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Lunch at The Ivy suggestions

I have reservations for a Friday in April at 1:30pm. Will be visiting from Florida and would like some suggestions for lunch. Would like some non-seafood suggestions as I don't really care for seafood (but friends do). I know it is pricey, but feel like it's a must for tourists :) Thanks in advance.

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  1. A lot of people criticize The Ivy, but it is what it is and I enjoy it quite a bit. If you order well, you will enjoy the food and have a lovely lunch. And probably see some kind of celeb. I have never yet been without seeing 'somebody'. Here are my picks for a perfect lunch:

    CORN CHOWDER as an appetizer. This is one of the best corn chowders you will ever have. It is silky, spicy and rich with corn. I love it. A great way to start the meal. A lot of people rave about the crab cakes; they are good but not amazing, to me. This is fine, of course, since you are not into seafood, but just a note to the others with whom you are dining.

    MESQUITE GRILLED CHOPPED SALAD - This is one of my favorite all time dishes. They grill all the vegetables, even the lettuce, over mesquite, so that everything is infused with the mesquite flavor, then they chop them all up and serve it warm with an excellent vinaigrette. (You can also get it with chicken or shrimp.) It is a huge salad, so a half portion is fine unless you want some take home.

    PRALINE SQUARE – This is another all time favorite, an excellent praline square served with homemade praline ice cream and chocolate syrup to drizzle all over it. Yum.

    Have fun and enjoy. Try to get a table outside if you can – although it being LA that also means traffic and exhaust fumes, so some people like inside. The Ivy is a lovely way to do lunch.

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    1. re: Tom P

      Definitely yay on the Chopped Salad (I get w/o avocado, but that's my thing...), and as long as you know it's pricey, and don't mind, it's the best.

    2. The drinks, e.g., mint julep, Ramos Fizz, et al. are good.

      1. Thank you for the suggestions! Looking forward to our trip :)

        1. I really enjoyed the chicken tostada that I had there. It was enormous and very good. Definitely expensive, but better than you would expect from a "dive" type restaurant.

          1. Got to agree with the corn chowder!

            And get the Tart Tartin for dessert... heaven.

            1. What's the average price of an entree there (e.g., the salad)? I've always wondered.

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              1. re: pinkfoodie

                we always make fun of the $25 salad......I think thats for the grilled veggie salad with shrimp.

                we also like the crab cakes

                1. re: msmd310

                  I thought I paid about $29 for the chopped salad 6 months ago. Don't quote me on it, though...

                2. re: pinkfoodie

                  North of $30. The hamburger was $28 seven years ago.

                3. Ditto on the crab cakes for the seafood lovers. Fried chicken there isn't bad either. I'd recommend either the praline square or the berry bread pudding for dessert.

                  1. Definitely get a mint julep or a mojito... Excellent afternoon cocktail.

                    My mom got a halibut or whitefish (sorry to be fuzzy, but it was many months ago) with a light cream sauce, and it was just about the best piece of fish I'd tasted in a long time.

                    Overall, it's a great experience, and a fairly above-average lunch.

                    1. A friend of mine, a world traveler, once suggested the spaghetti and tomato sauce at the Ivy, and said it was about the best he ever had. It's on the menu, easy to miss, but he insisted I try it on my next visit. I did, and it was fantastic-- served steaming hot and and delicious. The kind of delicious that calls you back.

                      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I would not have even thought to order Spaghetti at the Ivy?! I'm getting hungry already thinking of my choices! I'm glad to see there are several people who have enjoyed their experience.

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                        1. re: tampagirl

                          Just wanted to post about my experience at the Ivy and thank you all for your suggestions. As a tourist, I thought it was a great experience! We went shopping on Robertson beforehand and had lunch reservations at 1:30pm (we actually changed from Friday to Thursday as we had a Leno taping on Friday).

                          The place was absolutely packed! The inside was very cute - with a "shabby chic" sort of atmosphere. The patio was great with the famous white picket fence and lovely flowers. We were seated on the patio as requested.

                          We were three females and ordered: spinach ravioli with tomato sauce, grilled vegetable salad with chicken, and Fish & Chips. I had the ravioli and thought it was good- the tomato sauce was delicious and tasted fresh and homemade. I tasted my friend's grilled veg. salad and thought it was very good - nice smoky flavor. I did not taste the Fish, but friend enjoyed it. The Fish & Chips platter was HUGE! It also came with fried onion rings (which I tasted and were very good) and a few fried shrimp. I also had a strawberry mimosa which was delicious!

                          We were all pretty full after our entrees (nobody finished), but wanted to share dessert as we were celebrating my birthday. I suggested the praline square, but they weren't very interested. The waiter suggested a brownie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce that wasn't on the menu. The brownie was just okay, but the ice cream was delicious. He even brought out a lit candle and he actually sang! (cheesy, I know, but my friends had asked him to and it was just at the table not throughout the restaurant)

                          Our total bill with tip was $160 for three entrees, one dessert, two strawberry mimosas and a diet coke.

                          I can see that locals wouldn't want to come here all the time due to the prices, but for a tourist, I think it's a great experience and I was prepared for the prices. We even saw Josie Bissett (Jane from Melrose Place) and the actress that played Christine on the Young and the Restless.

                          1. re: tampagirl

                            thanks for the followup
                            glad you had a good time