first time in LA, but only for 24 hours
My husband and I will be in LA for 24 hours and are looking for suggestions for a lunch and a brunch, and maybe a delicious snack (a donut perhaps?). It is our first time in LA (unless you count my trip as a 2 year old when I picked a mushroom, ate some, and stuck up the rest up my nose).
This is sort of what we are looking for:
Saturday lunch somewhere between LAX and downtown LA (we are staying at the Omni)
Sunday brunch that is good for hangovers somewhere between downtown and roads that point north (We are driving to Carmel that afternoon, so something convenient to the 5 might be good) )
Sunday snack (donut?) north of brunch also on the 5?
We are poor, and are the kind of lax vegetarians that don't ask if the beans were cooked with pork or the soup with chicken stock. Places that are excellent people watching are a plus. maybe vietnamese or latin american?
you're poor but are staying at the OMni?
I second Rahel...really yummy and a good buffet.
To get to Carmel from LA, you're better off going up the 101 and having a prettier, more scenic drive up the coast through Santa Barbara.
pasadena really isn't on the way-you'll take either the 405 or the 5 to the 101.
If you are on the 101 in the San Fernando Valley, you can get brunch at:
Universal Hilton's Buffet (on weekends)
Le Pain Quotidean in Studio City
Dupar's in Studio City
Panera Bread in Studio City
Belwood Bakery Studio City
El Torito (yeeecch Sherman oaks)
The Studio City Farmer's market on Ventura Place in Studio city (great fruit, veg, cheese, crepes, pastries, tamales, breakfast burritos, grilled corn and more!
Gelson's Hot Bar in North Hollywood
Jinkey's Sherman oaks
Leda's bake Shop Sherman oaks
Marmalade Cafe Sherman Oaks
La Frite Sherman oaks
More than Waffles in encino
Gelson's in encino
Sona's in Encino
Cici's cafe in Tarzana
Bea's Bakery/and the attached deli in Tarzana
they're all good places for a snack, too.
I know there's more, but I forget.
Beware, I-5 is bereft of dining opportunities other than fast food, or Denny's, a quicker drive than U.S. 101, but in my book not chowish and more stressful than 101. Post a query on the California board for recco's north of L.A. county up to and including Carmel.
If you take the 101, you could jog over about four miles east at the Buellton exit and pay a visit to Solvang, an ersatz Danish village, and OD on Danish pastries (that and other opportunities can be found on the California board).
Totally OT, but you really need to take the 101 instead of the 5. To get to Carmel, it's better to stay towards the coast and the 5 goes WAY inland. Plus, the 5 is boring and ugly. ;)
If you take the 101 N, you get to pass my neck of the woods, and we have some FABU restaurants in the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo areas. Diner's paradise ... and SB/SLO are just off the freeway. In Santa Barbara, the infamous La Super Rica Taqueria (Julia Child's fave Mexican) comes to mind off Milpas.
But while in LA, I would say it would be fun to do sushi (so huge in LA) and Pinkberry.