HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

LACMA-Good eats nearby??

handlertaper Jun 17, 2009 04:05 PM

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?

  1. katydid13 Jun 19, 2009 06:42 AM

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

    1 Reply
    1. re: katydid13
      Wolfgang Jun 19, 2009 09:12 AM

      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.

    2. DeePocketChopra Jun 18, 2009 07:20 PM

      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.

      2 Replies
      1. re: DeePocketChopra
        handlertaper Jun 18, 2009 07:55 PM

        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
          Vikzen Jun 19, 2009 03:28 AM

          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. Bob Brooks Jun 18, 2009 03:12 PM

        Umami Burger.

        1 Reply
        1. re: Bob Brooks
          tablefor1 Jun 18, 2009 04:40 PM

          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. n
          New Trial Jun 17, 2009 04:18 PM

          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

          1 Reply
          1. re: New Trial
            goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2009 05:25 PM

            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

          Show Hidden Posts