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Jan 1, 2010 05:48 PM

French Bistro Lunch near Tar Pits on a Saturday?

Is this a possibility? Will be in town for a day between travels and will be doing the tourist thing (husband wants to see the Tar Pits and Museum). Is there a lovely place for lunch we could enjoy before heading to LAX for an early morning flight the following day? Room service for dinner will probably prevail, so a decent lunch would make us both happy! Thanks for your advice.

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  1. Mimosa

    Mimosa Restaurant
    8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      C'est fini. It is now Bistro LQ and is not open for lunch.

      Comme Ca or the Little Next Door would be the best bets in that area or, a little further West, the new Bouchon in Beverly Hills would be an even better choice.

    2. COMME CA on Melrose just east of La Cienega should fit your needs.

      1. Monsieur Marcel - in Farmers' Market!

        1. Lucques or the Little Next Door would both be nice choices.

          1. I have been there in a while, but Le Petit Bistro may be an option. They're on La Cienega & Melrose. Here's a link to their site, which has their lunch menu.


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            1. re: sueshungry

              Friends of mine just went there last week; they hadn't been for years. They said it was terrific.
              A group of four had a lovely meal, and one of them used to live in France.

              1. re: perk

                Thanks all for the replies! Comme Ca has been on my radar, but haven't been yet. They serve brunch Sat and Sun which may not be exactly what we are looking for. Le Petite Bistro looks promising, have not been. Thoughts? I have eaten at the Monsieur in Farmer's already (good) and Bouchon in Vegas, delish! The Little Next Door looks lovely - do they offer table service, or is it more relaxed/deli setup? Thanks again for the great advice.

                1. re: sbkat

                  Little Next Door does have table service and a lovely patio to enjoy if the weather is anything like what we've had this weekend. But do read some posts about Lucques as it is very nice.

                  1. re: sbkat

                    I have always enjoyed Le Petit Bistro, and just went last week for the first time in a long time. Food was as good as usual. Surprised that they have expanded a little. A bigger totally outdoor area and they expanded where the bar area is and have a small private room.

                    1. re: sbkat

                      Little Next Door is superb food, great laid back atmosphere, and yes it's table service.

                      1. re: QualityMart

                        So many bistros, so little time. What a wonderful dilemma to have. As much as I would love to visit Lucques, it may be a bit much for a transitional lunch/airport day. Boo. Now it looks like it may be between Le Petit Bistro and Little Next Door. Given the choice folks, which one would prevail? Or, if there are any must go-to last minute contenders... Thanks again!

                          1. re: sbkat

                            i very much enjoy having brunch and lunch at little next door. i enjoy their omelettes. the carrot and lentil salads are good, as well as the terrines... not my thing, but friend enjoyed rabbit terrine last we went. also the beet salad and goat cheese tart are worth ordering. for dessert, apple tarte tatin! (or if you're there for brunch, the chocolate croissants for a sweet note)

                            1. re: sbkat

                              I second (or 3rd) Little Next Door. I've been to both Le Petit Bistro and Little Next Door and I think the food at Little Next Door is better. If you get dessert ask for their Ile Flottante (last time I went there it wasn't on the menu but they told us it was available). One of the lightest and most flavorful I've ever had.

                              1. re: bad nono

                                Thanks for the dessert tip! I wouldn't miss dessert in a good patisserie for the world.

                      2. re: sueshungry

                        Le Petit Bistro is always good. The one time I tried Comme Ca was just terrible, food and service.

                        1. re: rednyellow

                          Looks like Little Next Door wins by a slim margin, but Le Petit definitely looks more old school, which sometimes just fits the bill. Looks like I can't go wrong with either. Thanks all for the great recs. I'll report back after my trip, two weeks off.