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Any Chow-worthy lunch places around Slauson/405?

My company just moved down here, and there's chains and Westfield mall-food galore, but any good places for relatively interesting/inexpensive lunch in the area? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Mariscos Chente is not far and just up the hill is Pann's for fried chicken and wonderful patty melt's.

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    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    1. for tasty healthful food (i know, to some that is an oxymoron) go to the cafe in the spectrum health club at howard hughes .
      there is a parking structure next door to the club for which they will validate.

      6833 Park Terrace
      Los Angeles, CA 90045
      P 310-216-3060

      1. for cheap, but good mexican food (especially their tacos), across the street from mariscos chente (my favorite restaurant in the world) is tacqueria sanchez. there are actually two restaurants with the same name owned by the same folks within 3 blocks from each other. ( i recommend going to the one on centinela that provides tables and an indoor place to enjoy your food.)

        about 6 minutes from your office.

        1. Hey work neighbor!

          My lunch time faves in the area that others have not mentioned...

          Greenpeas in Culver City. I like better than the Cafe Spectrum (it's also cheaper)

          Go Veggie on Centinella, skip the salad bar, but their sandwiches and date shakes are so tasty!

          Mateos: Giant Tuna Sandwiches and Paletas are a great pick me up! :)

          If you have time to wander.... Pitfire Pizza just opened on Washington in Mar Vista (Super easy to get there from Centinela), Metro Cafe (again, on Washington but in Culver City) and Curious Palate on Venice near Inglewood is our local version of Huckleberry. :)

          Then going up Slauson... I like Simply Wholesome near La Brea and on Centinela past La Cienega is Philipes BBQ...

          --Dommy!

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            i forgot about simply wholesome.
            second this rec

            will try greenpeas on your recommendation, dommy.

            1. re: westsidegal

              We recently tried out Green Peas, and it was pretty good. I had the grilled chicken sandwich (w/ swiss and avocado on a baguette), wife had the Chinese tofu salad. You order off a big chalk-board type menu and they bring out your food. It's not worth a special trip, but was like being transported to a college town circa 1992. Hard to explain - just the vibe I got. I will go back though.

              I live just up the street from that intersection; lots of stuff up Sepulveda in Culver City, incl.:

              Sorrento's Italian market for sandwiches, pasta, etc. (only go if you have a lot of time - depending on who's working there it can be unbelievably slow. But then, where are you gonna find a capiccola and provolone on real Italian bread??).

              Swanya Thai just south of Culver is my pick for the best Thai in the area, but guess I haven't tried them all.

              For Mexican, the options are many and range from the really bad (Campos Tacos) to the mediocre (Viva Fresh) to the really good (Mariscos Chente, Tacomiendo - homemade tortillas!). I can't see driving farther than Mariscos Chente though.

              Oh yeah - welcome to the neighborhood!

            2. re: Dommy

              Dommy, can you recommend specific items @ Green Peas? I ordered a salad to go once and was underwhelmed (a bbq tofu one, IIRC). It was supposed to come with flatbread that was missing, I had expected the tofu to be cooked and it wasn't. I had gone at the super slow hour of 10am and was the only customer in sight. No excuse for them to have forgotten the bread. I had also asked plenty of questions before making my choice, so I did not expect to get a surprise when I sat down to lunch later. The raw tofu was very irritating. Ah well, but it is right on my way and I'd really like to give them another chance. So, please let me have your suggestions. Thanks!

              1. re: sweetTooth

                Sure! Generally I avoid their salad. They over dress them.. it's annoying... when I get a salad, I always ask for dressing on the side...

                I great enjoy their sandwiches, especially their Curry Chicken Salad... my favorite chicken salad EVER... I order it as a wrap because it's kinda messy in a sandwich. I also really enjoy their Chicken Sandwiches, especially on their pretzel bread... I like their pretzel bread better than Rockenwagner...

                http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                -Dommy!

                1. re: Dommy

                  Hey Dommy, I've tried two sandwiches at Green Peas since your rec and enjoyed both. It was a portobello mushroom sandwich on pretzel bread once and a turkey on ciabatta today. Both very good. I ordered the turkey today after I saw their claims of hormone-nitrite-etc-free meat. Got potatoes last time and chose cup of soup this time. A good value too! The pretzel bread was a little on the narrow side, but this ciabatta roll is huge. Thanks much for your rec! :)

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                  Green Peas
                  4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

                  1. re: sweetTooth

                    Glad you gave them another shot and that it was worth your while! :D I'm so glad to have the option so nearby. :)

                    --Dommy!

              2. re: Dommy

                tried grean peas today.
                food was REALLY good
                'my' type of food
                and, to top it off, it's closer to me than is sauce on hampton.

                gotta thank you dommy, it is a TERRIFIC find.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Hi Westsidegal,

                  I consider your tastebuds to be very discerning. However, I wasn't wowed by this place a few months ago. I only tried it once - it was on an early Friday night. I'd appreciate recs for this place because I really like supporting places like this. Thanks!

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Curry Chicken Salad in wrap form/pretzel bread form... any form actually....

