Food has always been very good, bar is very respectable, specials are worth considering. $50 per for comfortable eating should be about right.
I’ve made some inquiries, and just in case anyone is reading this with a similar question will be updating my progress.
Yet to contact: Father’s Office, La Belle Vie, Bandera or Hillstone.
What I know via phone calls:
Maple Block open 12/24, closed 12/25
Cafe Metro Open breakfast and lunch 12/24, closed 12/25
Westside Tavern “not sure of hours” 12/24, closed 12/25.
I will call again next week if I need to know the 12/24 hours there. I like Westside Tavern’s food a lot. Also big fan of sitting at the bar, or going to a movie and having a reservation timed right at movie ending.
I liked the list from Eater LA. Some of it would be great if we had a larger wallet, and some would be great for our budget if his palate were slightly different. But! It’s Christmas and it’s a joy to spend it with an old friend. Greenblatt’s could be good, as could Genghis Cohen, or Brent’s Deli.
I’ve also sent him an email asking if he’d like to eat at my place, via Blue Apron. I haven’t heard back about that, and am loath to go ahead because of the potential food waste issue. (If I reactivate my account, I want to be sure I will be home to cook the food.)
I have a similar request, but I am looking for somewhere to take my 92 yo mom on the 23rd for lunch on the westside. Napa Valley Grill is my fallback. How is South Beverly Grill? Anything in Sherman Oaks? Really don’t want to drive to heck and back since I’m doing a roundtrip from SD.