Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cheap Chaya

Miracle of miracles, 10Years managed to find her way to Los Angeles on Friday. We met for happy hour at the newly opened Chaya Downtown.
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This is my new favorite downtown happy hour. Incredible prices!
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Mortadella bruschetta with caponata ($5). Simple. Good.
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Calamari with jalapeƱo aioli ($5). Delicately fried and delicious.
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Various rolls cost only $4 -- California, spicy tuna, spicy shrimp, shrimp tempura, and the daily special. The special when we visited was fried whitefish. Just four dollars, people! Perfect for hungry recessionistas!
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Hooray for the United Colors of Benetton!

27 comments:

  1. LOVE the last photo. and its caption.

    must go to chaya happy hour sometime soon. yum.

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  2. I'm sad I missed it. Damn, those are some good prices!

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  3. Hmm, as an intellectual property lawyer, I may have to send you a cease and desist letter on that last caption my friend, or at least force you to add "v. 2.0" to the end ...

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  4. That drink looks so yummy! Jealous!

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  5. That blood orange drink looks amazing!

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  6. Looks great! I always liked Chaya in Venice ... that's cool that they've opened downtown now too!

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  7. I love, love, love the caption of the last photo.

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  8. so much color in that last photo! except for a certain person. ;)

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  9. OMG, we are a Benetton ad, huh? :)

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  10. Thanks for the great rec! A few of my friends and I went there for happy hour on Monday and it was great - and so economical!

    3 hrs free parking after 5:00 p.m. (as in my friend got there at 4:57 and would've had to have paid FULL PRICE except the guy gave her a break).

    The spicy shrimp, spicy tuna and shrimp tempura rolls (each $4) were excellent. The special was a seared tuna on top of crispy fried rice - for $4!!! Heavenly! The hummus was random, but good :-)

    I had the Seeing Red cocktail (ok, I actually had 3 or 4 Seeing Reds but whatevs) and everyone agreed it was great. Another friend had the Russian Blues, which she loved and I thought was ok. Others order off the wine list and were pleased by the quality and happy hour pricing.

    Thanks for suggesting this place!!!

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  11. SUCH a great time! Thank you for coming out to play and for choosing such a nice spot to eat at. I felt so diversified.

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  12. Went there for lunch a week or so ago, and it's soo good!

    Sad I could not join, but would love a rain check!!

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  13. Wow, great prices, and the food pics look great too.

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  14. *snerk* at Benetton

    Lizzie - it tasted amazing too.

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  15. It was such a fun evening. I used to love Benetton ads from the early 90s --- yay for getting to be a part of one! :)

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  16. definitely on the list to try now that it's tried and approved by weezermonkey. by the way, have you been to chin-ma-ya, that new restaurant in little tokyo (on same floor as curry house). their mapo tofu and ramen are actually pretty good.

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  17. how is it that the food actually looks BETTER in your pictures than it was IRL? it was yummy, but those pictures more than do it justice.

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  18. Bruschetta,sushi,AND calamari.
    I want heaven to look like that.....

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  19. Looks like you ladies had so much fun!

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  20. aww, looks like a ton of fun! ...and now I'm hungry!

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  21. loved chaya in sf while i was in school up there. must head out to the local one for hh, apparently!

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  22. I like the sound of $4 rolls that actually look really good. And $5 cocktails? Holy handbags.

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  23. I've walked by that spot a couple times when I went to downtown for work. Now I know I must stop in sometime.

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  24. hi fatty. hope you're having a shitty day :)

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