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      i had their green peas sandwich.
                      what i liked about it was:
                      the great combination of flavors and textures, and high quality ingredients.
                      none of the ingredients were overpowered by any of the others.
                      also, every part of the sandwich was served at the right temperature:
                      the bread was WARM.
                      also, the sandwich was not at all greasy (a pet peeve of mine).

                      lastly, i was impressed that they chose to add a costly ingredient like sun dried tomatoes to a sandwich--most places would never consider going to that expense at this price point.

                      would love to try their breakfasts, but they stop serving them at 10:30 and i would never make it by then.

                      i don't see this place as dinner, though.
                      for dinner i prefer a higher calorie and higher protein meal.
                      for lunch, though, it's always been a struggle for me to find a well constructed dish that isn't a calorie bomb. it looks like this place has several options along these lines, and i'm looking forward to trying many of them.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        >>i don't see this place as dinner, though.
                        for dinner i prefer a higher calorie and higher protein meal.<<

                        Now that I think of it, that is where I felt short-changed. It is more of a lunch kinda menu. Will try your rec as well as Dommy's as well. Thanks to both of you.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          So glad you liked it. Yes, I also give Green Peas LOTS of credit for going the extra mile (nice ingredients - Mozz in my chicken sandwich was excellent and plentiful, their housemade soups are SO fresh tasting and have just the right amount of salt!) and keeping to good portion sizes with EXCELLENT price points. Nothing there is revolutionary, it's certainly not a destination restaurant... but an excellent option to have in the neighborhood...

                          --Dommy!

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                          Green Peas
                          4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Green peas has since remodled from this last post and it's still a great sandwich option, but their new dinner entrees have been a let down, also they still serve those awful pizzas (WHY?!). Overall though, still a great value for lunch, much better than the newly opened LA Spice in terms of value...

                            --Dommy!

                  2. I second Mariscos Chente, Pann's, and Tacqueria Sanchez. Mariscos Chente has a great langostino plate and marlin tacos.
                    A little further up Centinela is the Mitsuwa Japanese market. The little food court there has Santouka for great ramen noodles.
                    Downtown Westchester has a little Thai gem called Ayara. Maybe not as good as the ones in Thai Town, but probably the best Thai on the Westside. I usually get their drunken noodles.
                    Hidden away at 80th and Emerson is The Good Pizza, probably the best thin crust pizza in the area. Takeout only.
                    A bit farther away on Lincoln and Manchester is Thompkins Square, a gastro pub that serves up a nice hamburger.

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                    1. re: Ogawak

                      re: the good pizza
                      if you want to eat there, it's a better choice when the weather is good because most of their tables are on the sidewalk, outside the restaurant.
                      concur about the quality of the pizza.

                      i love ayara, but have been told that sometimes at lunch it's jammed, so leave yourself some time the first time you try it. when i eat there at night, sometimes i see the flight crews from Thai Airways having dinner there.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Just around the corner from Ayara is Truxton's (which they have self named an "American Bistro") which is, without being brilliant, worth checking out. We were just at Truxton's on Saturday night after dropping some friends at LAX and the joint was packed. Every seat at the bar was taken and we ended up waiting about 15 minutes for a table. I had their spicy and sweet shrimp tacos and my wife had the fish and chips. I have always liked their burgers and they do have a full bar if that's of interest.

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                        Truxton's American Bistro
                        8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                      2. re: Ogawak

                        Update on Mitsuwa Market and Hannosuke for their Ten-don (Tempura Udon)
                        Humble Potato for great hamburgers

                        1. re: Ogawak

                          I like the salads at Humble Potato too! Another thing to note is that there IS parking in the back...

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            I've never seen the parking lot to the side (next to the ribs place) be completely full.

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              I've seen folks circle and circle... I think they think that the parking lot next to the Ribs place is just for the Ribs place. But there is parking DIRECTLY behind Humble Potato...

                              -Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                also
                                you can park on the east side of lincoln in the bristol farms parking lot.
                                there is a traffic light at the corner to facilitate crossing lincoln.

                                another easy alternative is parking on the south side of 83rd west of lincoln

                                1. re: Dommy

                                  As far as I know, that lot's for all those stores including Kanpai, the massage place, etc. I've parked there many times from Humble Potato. But it's good to know there's parking behind. More parking is always better! :-)

                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                    imho, i believe the parking across the street in the Bristol Farms lot and the street parking on 83rd st is easier and safer than negotiating that narrow, unlit, poorly paved, alley for the few tiny parking spots behind the restaurant.

                            2. re: Ogawak

                              if you go to humble potato, and if you like things that are spicy and crunchy, be sure to get the Yuzu slaw on your burger.

                              the Yuzu slaw is NOT the normal, wilted, mayonnaise soaked, insipid stuff that is served as slaw everywhere else.
                              this is FRESH, hand cut cabbage, FRESH sliced jalepeno, red onions, dressing (a citrusy vinaigrette) put on it just before it is put on your burger so that the cabbage and the jalepeno are CRISP.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                Your description of the slaw was great. Also my wife loves salads, so all good to know.

                                1. re: Ogawak

                                  be aware that the slaw, having lots of strong flavor, goes best on top of something else such as a salad or a burger or a sandwich.

                                  the slaw will punch up anything upon which you slather it.