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Lunch recs in Montrose?

Will Owen Jul 9, 2008 01:35 PM

Okay, I'm being lazy here...but the only time I've had lunch in Montrose was about four years ago, with my old school buddy, and he wanted to eat at Rocky Cola. Adequate but boring, it was, nor did the nostalgia angle charm me, either; I lived through the '50s once, and I have no interest in doing it again...

Anyway, I want to schedule a lunch meeting with a man who's in Montrose most Wednesdays, and as we'll probably be arguing (calmly) about design issues it needs to be somewhere non-frenetic, and casual enough so that nobody's trying to make us pay up and leave. Cheap would be good, decent non-messy food great, and since I have no idea of this guy's tastes in anything but magazine design a range of possibilities would be welcome. I would think getting a sandwich or something from Schreiner's might be good, only it's way too hot to sit outside these days.

Suggestions? Aside from Rocky Cola?

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    cjla RE: Will Owen Jul 9, 2008 01:53 PM

    La Cabinita

    Frank's Famous

    The Indian place, in the same strip mall as Famous Frank's

    Frank's Famous doesn't have table service, although there are tables where you can sit and eat. And get Dr. Bob's ice cream by the scoop...

    La Cabanita
    3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

    Frank's Famous
    3315 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

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      carter RE: cjla Jul 9, 2008 06:22 PM

      La Cabinita is a very good recommendation.

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      sebi RE: Will Owen Jul 9, 2008 02:01 PM

      In additon to cjla's post

      Berolina (next to Scheiner's): makes a decent sandwhich
      Zeke's: good, smoky pulled pork

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        Will Owen RE: sebi Jul 9, 2008 06:10 PM

        Divina Cucina (below) sounds, ummm, divine, but mebbe a tad fancy for two car guys. I'm thinking Zeke's is probably the best bet. Certainly gotta beat Rocky Cola...

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          SecretAsianMan RE: Will Owen Jul 12, 2008 04:38 AM

          Zeke's for sure!
          Don't forget the hot fudge sundae at the end. Most excellent.

      2. Das Ubergeek RE: Will Owen Jul 9, 2008 02:03 PM

        I worked for eight years in Montrose (or the next closest thing -- Ocean View a block and a half from Montrose) and by far the best:

        Divina Cucina, cattycorner from Rocky Cola. Their lunch specials are good and reasonable (under $10, I think, and come with bruschetta, and a soup or salad). Their soups are amazing (if they have yellow bell pepper soup, GET IT). The best lunch special is unfortunately the most expensive, but it's a sandwich of pressed chicken breast, zucchini and eggplant, with a slice of fresh mozzarella -- wonderful. Not a panino, though -- the bread is not grilled, just the food within.

        Just a few minutes from Montrose, on Foothill and Pennsylvania, is Ka-San, if you want Korean food. It's NOT cook-at-your-table at lunch, so no worries about forest fire-smelling suits.

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          cjla RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 9, 2008 02:29 PM

          I've never been to Divina Cucina. Does anyone know how dinner is?

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          swimfin RE: Will Owen Jul 12, 2008 09:06 AM

          THREE DRUNKEN GOATS! GO! ENJOY! Not cheap but great food. Yes, Montrose. New.

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            terim RE: Will Owen Jul 12, 2008 09:14 AM

            Cafe del Sol (now owned by the folks who own Camilos in Eagle Rock) on Verdugo Blvd right next to the movie theaters. They have a nice menu with pastas, salads, pizza and I believe sandwiches also. There's a comfy shaded patio in front so you can eat outside and ample room inside. They will not rush you and service is good. I was there for a quiet leisurely lunch (one guy was reading a book). At lunch time, parking is easy, right next to the theaters.

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