please help this new yorker during her first trip to LA
i am about to find myself in los angeles without a car or anyone to keep me company for one day.
i'll be staying on edris drive right off of west pico boulevard - please recommend a place within walking distance where i can enjoy a nice lunch by myself.
are there any can't miss-places near me? i wouldn't want to spend more than $25, but any cheap eats or food trucks in the neighborhood are also welcome.
If you don't mind walking two miles, there's Clementine (across from the Westfield Century City Mall) that gets a lot of love on this board:
I wouldn't say it's "can't miss", but it's excellent and reasonably inexpensive. I've eaten lunch there on my own on several occasions -- it's definitely single-diner friendly.
Another possibility would be Momed Cafe, about a 10 minute walk from where you will be:
Momed Cafe (opened Apr 2010)
233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
If you walk up Beverwill past Olympic where it becomes Beverly Drive, there is a fancyish Mexican restaurant called Frida (after Frida Kahlo) that has some excellent food. (At least it did the last two times I was there - although admittedly that was over a year ago.) It will have some Mexican dishes that you probably won't find in NYC, or at least if you do they won't be as good.
236 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
No. 1 - http://tinyurl.com/28plfkq
No. 2 - You'd probably want to visit The Milky Way, the dairy restaurant owned by Steven Spielberg's mom
No. 3 - You're not far from Rodeo Drive, one of the premier shopping streets in the world.
No. 4 - You'll be near the following delis: Factor's, Label's Table, Pico-Kosher, Nate & Al's...if that's your thing.
No. 5 - I personally think you should avoid Frida's, but that's my opinion. So you should know that there are probably as many people here who love Frida's as those who don't. Whether you enjoy it or not, one thing is certain: it is in no way representative of the Mexican food that most out-of-towners would be interested in sampling - whether street food, conventional tourist or gourmet. The best bet for Mexican in your area would be to take a quick bus (or 2) to the Farmer's Market and visit Loteria Grill.
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Here's what I would do - I would take the bus (or a taxi) to LACMA, spend the day at the museum and have lunch at one of the many food trucks that congregate out front at lunchtime. From there, you could also walk up Fairfax to the Farmer's Market for a fun (and delicious) LA experience.
About a mile and a half to the west is The Apple Pan. (Being from New York you'll enjoy the walk.) Great burgers, fries and pie. Ask for well done on the fries if you like that. Here are the rules...stand back against the windows and wait until everyone who was there when you came in is seated. If you are by yourself, you may be able to grab a single seat sooner.
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
I've never before heard anyone suggest that the fries at The Apple Pan might need to be more well done. That's always been more of an In-N-Out issue.
As for whether The Apple Pan is worth your time and money, I suggest you read the following and judge for yourself before taking that 1.5-mile walk: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/372510
for public transit in LA I've found that the Google maps public transit option is much more serviceable than the MTA website.
The quickest/simplest way to go to LACMA would be for you to walk up a few blocks North to Wilshire and then take the 20 (stop at Ogden) or the rapid bus 720 (stop at Fairfax) both in the downtown direction. Be aware that LACMA is closed on Wednesdays.
Once at LACMA, I agree the food trucks across the street would be the best option. Pentimento is OK, but avoid the regular LACMA cafeteria. You can also walk down Fairfax and have Ethiopian Food in Little Ethiopia, it's about a block away.
Little Ethiopia Restaurant
1048 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019