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jnette Oct 28, 2007 07:30 PM

Hi there!

my husband and I have taken a couple of days off to explore our new area. we are nes to LA. We plan on seeing a movie tomorrow at the arclight and would like to hav elunch beforehand. Any recs?????

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  1. Emme RE: jnette Oct 28, 2007 09:20 PM

    Fabiolus Cafe is close and not too expensive

    Los Balcones de Peru for Peruvian

    Katsuya just went in

    Bowery (sweet potato fries :-)

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      perk RE: Emme Oct 29, 2007 01:27 PM

      Please DON'T settle on the cafe inside the ArcLight. It's really terrible. There are a couple of decent appetizers that you can order at the bar.....but that's about it.

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      tag heuer RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 08:21 AM

      we always make a trip to The Hungry Cat when we go to the arclight, however I think they are not open for lunch on Mondays. I would recommend Square One for a late breakfast or lunch.... http://www.squareonedining.com/

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        daniel7720 RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 10:36 AM

        Agree with the above posters but Fab's can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Magnolia is also good if you want to try a real "LA" vibe place. Recommend the scallops and flank steak.

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        Magnolia
        6266 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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          rednyellow RE: daniel7720 Oct 29, 2007 07:41 PM

          My one lunch at Magnolia was truly awful. Very cute waiter and a good martini, but terrible food, also the two tables on either side of me sent their food back.

        2. thegingerbreadgirl RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 10:47 AM

          I really like Off Vine - it's tucked away in a converted house right around the corner from the Arclight parking garage. It's very cute, garden setting with great salads and sandwiches.

          1. tatertotsrock RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 11:13 AM

            HUNGRY CAT
            HUNGRY CAT
            HUNGRY CAT

            Have a cocktail for me!

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              Emme RE: tatertotsrock Oct 29, 2007 11:38 AM

              only tuesday to friday are they open for lunch!

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                tatertotsrock RE: Emme Oct 29, 2007 11:55 AM

                Thanks for the heads-up Emme.
                I've never tried to go on a Monday.
                Hmmm, where to go, where to go...

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              tastycakes RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 01:09 PM

              definitely ditto on the hungry cat rec. fabiolus cafe was gross last time we went - it was mid-summer and i had a salald - my tomato was hard, bland, and pale and the corn was from a can. off vine is nice and has a relaxing garden setting. you could always do kabuki for sushi -specials at lunch and the fish is always very fresh. it's not a temple of japanese cuisine though - you could try sushi ike but i think it isn't open at lunch.

              also numero uno just south of fountain on vine is good for pupusas/mexican.

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                brownonthebeach RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 03:57 PM

                Citizen Smith on Cahuenga is less frantic for lunch than dinner. Hungry Cat would have been your best bet. Magnolia or Bowery pretty ok too. I had the worst experience at Off Vine so would rate that a big MISS.

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                  hpcat RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 04:42 PM

                  Recently went to Csardas on Melrose, just west of Vine. It's hearty, hungarian food, but the lunch deals are great. Regular dinner menu for about half the cost. It's a lot of food and very good.

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                    smartcooki RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 06:46 PM

                    how about EAT on Sunset? They changed their menu a few months ago. It was pretty good when I was there. If you don't mind a little drive, Santa Fe on LaBrea is good. Also, the Griddle on Sunset/Fairfax.

                    1. Woolsey RE: jnette Oct 29, 2007 07:00 PM

                      I have to second Katsuya and Bowery:

                      Katsuya at Hollywood and Vine is fun for sushi and Japanese entrees. They have good lunch specials that mean it won't break the bank, and the servers are great. It's a sexy room, too.

                      Bowery has decent sandwiches and entrées - the burger's the real star there. It's great. So is their bread pudding.

                      I'm not wild about The Hungry Cat. I think it's overpriced for the molecular-sized portions - entrées at The Hungry Cat are the same size as starters elsewhere. Service can be slow as molasses in January and a bit... quirky: Our waitress kept moving my friend's silverware and napkin as if she was a naughty toddler. The room is also currently a construction site as they expand. Yeah, others adore it. It's not bad, but I don't think it's the as glorious as it's often made out to be. I definitely wouldn't go here if I had a showtime looming.

                      The Kabuki at Sunset and Vine isn't bad; it's one of the best ones in the chain, in fact.

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                        strawberryfield RE: Woolsey Oct 29, 2007 07:44 PM

                        Aww...I really like Hungry Cat. And speaking of bread pudding, I think their chocolate bread pudding is fantastic. I've always thought the food there was top notch - although it does have a bit of the "small plates" thing going on even though the plates are meant to be a meal in and of themselves! Although it's a touch too late, for a good meal in the vicinity I'd say Ammo is worth considering. And they do serve lunch.

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