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Lunch Spot (casual) from LAX to the Getty?

jcherie Feb 9, 2010 10:08 PM

I'm wondering if anyone has good casual lunch suggestions anywhere near enough to the route between LAX and the Getty Center. (I don't mind going a bit off the trail) Santa Monica/Culver City is fine as well!

Was thinking of Father's Office, but it doesn't open until later on weekdays.
I'm open to any type of cuisine, just not too expensive or pretentious this round, and relatively quick.

Thanks for any ideas!

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    degustateur RE: jcherie Feb 10, 2010 01:56 AM

    I’ll suggest a couple of my all-time favorites:

    Hop off the 405 North at Culver Blvd and head over to:

    Le Saint Amour
    9725 Culver Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310) 842-8155

    World-class brasserie and charcuterie brought to Culver City by the former owners of Downtown LA’s Angelique. And yes, they brought the andouille l’ancienne (I love it, but it’s not for everybody) with them and added such delights as scrumptious quenelles (highly recommended), delicious sweetbreads and a terrific duck leg confit. I feel re-aligned after every meal.

    Or, you can take the 405 North to the 90 West, exit at Centinela North and stop by:

    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S. Centinela Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310) 390-9241

    Incredible Sinaloan/Nyarit style seafood creations by Sergio Penuelos - already a legend. All seafood is sourced fresh from Mazatlan and has that unique Gulf taste that cannot be duplicated. The pescado zarandeado, a specially prepared whole grilled fish, is extraordinary as are his aguachiles. Try one of the delicious marlin tacos for a unique and tasty treat. Very casual.

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      kevin RE: degustateur Feb 15, 2010 09:34 PM

      is andouille lacienne beef or pork? is it supposed to be tripe?

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        westsidegal RE: degustateur Feb 17, 2010 04:56 PM

        have to chime in with my MARISCOS CHENTE favorites:
        camarones a la diabla (cooked shrimp in a spicy red chile sauce)
        mojarra frita (deep fat fried scored whole tilapia perfectly cooked crisp on the outside tender and moist on the inside)

      2. Senor Popusa RE: jcherie Feb 11, 2010 07:09 AM

        How about The Nook? Santa Monica Blvd just off of the 405. (between Barry & Barrington)

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          MahiMahiFish RE: jcherie Feb 11, 2010 07:21 AM

          We live near LAX & always plan Clementine on the way to the Getty. Exit Santa Monica Blvd, head east about a mile & a half, u-turn @ Ave of the Stars, then second right (Ensley).
          1751 Ensley
          LA, CA 90024

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            jcherie RE: MahiMahiFish Feb 11, 2010 12:28 PM

            Thanks for these. I have been to clementine once, and loved it. Forgot about that place. I'll check out the others too! much appreciated.

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              mollyomormon RE: jcherie Feb 11, 2010 02:25 PM

              If you liked Clementine, you might also consider checking out Huckleberry in Santa Monica.

          2. Servorg RE: jcherie Feb 11, 2010 01:09 PM

            Maybe Monte Alban for Oaxacan food? Off at SM Blvd. and then about 1 mile west to the address.

            Monte Alban
            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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              nosh RE: jcherie Feb 11, 2010 04:21 PM

              The 405 could be faster but could also be a parking lot. Take Lincoln north, have lunch at Baby Blues BBQ or Bay Cities Deli, then the 10 or Wilshire back to the 405 or Sepulveda up to the Getty.

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                ElissaInPlaya RE: nosh Feb 23, 2010 04:01 PM

                Lincoln Blvd has been a parking lot on weekdays since Playa Vista opened. I don't recommend relying on it, unless you check google traffic first.

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                  westsidegal RE: ElissaInPlaya Feb 23, 2010 05:06 PM

                  completely concur with ElissaInPlaya.
                  more often than not, it takes me over 20 minutes to get from Manchester and Lincoln to my car wash just north of Washington and Lincoln.

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                jcherie RE: jcherie Feb 15, 2010 07:51 PM

                Thanks All! I'll look into these suggestions and let you know where I end up!

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                  aventinus RE: jcherie Feb 15, 2010 08:09 PM

                  My pick, for food and convenience, would be Zankou Chicken at Santa Monica Blvd and Sepulveda.

                  The food at the Getty Center is quite good in my experience, and the setting is excellent. I'm not sure you gain much by veering off to Clementine or Huckleberry, which are both good but nothing too special.

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                    westsidegal RE: aventinus Feb 17, 2010 04:59 PM

                    for good, convenient, inexpensive persian food:
                    shamshiri grill
                    on westwood blvd north of santa monica blvd.

                    they offer lunch specials on weekdays that are, imho, the best deal in town in terms of price/quality/quantity ratios.

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                      aventinus RE: westsidegal Feb 17, 2010 08:01 PM

                      Shamshiri is my favorite restaurant that meets the OPs criteria. I didn't mention it because it seems heavy for lunch. The dinner portions are humongous. Of course, I've never been there for lunch, so what do I know?

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                        westsidegal RE: aventinus Feb 17, 2010 08:22 PM

                        the portion size of the lunch specials is about half that of their dinners.

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                          nosh RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2010 08:30 PM

                          At lunch they serve about half of the meat -- one skewer of koobideh (I like the lamb) or kebob rather than two -- but the rice is the same humongous serving with the grilled veggies, bread, and the soup or salad (great shirazi) is included. Tremendous value at lunch for $7.95 or a buck or two more.

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                            westsidegal RE: nosh Feb 23, 2010 05:08 PM

                            plus they offer almost all of their menu items as lunch specials.

                  2. goodhealthgourmet RE: jcherie Feb 15, 2010 08:50 PM

                    i'm surprised no one has mentioned 26 Beach in Venice. good food, eclectic menu, super casual...

                    1. ocshooter RE: jcherie Feb 17, 2010 04:02 PM

                      My favorite on that side of the City is Beacon in Culver City. Just lovely Asian/Fusion.

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                        ElissaInPlaya RE: jcherie Feb 23, 2010 04:00 PM

                        I second the recommendations for Zankou Chicken and Shamshiri. I also like Hole in the Wall Burger (chicken, turkey, veg, beef burgers), and Cafe 50's on Santa Monica has great grilled cheese sandwiches and real milk shakes. Asahi Ramen on Sawtelle is another favorite, very low-key place.

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                          sillygoosedown RE: ElissaInPlaya Feb 23, 2010 08:06 PM

                          Hole in the Wall Burger looks good--would never have considered eating there but for this post.. Thanks!

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                            Jase RE: ElissaInPlaya Feb 24, 2010 11:36 AM

                            For Ramen, I personally prefer Santouko inside the Mistsuwa food court over Asahi.

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                            yogachik RE: jcherie Feb 23, 2010 08:59 PM

                            I would go to Gjelina. Abbot Kinney is close to LAX, then you can just take Ocean to San Vicente to Bundy to Sunset.

                            1. OC Mutt RE: jcherie Feb 24, 2010 12:55 PM

                              Taiko for soba noodles - they have two locations, one in El Segundo, and another in Brentwood above Daily Grill in Brentwood Gardens. If you avoid the sushi, the noodles are delicious and very reasonably priced.

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                                kevin RE: OC Mutt Feb 24, 2010 08:30 PM

                                What's the broth made of for these soba noodles at taiko???


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                                  OC Mutt RE: kevin Feb 25, 2010 11:42 AM

                                  Bonito broth
                                  Menu is on the website.

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