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Oct 23, 2009 05:33 PM

Staff Meals Today: What Top LA Restaurants Are Serving Their Employees

They cook for you, they serve you, they pick out your wine and they clean up after you. But what do they eat? Here is a sampling of what ten local restaurants are feeding their staff before they start taking care of you instead.



1. Angelini Osteria
Lamb and veal in a lamb ragout. Spicy pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil. Arugula salad with veggies and roasted chicken.

2. Ciudad
Red chicken chilaquiles with cotija, manchego and panela cheeses.

3. Comme Ça
Beef stroganoff.

4. Craft
Roast chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and salad.

5. Drago Centro
Curry chicken legs with basmati rice and salad.

6. Fraiche
Penne with lamb spezzatino (stewed lamb) and salad. They're also offering a vegetarian pasta option.

7. Lucques
Suckling pig chili.

8. Matsuhisa
Beef teriyaki.

9. Providence
Lamb sausage and couscous.

10. Water Grill
Caesar salad.

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

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  1. Here are the rest of the links.

    445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Comme CA
    8479 Melrose Ave West, Hollywood, CA

    1 Reply
    1. re: noahbites

      Ok...for some reason I'm having link problems. Here we go.

      Water Grill
      544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      Drago Centro
      525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    2. It would be interesting to correlate the calorie and refined-carb content of these meals with the energy and alertness of the staff.

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      1. re: Harry Nile

        definitely an interesting idea. i hope Water Grill supplements that Caesar salad with some sort of protein, otherwise that must be one cranky staff!

      2. is this every day? they have to eat the same thing every day?

        i think it should be a crime if restaurants didn't feed their staff. totally uncool.

        and what's with water grill? salad? no starch/protein?

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        1. re: dtud

          This is all just what they served today.

            1. re: dtud

              I agree, yum to the salad -- but that's simply not a meal. Even if you eat 500 - 600 calories' worth of it, the only component of any significant nutritional value is the fat in the dressing and the white bread in the croutons. Not a really balanced or healthy meal by itself, regardless of the portions.

              1. re: dmd_kc

                If it is a REAL Caesar Salad, there is egg and anchovy in it. Not what I think of as a Pre-Service Staff Meal, but NOT devoid of protein or food value.

        2. I think it is in the interest of a restaurant to serve the staff what is on the menu. That way, over time, they become the experts they should be when offering advice to customers.

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          1. re: Philly Ray

            And that's why many restaurants do it, but they should also take care to serve well-balanced meals -- not merely an unrelated collection of dishes -- to help the staff remain healthy, energetic, and alert. You know, just like us customers. I would be shocked, shocked to find that any restaurant (at least, in Los Angeles, where this moveable thread began) doesn't care whether their staff is wide-awake and ... what was the other thing? ... oh, yeah, healthy.

          2. Another installment!


            1. Akasha
            Meatball sandwiches.

            2. Animal
            Lomo saltado.

            3. Ford's Filling Station
            Taco Thursday-- pulled pork carnitas tacos with avocado and salsa (the salsa is made by the dishwasher, whose sister sends him chiles from Oaxaca).

            4. Golden State Café
            Red poblano chilaquiles with a fried egg.

            5. Melisse
            Thai marinated chicken with a broccoli and chile, Asian inspired rice.

            6. Nobu
            Corned beef and cabbage.

            7. Osteria Mozza
            Crispy chicken thighs with sage, rosemary, garlic cloves and roasted potatoes.

            8. Palate Food + Wine
            Lemon pepper chicken wings with salad and pasta.

            9. Rivera
            Crispy pork.

            10. Rustic Canyon
            Fennel sausage with pumpkin and kale. Arugula salad with apples.

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            1. re: noahbites

              am i the only one who finds #6 somewhat incongruous? corned beef & cabbage at Nobu? i'm not saying it should be Japanese, or even Asian necessarily, but this one is just odd.