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One Lunch in LA

DezzerSF Oct 18, 2006 02:17 AM

We are attending a wedding in Hollywood this Saturday night and are flying into LAX from the Bay Area that morning. Where would you recommend for a nice casual lunch? I'd like to try a taco in SoCal to compare it with our SF/Oakland taquerias. But if my gf isn't up to that, she "doesn't want to go to East LA", what else could we try? I know LA has very good pricey sushi, but what about a more casual sushi place? How about a good sandwich shop?

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    LLB Oct 19, 2006 12:10 AM

    Here we go...

    _Tender Greens-Culver City---salads, etc.
    -Mason Jar-Hollywood---salads, etc.
    -The Ivy-upscale, Santa Monica & Hollywood--variety/american
    -The Newsroom-Hollywood---variety
    -Le Pain de Quotien-Beverly Hills--variety
    -Cheebo-Hollywood---variety, sandwiches, pizza
    -Wilshire--Santa Monica--upscale-variety

    1. bodie Oct 18, 2006 04:08 PM

      Run, don't walk to Tere's on the southeast corner of Melrose and Cahuenga. IMO, it has little atmosphere but some of the best mexican food LA has to offer.
      The tacos are good but you'll find some of the other dishes equal if not surpass the tacos. My faves are enchiladas fish, enchiladas michocanas, sopa fideo (veggie soup served with a wedge of lime, farmer's cheese and 2 homemade corn tortillas) and the mechudas (shredded beef wrapped in an egg batter, topped with red sauce).
      As an added bonus, they have house-made horchata and a good selection of mexican sodas, including coca-cola from mexico.

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      1. re: bodie
        DezzerSF Oct 18, 2006 11:43 PM

        Thanks for the recs, it's gonna be hard to choose!

      2. Emme Oct 18, 2006 06:39 AM

        For Mexican in Santa Monica, Serenata de Garibaldi.

        Bay Cities Deli in SM for sandwiches too.

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          Newkie Oct 18, 2006 03:30 AM

          For sandwiches, go to Joan's on Third. Great sandwiches (esp. the chicken salad and prosciutto w/mozz), good gourmet deli food (including arguably the best mac n cheese in town) and deserts. And always celebs...it is a trip to LA after all!

          1. Porthos Oct 18, 2006 03:01 AM

            Why not try Phillipe's for french dipped sandwiches or Langer's for pastrami. I haven't found a good version for either in SF. It's not the prettiest neighborhood though.

            So casual but excellent sushi, try Kiriko.

            If you like korean soon doobu, try Beverly Soon Tofu with a side of Kalbe.

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            1. re: Porthos
              DezzerSF Oct 21, 2006 01:35 AM

              I remember seeing Phillipe's on the Food Network. Which is the best; beef, lamb, or pork? How's the chili?

              1. re: DezzerSF
                Porthos Oct 21, 2006 01:51 AM

                I got the beef and pork and liked the pork better. LA experts say the lamb is the best. Didn't try the chili. Get all 3 is what I say.

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                  DezzerSF Oct 21, 2006 02:21 AM

                  I'm having a hard time deciding between a french dip or a pastrami sandwich. Maybe I'll get both!

                  1. re: DezzerSF
                    Porthos Oct 21, 2006 03:52 AM

                    "Both" is always my favorite thing to order at a new restaurant/locale. Langers for pastrami and Phillipe's for french dip. You can't go wrong and you can't get them up here in SF.

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              writergirl Oct 18, 2006 02:47 AM

              Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela is on your way, it's a few minutes off of the 405, about 1.5 miles from the beach, not East L.A at all. 4541 S Centinela Ave. Search the boards for recs. For sandwiches, Bread Bar on 3rd, near Robertson just over the border from Beverly Hills is good, and also on your way.

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