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dineLA October 2009: Ivan Kane's Cafe Wa s

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So, a coupla chicks walk into Ivan Kane's Cafe Wa s to check out their dineLA dinner...

Well, they aren't just chicks--they're chicks who love to talk about, eat, critique, and take photos of food. At around 10 o'clock on a Friday night they'd be S.O.L. trying to get a seat inside the cozy eatery at Sunset & Vine, but during a recent weeknight dinner service they had what boiled down to their pick of the tables in the main dining area. Perched in a booth on the upper level of the room (whose walls, if you can lean in closely, are papered with a pattern of anthropomorphic French poodles) they can see...and be (unintentionally) seen.

But first comes the menu. Here the dineLA menu is in the spotlight, and the server enthusiastically explains how the prix-fixe three-course dinner is priced and what options are her favorite. Although she admits she's pulling a double-shift she's full of pleasant and upbeat energy, and she takes some time to point out highlights from the regular menu, as well as help us pick out some drinks. From the cocktail menu we selected the Canton Classic (Canton ginger liqueur, Lemon juice, Mint leaves, Over ice. Mint. Lemon twist; $9.00), which was undoubtedly one of the best choices we made of the evening, as it was refreshing, not cloyingly sweet, and a welcome counterbalance to some of the heavier flavors of the food we tasted.