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Long lunch near LACMA tomorrow??

Will Owen Jan 25, 2008 09:06 AM

We had intended to meet some friends at the Farmers Market tomorrow (Saturday), as we often do, for a long, leisurely lunch and conversation before going to LACMA. The strong possibility of rain has sorta put the kibosh on that. We don't want to go to one of the indoor places there, as they tend to be small and we'd feel pressed to eat and leave. Our primary lunch date has suggested Doughboys, BLD or Bloom, mentioning in passing that Bloom is cute but doesn't impress her. Since we really have not bothered to explore any possibilities in that area other than at the FM, I'm at a bit of a loss. Anyone have a suggestion?

  1. Will Owen Jan 25, 2008 03:51 PM

    Thanks for the recs, but two things have just changed the picture: first, our current weather and most of tomorrow's has been upgraded to Partly Cloudy, possible evening showers; second, I think I'm coming down with something. So we'll either do our usual FM trip (which I wanted to do anyway because I need to hit Kokomo before they shut down), or I'll stay home. Depending.

    Feel free to submit suggestions, though. We need to compile a useful list of LACMA-adjacent joints anyway. Someone else might like to do that, too.

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      bad nono Jan 25, 2008 03:34 PM

      Little Next Door or Maison Midi maybe?

      1. l
        logan Jan 25, 2008 12:38 PM

        why don't you check out some of the ethiopian places on fairfax. the food always takes a long time to come out, so it's great for long leisurely lunches and it's good food. fun too. i go to "merkato" but others have their fav's.

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          New Trial Jan 25, 2008 11:04 AM

          Campanile or Luna Park (both on La Brea just North of Wilshire) are probably the best bets in that area. Pentimento at the Museum is not worth it and does not encourage lingering.

          1. katydid13 Jan 25, 2008 10:45 AM

            I love Cafe Verona at 2nd & LaBrea. Some of their seating is outdoors, but they also have an entirely closed-in patio section complete with heat lamps. They serve food till 6 p.m., I believe.

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            1. re: katydid13
              lac582 Jan 25, 2008 07:48 PM

              Second Cafe Verona. I love this place.

            2. ipsedixit Jan 25, 2008 10:03 AM


              Or maybe head south to Little Ethiopia and try Rahel's or Meals by Genet?

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                maudies5 Jan 25, 2008 09:10 AM

                I had lunch recently in the LACMA Restaurant (can't think of the name but it is part of the Patina group). The food was quite good and the service was also good. Suggest making a reservation.

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                1. re: maudies5
                  Dybno Jan 25, 2008 10:53 AM

                  I thought the food was pretty pretentious and over priced, when I ate there a couple weeks ago. I had a sandwich that was boring and the bread tasted stale. The service is good and the food is not bad but I would recommend going somewhere else.

                  1. re: Dybno
                    Will Owen Jan 25, 2008 01:05 PM

                    I have yet to visit any Patina Group eatery that was more than bearable - the snack shops are long on high-calorie "healthy" crap for too much money (muffins the size of my head etc.), and the sit-down places just aren't inviting enough to overcome the steady drum of bad buzz I keep getting here.

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