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Jul 15, 2010 10:07 AM

Hollywood Bowl Picnic Baskets for pick-up near the Bowl

I have tickets to a Hollywood Bowl concert next Wednesday and I am looking for picnic basket ideas. Normally, I get food from Clementines, the Beverly Hills Cheese Store, or, if I'm coming from the Valley, Artisan Cheese Gallery. The catch is that next Wednesday, I will be in Hollywood for most of the day, so driving to West LA or Studio City isn't really a palatable option. So does anyone have any recommendations for places in Hollywood, Larchmont or Mid-Wilshire that have good picnic baskets? I would prefer not to order food at the Bowl.

I was thinking of getting food from Mozza2Go (albeit they are not actual baskets), but have heard some horror stories from past years about logistical problems in getting food in time for the event. Is that still the case?

I also was looking at Street's picnic basket options and the descriptions of their baskets seemed nice. I just have not seen any actual reviews of the food.

I liked both places because they seem to have good options for the vegetarian in my group.

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  1. Joan's On Third?

    Joan's On Third
    8436 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: aching

      Joan's on third is NOT by the bowl!!!!!!

    2. Village Gourmet on Tujunga between Moorpark and Ventura. Get the food, drive to Ventura, make a left hand turn and you are almost at the Bowl.

      Village Gourmet
      4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA

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      1. re: Hughlipton

        I always go to the Artisan Gallery. It just plain works.

        1. re: Gourmet Pilot

          Artisan is good, but I'm looking for a place already close to the Hollywood Bowl, so I don't have to try to fight traffic from Hollywood to Studio City starting at 5 pm, only to turn around and try to get back to Hollywood by 6 pm. (Joan's is similarly problematic due to traffic around the Grove.) That is why I am looking for a place near Highland ala Street or Mozza2Go.

          1. re: Jwsel

            I wonder if Lou on Vine would put something together for you? They have great salumi and cheeses - even some fantastic olives (in other words all the right components for a HB feast).

            Lou on Vine
            724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            1. re: Jwsel

              I also wonder if the Mercantile would put something together.


        2. You know there are onsite options at the Bowl for food

          Patina Group mean it won't be shabby food.

          Patina Group
          291 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

          1. Mozza2Go is a very good option, I often pick up food from there before the bowl. If you call ahead they'll have it ready for pick up.

            Another good choice is BLD, they do actual picnic boxes for the Bowl.

            BLD Restaurant
            7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            1. re: hrhboo

              Is Mozza pretty timely? I've read some comments about problems getting the food that was ordered, including some long delays that basically forced people to give up waiting so they could get to the show on time.

              1. re: Jwsel

                I haven't had that experience but I always call in the order before picking up. A long wait could be possible if you were to walk in and place an order, since one can never tell how busy their kitchen is at any given time. I was picking up food one Friday night and saw walk-ins quoted over an hour for their food to be ready (normally 30 minutes). Call ahead and you should be fine.

                1. re: hrhboo

                  $35 for choice of salad, entree (pizza, pasta or sandwich I believe) and a dessert. One of the dessert options is the budino. Not sure how well the budino would hold up over the course of 3 hours but this is a pretty good deal.

            2. Street has very nice food...and I'm sure their picnic baskets are very good.
              Also...I've heard good things about Cube. That might be a good option.
              Though you can't go wrong with Mozza.