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Jun 17, 2009 04:05 PM

LACMA-Good eats nearby??

Going to the museum on Sunday and want to have lunch nearby. Not too heavy since we will be going to the SGV for an early-ish Chinese dinner but nice atmosphere please. Any suggestions?

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  1. Campanile would be my choice, or perhaps brunch at Street. But for the fact that you don't won't too heavy, I would also think of Pizzera Mozza.

    Pizzeria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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    1. re: New Trial

      Campanile is a great choice.

      a few other options:
      - BLD
      - Little Next Door
      - Sofi

      Little Door
      8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      BLD Restaurant
      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Sofi Greek Restaurant & Garden
      8030 3/4 Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Second Umami. Though it may be too heavy. Or, Loteria at the Farmer's Market (Fairfax&Third), just get a few things. Have heard good things about CUBE on La Brea.

      2. Pentimento in the LACMA courtyard could be what you want. Light options, including delicious soups and salads, full bar etc. NIce people watching right in the middle of the place.

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        1. re: DeePocketChopra

          Thanks for all of those great suggestions. I have really been wanting to try Umami but am thinking I need just a bit lighter since we are off for Chinese food for dinner. I am leaning towards BLD or Pentimento...Hmmmm...!!!

          1. re: handlertaper

            Having eaten at Pentimento many times, I have had a variety of dining experiences there. The last was on Monday evening. A citrus-marinated artichoke app came in a jar and was low on taste. Other times, including Monday, I've been served yellowing arugula. Arugula/rocket should be GREEN! Aside from these criticisms and the relative over-pricing, unless you plan to have only the very lightest of snacks, I would suggest BLD, Campanile, or even Luna Park, the latter if you are happy among a 'younger' crowd - Luna Park is also inexpensive compared to the other choices. Pentimento has limited indoor seating but the patio is indeed very nice if the hot sun isn't boring down on you (unless you like that sort of feeling).

        2. I recommend Cafe Verona at 2nd St. & La Brea.

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          1. re: katydid13

            In addition to the aforementioned Campanile and BLD (I think Campanile is a better value for weekday lunch), I would also try La Brea Bakery right next to Campanile. They have about 4 small tables outside. Good sandwiches--I like the turkey and avocado if you want a cold sandwich and the tuna melt or ham and cheese if you want a hot sandwich. Also, they have my favourite potato chips--Route 66 dill pickle flavour. It's like a salt and vinegar chip with dill. The green chile chips are also great.