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Le Grande Orange Recommendations?

ginael Aug 12, 2008 09:32 PM

Please help me efficently patronize Le Grande Orange. I am in town from San Diego for a few days, and I have already once visited this renowned grocery. I found it very tightly-packed and overpriced. Due to time constraints, I quickly purchased a baguette and gourmet cheeses. I have read about its wonderful food selection.
Although I am unhappy about its lack of parking (today several of us patrons had no choice but to valet park), due to my foodie cravings, I'd love to give it another try. Any suggestions on the lunch picks--other than pizza? The valley has so many wonderful options for the Italian pie, I'd rather skip that. So Phoenix CH posters, what's the best bet for lunch at LGO? A caveat--I am vegetarian.

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    andyeats RE: ginael Aug 12, 2008 11:16 PM

    I'd recommend the Commuter w/ avocado.

    1. azhotdish RE: ginael Aug 12, 2008 11:43 PM

      I recommend Mia's Pancakes, and I also recommend getting there around 10am if possible, as you should beat the lunch rush and avoid the morning traffic. I personally love their pizza, and they serve it early on Fridays. BTW if you like english muffins, take some to-go.

      1. silverbear RE: ginael Aug 13, 2008 05:58 AM

        If you found LGO "very tightly-packed and overpriced" (an assessment I generally agree with), why go back for more punishment?

        For good vegetarian eats near LGO, try Pita Jungle at 44th & Indian School, with an extensive selection of meatless Mediterranean dishes. There's also Bertha's Cafe at 40th & Thomas with a tasty asparagus and havarti panino on the menu.

        Pita Jungle
        4340 E Indian School Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85018

        2916 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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          drewb123 RE: silverbear Aug 14, 2008 05:50 PM

          sorry but uchhhhh!! do not go to Bertha's how can you even compare La Grandes Fab food to bertha's? Sorry Silverbear.

          BTW get the tuna sandwich at la grande or the sushi, mediterranean plate or any sandwich for that matter.

          Finish up with an ooey gooey cupcake. The best cupcake in town.

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            Seth Chadwick RE: drewb123 Aug 14, 2008 07:45 PM

            Well, count me as a fan of Bertha's. I have had consistently great sandwiches there along with a few very good pastries.

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              azhotdish RE: Seth Chadwick Aug 14, 2008 08:29 PM

              I want to like Bertha's, but with Sack's, LGO and Acacia Cafe close by for a sandwich, I'm hard-pressed to find a reason to go. I certainly can't argue about the pastries though.

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                drewb123 RE: azhotdish Aug 15, 2008 05:19 PM

                Wow!! i don't know I like independents but i seriously thought the breakfast was gross and the mini red velvet cupcake was ice cold and stale-like. I am sticking to my opinion abt Bertha's.

                Sacks is good have had a locarb wrap sandwich a couple of times for the money it is good but gourmet lunch is la grande all the way.

                Not sure if you guys have trid low down but is is fab u get a wrap lgish choc chip home made cookie, sun chips and a drink for abt $8 it is a fave of my husband and I. It is Osborn and 24th street I beleive.

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                  azhotdish RE: drewb123 Aug 15, 2008 06:40 PM

                  Yes I think you're right, Lowdown used to be at 24th St/Campbell but haven't been to their new location yet.

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                    drewb123 RE: azhotdish Aug 15, 2008 08:54 PM

                    still the same great place. Google it is is never mentionrd on the board. I mentioned it once ot twice but it really is a hidden gem

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                      drewb123 RE: drewb123 Aug 15, 2008 08:57 PM

                      here you go everyone must try

                      Low Down Cafe
                      2407 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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                        drewb123 RE: drewb123 Mar 24, 2010 12:53 PM

                        I think Low down is closed-SAD NEWS!

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                    johnseberg RE: drewb123 Aug 15, 2008 09:39 PM

                    Now, I remember, the microwaved eggs. I never understood your outrage over that (drewb123), but, I probably won't be having breakfast, at Bertha's.

                    For all I know, the Asparagus and Havarti Panini is the only good thing on the menu, but, it's good. It's pretty much the only thing I've had.

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                      drewb123 RE: johnseberg Aug 15, 2008 10:11 PM

                      johnseberg- thanks for being on my side. I sometimes feel people put bertha's too be cool on this board to say something diff. but hell I will never go back.

                      I love overeasy for breakfast if im not personally cooking and that's abt it. there is a mexican joint on 32nd and thomas very clean that i have gotten bkfst burritos at and sprouts i have bought bkfst burriots at but other than that stay at home

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            ziggylu RE: ginael Aug 13, 2008 06:07 AM

            English muffins. Stock up, they freeze well.

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              melcarr RE: ginael Aug 13, 2008 08:53 AM

              Their salads in the cold case are all good. I think their tuna fish is the best I've ever had - either with the salad nicoise or on the sandwich.

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                Booger RE: ginael Aug 13, 2008 09:19 AM

                I would recommend going across the parking lot to Il Postino. Everything is wonderful there, but I love the Picnic salad, and the Autostrada sandwich.

                Glasses of wine are $5 each at lunch, into early afternoon.

                Parking is tight, but if you are patient (double park in the lot for less than 5 minutes), you can always catch someone leaving. Sometimes, paying the $3 for valet is easier.

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                  drewb123 RE: Booger Aug 14, 2008 05:52 PM

                  Booger it's called Postino not il postino. Just for the record. and it's Very good as well. Great brushetta

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                    Booger RE: drewb123 Aug 15, 2008 08:45 AM

                    Noted, no Il.

                    I am salivating now, thinking about the white bean brushetta. That is one of my "last meal" foods.

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                  sundevilgirl RE: ginael Aug 14, 2008 07:35 PM

                  I'm definitely a meat eater and very rarely do I order anything vegetarian. That said, I really love their vegetarian sandwich on ciabatta bread. It has tomato, cucumber, roasted peppers, greens, guacamole, herbed goat cheese and havarti. It is always really fresh and definitely one of my few favorites there.

                  My favorite vegetarian sandwich in Phx, is definitely at Pane Bianco. It's a tomato, mozzarella, and basil sandwich on freshly made bread. It is truly amazing.

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                    ginael RE: sundevilgirl Aug 14, 2008 10:20 PM

                    All good recommendations, thanks CH posters. Silverbear, as for why I go back for more punishment, I am determined to try one of their dishes. Maybe its the stubborn foodie in me. The english muffins sound delicious, I'll give them a try. Good to know that 10am is probably a better time.

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                      drewb123 RE: sundevilgirl Aug 15, 2008 05:20 PM

                      I love pane bianco. I have ate there a couple of times and had i think the pork sandwich YUMMM!!

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