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

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?


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  1. 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

      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

        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

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

      2. 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. 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. 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

              Dinner only at Chego, FYI.

              3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            2. I am a big fan of the Veggie Grill.

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

              1. 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

                  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

                    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. 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