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Jwsel Jul 15, 2010 10:07 AM

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.

  1. iL Divo Aug 24, 2011 09:08 PM

    thankful to find this thread.
    going to the bowl this weekend myself.
    I've done baskets for years but would like to make it easy on myself.
    stress = creating my own. listening to music shouldn't come with that.
    must look up suggestions on here, appreciate it.

    OP enjoy your concert

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      Jwsel Aug 24, 2011 10:46 PM

      I did -- last year.

      I recently did a Mozza2Go basket and it was nice. You have to order a day-ahead, but it's a pretty good deal for $35. (That deal didn't exist last year.)

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        iL Divo Aug 25, 2011 07:19 PM

        oh how funny, you know I never saw the date of your posting.
        how funny right?

        our basket will be ready for us tomorrow so all I have to do is remember the beverages.
        can't wait.
        it's been a while for us going to the Bowl, love it there.

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      Sebastiani Aug 24, 2011 08:55 PM

      Try the Larchmont Larder.

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      1. perk Aug 12, 2011 12:19 PM

        Susan Feninger's "Street" does boxes for the bowl. And there's always "Mozza2Go."

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          maudies5 Aug 12, 2011 07:36 PM

          On the West Side. Clementine and Huckleberry do nice baskets.

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            iL Divo Aug 24, 2011 09:11 PM

            not surprised, love her. have to look up Street.
            thanks

            1. re: perk
              iL Divo Aug 24, 2011 09:26 PM

              Ordering from Street:
              I'll get Syrian lamb meatballs with baba ganouj& date molasses.
              hubby will get the Tunisian chicken skewers with olives&currants.
              dessert: coconut curry caramel corn.

              thanks for idea, now stress free

            2. perk Jul 16, 2010 10:49 PM

              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.

              1. hrhboo Jul 16, 2010 06:56 PM

                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.

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                BLD Restaurant
                7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  Jwsel Jul 16, 2010 08:12 PM

                  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.

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                    hrhboo Jul 16, 2010 08:31 PM

                    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.

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                      js76wisco Aug 12, 2011 05:56 PM

                      $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.

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                  SeaCook Jul 16, 2010 10:35 AM

                  You know there are onsite options at the Bowl for food

                  http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant...

                  Patina Group mean it won't be shabby food.

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                  291 W Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

                  1. Hughlipton Jul 15, 2010 01:19 PM

                    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.

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                    Village Gourmet
                    4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA

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                      Gourmet Pilot Jul 15, 2010 03:15 PM

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

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                        Jwsel Jul 15, 2010 04:08 PM

                        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.

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                          Servorg Jul 16, 2010 10:42 AM

                          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).

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

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                            mollyomormon Jul 16, 2010 02:58 PM

                            I also wonder if the Mercantile would put something together.

                            http://www.themercantilela.com/

                      2. aching Jul 15, 2010 11:35 AM

                        Joan's On Third? http://www.joansonthird.com/summer_pi...

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

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                          Sebastiani Aug 12, 2011 07:42 AM

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

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