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Oct 24, 2007 04:08 PM

Lunch Near LACMA/Mid-Wilshire Area

We are taking our 9 year old & her grandparents to lunch on a Saturday prior to going to LACMA. Given the group, we would like something nice but not too adventurous, any suggestions?

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  1. Pretty slim pickins in that area. Best bet is probably Luna Park on La Brea just north of Wilshire.

    Luna Park
    672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      Or maybe Ca' Brea for Italian?

      Whoops - no lunch on Saturdays.

    2. I don't think you can go wrong at Cafe Verona on 2nd & LaBrea, which is very close to that area. There's a nice little patio, a good menu that emphasizes frittatas, panini, salads, and pastas. Also, your 9-yr-old will have fun looking at the fat goldfish in the fountain outside. It's a small place and can get busy on Sat/Sun afternoons, but give it a shot.

      1. Campanile never fails to impress, although your idea of "adventurous" may not be the same as mine. I've seen plenty of younguns and grandparents there, ad it's a really good brunch.

        Caffe Latte at Wilshire and Crescent Heights is a good neighborhood place. And you won't be that far from the Farmers Market, although it can be a madhouse on weekends.

        624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Farmers Market
        6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Caffe Latte
        6254 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. Bloom Cafe is not fancy but might work very well for your group.

          1. I work across the street from LACMA, so here's my rundown of lunch places in the area.

            If you want something within walking distance of LACMA:
            Pentimento is in the LACMA complex. The food is decent, and the restaurant is run by the Patina group. However, a little pricey, as museum food often is. At least you can sit outside. Just east down Wilshire is a Marie Callendar's - It's actually a fancy one, and the food is a little more upscale version of what's usually offered there. That being said, the food is OK. I would say the choices are limited as far as walking distance, for anything that isn't fast food-like.

            if you want to drive, I would definitely suggest Farmer's Market. Most of it is pretty serve-yourself casual, so if you want a good sit down dining experience go to Ulysses' Voyage (Greek food). It's on the Grove side of the market.

            Also, south of Wilshire down Fairfax past Olympic, is Little Ethiopia with several delicious Ethiopian restaurants. I recommend Rosalind's at 1044 S. Fairfax.

            Campanile is very good, but also expensive for lunch.