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Fast-Casual Restaurant Concepts in Los Angeles Area...

bashbro Jan 4, 2011 01:06 PM

Hi all,

I am visiting LA in a week and my purpose of the trip is to go restaurant hopping and check out different restaurant concepts, mainly sushi and fast-casual ones.

I know of Fresh East, Salad Bowl Cafe, and The Counter...

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Places I must visit?


  1. LaPomme Jan 5, 2011 05:13 PM

    The Newsroom Cafe on Robertson seems to fit your bill. And you may also be interested in Literati 2 on Wilshire and Bundy.

    Literati 2
    12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      AAQjr Jan 5, 2011 11:21 AM

      Sunnin Lebonnese cafe in westwood

      Tender Greens in Culver City

      Can you be more specific about the sushi you are looking for?

      Tender Greens
      9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: AAQjr
        bashbro Jan 7, 2011 10:30 AM

        For sushi, I need it to be better quality and great taste. Anywhere that I shouldn't leave LA without having visited...

        Thanks for the input so far!

        1. re: bashbro
          Servorg Jan 7, 2011 10:35 AM

          For highest quality, traditional sushi either Sushi Zo or Mori Sushi and for great sushi with other interesting and delicious cooked dishes, Kiriko.

          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Mori Sushi
          11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      2. wienermobile Jan 5, 2011 09:57 AM

        I am a big fan of the Veggie Grill.

        Veggie Grill
        720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

        1. Servorg Jan 5, 2011 08:51 AM

          Another (non chain) thought would be Chego in Palms for really unique and casual food.

          3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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          1. re: Servorg
            Phurstluv Jan 5, 2011 05:00 PM

            Dinner only at Chego, FYI.

            3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          2. ElsieDee Jan 4, 2011 09:59 PM

            I'd suggest, if the idea of "Slow Fast Food" appeals, you check out The Oinkster in Eagle Rock: http://www.theoinkster.com/ .

            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

            1. wienermobile Jan 4, 2011 01:43 PM

              I also like Umami Burger. Some very creative and tasty burgers.

              Umami Burger
              850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Umami Burger
              4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              1. Servorg Jan 4, 2011 01:25 PM

                Sounds like you would enjoy the California Chicken Cafe (more than one location - see their website) and Mendocino Farms (also more than one location - see their website too). For sushi we have a wide range of choices. Are you looking for budget minded places or?

                Mendocino Farms
                300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                California Chicken Cafe
                2401 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA

                Mendocino Farms
                444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                1. re: Servorg
                  wienermobile Jan 4, 2011 01:39 PM

                  Another big vote for Mendocino Farms. Some great sandwiches here. The sandwitch of the month is a Steak & Gruyere Melt hand carved steak with Gruyere and smoked gouda fondue, roasted mushrooms, balsamic onions, sauteed winter greens, and tomatoes on panini grilled dolce forno pretzel roll, served with a side of horseradish crema is great. The Marina Del Rey location is open until 9pm.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    bashbro Jan 4, 2011 03:24 PM

                    Thanks for the info. I will definitely check these places out.

                    As for sushi, budget doesn't matter. Just trying to visit all the "must see" places etc.

                    Thanks again.

                    1. re: bashbro
                      carter Jan 5, 2011 08:43 AM

                      Might try SugarFish by Nozawa, with several locations now open, including downtown LA and Brentwood.

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