My husband and I had tickets to see Ben Harper and the Rentlesss 7 at the Wiltern theater on 05/28/09. This time I was certain to pick a 1) a cool, local place to eat and 2) a better place to park. We found both. M Grill saved the night! I actually read a review on a competitor website and decided it was worth a try. We didn't know what to expect but were so surprised when we walked inside. We discovered a swank layout with dimmed lights, dark wood, a wall length wine storage that rivals some high end restaurants (think Grace: not as large but just as tall and wide) and most importantly really good service. Sometimes, service and the quality with which it is provided can elevate the dining experience and it certainly did here. We expected just yummy Brazilian bbq but got quality wine choices great but unobtrusive service and all within walking distance to the Wiltern! The dishes were savory beef, chicken and lamb. We really liked everything including the: tri-tip, beef ribs, sirloin and garlic chicken, two types of sausage, etc. To be fair, we have always been fans of Fogo de Chao and I'm sure we'll go back there. The big difference between the two are price, and location. M Grill is far less expensive, close to the Wiltern (and other downtown destinations) and close to the Metro (although taking the Metro doesn't work for us at all) but they have their parking lot (we parked across the street on Manhattan Place for $5...shh don't tell anyone as this proved to be a cheap, safe and fast entry/exit for the concert). Fogo is centrally located but the prices a higher. Again, we like both but for great food at a great price and walking distance within the Wiltern RUN to M Grill!
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