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Lunch halfway between Downtown LA and Beverly Hills

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Hi all,

I'm meeting a business associate for lunch this week who has a meeting until noon downtown, and my meeting is in Beverly Hills and also ends at noon. Can you suggest a good meeting point for lunch halfway in between -- preferably close to the 10 freeway so it'll be easy on and off for her as she is on a tighter schedule than I am, so I'm OK having to drive down Robertson or La Cienega to get to the freeway. Something casual but "smart" is what I'm after, not an expense account kind of a place, and the type of food is not relevant. Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Maybe the cafe at Surfa's? (Restaurant supply place) It's on National and ? and has really good food. Certainly casual. And close to the freeway.

    1. Surfas is west or parallel with Beverly Hills so not that convenient for downtowners...I work near Fairfax and when I lunch with people downtown, we have gone to Pacific Dining Car, El Cholo and Sa Rit Gol.

      1. Luna Park on La Brea a half block north of Wilshire might fit the bill.

        1. Guelaguetza on Olympic just east of Western for Oaxacan food. It's not a fancy place and may not be sufficiently upscale, but the food is very good.

          Do a search for places in Koreatown.

          Mozza is more toward the Beverly Hills side, but it's on the way. Unfortunately, I doubt you could get a lunch reservation and might be stuck waiting for a bar seat.

          Campanile is good for lunch. It's expensive, but is reliable.

          A somewhat off-the-beaten track place is Marino's on Melrose in Hollywood. I find it very dependable. Some of the fish dishes are fantastic.

          1. I agree that K-town is your best bet, and thus, I second the rec for Guelaguetza.

            1. Mayabe something on Larchmont? There's ChanDra Thai, the Greek place, couple of sushi places, Italian, etc.

              1. What about Hirozen on Beverly and Orlando (just east of La Cienega)? Great food, well-priced, and it's a straight shot down La Cienega to the 10. Or, you can go further south on La Cienega (just below Wilshire) and hit Boss Sushi.

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                1. re: tikrit01

                  The part about close to the 10 is tough. The only close to the 10 place I can think of is Phillip's BBQ near the corner of Crenshaw and Adams. I've sat at the outside table before. Not fancy at all.
                  Moving in off the 10, about a 17 minute drive down wilshire from DT, you could get sandwiches from La Brea bakery and eat them at one of the tables in front. I really like Campanile for lunch but it's expensive if you order more than an entree or sandwich.
                  Larchmont Wine & Cheese has pretty good sandwiches and a few tables out front. If the line is too long, there are several other places on the street you can try.
                  Farther for you but close for him is Langer's on Alvarado and 7th.
                  Luna Park is pretty good but they are not fast whatsoever.

                2. I am going to third or fourth Cafe Luna. Or you can eat in the cafe at Rita Flora. Or head up La Brea and eat at Boxer, which is decidedly smart...although another couple miles north of the 10.