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engie Jan 10, 2013 10:49 AM

Any good lunch spots near Pico & La Brea - only have 1/2 hour for lunch, so need to stay pretty close.

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    LuluTheMagnificent Feb 22, 2013 06:29 AM

    Phillips BBQ on Crenshaw and Adams, but make sure to call ahead if you only have 30mins. It might be pricey for lunch, but it'll fill you up or you'll have some left. When I'm not eating meat I get the BBQ chicken only and make sandwiches. It's $10.

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      CLowe Jan 13, 2013 02:32 PM

      I dig the food at Sky's Gourmet Tacos (note that Serious Eats named the tacos here some of the best, though inauthentic). I'd say you can get in and out of there faster than Bloom (which I also love), if time is really and issue. Maison Du Pain is truly a gem, and you're missing out if you haven't been and sampled their pastries. I'll also shout out Breakaway Bakery -- great treats, some vegan, some gluten free -- if you have a sweet tooth.

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        john gonzales Jan 10, 2013 11:58 PM

        Umami.
        Last time I passed Tacos Leo truck was at the usual La Brea & Venice spot for lunch. No al pastor spit though.

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          LuluTheMagnificent Jan 10, 2013 01:16 PM

          Pips. http://pizzapastasalads.com/home.htm

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            engie Jan 10, 2013 01:36 PM

            Thanks - I'll check it out. Looks like a lively afterwork happy hour place.

          2. Mattapoisett in LA Jan 10, 2013 12:00 PM

            Flavors of Belize
            1271 South La Brea Avenue
            Los Angeles, CA 90019
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/flavors-of-belize-los-angeles

            La Maison Du Pain
            5373 West Pico Boulevard,
            Los Angeles, CA 90019
            www.lamaisondupain.net/

            Paper or Plastick
            5772 West Pico Boulevard
            Los Angeles, CA 90019
            http://www.paperorplastikcafe.com/

            Bloom Cafe
            5544 West Pico Boulevard
            Los Angeles, CA 90019
            http://www.bloomcafe.com

            Taqueria Los Anaya
            4651 W Adams Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90016
            http://www.taquerialosanaya.com

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              engie Jan 10, 2013 01:19 PM

              Nice list of suggestions. I've tried Los Anaya, good food and cheap. I like their al pastor and the fish tacos. OOHH the French place looks kind of dangerous - I'll try that tomorrow. Drat - the network filtering system wouldn't let me access the site for Paper or Plastik, I'll check it out from home. The Belizian photos look good, especially the corn tamales with stewed beef. I think that'll be Monday's lunch. Bloom Cafe has a solid menu - no pics, I'll check them out next week too. Thanks

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                Mattapoisett in LA Jan 10, 2013 02:43 PM

                Forgot three:

                ChicWineBar (owned by the same folks as Bloom)
                5545 W Pico Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90019
                http://www.chicwinebar.com

                City Best Chicken
                5303 W Pico Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90189
                http://citybestchicken.com

                Pollos El Brasero 3
                5163 Venice Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90019
                http://www.yelp.com/biz/pollos-el-bra...

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                  engie Jan 11, 2013 07:45 AM

                  More wonderful suggestions. Thanks

            2. Servorg Jan 10, 2013 11:44 AM

              Lucy's Drive-Thru has the virtues of a drive thru and 24/7 service. Not the greatest, but always available and no getting out of the car. In other words quintessential Los Angeles. See the menu here: http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/...

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                engie Jan 10, 2013 01:21 PM

                Hummm! Tried it once, and remember feeling like I wasted my time and money. It's really close to the office, maybe it's worth a second shot. What's their best dish?

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                  Servorg Jan 10, 2013 02:05 PM

                  I tend to get either their green chile burrito (all meat) with pork or their red chile burrito (all meat) with beef. What can I say? I'm a purest (a pure junk foodist by another name, perhaps).

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                    engie Jan 10, 2013 02:13 PM

                    OK - it's on my list for next week. I'll try the red chile burrito w/beef.

                    Thanks

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                    chewbacca Jan 10, 2013 09:21 PM

                    I used to eat a lot of their bean and cheese burritos. The beans are smokey flavor. Crave able! I'd also recommend roscoe in the area but if you want fried chicken or waffles......better order in advance!

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                  DWB Jan 10, 2013 11:22 AM

                  Oki Dog. FTW.

                  5056 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

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