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Looking for a comfortable spot in Toluca Lake to take a visiting NYer to lunch the Friday after Christmas. Not ethnic, just interesting salads and sandwiches and a pleasant location to sit and talk without being on top of other diners. Thanks and merry, merry to all Chowhounders.

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  1. If like old school at all, with comfortable large booths and American food then you might like the Smokehouse (since 1946) across the street from Warner Brother's studios

    http://www.smokehouse1946.com/

    1. sweetsalt...good salads and sandwiches. can be crowded at peak times.
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweetsalt-los...

      olive and thyme...pretty much same thing.
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/olive-and-thy...

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      1. re: linus

        linus is spot on

        <3 the shrimp po boy @ sweetsalt, short rib @ olive & thyme (alcohol also available here)

        1. re: ns1

          Appreciate the advice. My friend is a fashion person from NYC so I'd better stay away from the Smokehouse and alcohol is essential. Thanks and happy holidays.

          1. re: mocro

            i didn't know olive and thyme had alcohol...what do they serve?

            sweetsalt does not have alcohol, but they are applying for it.

            1. re: linus

              Here is their menu, including wine list:
              Matt Kaner, co-owner and wine expert at Covell Wine Bar in Hollywood, was the creator of their original wine list. Not sure if he is still doing the list, but the current one in this link surely looks like Matt did the selecting:
              http://www.oliveandthyme.com/OLIVE_%2...

              1. re: carter

                OP here. Thanks to all for the Olive & Thyme rec. We had a wonderful lunch, sitting outside on cafe chairs in the sun. My guest and I both chose the salad trio from their prepared foods case (for me curried chicken, farro and quinoa) and it was beautifully plated and delicious.

                O & T reminded me of Joan's on Third without the parking hassle or scene. Thanks so much for this suggestion. It was perfect and I never would have found it without you guys.

      2. Malbec has great sandwiches on the lunch menu and a terrific Salmon salad. Small and cramped but shouldn't be very busy that Friday with WB mostly closed down for the week.