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Quick dinner near Arclight? (Sunset/Vine)

Dav Apr 9, 2007 04:02 PM

I often see films at the Arclight at Sunset and Vine, and I often want to grab a meal before and after the show. I'm not familiar with the area, and it doesn't seem like there are too many options in the immediate neighborhood. I usually end up across the street at Baja Fresh. Does anyone have any recommendations for a relatively fast place to grab lunch or dinner in the neighborhood? Counter service would be ideal since I sometimes don't have time for a full sit-down meal. Any cuisine is fine. Thanks!

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    mehfactor RE: Dav Apr 9, 2007 04:46 PM

    Fabiolus Cafe is just east on Sunset, about a block away. It's nothing special, but solid Italian with a big menu and good service. They're used to people in a rush and can be very snappy.

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      EKIMS RE: mehfactor Apr 9, 2007 05:10 PM

      might be tough w/ time, but the hungry cat and the bowery are nice spots for a drink + light meal

    2. lil mikey RE: Dav Apr 9, 2007 04:59 PM

      In the "immediate" area, you're stuck with Baja Fresh, Jack in the Box (which has improved its menu by the way), and KFC and McD's to the south (sense a chain-theme here?)

      If you widen the circle a little bit, you've got MOLLY'S BURGERS on Vine between Sunset and Hollywood. They have good burgers, fries, chili burgers, etc.

      2 blocks south of the Arclight finds you SUPER TORTA at the corner of Vine and Fountain, in the mini-mall. It's a sit-down place, but they serve you very quickly. The tortas here are very good.

      You've also got CACTUS on Vine, south of Sunset about 5 blocks, north of Melrose. They have good tacos and burritos, and a good salsa bar.

      The best burritos are at DOS BURRITOS on S. side of Hollywood, just west of Vine.

      Speaking of Mexican, TERE'S on Melrose, 2 blocks west of Vine, has good variety and quality food. It's fast, but cook-to-order. So budget time accordingly.

      There's also good pizza by the slice at IL FORNO, on N. side of Hollywood, west of Wilcox. It's the huge slice kind.

      If you want to pick up something on the way, you can swing by ZANKOU on Sunset and Normandie. It's a little far from the Arclight, but the tarna sandwich is very good.

      That's all that comes to mind now. If all else fails, I think they have a bar in the Arclight. Maybe food service is quicker if you sit at the bar (or you can drink your lunch).

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        Dav RE: lil mikey Apr 10, 2007 08:41 AM

        Thanks everyone for the suggestions... I swung by Tere's last night and had some very acceptable chicken mole enchiladas. I'll bookmark this thread for future reference!

      2. yinyangdi RE: Dav Apr 9, 2007 05:02 PM

        Have you tried the café inside the Arclight? There have been too many misses for me to try the Arclight Café again; I'll just have popcorn unless someone can tell me what to order that's really good.

        Since you don't want a sit down restaurant, what about bar food?

        The Bowery
        6268 Sunset Blvd
        (323) 465-3400

        Cat N' Fiddle Pub (qualifer: I haven't been here in ages...is it/was it any good?)
        6530 W Sunset Blvd
        (323) 468-3800

        Also, here's a link to MQ's restaurants close to Arclight (clearly lacking in that there are several places one block away that aren't listed):


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          SauceSupreme RE: yinyangdi Apr 9, 2007 05:37 PM

          I actually quite like the Arclight Cafe. There's also Hungry Cat in the same complex as Baja.

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            yinyangdi RE: SauceSupreme Apr 9, 2007 05:43 PM

            SS what have you ordered at Arclight Cafe that you've enjoyed?

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              SauceSupreme RE: yinyangdi Apr 9, 2007 05:46 PM

              I always start with the hummus and tapanade, and I like the the sweet corn tamales and the arclight club.

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                Chowpatty RE: SauceSupreme Apr 9, 2007 05:52 PM

                There's also the cafe in the Yoga center behind the Arclight. They have some very tasty veggie sandwiches and such, but they close around 7 I think.

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                  lil mikey RE: Chowpatty Apr 10, 2007 02:24 PM

                  Good tip. I'll have to try that.

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                    LisaStitch RE: lil mikey Apr 11, 2007 04:17 PM

                    The Arclight chili is amazing. They've also got great, and huge, sandwiches.

                    I also second The Bowery.

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          WBGuy RE: Dav Apr 9, 2007 07:09 PM

          Los Balcones del Peru

          How about Peruvian cuisine? This restaurant is just a few blocks away on Vine south of Sunset. We had a fantastic meal there a few weeks ago. I heartily recommend any of the seafood dishes there. Try the Peruvian beer!

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            mehfactor RE: WBGuy Apr 10, 2007 03:34 PM

            Love Los Balcones del Peru, but they're very very slow.

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              lil mikey RE: mehfactor Apr 11, 2007 09:25 AM

              Yes. This is very true. They had a waitress there for a while who seemed able to speed things up a bit, but she hasn't been there during my last few visits.

              I also really like the food, but you have to budget your time accordingly.

          2. aching RE: Dav Apr 10, 2007 12:52 PM

            Hungry Cat!

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              rickym13 RE: aching Apr 10, 2007 01:01 PM

              cocktail at hungry cat is great! food aint that bad either ;)

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                SauceSupreme RE: rickym13 Apr 10, 2007 03:37 PM

                Mmm.... pug burger...

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                  Silverlaker RE: SauceSupreme Apr 10, 2007 04:14 PM

                  If we see a 7pm film, we have an early dinner at Sushi Ike where's there's usually no wait at 5:30-6pm. Very good sushi in a depressing mini-mall but near Arclight -- Hollywood & Gower.

            2. Tom P RE: Dav Apr 11, 2007 08:40 AM

              You can sit at the bar to eat at three very good places in walking distance:

              Hungry Cat
              The Bowery

              Like you, I frequent the Arclight, and so I have been at all three of these places at least 5or 6 times each. I really like each of them, all are worth a visit.

              1. corydon RE: Dav Apr 11, 2007 11:52 AM

                to follow on Pat (Chowpatty), the Yoga place is called Nite Moon stays open late enough to eat for an 8PM movie - I do it all the time and it is super convenient I just park in the back of the Arclight structure and go down the stairs and straight across DeLongpre.

                With more time, I go to Balcones de Peru but there is almost never enough time, so the mung beans, wraps, yogi tea, etc. suffices then I take my tea and a baked good from Nite Moon to the theater with me. I have to say I was aggro and grouchy from LA traffic last week and I was treated great. Typical for LA trendy health food, it costs too much for what it is, but gotta love those mung beans and it was great not to get any virtuous posturing from counter help. Also like the big wooden communal table everyone eats at.

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