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Lunch in West LA

I will be working at a law firm this summer in West LA. One of the best perks is a summer full of lunches provided by the firm. I'd love to hear any suggestions that you might have - anything from quick lunches in the area to nicer places to try. The attorneys will likely choose the spots we go to most of the time, but I'd like to have some good suggestions to offer as well. I'm a vegetarian so some sort of vegetarian option is a must, but does not have to be the focus of the restaurant. Thanks!

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  1. Where in West LA, or would anywhere in west LA work for you?

    A couple favorite lunch places of mine are Chaya Venice (sushi and fusion) and 26 Beach Cafe (huge menu), both in Venice. In Santa Monica, you should try The Ivy at least once and their famed grilled vegetable salad, and I also love their corn chowder. In Westwood, I love Tanino - very well done Italian. In Culver City, Tender Greens has great huge fresh salads - very casual place. Also in Culver City are Beacon (Asian), Bistro de L'Hermitage, and La Dijionaise (both sort of French, salads, sandwiches).

    http://www.thechaya.com/vindex.htm
    http://www.26beach.com/
    http://www.tanino.com/
    http://www.tendergreensfood.com/
    http://www.beacon-la.com/print.php
    http://www.bistrohermitage.com/
    http://www.ladijonaise.com/

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      Thanks! I'll be near Sawtelle and Olympic, but all of these suggestions would be really easy to get to for a longer lunch.

      1. re: LANewbie

        thats perfect. you are in the hub of japanese eats on the wesside. can't go wrong with most of the restaurants on sawtelle.

    2. Where in West LA (heck, if you're willing to say, which law firm?).

      If you're working near the Century City Westfield mall where many law firms are, I'll suggest Roni's and Clementine.

      Clementine gets a lot of talk on this board, almost all positive. Its two biggest drawbacks are it's very crowded at lunch and it's expensive ($10-15 for lunch). But everything around there is expensive, and the food quality there is higher. My favorite is the salad trio, where you just pick whichever three salads in the glass case look best to you. I love the beet salad, tuna macaroni salad, and cous cous. But everything is good.

      Roni's is my fiance's suggestion. He eats out around there quite a bit and that's his favorite lunch spot. Lots of hearty burger style food, cheaper and bigger portions than most places around there.

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      1. re: Pei

        Clementine is also a great bakery - very yummy cookies, cupcakes, and breads.

        http://clementineonline.com/

      2. Nook has a nice atmosphere and good comfort food. I also like the boiled peanuts they serve instead of bread.

        Nook Bistro
        11628 Santa Monica Blvd #9 (southeast corner of SM Blvd & Barry in a mini-mall)
        Los Angeles, CA 90025
        www.nookbistro.com

        Il Moro is a popular lunch spot for all the lawyers in the nearby office buildings.

        Il Moro
        11400 Olympic Blvd. (entrance on Purdue, South of Olympic
        )Los Angeles, CA 90064
        www.ilmoro.com

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        1. re: navystreet

          I see that one of the recommendations posted by "Navystreet" was for Il Moro. I will 2nd that!!! Il Moro is quality Italian with an extensive menu (something for everyone). They also have a lovely patio.

          1. re: navystreet

            Nook is a great place, with a lunch special of their mac'n'cheese and a ceasar salad combo, as well as a lentil soup and other good garden stuff. They normally don't take reservations at lunch.

            Do you eat seafood? How about eggs and cheese?

            1. re: nosh

              Nook sounds cute - thanks. No seafood for me - but yes on eggs and cheese.

          2. Bombay Cafe is an option

            1. Here is a link to a pretty long recent thread covering recommendations in Santa Monica, Mar Vista and West LA:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386126