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"Day Off" Restaurant?

I had a rare mid-week day off yesterday and I wanted to go somewhere by myself for breakfast or lunch that is typically hard to get into on the weekend. I couldnt think of anything in particular so I went to my standby which is John O'Groats for breakfast. Does anyone have any suggestions for good foodie spots in West LA that are casual enough to go to solo, have great food and hard to get into on the weekend? I feel like I wasted a great opportunity. Please help me out!

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  1. Fraiche, and, to a lesser extent, Akasha in Culver City, BLD or Terroni(only lunch) on Beverly, Comme Ca on Melrose, Joe's or Gjelina on Abbot Kinney come to mind...

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    1. re: tablefor1

      Thanks for the feedback TF1. Ive been wanting to try Fraiche, BLD and Gjelina. I was thinking of somewhere like Bay Cities for takeout.

      1. re: tablefor1

        I second Comme Ca on Melrose. It's not hard to get in on a weekend (I've never had a wait, even without a reservation), but the breakfasts are spot on. I recommend either the Croque Madame or the Brioche French toast (I think it's pain perdu on the menu). Their Bloody Marys and Mimosas are also very good.

      2. Mariscos Chente for lunch. Camarones a la Diabla or Pimienta. Delicious and unique.

        Mariscos Chente
        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        1. The next time I have a "day off" in the middle of the week I'm going to try Westside Tavern. And I will report back!

          Westside Tavern
          10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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          1. re: Phurstluv

            Just be aware, they aren't doing lunch until sometime in July (I think the restaurant was saying the 7th or something like that).

            1. re: Servorg

              Right, right. I won't have time off before then, anyway!!

          2. For lunch:
            new Westside Tavern on Pico - really good food, great cocktails (enjoy a sazerac!)

            paco's tacos on centinela is good mexican as is monte alban...

            il moro bar is good/drinks great...

            comme ca gets a vote. akasha in culver city is really good....

            1. Love these suggestions. I went to Westside Tavern once for dinner and had thier burger which was fantastic. I need to get to Mariscos Chente as well, ive heard a lot about that place on these boards. Never been to Comme Ca but ive heard thier dinner is inconsistent but i will give thier breakfast a try especially if they have good french toast. Never had Pacos Tacos or il moro but its definately on my radar, had monte alban once but i dont think i ordered correctly.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  They're open all day during the week? I thought it was just weekends.

                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Pizzeria Mozza is open at noon, daily.

                2. You've already mentioed my fav - Bay Cities Deli. I've also wanted to try Angelini Osteria for a weekday lunch.

                  Angelini Osteria
                  7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  Bay Cities Italian Deli
                  1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  1. La Grande Orange in Santa Monica

                    lunch service is pretty casual (you order than bring number back to yur table), but the food is pretty good.



                    1. An old weekday summer afternoon favorite, although I haven't been in a long time, is the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey.... not for the food, but for the decadence of getting a margarita, going to the downstairs patio, and sitting there overlooking the water and watching the rollerskaters roll by.