Girl's Weekend Beverly Hills - Limited Mobility
We're headed to Beverly Hills for a long weekend (3 nights) of respite. Mid-30's, looking to lounge by the pool and just catch up. Also enjoy a few meals together. One gal will be on crutches or possibly in a wheel chair, so we want to be able to cab to where ever we go (and nothing buried deep in a shopping complex), but don't want to drive 30 minutes to grab a meal either. Emphasis of quality food (locally sourced is always preferred) and relaxed atmosphere (not places to see and be seen) that is not too noisy. We are staying at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons (LA, not Wilshire).
Can you provide suggestions for:
-Lunch - Outdoor seating (we're coming from Colorado and Seattle, so some sunny but not scorching LA weather sounds great).
-Lunch - casual taco truck or something similar. Serious shortage of good Mexican food in Seattle. Not tex-mex.
-Brunch - Farm to table and with housemade baked goods, vs. "Mother's Day brunch" formal.
-Dinners - Prefer a place that doesn't require reservations...if we're really enjoying the pool, don't want to have to scurry about to get ready to make a reservation. Casual--no vampy heels will be packed.
If these recommendations can be within the W. Hollywood/Beverly Hills area more or less, that'd be great. If they can't and we have to travel, then travel we will!
Thanks in advance.
Mexican Lunch - take a look at Frida's in Beverly Hills or Pinche's Tacos on Sunset in WeHo; Monte Alban if you want to travel a little further to WLA for Oaxacan.
Restaurants are required to be wheelchair accessible so anything remodeled in the 20+ won't be an issue. Bathrooms too.
Clementine on Ensley. Great baked goods and brunch/lunch. Outdoor seating. Can be crowded but you can scan the menu online first so that your friend doesn't have to brave the crowds.
Momed on Beverly Drive would be a good choice for dinner. Excellent modern med and doubt you'd need a reservation. The food is very good. Pretty sure they have beer and wine.
If you just want pastries Bouchon has a good bakery to go. And the outdoor seating patio is good too.
Very near you is a Suzanne Goin (Lucques) cafe called Maple Drive. It is in an office building but the food is quite good. Check weekend hours.
Frida or Pinches are the only Mexican options I can think of that are cab-able. Friday is supposed to be good but I've never gone. Pinches isn't worth the cab fare. The Original Farmer's Market + Grove mall is straight down Third street so it wouldn't be a terrible cab or bus fare. THere is a Loteria there.
Culina, in your hotel, has a lovely patio and excellent Italian food; other good patio options include Fig & Olive and Lucques. For brunch, consider Campanile or Jar.
Chaya Brasserie is near your hotel and fits your specifications. There are valets right outside, there is one step into the restaurant which is level (there are some bar areas that are one/ two steps up). Unless you to at prime time, reservations should not be an issue. There is an enclosed patio (which looks out into a driveway). Pumps not required. I've dined in business (very) casual attire. (It's next to Cedars-Sinai.) Full bar. Food is consistently good. American food with Asian touches. (My co-workers set the bar very high before rating food Asian.)
Thanks all, for the suggestions and comments so far. I'm looking at the menus for all your recommendations!
Thanks for the suggestions. Alas our weekend was short (and the hotel pool enticing) so we didn't get out as much as originally anticipated. Here's a brief recap:
-Bouchon for dinner, dining al fresco. The service was excellent and food/wine selection very good. I'm a little high maintenance (food allergies) and I guess that's the benefit of being LA...no one batted an eye.
-Basix Cafe (W. Hollywood) for brunch. $15 bottomless sparkling wine and solid basic diner food. Lively environment made for a fun 3-hours meal.
-Earth Bar (W. Hollywood) for veggie juice. Super yum (just what we wanted at one point) but found it strange a place called Earth Bar that focuses on organic/sustainable doesn't recycle or compost their cups.
-Red O for dinner. Loved the setting. Food was good but we definitely over-ordered. Guac was awesome...I could (and probably should have) had just guac and chips as a meal. Non-alcoholic lemon/cucumber drink was so refreshing. Duck taquitos...yum!
-Cabana Cafe at hotel (poolside) had really solid food. Pricey if you're just looking at the food. But if you consider the poolside service (they bring your food on a breakfast-in-bed tray) it's underpriced.
-Culina (breakfast and dinner) was outstanding. Not your average hotel restaurant. We had many tastes and no complaints around the table. The chop salad was nothing like I anticipated--so much better. Farro and micro-diced veggies. If you go, save room for the gelato/sorbetto. I'm still dreaming about the grapefruit and coconut sorbettos. Almost had it for breakfast the next day...but the house made granola with almond milk was probably a more nutritious way to go.
Thank you for all the help, CHers. Very much enjoyed eating our way around town (when we could tear ourselves away from the pool).