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Mar 25, 2010 01:18 PM

Rivera vs. Church and State vs. Lazy Ox Canteen

I am having a hard time choosing between these three!
We are going to a show at the Staples Center and would like a restaurant this is walking distance.
I've looked at the menu for all three and, they all seem reasonably priced and well thought out but, what looks good on paper doesn't always pan out.
Please help with a suggestion and what I should order from the one you recommend of the three.

Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  1. rivera is the only restaurant that is within reasonable walking distance to staples center.

    1. Lazy Ox is farther than Rivera, but still within what I think of as walking distance. Maybe not so much for Church & State. The restaurants are also very different. As far as food goes, I'd give the nod - by a longshot - to Church & State and Lazy Ox, probably in that order but they're pretty close - although very different food. For drinks, Rivera wins it hands down, but I think the food there is highly overrated.

      Church & State
      1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

      1. Rivera is within walking distance and my fav of the three. Combination of fantastic cuisine and the best bar in town for cocktails, spirits, and wines all around.

        The other places are great, I haven't been back to Church and State since the new chef took over, but Walter Mantzke supervised the changing of the guard and the menu is the same for the moment.

        All three are such different restaurants, but the Lazy Ox is more casual than the other and not quite at their level. It still is very happening though.

        At Rivera, the arabasque, chile relleno with buratta cheese, the tuna ceviche, the cochinita in sous vide, the kumamoto oysters with cucumber gel, tortillas florales, and John Sedlar's original mole are tried and true. I also dig the ribeye in the pimenton sauce w potatoes.

        Great rum, tequila, bourbon, gin, whiskies, and Weber Haus cachaca. Julian Cox's superb cocktails, and a thorough commitment to a fine dining service.

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        1. re: streetgourmetla

          i agree and will add the duck enfrijolada and the lamb chops to the list, but Sedlar really needs to come out with a new menu. His menu has been virtually the same since opening. The real reason I live there is Julian's commitment to offering new and flavorful cocktails with the coming of each season

        2. The only one I'd be willing to walk to & from (especially at night) is Rivera.

          1. Although my favorite remains Church & State, I fully agree with streetgourmetla’s Rivera recommendation and menu selections. You can’t go wrong with those. Albeit a bit pricey, $44 IIRC, you can also have an opportunity (if you haven't done so already) to sample some genuine Jamon Iberico de Bellota Pata Negra. Moreover, among the three, Rivera is the only one within reasonable walking distance. It’s literally a block away, whereas the other two are miles away.

            Church & State
            1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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            1. re: degustateur

              I'm actually going out to dinner next week and it was between these three places. What if proximity to Staples is NOT an issue. Which is the most favorable and why?