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Feb 1, 2011 08:21 AM

Looking for good lunch places by Pico and Western...or within 5 miles of that area,,,but not downtown

we are trying to find places with easy parking and healthy food to meet for lunch in that area.

We love Papa Christos (lots of tables, easy parking, quick in and out) and tolerate El Cholo...but hoping there are gems around and about where a fellow co-worker and I can meet up to "talk work" and eat during the workday.
Please help.

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  1. Clemen's for the Pupusa made from Rice flour is a wonderful thing. it is near Western and Expo. It is a sit down restaurant it's quiet and won't break the bank

    Clemen's Restaurant
    3551 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

    1. 5 miles? you realize 5 miles is a lot right? you basically opened it up to bevery hills, hollywood, century city area, etc.
      getting to beverly hills, hollywood..and then eating and driving back might take you well over one hour (assuming you have 1 hour to eat during lunch).
      since the area is so wide, there will be tons and tons of recs. any specifics you require? costs, type of food, etc?

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      1. re: samtron608

        you are right on the 5 miles equals ! hour...or more just to drive that in bad traffic.
        let's say less than 2 miles. need: easy to park around, healthy food and not too spicy, less than $15 out the door, sit down eating...without a long wait for a table.

      2. El Parian, 1528 Pico,just west of the 110, has some of the best carne asada in town, great goat and some other things. Kind of funky but comfortable, friendly and cheap.

        Dino's Burgers #2, 2575 W. Pico, just west of Vermont, is a fast food place but with tables and incredible plates of grilled chicken and fries - one of the best grilled chickens in town.

        El Colmao, 2328 W. Pico, just east of Vermont, is one of the older and better Cuban places in town. Their white bean soup is fantastic, everything else is at least good, and it's more of a sit down with waiters but not expensive place than the other two.

        El Parian
        1528 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        El Colmao
        2328 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

        1. Ma Dang Gook Soo is a wonderful korean handmade noodle shop with lots of "healthy" (not to mention tasty) options.

          Mapo House is another K-town gem. Grilled fish, Bi Bim Bap, Noodles in Calm broth....yum!