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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.

thank you!

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  1. Are you staying at the Crowne Plaza? Easier for us to identify by the hotel, not the street name.

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    1. 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:

      Clementine
      1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
      310-552-1080
      http://www.clementineonline.com/
      - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742997

      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.

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      1. re: Peripatetic

        Servorg's post reminded me that you're right near the Beverlywood "kosher corrider". There's a pretty good blog post about it here:

        http://eat-la.com/good-food-neighborh...

        However it probably won't seem very exotic to a New Yorker.

        1. Right where you have asked for is the Fish Grill (this is a Kosher restaurant so not open on Saturday and closes early on Friday).

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          Fish Grill
          9618 W Pico Blvd Ste 508, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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          1. re: Servorg

            One other place that is very close to your location is Yen Sushi. They have a lot of lunch specials at pretty reasonable prices. While I don't think it's the greatest sushi in LA it's serviceable.

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            Yen Sushi & Sake Bar
            9618 W Pico Blvd Ste 509, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          2. 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.

            Frida
            236 South Beverly Drive
            Beverly Hills, CA
            (310) 278-7666
            http://www.fridarestaurant.com/beverl...

            1. 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.

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              Loteria Grill
              6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Milky Way
              9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035