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any advice on a solo lunch in the vicinity of barrington and wilshire?

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  1. Can't go wrong with Literati.

    1. Dim sum at VIP Harbor Seafood is the best (albeit pretty much the only) dim sum on the Westside, and before I get flamed I must say it's gotten a lot better over the past year. I was very pleasantly surprised the last couple visits and it's not THAT far off from the better dim sum places in the SGV or Chinatown, and even better than some of the other places.

      And it's on Wilshitre and Barrington!

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      1. re: chowmominLA

        Isn't it sort of difficult to do dim sum lunch as a solo diner?

        If you have a car, I like the Indian Buffet at Nizam, Pico near Westside Pavilion.

        1. re: mlgb

          I do dim sum alone all the time, about once or twice a week. Better with
          others but easily doable with one.

          Having said that, Nizam is great. They really do have an outstanding buffet for like $8. But it's not even close to Wilshire and Barrington and the OP seemed to specifically need that area.

        2. re: chowmominLA

          i've not tried the dim sum at VIP in a long long long time. what is the average pricing for their dim sum items nowadays? for example, what does an order of shui mai or har gow run?

          1. re: wilafur

            It's about average price for dim sum, maybe slightly on the higher side. About the same as Empress Pavilion or Sea Harbor. I'd say an order of shiu mai or har gow would be about $2.00 to $2.50 for four pieces.

            1. re: chowmominLA

              thank you. i'll try it out one of these weekends when i am too lazy to drive to SGV. =)

        3. Amadine is great for solo diners.

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          Amandine Patissiere
          12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. Enzo and Angela is right on Barrington and Wilshire (upstairs in mini-mall). It's great for lunch. Definitely my first choice.

            1. second the rec for literati - it's on the SE corner of wilshire & bundy.

              also, a little further up barrington and about one block east on san vicente, there's coral tree cafe on the north side, and barney's burgers on the south side.

              in fact, there are many places in brentwood along san vicente, and further up barrington in brentwood village - it just depends how far you can/want to stray from your wilshire/barrington landmark.

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              Literati II
              12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              Barney's Hamburgers Brentwood
              11660 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

              Coral Tree Cafe
              11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Ditto on Literati, Coral tree, and Barney's. On San vicente, there is also Taiko in the Brentwood Gardens mall (3rd floor)...good Japanese at reasonable prices.

              2. "In the vicinity" of Wilshire and Barrington encompasses Monte Alban, on Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Barrington. Wonderful Oaxacan food. Try the goat -- a revelation.

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                1. re: ozhead

                  good stuff... near there is also javan.

                  fyi, great salad bar at ralph's at olympic and barrington.

                  pizzicotto on san vicente

                  1. re: Emme

                    Anyone been to Asakuma recently? Used to love that place, but haven't been in a while.

                    1. re: AAQjr

                      still have good lunch specials....spicy tuna salad & grilled black cod

                      1. re: fdb

                        go to nagao instead...can't beat their spicy tuna salad!

                      2. re: AAQjr

                        personally, i don't love asakuma at all -- they only have seared albacore and don't carry soy paper...

                        1. re: AAQjr

                          Just had dinner at Asakuma tonight--my first time in maybe a decade, and it really didn't seem to have changed much--the glazed black cod is still excellent, nice salads, sushi and other dishes were mainly OK.