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Fill_Up Oct 7, 2009 11:33 AM

I'm going to a Lakers game later this month, and because of time restrictions probably won't be able to eat outside the arena. I was just wondering if there was anything worth going out of my way for at the concessions. I do have premiere level seating in case that makes a difference (Staples' website seems to imply that premier and suite ticket holders have access to more restaurants). Thanks!

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    Fill_Up Oct 8, 2009 10:32 PM

    Awesome recs and info guys, just what I was looking for! Thanks!

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      cls Oct 7, 2009 07:34 PM

      Eat early at the restaurant on the Premier level. The roast beef is fine, the buffet OK, the beer a bit warm, but you can sit at the bar with a great view of the court and watch warm ups. It makes for a pretty cool meal.

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        dclay Oct 7, 2009 06:43 PM

        Inside the arena:
        The sandwiches on the premier level are OK, specifically the roast beef. There is also a dessert cart. It will come directly to your suite if you are in one, or there will be a couple stationed near the bars/food
        The better option is the "whistle stop" on the main level.
        Good hand-carved roast beef dip. They also have a hand -carved turkey sandwich.
        There are also giant hotdogs at one location only with interesting toppings.
        Other than that, not much to recommend.
        LA Live and Vicinity:
        Lawry's - again a Carved roast beef sandwich, but very good. Also the best bet for finding a seat at a table close to game time.
        Yard House - if you can't get there an hour or more early you will not get a seat, so Beer only
        Trader Vics - Great tropical drinks decent appetizers, tough to get seat, not sure about reservations
        Flemings - overpriced steak. I went just as they opened and they had not figured out how to deal with the massive "single seating" with everyone wanting to eat quickly and get to the game on time.
        Roys - not in LA Live but a decent choice.
        The Palm - also not in LA Live, pretty close and you should be able to get a reservation, but expensive.

        Last note: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT eat at ESPN Zone

        1. Arthur Oct 7, 2009 04:29 PM

          This might help:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/484526

          1. f
            Fill_Up Oct 7, 2009 12:51 PM

            Thanks for the LA Live recs, I'll probably check it out after the game. I'm more interested in something I can eat in the arena or in my seat, though, since time is a major factor that day for me.

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              waterisgood Oct 7, 2009 12:17 PM

              I thought it was just that restaurant with the buffet. The buffet is nothing special, although the banana cream pie (off the menu) is really good. I'd go to one of the restaurants across the street at LA Live instead like Katsuya, which has pretty quick service.

              1. Servorg Oct 7, 2009 12:11 PM

                Directly on the north side of Staples is the newish LA Live venue with quite a few dining options: http://www.lalive.com/content.php?sec...

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