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Lunch or dinner in Miracle Mile or Park La Brea

iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 11:40 AM

I'll be coming from out of town and I need some ideas for a casual lunch or dinner in the area. I will have a car, but I'd prefer not to drive too far. I've seen Unami Burger pop up a bunch on the boards. Anything else I should consider? Thanks!

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    Clyde RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 12:17 PM

    there's not too much in the area, but if you go a little north you'll hit 3rd (west), then Beverly (east or west), and then Melrose (east or west). Lots of dining options there. my faves for casual dining are Caffe Angeli on Melrose near La Brea (Italian/Farmers Market Driven), Antonios for Mexican on Melrose, Fish Grill on Beverly (not open Fri night or Saturday- huge portions), Bulan Thai on Melrose (vegan options), Joom Thai on Beverly (near Fairfax), Pita Bar and Grill on Fairfax, Joans on Third (however it's always a huge scene), Wahoos fish Tacos in Miracle Mile- Wilshire/Crescent, that's about all i can think of on Wilshire even worth trying.

    Fish Grill
    7226 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    7825 Beverly Blvd Ste 2, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Pita Bar and Grill
    519 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      iamgirlfriday RE: Clyde Aug 13, 2010 01:02 PM

      Thanks! I'll look into these. The area did seem pretty sparse.

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        phoenikia RE: Clyde Sep 19, 2010 03:15 PM

        Clyde, which dishes do you recommend the most at Joom?

        7825 Beverly Blvd Ste 2, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        chris1621 RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 01:52 PM

        If you're looking into burgers since you mentioned Umami in your post, there's also Golden State on Fairfax.

        The Golden State
        426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          iamgirlfriday RE: chris1621 Aug 13, 2010 02:56 PM

          I'll keep that in mind too!

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          sweetTooth RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 01:54 PM

          Isn't Luna Park around there? Then there's the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax with lots of options. Campanile isn't exactly casual, but that's around there too. If you pop in at weird times, it's easy to snag a spot at the Pizzeria Mozza Bar, but that's up in Melrose territory. India's Oven on Beverly used to be good when we lived around there about 5 years ago. There was a Thai place on Fairfax we used to like - Chao Krung, I think.

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            iamgirlfriday RE: sweetTooth Aug 13, 2010 02:53 PM

            Ooh thanks! These sound yum!

          2. avivale RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 02:30 PM

            You can grab a (pre-made) sandwich or salad for lunch at La Brea Bakery. I'm particularly partial to the ham and gruyere with caramelized onions. There are a few tables outside where you can sit on a nice day.

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              iamgirlfriday RE: avivale Aug 13, 2010 02:56 PM


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                Marvin RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 03:21 PM

                Also next door to the La Brea Bakery is Campanile which is pretty good though not all that cheap. Thursdays are grilled cheese nights there, and they have a lot of good variations on the classic grilled cheese sandwich.

            2. katydid13 RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 03:19 PM

              I recommend Cafe Verona at 201 S. La Brea (corner of 2nd). Serves dinner till 10 p.m. www.cafeveronala.com

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                samtron608 RE: katydid13 Aug 13, 2010 03:27 PM

                great idea! for a casual meal, Cafe Verona fits the bill. and its in your requested location!
                also, get their coffee...i find it to be very good!

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                Clyde RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 04:04 PM

                oh i forgot all about GENWA. it's korean bbq. it's casual, it's delicious, and adventurous! they give you a ton of food and it's a lot of fun. It's on Wilshire in between La Brea and Highland. I highly recommend it!

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                  bad nono RE: iamgirlfriday Aug 13, 2010 09:57 PM

                  There's also Susina on Beverly & La Brea, for casual lunch. Second Café Verona for lunch too.

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                    Food Good RE: iamgirlfriday Sep 23, 2010 03:51 PM

                    Lunch: Black Dog Coffee on Wilshire. Susina on Beverly. Dinner: Ca Brea on LaBrea.

                    Better burger in my opinion is Golden State Cafe on Fairfax and they have beer.

                    Joan's on Third is good for lunch too, on 3rd St.

                    The Golden State
                    426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    Black Dog Coffee
                    5657 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      sparkyk RE: iamgirlfriday Sep 24, 2010 09:59 AM

                      Highly recommend Yuko Kitchen, a small kind of hidden Japanese cafe just South of Wilshire on Dunsmuir (5484 Wilshire Blvd). The owner is adorable and the food is very good. She's got bowls and plates with fresh veggies and different proteins, sushi, delicious desserts, and refreshing infused waters. It's not the *best* Japanese food in LA by far, but it's a great neighborhood place and definitely worth checking out.

                      Yuko Kitchen
                      5484 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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