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Sep 13, 2005 02:49 PM

lunch places at Barrington/Wilshire

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A friend of mine is moving offices to Barrington and Wilshire from Downtown, and wants to know if there's anything to eat in that area. Sawtelle is a short hop, we know, but we were hoping for info on some places closer by.
Does anyone know the area well?

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  1. For quick and inexpensive lunches you can walk to from there...I like Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Lazy Daisy II, and the Fatburger.

    there's a minimall with a Pho 99 Vietnamese restaurant....I didn't particularly like this place though. But its not bad for the westside....California Roll and Sushi has a bunch of different rolls and isn't too expensive.....interesting dishes...

    1. Lemon Moon is very good and is at Olympic and Bundy.

      Also Foodies is on the second level of one of those mini malls on Wilshire right near Barrington. My friend Sarah and I ate there awhile back and she wrote about it. You can read about it here:


      1. Second the rec for Foodies and Lazy Daisy.

        VIP Harbor Seafood. Dante's for Italian.

        Bandera is obviously pricy, but right at that corner.

        Literati II is at Wilshire and Bundy.

        For fast food, you've got Wahoo's, Subway, California Roll and Sushi, Fatburger, and Rubio's Baja Grill.

        1. If you walk a few blocks north on Barrington rather than going down Wilshire, you will find many restaurants on San Vicente. For fast food, there's Baja Fresh, Sandbags (sandwiches), Barney's Burgers, Sansai Japanese, & Coral Tree Cafe.

          There are also plenty of chain restaurants (Cheesecake Factory, CPK, Daily Grill, Gaucho Grill), and some higher-end sushi (Takao), tempura/noodles (Taiko), and Italian (Sor Tino, Toscana, Pizzicotto, Osteria Latini).

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          1. re: WestsideLisa

            I think at least 50% of the time, my pick would be Bandera if I were selecting from all the choices in this thread.

          2. I like Buffet City, a couple of blocks west at 11819 Wilshire.

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            1. re: Chandavkl

              What is Buffet City?? TIA.

              1. re: javagurl

                Its a chinese and japanese buffet. I've been twice, it was horrible both times. The quality of food was so were the prices. They did have a wide selection of food that sat under heat lamps too long though.

                1. re: Xericx

                  Actually I love Buffet City and I eat most of my Chinese food in Monterey Park, San Gabriel and Hacienda Heights. The stamed fish fillet is extremely good as are the chicken dishes and the tapioca pudding. I think it's a matter of figuring out what's good there and what isn't.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    I'll try it out again I suppose. Last time I went, the food was just so uniformly bad that I didn't really care for it...basically the quality was below the $1 chinese places.

                    1. re: Xericx

                      Agreed that most items there are bad, but the "mongolian grill" type set up in the back is pretty good. Pick your meat and veggies and sauce. The shrimp was suprisingly good as were the other meats.

                  2. re: Xericx

                    I agree. Also, I suspect that most of staff are immigrants from China or Taiwan, a lot of them being recent immigrants. So if you have any specific requests or rolls to make, that might be of some trouble, due to a language problem.

                    The reason I say this is because during my one & only time there with my girlfriend, a patron went up to the sushi bar and asked the young lady behind the bar for a California Roll. She blinked and just looked at him. It wasn't until the manager came out, heard what the patron wanted and then repeated the request in Chinese, that she knew what to make.

                    I also agree that the food sits out way to long. But because nobody goes there, they've dropped the lunch price to be around $6 or $7, the last time I went. So for the price, I think's acceptable. But it's definitely not impressive food.

                    1. re: Tmblweed

                      I can't believe how many people work there. I better try them out again before they go out of biz....they have some prime real estate there and seem to have Waaaay too many people working there for not enough customers paying not that much money.

                    2. re: Xericx
                      Westside Local

                      Buffet City is pretty bad -- I'm surprised it is still open - I thought the Westside had more descriminating taste. Who knows ... maybe because it is cheap?

                      Life is too short to eat bad food! :)

                  3. re: Chandavkl

                    I second the rec on Buffet City. It's not gourmet food, and yes, most of the food are sitting under the heat lamp. But I've been there several times and the turnaround of food was pretty fast. I don't think sushi is their strength or selling point, but the Chinese dishes are delicious. Like Chandavkl said, the steamed fish fillets are so tender I keep going back for more. I also like the little "peach buns" which are served typically as a birthday dessert in Chinese restaurants. You won't typically get to eat them unless someone's throwing a birthday party at a Chinese restaurant!