Another Arclight Dining Question
I know there have been numerous threads re. eating near the Arclght theatre, but here goes another:
I'm simply looking for some good pizza in the area, preferably thin crust, and by the slice would be a plus. Any ideas out there? Also, has anyone eaten at the Arclight cafe recently and would you recommend it?
I can answer the non-pizza question. I ate at Arclight a few days ago, and it was just as I remembered - better than expected, but nothing I'd crave or even visit were I not there already for a movie. That said, there are many things to recommend it - the turnover is so high that you rarely have to wait that long, there's a full bar, and best of all, they write down your movie showtime on a slip at your table so that you can get out in time to head upstairs to the theater. It's solid, no-frills "upscale diner" food - grilled chicken and sirloin strips, fresh salads, pasta, and reasonably priced. The menu link on their website appears broken though.
Village Pizza on Larchmont is really pretty tasty and less than 10 minutes away. They sell slices!
I ate at the Arclight about a week ago, and it was pretty much the same as every other time I've eaten there over the years - I like it. Service still leaves much to be desired - took 10 minutes after we were seated for a waiter to acknowledge us, and this was during a very off-peak hour when they were really not busy at all. No pizzas on the menu - it's primarily salads, sandwiches, and some other entrees like pastas and a fish and chips. The fish and chips is big - my friend ordered it, but note that if you like to eat your fish and chips with cocktail sauce, the Arclight has never had cocktail sauce!
The chicken fingers appetizer was yummy - great honey mustard. I got my usual tuna sandwich with fries, which were satisfying.
I also ordered a hot tea, but when they came out with the selection of different teas, there were like two random kinds left, and the waiter said that was all the tea they had left. No green tea was left :( Again - crappy service.
It is much better than one would expect from a cafe that happens to be at the movie theater. I recommend it primarily because it's so convenient if you're seeing a movie there, and the food is quite satisfying. They've also got a full bar you know, btw.
Closest pizza I'd recommend is at Bossa Nova on Sunset just west of La Brea. Probably 1 mile west of the Arclight, if that. It's not like NY pizza, but it's still really good and thin crust - no slices though. Their pepperoni pizza is one of my favorites.
Although it's not within walking distance, I'd recommend Palermo's on Vermont. The cheese pizza (get extra cheese) is excellent.
althought it's not by the slice, i wouldn't worry. i always end up getting my leftovers in a box to go and have a mid-night snack after i get home from the movie.
I shared a fruit and cheese plate and wine with a friend upstairs at the Arclight after seeing a film there. We were both pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. It was a different experience to have wine and cheese at a movie theatre. I thought it was nice.