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Good place for casual Saturday lunch (2 chicks window shopping) on/near Rodeo Drive? (Tasty, not $$$$, not stuffy.)

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Cinnamon Dec 2, 2006 05:43 PM

Any cuisine will do and if there's some interesting department store cafe (does Neiman Marcus have one?) that's an option too if it's anything good.

Will be at the Via Rodeo end to start with. Thanks!

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  1. chica Dec 2, 2006 06:14 PM

    Neiman Marcus and Barney Greengrass have cafes. I suggest Barneys for street people-watching, but Neiman Marcus has a really really good selection of chocolate in its store next to the cafe. It has the largest selection of Vosges in LA by far.

    The Farm in BH is also great. There's also always Cheesecake Factory.

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      cupcake Dec 2, 2006 06:14 PM

      BARNEY'S!!! they have a wonderful restaurant..Barney Greengrass!! One of my favorite lunch spots of all time. Great food, great people watching!

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        New Trial Dec 2, 2006 06:19 PM

        I like Barney Greengrass on the 5th Floor of Barney's--the specialty is smoked fish (lox and sturgeon) but there are also great salad and egg dishes. I have been less impressed with the meat items. Mariposa is the main restaurant in the lower level at Neiman Marcus (there are two other, more casual choices on upper floors) but probably does not meet your last two criteria, i.e. while certainly tasty (love the popovers!), it is pricey and can feel a bit stuffy.

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        1. re: New Trial
          Pei Dec 3, 2006 10:00 PM

          Isn't Barney's the home of the 50 cent NY egg cream? Can't beat that on Rodeo.

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          Cinnamon Dec 3, 2006 04:04 AM

          Thanks!

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            Francesca Dec 3, 2006 04:16 AM

            Spago, La Scala. Cafe del Arte is very casual and small and everyone you've heard of stops by this place on Bedford. Neiman Marcus is ok...but the chocolate counter is a must. Barney's food is better. Sit outside at Il Pastaio - excellent food and great people watching, too.

            1. Chowpatty Dec 3, 2006 05:27 PM

              Please do not go to Cheesecake Factory or La Scala, there are much better choices! Spago will set you back quite a bit of change, and so will Barney Greengrass although it's very good.
              If you're looking for something a little more reasonable and different, The Cow Jumped Over the Moon in the Rodeo Collection is a wonderful authentic French cafe with salade nicoise, crepes, fondue, etc.

              1. amandine Dec 3, 2006 06:12 PM

                Beverly Drive south of Wilshire is another cute little boutique-y street with lots of restaurants, easy walking distance from Rodeo. If you haven't tried Urth Cafe before, you must-- it's so L.A. and so good.

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