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Best Lunch in LA?

arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 02:48 PM

I'm on an expense account.

Been to Spago already, so far I'm looking at Matsuhisa/Providence/Water Grill. Anyone have any other suggestions? I know these are all seafood restaurants, but I would actually rather go turf too. Only problem is from what I know Cut/Jar/Wolfgangs are all closed for lunch

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  1. hrhboo RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 02:58 PM

    I love having lunch on the patio at Lucques.

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      Foodandwine RE: hrhboo Jul 2, 2008 07:20 PM

      Lucques is a Great Spot for lunch, laid back vibe, not very busy nor rushed and the food is on point as well.. A go to spot for me when I am in that area..

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        David Kahn RE: hrhboo Jul 3, 2008 12:59 PM

        Agree. Great steak frites, and the BLTA, when on the menu, is amazing.

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        brandygirl RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 02:59 PM

        The Ivy on Robertson is one of my favorite lunch destinations. When I worked on Olympic, I loved having lunch at Il Moro.

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          Emme RE: brandygirl Jul 2, 2008 07:00 PM

          ridiculously overpriced but really yummy is that grilled vegetable salad :) oh, and the tarte tatin

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          NYCnowLA RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 03:01 PM

          craft is nice for lunch

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            ozhead RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 04:26 PM

            Forget expense accounts. The best lunch in LA is the barbacoa de chivo at Monte Alban -- Sta. Monica Blvd. between Bundy and Barrington.

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              yogachik RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 07:02 PM

              I love lunch at Pane e Vino in the back patio. Also love Michael's patio for lunch.

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                Emme RE: yogachik Jul 2, 2008 07:31 PM

                pane e vino was gonna be my exact suggestion as well.

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                hhuunnggrryy RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 08:16 PM

                i am a sucker for fresh baked bread, so I like La Brea Bakery for lunch:


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                  omakase RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 09:53 PM

                  And next door to the La Brea Bakery is my favorite restaurant - Campanile (624 S. La Brea Ave.).

                  1. ipsedixit RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 10:27 PM

                    Cafe Pinot

                    One Pico (at Shutters)

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                      arsoisaen RE: ipsedixit Jul 3, 2008 04:47 PM

                      been here a couple times. i feel like i can go down to patina and get the same (sometimes a little better meal).

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                      jlrobe RE: arsoisaen Jul 2, 2008 10:55 PM

                      Bastide was good before Manzke left. Lucques maybe?

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                        nosh RE: arsoisaen Jul 3, 2008 11:19 AM

                        You mentioned that you would rather go turf: Pacific Dining Car is a great expense account lunch. I prefer the original location in the train car on 6th west of downtown, but the Santa Monica location may work better for you.

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                          arsoisaen RE: nosh Jul 3, 2008 04:46 PM

                          I actually work downtown, so this would work well. Hopefully its a step up from nick n stefs (which i've had almost weekly these days).

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