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