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Jan 13, 2013 08:22 AM

uhockey coming to LA, kinda last minute - looking for someplace open all-day Saturday.

Hi Hounds! With the NHL finally getting their crap together I'm putting together a last minute visit to LA next weekend (1/19-1/20.) Game and banner raising is at noon which means it should end around ~3:00. Looking for a spot open for lunch/brunch/early dinner/happy hour around that time, though most spots seem to close between lunch and dinner service.

Any genre - divey to upscale - works for me.

Probably doing Red Medicine late for dinner, or Alma if I can get in.



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  1. I would expect one or more of the area steak houses (Palm, Flemings, Arnie Morton's or even Riordan's) to be open.

    6 Replies
    1. re: mc michael

      Pass. Thinking something non-chain - Lazy Ox would be great if the game lets out before 3, but seems questionable.

      Nickel Diner might work, not sure how good Bottega Louie is, The Parish cafe seems alright, or perhaps Wurstkuche?

      1. re: uhockey

        Don't think the Parish is open all day, it serves breakfast & dinner, iirc. UMAMIcatessan is, however, and I think they have a happy hour. Did not realize they were part of the same restaurant group as Red Medicine, though....

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          ...hmm, that looks like a solid choice as well. Thanks!

          1. re: westsidegal

            Was thinking the same.

            Where else should I be looking? I figure yours is a good opinion considering the lunch at Gjelina. :-)


            1. re: uhockey

              thanks for the compliment.
              sadly, i only have comprehensive knowledge of the westside of town.
              imho, others on this board have the more comprehensive knowledge base that you need for this.

        1. Langer's Deli is open and serving till 4pm.

          1. Industriel would suit your scheduling requirements.

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            1. re: Searching4Dunny

              I dig the menu. How is the food?
              ...also, what is with these places serving foie gras? I thought such behavior was frowned upon in California.


              1. re: uhockey

                Food was very good but not great the one time I was there for dinner. I have heard some complaints about service but did not experience anything negative. I would say it is a good back up spot if you are having trouble finding a board "favorite".

                1. re: Searching4Dunny

                  Went along with another hound and had a great lunch/brunch. We had a Whole Wheat Croissant, Daily Bread with Compounded Butter, Scone with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam, Brioche French Toast with Blackberry Compote, Whipped Cream and Vanilla Maple Syrup, Farm Egg - Crispy Soft Poached, Bacon Leek Risotto, Spinach, Parmesan, Truffle Oil, and Duck, Duck, Goose: House Duck Sausage, Duck Fat Biscuits, Faux Gras Gravy, Scrambled Eggs.

                  Everything was good to great, the croissant, duck sausage, and French toast particularly nice, and service was pleasant and attentive. Its not 'destination dining,' but it definitely fit the bill.

                  Also went to Semi Sweet that day for a snack and find it surprising they don't get more love here.

                  Alma for dinner was outstanding - I need to write longer thoughts on that in the near future.


                  1. re: uhockey

                    Glad you had a nice meal. I will have to swing by for brunch soon.

                    I definitely have Alma on my list. The reports have been very impressive. Looking forward to your write up.

                    1. re: uhockey

                      Which place is this with the duck sausage, and duck duck goose, that sounds pretty good.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Thanks for the prompt response.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            I'll have to give it a shot if other hounds concur too, since originally i heard poor reviews on that joint.

                2. How about BLD? They will be doing their supper menu (breakfast, lunchy) foods from 3-5.

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                  1. re: gmk1322

                    They might make for a better 8am the following day - though that would prevent yet another visit to Griddle Café.

                    Anyone else doing a really good Sunday Brunch in LA (myself favoring sweet > savory)

                    1. re: uhockey

                      My favorite bunch is a bit of a drive, but I love Saddle Peak Lodge's Sunday brunch with their rabbit confit pot pie & wild game sausage trio.

                      1. re: uhockey

                        Sycamore Kitchen for the buckwheat blintz and pork hash would be a far better choice than BLD but BLD does have better coffee. never been to Griddle. the buckwheat blintzes are some of the most delicious sweet breakfast items I've had in a long time. Karen Hatfield does sweets right.

                        1. re: soniabegonia

                          ...this definitely fits my palate.
                          The flaw with Griddle (and here actually) is that I'm traveling solo and there are FAR too many things I want to try.