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ethereal Jul 23, 2012 11:44 AM

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.

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  1. perk RE: ethereal Jul 23, 2012 02:15 PM

    Nice patios and good food at both Bouchon and Scarpetta....both in Beverly Hills.

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      Thor123 RE: perk Jul 23, 2012 07:56 PM

      Neither is casual, last minute or wo reservation. Both a bit stuffy.

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        perk RE: Thor123 Jul 24, 2012 12:37 AM

        Bouchon has a more casual restaurant downstairs with a patio. Scarpetta also has a patio, and during the day it is a somewhat casual setting. And I don't think you'd necessarily need a reservation during the day at lunch. I'm just sayin'.......

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          ipsedixit RE: perk Jul 24, 2012 07:46 AM

          Never needed a reservation for Scarpetta for lunch. All that was need for dinner was a call the same day (weekends included).

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      Thor123 RE: ethereal Jul 23, 2012 07:54 PM

      Lunch outdoors Barney Greengrass or Ivy
      Dinner Eveleigh

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        Ciao Bob RE: Thor123 Jul 24, 2012 08:20 AM

        Really, Thor123 - Everliegh for dinner?
        Seems to me that Everleigh is just about everything the OP does not want -- noisy, see-and-be-seen, needs reservations, neither casual nor relaxed.

      2. PeterCC RE: ethereal Jul 24, 2012 01:08 AM

        Petrossian might be a good fit for some of your needs.

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          J.L. RE: PeterCC Jul 24, 2012 06:26 PM

          Especially lunch at Petrossian. You can dine al fresco. Enjoy their incredible caviar butter lettuce salad.

        2. Ciao Bob RE: ethereal Jul 24, 2012 08:17 AM

          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.

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            JudiAU RE: ethereal Jul 24, 2012 08:53 AM

            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.

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              bulavinaka RE: JudiAU Jul 24, 2012 05:14 PM

              Momed has great food. Taxi is the best way to go since parking around there can be tough. They do have a small but good selection of beers, and they do carry wine as well - didn't look into those...

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              New Trial RE: ethereal Jul 25, 2012 02:25 AM

              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.

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                vickie2172 RE: ethereal Jul 25, 2012 11:05 AM

                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.)

                http://www.thechaya.com/beverlyHills/...

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                  ethereal RE: ethereal Jul 25, 2012 11:10 AM

                  Thanks all, for the suggestions and comments so far. I'm looking at the menus for all your recommendations!

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                    ethereal RE: ethereal Aug 24, 2012 03:23 PM

                    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).

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                      PeterCC RE: ethereal Aug 24, 2012 03:41 PM

                      Thanks for reporting back!

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