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May 19, 2008 12:33 PM

Good lunch near Staples Center

We will be in town for a convention and are looking for a nice place to have a reunion lunch with a few former coworkers. Ideally, we'd like to stick to downtown near the convention center, within a walk or short cab ride. Also, it needs to be open Saturday lunch. I love Cafe Pinot, and I hear the Palm is close (but overrated). Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. The two nearby places are Liberty Grill and J's Restaurant & Lounge. I prefer the former but the latter has cheap martinis during lunch.

    1. Many Downtown LA restaurants are not open on Saturday afternoons. A few that are: Wokcano at 7th & Flower and Adoro Mexican Grille at 7th & Figueroa. The CPK at 7th and Fig is also likely open for Saturday lunch. Whatever restaurant you select, be sure to call to check on hours.