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lapizzamaven Sep 23, 2011 12:53 PM

A NYer friend is visiting for a couple of days and weve got plans for a couple big eatin meals(Mozza and Sea Harbour)...need a rec for a "lighter" meal, preferably excellent salads...grazie mille in advance!

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    cdub Sep 23, 2011 01:10 PM

    lemonade. one of my faves of the moment.

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      westsidegal Sep 23, 2011 01:50 PM

      just a heads-up on lemonade:
      all their salads are pre-prepared and are scooped up and put on a plate as you order them.
      you will be standing in line with your tray.

    2. J.L. Sep 23, 2011 01:23 PM

      Best dang salad bar in town happens to be in the best all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ in town:

      Fogo de Chao, Beverly Hills

      Go for the all-you-can-eat salad, and skip the (very good) meat, if you can resist the temptation. Try the papaya mousse for dessert, though.

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        wienermobile Sep 23, 2011 01:43 PM

        +1 for Fogo de Chao. The best salad bar in the city. Here are just some of the items on their salad bar:
        24 Month, Aged Parmesan
        Aged Manchego Cheese
        Prosciutto
        Brazilian Hearts of Palm
        Artichoke Bottoms
        Sun-Dried Tomatoes
        Fresh Mozzarella
        Smoked Salmon
        Italian Salami
        Jumbo Asparagus
        Tabbouleh
        and Shitake Mushrooms

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        Fogo De Chao
        133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: wienermobile
          J.L. Sep 23, 2011 04:44 PM

          "So, where did you end up going for your 'lighter meal'?

          "Uh, Fogo de Chao... ?"

          Mucho street cred right there.

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            ns1 Sep 23, 2011 05:15 PM

            thanks for the info!

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          Juji Sep 23, 2011 01:56 PM

          I like Tender Greens and Mendocino Farms.

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          Tender Greens
          9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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            TonyC Sep 23, 2011 03:36 PM

            Cabbage Patch is my fave "salad restaurant". Huge portions, counter service, huge portions.

            Did I mention huge portions? Their beet salad is the size of my salad bowl at home.

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            Cabbage Patch
            214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

          2. matikin9 Sep 23, 2011 03:33 PM

            Mendocino Farms is awesome. They've got salads packed with stuff that is both delicious and healthy.

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              archer Sep 23, 2011 04:55 PM

              Momed, M Cafe and Urth, all in Beverly Hills.

              Also Melrose locations for M Cafe and Urth (which of course too is in Santa Monica).

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              Momed
              233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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                lapizzamaven Sep 23, 2011 05:14 PM

                thanks everyone! the meal will be next week...i will report back...dont like the sound of Lemonade..."pre-prepared"...thanks for that westsidegal...fogo de Chao sounds appealing but im not good on self restraint....been meaning to try Mendo Farms but not sure the Marina will be convenient...something very distasteful about Tender Greens the one time i was there...hmmm...will investigate Cabbage Patch...

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                Tender Greens
                9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                Cabbage Patch
                214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

                1. re: lapizzamaven
                  westsidegal Sep 23, 2011 11:10 PM

                  tender greens, in my opinion has three drawbacks:
                  1) their portion size is never contains enough protein to satisfy me for more than a couple of hours
                  and
                  2) i don't like waiting in line with a tray to order.
                  and
                  3) it is to tight/crowded for me to feel comfortable.

                  the food quality is good, though, if you don't mind the foregoing.

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                  Miri1 Sep 23, 2011 05:15 PM

                  Nana Cafe on Robertson and Cashi in the pico Robertson area of LA has great, big, salads. It's kosher and dairy so you won't find any meat, but they make a gorgeous Greek salad which I like to order with a side of their delicious grilled salmon.

                  Also, Real Food Daily, a vegan place, has some really nice salads, too,

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                  Real Food Daily
                  414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

              2. wienermobile Sep 23, 2011 06:24 PM

                Very good salads at The Veggie Grill. I really like their Thai Chicken Salad. Their new location inside the Original Farmers Market just opened, plus many other locations.
                http://veggiegrill.com/

                110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                Veggie Grill
                , Los Angeles, CA 90001

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                  lapizzamaven Sep 23, 2011 06:32 PM

                  Havent been to the Farmers Market in years....may be time to return...thanks for the reminder...but i will avoid that "Grove/Caruso abomination like the PLAGUE!

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                    westsidegal Sep 25, 2011 10:26 AM

                    not only is that Grove/Caruso an abomination, it seems like all his developments contain only chain or mediocre restaurants.
                    the closest things i've ever seen in Caruso developments to edible food is The Counter for burgers (MDR), Mendecino Farms (MDR), and Marmelade (the valley).
                    I'm not even open to trying any more. If i see the development looks like one of Caruso's, i will eat somewhere else. The probabilities of getting good food there are too low.

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                  jojoma Sep 23, 2011 06:43 PM

                  I love Tender Greens in Culver City for casual dining. The salads are made right in front of your eyes and there's nice patio seating for people watching. There's also Choppe Choppe on Hughes a couple of blocks away. Both places have really delicious salads.

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                  Tender Greens
                  9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                    BSW6490 Sep 23, 2011 07:14 PM

                    Greenleaf Gormet Chop Shop in Beverly Hills has great salads, but its pretty much to go. ll Moro always has great salads and a wonderful patio in West LA. The Chop Salad at La Scala is a classic.

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                    La Scala Restaurant
                    434 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    1. ipsedixit Sep 23, 2011 08:21 PM

                      Mendocino Farms.

                      Cafe Pinot (only at lunch)

                      1. DrBruin Sep 25, 2011 10:54 AM

                        On a related topic... here's a link to a thread about Salads in LA.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737501

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