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Best company cafeteria/commissary?

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Anybody got any good company cafeterias to report? From my studio experience, I thought the Disney had the best, Fox second and Paramount and Warner Bros. were inedible.

Are there any good ones open to the public?

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  1. Try the Gas Company cafeteria on Fifth and Grand in downtown.

    There are plenty of better restaurant choices in downtown, but if you must eat at a company cafeteria, you could do worse.

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    1. re: Ediner

      The Gas Company is definately a winner. A very close second is the Department of Water & Power, downstairs, across from the Music Center. My choice when I'm in court and doon't have time to travel.

      1. re: TomSwift

        Another good one used to be the Mattel Cafeteria
        run by Marriott near the airport.

        I was taking some classes across the street and Mattel
        allowed the public into their cafeteria area. Mattel
        people got a discount, everybody else paid full price (which is only fair).

        Food was good, place was clean.

        Disney's cafeteria is not as good as it used to be (IMHO). Its now run by SODEXHO, prices are up and quality is down (again IMHO).


    2. I know you already mentioned it, and I don't know how open to the public it is, but the Disney commissary has to be one of the best places I've eaten a workday lunch for under $10. Everything is super fresh and perfectly prepared.

      1. The Disney commisary makes killer tuna melts!!! It's been a few years since I've been on the lot,hopefully they havent changed.

        1. The LA Times cafeteria is allright...not open to the public though.

          1. The new Warner Bros. (used to be Sony) cafeteria on Olive Ave. in Burbank is very good and as far as I can tell open to the public (I don't work there but eat there a few times a week). They always have about 5-6 different daily specials of different ethnic backgrounds, like Tikka Chicken plates, stir frys, curries, pastas, etc. on top of a great salad bar, soup and stew bar (excellent and varied choices every day) in addition to sandwiches (hot and cold) and gourmet wraps. All sorts of "foodie" touches abound in terms of menu items and condiments. By far it is the best cafeteria I have eaten in but I admit it is the only studio cafeteria I have tried. If others are markedly better, I would like to try them.

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            1. re: Tiplow

              Thanks! Sounds like they improved since I was there a few years ago. Boy was that burger bad. And really, there is no reason there should be burgers that bad.

            2. WB has 2 or 3 different cafeterias, the one that is open to the public is at 3400 Riverside in Burbank. My experience there was certainly different than Tiplow's, I thought it was atrocious! The burger was grey...taken from a bucketfull of pre-cooked burger patties and plopped onto the grill for a minute to "freshen". It was supposed to come with fresh-battered onion rings but the cook said no such thing existed there and served it with french fries instead - (fries that appeared to have been fried twice but were cold anyway.) Strawberry frozen yogurt tasted like some artificial cotton candy flavored goop. Thumbs down!

              1. An awesome cafeteria is the World Way West Grill behind LAX. The food is fresh and delicious! The prepare fresh cookies and cake daily.

                Check out their website http://laxgrill.com/

                They are open to the public

                1. Lunch at Merle Norman Cosmetics in the LAX airport area is 25 cents. What's a quarter-buck get you? Lunch prepared by a French chef as well as a pastry and dessert chef to finish off your meal. Morning and afternoon siestas are a dime. The catch? You have to be an employee, a former employee, or a friend of either of the former. The founder loved gourmet food, particularly all things French. He wanted to share is passion for great food with his "family." He also had a great passion for antique autos as well as crystal hood ornaments and self-playing instruments. He had such huge collections that he set up a facility - a working musem if you will - in Sylmar. He named it, San Sylmar, and tours are free. You just need a reservation. They don't make 'um like J.B. Nethercutt anymore.


                    1. Southern California Edison used to contract out the commissaries in their Rosemead HQ to a company called Guckenheimer. I don't remember the lunches but they had a couple guys from Durango that made the best Mexican breakfasts I've had in the US, including chilaquiles and huevos divorciados to DIE for.

                      There are actually two commissaries at Disney -- I preferred the one in the ABC building rather than the one on the lot. Tip: Providence St. Joseph's employees are allowed onto the lot most days to eat and shop (there is no public access to the Disney lot and no tour).