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Sep 23, 2011 12:53 PM

Need a great "salads" restaurant in LA...thoughts?

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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  1. lemonade. one of my faves of the moment.

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    1. re: cdub

      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. 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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      1. re: J.L.

        +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
        Brazilian Hearts of Palm
        Artichoke Bottoms
        Sun-Dried Tomatoes
        Fresh Mozzarella
        Smoked Salmon
        Italian Salami
        Jumbo Asparagus
        and Shitake Mushrooms

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

        1. re: wienermobile

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

          "Uh, Fogo de Chao... ?"

          Mucho street cred right there.

        2. I like Tender Greens and Mendocino Farms.

          Tender Greens
          9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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          1. re: Juji

            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.

            Cabbage Patch
            214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

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

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            1. re: matikin9

              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).

              233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

              1. re: archer

                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...

                Tender Greens
                9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                Cabbage Patch
                214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

                1. re: lapizzamaven

                  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
                  2) i don't like waiting in line with a tray to order.
                  3) it is to tight/crowded for me to feel comfortable.

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

                2. re: archer

                  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,

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

              2. 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.

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

                Veggie Grill
                , Los Angeles, CA 90001

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  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!

                  1. re: lapizzamaven

                    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.