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Sunday lunch in downtown before concert at Disney Hall

aleemhossain Jan 11, 2010 07:12 PM

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. wienermobile RE: aleemhossain Jan 11, 2010 10:13 PM

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

    1. wutzizname RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 01:14 AM

      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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        maudies5 RE: wutzizname Jan 12, 2010 01:17 AM

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

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          Hughlipton RE: wutzizname Jan 12, 2010 05:01 PM

          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.

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          mc michael RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 04:10 AM

          Check Kendall's at the Music Center.

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            RobertC RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 06:21 AM

            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 setting...boutique hotel feel.

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              Jwsel RE: RobertC Jan 12, 2010 12:37 PM

              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.

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                yinyangdi RE: Jwsel Jan 12, 2010 04:35 PM

                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 www.ladowntownnews.com

                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?

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                  Jwsel RE: yinyangdi Jan 12, 2010 11:16 PM

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

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              TomSwift RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 08:06 AM

              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.

              1. barham turner RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 11:48 AM

                I really like Noe Restaurant in the Omni Hotel, which is extremely attractive and has the great virtue of being kitty-corner across the street from Disney Hall. It's on the expensive side, but the food I've had has always been good and it's an elegant spot.

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                  wutzizname RE: barham turner Jan 12, 2010 12:41 PM

                  Noe doesn't do lunch.

                2. David Kahn RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 04:25 PM

                  Good suggestions so far. On the moderately priced side, the Nickel Diner is a possibility, as is Philippe's.

                  Philippe the Original
                  1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  Nickel Diner
                  524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                    Jodie RE: aleemhossain Jan 12, 2010 05:18 PM

                    I agree that Kendall's is inconsistent -- maybe even awful (are you reading this Patina Group?). You might think about something trendy in the loft district. I love Royal Clayton on Industrial, next to the Biscuit Street Lofts. It's the closest thing I've seen to a true english pub in the US. Like all pubs, it has to be open on Sunday.

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                      wutzizname RE: Jodie Jan 12, 2010 10:23 PM

                      Love Royal Clayton's, but no, they don't open until 4 on Sundays.

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