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Any good places for lunch near Sunset and La Brea?

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TailbackU Dec 18, 2008 10:45 PM

not looking for anything fancy. Something along the lines of Toast. Anything better in this area?

  1. Chowpatty Dec 19, 2008 08:16 AM

    Some people like Cheebo, but I really don't care for it. Probably Bossa Nova would be a good bet.

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      Emme Dec 20, 2008 09:28 PM

      FWIW i think Cheebo is horrendously overpriced. and we had a really weird experience last time - we were seated and given menus before the dinner hour, so we had lunch menus i guess. the waiter came and took drink orders, then another staff member came and asked to 'see' our menus, then returned with other ones. we then realized these were the dinner menus, and the prices all significantly higher, not to mention the lunch option that i had decided to order was no longer present... it just was kind of icky. then my friend ordered a pizza. it came and had olives all over it, so he asked if this was the pizza he ordered; she returned with the menu and pointed it out, to which my friend said, no remember i order *that* one? she said, oh the one you've got is better anyways. to which he said, "but i don't like olives..." this seemed to be over her head. she finally offered to replace it, but couldn't guarantee that the other would be better, and it would be at least another 20 minutes...at this point, we just cut our losses. we paid and left. i would have complained, but i wasn't paying the bill, so i didn't feel comfortable really challenging my friend. maybe ours was anomalous experience, but we won't be back regardless.

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      debstah Dec 19, 2008 09:15 AM

      I really like Vivoli Cafe for Italian food. Great lunch menu too with stuff around $10-$15. It's on Sunset a bit west of Fairfax

      www.vivolicafe.com

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        nyquil99 Dec 20, 2008 06:57 PM

        Cannot go wrong with Bossa Nova. Absolutely everything on the menu is good.

        1. Emme Dec 20, 2008 09:51 PM

          you could do something along the lines of Cube - kind of conducive to date and sharing.

          sante la brea is a healthy choice.

          is Lucques too expensive - it has a nice lunch menu and atmosphere

          1. Whiskey Valentine Dec 21, 2008 08:58 AM

            Gotta agree with the Bossa Nova people.

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              laeditormatthew Dec 21, 2008 12:38 PM

              I have to disagree, Bosa has bland overpriced food too. There is something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well, Bosa does the exact opposite, a ton of culturally un-pinpointable items mediocrely. Sorry. Try Anarkali, La Buca, Girasole or my personal favorite Grub if it is bfast or dinner.
              http://www.yelp.com/biz/grub-los-angeles

              1. lil mikey Dec 23, 2008 08:21 AM

                Aroma is new and has a nice open feel to it. The wait staff is friendly, although spread a bit thin when it's prime lunch time in the area (1:00 p.m.).

                There are two menus - (1) vegetarian with fish and (2) meat. There's a heavy Middle Eastern influence to the dishes, and between the menus there are dozens of choices, from pizzas to kabobs, hummus to sandwiches, salads to soups.

                The mushroom salad is WAY too much in everything. Don't order this alone. It sounds good on paper, but this should be a small side salad, not a main course salad. The paninis are very good. There's a turkey panini that hit the spot.

                The beauty of this place is that you can order two or more dishes and share. That way you diversify your risk on the food.

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