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Ciao Bob Mar 6, 2007 03:29 PM

Is there anyting edible on or near the 3rd Street Promenade? I am racking my brain but little nothing comes to mind. HELP!
Thanks, hounds.

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    slacker Mar 6, 2007 03:46 PM

    Locanda del Lago. I only went there once, had heard good reviews, thought it was alright.

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      slacker Mar 6, 2007 03:48 PM

      Also, Border Grill nearby.

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        Das Ubergeek Mar 7, 2007 07:58 AM

        caution: bring hearing protection.

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          slacker Mar 7, 2007 09:39 AM

          What? :p

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        ecco22 Mar 6, 2007 06:01 PM

        I've only had bad experiences there, but the stop in cafe?? near there is greek and pretty good. I love their greek salad.

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        dinami Mar 6, 2007 03:56 PM

        Houstons (bacon cheeseburger and fries...mmmm!), Il Fornaio (great butternut squash ravioli and sinfully delicious tiramisu), Border Grill...the food court in the Mall has a cupcake place (I've only had their chocolate cupcakes which are yummy).

        1. SauceSupreme Mar 6, 2007 05:46 PM

          Michael's is my favorite there, but it's a splurge. Others would recommend Jiraffe also. I like Border Grill, but beware that it's very noisy.

          1. mollyomormon Mar 6, 2007 06:10 PM

            Musha is between 4th and 5th on Wilshire, about a five minute walk from the Promenade.

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              WestsideLisa Mar 6, 2007 06:25 PM

              While not as good as the Boyle Heights location, I like La Serenata de Garibaldi on 4th.

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                TracyS Mar 6, 2007 08:53 PM

                Musha, Trastevere, and Cafe Crepe are my picks in the area. La Serenata is not bad but the Santa Monica one is not the best location. I would only go to Border Grill during happy hour.

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                  slacker Mar 7, 2007 09:41 AM

                  Oooo I hated Trastevere. Boring, highly mediocre food, no real understanding of service.

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                    hrhboo Mar 7, 2007 10:58 AM

                    I concur...lousy food and service.

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                      SauceSupreme Mar 7, 2007 12:26 PM

                      Trastevere was my vote for worst restaurant in LA.

                  2. Emme Mar 6, 2007 08:54 PM

                    I'll add Fritto Misto to the list.

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                      Obessed Mar 7, 2007 06:33 AM

                      I second Fritto Misto

                    2. Kitchen Queen Mar 6, 2007 09:43 PM

                      I've always had good luck at the Lobster but, for lunch only. I Cugini is also there on Ocean.
                      Never ate in Cezanne at Le Merigot but, went to a private wedding reception at the hotel and it was lovely. :)KQ

                      1. Das Ubergeek Mar 7, 2007 07:59 AM

                        Fritto Misto, Houston's, Border Grill (but so loud) are all good suggestions; Musha is nearby, and Jiraffe is just a couple of blocks inland. Ocean Ave. Seafood has a great happy hour but is too expensive for the remaining hours of the day; Ye Olde King's Head is a wonderful British pub.

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                          silence9 Mar 7, 2007 08:14 AM

                          Famima!! (you said edible, not wonderful). Fried curry bread, pseudo-bao (pork), and sundry prepared crazy bites of fish and rice...

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                            igj Mar 7, 2007 08:23 AM

                            If we are talking about lunch, I used to get good to very good salads at the cafe at Fred Segal's - the more casual order-at-the-counter cafe in the building on the western side of 5th street.

                            For dinner, Musha and Houston's always seemed the best options within a very short walk.

                            1. Ciao Bob Mar 7, 2007 09:59 AM

                              Thanks all. Houstons or Musha sound like my Best Bets.

                              Never heard of Stop in Cafe/Greek, that ecco22, mentioned, anymore info about it?

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                                TeaMe Mar 7, 2007 11:00 AM

                                Stop'n Cafe has wonderful burgers, the gyros and greek salad are great, too! I have lunch there a couple times a month.

                              2. notmartha Mar 7, 2007 10:54 AM

                                We usually ended up at Tudor House for tea. There's also another British restaurant nearby - Ye Olde King's Head? Haven't been for a while but I remembered the fish & chips as being decent.

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