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French Bistro Lunch near Tar Pits on a Saturday?

sbkat Jan 1, 2010 05:48 PM

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. goodhealthgourmet RE: sbkat Jan 1, 2010 06:33 PM


    Mimosa Restaurant
    8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      New Trial RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2010 09:47 PM

      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.

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      bruinike RE: sbkat Jan 1, 2010 06:52 PM

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

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        kauma RE: sbkat Jan 1, 2010 06:52 PM

        Monsieur Marcel - in Farmers' Market!


        1. Bob Brooks RE: sbkat Jan 2, 2010 07:27 AM

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

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            sueshungry RE: sbkat Jan 2, 2010 08:29 AM

            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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              perk RE: sueshungry Jan 2, 2010 12:02 PM

              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.

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                sbkat RE: perk Jan 2, 2010 04:21 PM

                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.

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                  Bob Brooks RE: sbkat Jan 2, 2010 05:04 PM

                  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.

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                    paprkutr RE: sbkat Jan 2, 2010 05:08 PM

                    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.

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                      QualityMart RE: sbkat Jan 2, 2010 07:43 PM

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

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                        sbkat RE: QualityMart Jan 3, 2010 07:42 AM

                        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!

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                          love2eat RE: sbkat Jan 3, 2010 08:28 AM

                          Little Next Door!

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                            Emme RE: sbkat Jan 3, 2010 09:03 AM

                            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)

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                              bad nono RE: sbkat Jan 4, 2010 06:20 PM

                              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.

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                                sbkat RE: bad nono Jan 5, 2010 04:24 PM

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

                      2. re: sueshungry
                        rednyellow RE: sueshungry Jan 3, 2010 07:48 PM

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

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                          sbkat RE: rednyellow Jan 4, 2010 09:43 AM

                          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.

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