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Jan 11, 2010 07:12 PM

Sunday lunch in downtown before concert at Disney Hall

I'm trying to find a place for Sunday lunch before a 2pm concert at Disney Hall. My first two thoughts were Patina itself (in the hall) and Engine Co No. 28 (which I love) but both are closed on Sundays during lunchtime. As are Drago Centro and Zucca, two other places that came to mind.

Anybody have recs for a place open Sunday at noon in downtown that is a nice place I could take the in-laws?

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  1. Dim Sum at Ocean Seafood just a few blocks away in Chinatown.

    1. Checkers
      Bottega Louie
      Pacific Dining Car

      Wyndham Checkers Hotel
      535 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      Pacific Dining Car
      1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

      Rivera Restaurant
      1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

      Bottega Louie
      700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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      1. re: wutzizname

        McCormick and Schmicks is so close. They may well be open on Sunday for lunch

        1. re: wutzizname

          Really have to concur with the Pacific Dinig Car recommendation. Near where you want to be, classy, loaded with nostalgia and some of the best if not the best eggs benedict I've ever had.

        2. Check Kendall's at the Music Center.

          1. Kendall's opens at 11:30 AM on Sunday. I have always enjoyed it. Also, Bottega Louie on Seventh is open early. Checkers has a great restaurant in an elegant hotel feel.

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            1. re: RobertC

              I've hard horrible experiences at Kendall's (I think there is a review on Chowhound of a particularly terrible meal there). It is just not good food.

              I went through the search for Sunday lunch/brunch downtown a few months ago and we had a good experience at Pete's Cafe on Main. It's more casual than Patina, so it might be too downscale. The food is mainly salads, sandwiches and burgers, but it is good and reasonably priced.

              Thousand Cranes, the restaurant at the New Otani (or does the hotel have a different name?) in Little Tokyo, has a fancy seafood buffet on Sundays. I hear it is quite good.

              1. re: Jwsel

                the former New Otani Hotel was sold "...Japanese-owned East West Development Corp. sold the property in August [2007] to the private, Beverly Hills-based firm 3D Investments..." and re-branded as the Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens and on/about December 1, 2007. from

                Curious if you have eaten at Thousand Cranes since the change in ownership and, if so, would you say the food is the same/better/worse than previously?

                1. re: yinyangdi

                  I only heard about it. I have never tried it, but it came up in a thread about seafood buffets a while ago.

            2. Ocean Seafood would be good but I'd get there at about 11:00 for the best selection. I've only done Kendall's for lunch during the week but have been disappointed with the cost/quality ratio. Pacific Dining Car would be my choice, both for variety and quality, although it's a tad expensive. But the in-laws are probably worth it.