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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?

Thanks.

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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?

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    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.
      http://mendocinofarms.com/

      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.
        http://www.umamiburger.com/

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        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/ .

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          Oinkster
          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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

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            Chego
            3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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            1. re: Servorg

              Dinner only at Chego, FYI.

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              Chego
              3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            2. I am a big fan of the Veggie Grill.
              http://www.veggiegrill.com/

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