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Restaurants with brown rice, ~8oz meat, and possibly veggies (West LA, Santa Monica, Culver City, Westwood)

I usually cook all my meals, but lately I've been very busy and have to eat out. I'm wondering if anyone can give suggestions about restaurants that serve brown rice (or any complex carb), approx 8oz of meat and possibly veggies under preferably one menu item and grilled/baked/steamed.

Some examples of restaurants that I know of are: Chipotle (brown rice double meat), Thai Restaurants (brown rice and barbecued meat), Subway/Quiznos. I'm looking for restaurants in the West LA Area-Santa Monica-Westwood-Culver City.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. probably about 8 oz of meat at lunchtime, certainly more than 8 oz of meat at dinnertime.
    SHAMSHIRI GRILL on westwood blvd.
    they make their shish kabob with beef filet.
    ask them to substitute brown rice for the basmati rice that they normally serve.

    1. The komodo cafe (the brick and mortar version of the food truck) at the corner of Robertson & Pico offers white or brown rice for all of their plates & rice bowls. The menu is Indonesian/ Asian fusion. My work colleagues adore komodo (disclaimer -- we're predominately Asian).

      Most of the food is grilled or stir-fried. The plates include mixed salad greens with house vinaigrette. Now they're offering seasonal root vegetables or greens as a separate side order.

      The other day, the special was wild mussels with brava sauce ($12).


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      1. re: vickie2172

        Komodo is awesome; I used to work a few blocks away and wnent all the time. FWIW, I'm not Asian.

      2. Tender Greens is almost what you are looking for- they have the meat, the veggies, and sometimes farro or quinoa. Locations in Santa Monica and Culver City.

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        1. re: schrutefarms

          Tender Greens Culver City is currently closed for renovations. They were supposed to open at the beginning of the year but that came and went with not much word of their reopening. Rumor is they are still a few weeks out. They needed to renovate since there is a new kid in town, Lyfe Kitchen, which is adding to the healthy QSRs around Culver City

          1. re: schrutefarms

            I love Tender Greens and frequently go to the SM location for lunches. But there is no way they are serving anything close to 8 oz. of protein with their salads. Perhaps the sandwiches have a bit more, but three slender slices of albacore with the tuna Ni├žoise salad could not have been more than 4 oz. tops. Perhaps they will allow an extra side of meat, but it will cost you.

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              that was always my beef with Tender Greens: i'd leave hungry every time.
              it doesn't matter how prettily the salad is arranged if there is not enough food on the plate.
              definitely there was nothing close to 8 oz of protein any of the times i tried the place.

            1. Firehouse in Venice (Main & Rose). Not the most innovative menu around, but they cater to body builders with multiple meal combos of the type you describe.

              1. 26 Beach has brown rice. They also have some dishes like the Jerk Chicken that has 1 or 2 8 oz breasts, veggie and startch, I am sure you could get the brown rice. They actually have a few dishes like that, a 10oz filet & Garlic Chicken

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                1. re: Burger Boy

                  This is a good option (and Burger Boy's fav :). Their menu is vast and they are quite flexible with substitions. But, what I like most here is how fresh their produce and fish are. The cooks are good, but the food purchaser is great.

                  1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                    they also serve some of the best, most inventive, generously-portioned, salads in town.

                2. Fresh Corn Grill. Good healthy options. I especially like their grilled salmon plate with lime & herb sauce and wild brown rice

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                  1. I really like the brown rice served at Ekkamai near Costco.

                    1. Nook Bistro has a dish with brown rice, veggies and some sort of protein.

                      1. Wouldn't Seasons 52 (in the Century City Mall) fit into this? I believe their concept is based around balanced meals...

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                        1. re: jdwdeville

                          Yes, but their portions are quite small. I think the idea is that most dishes are less than 400 calories.

                        2. Cabbage Patch in Beverly Hills
                          Lemonade (any location) for their entree/stew options
                          Green Peas in Culver City

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                          1. re: TracyS

                            There is also a Cabbage Patch, with outdoor seating only, in Culver City.

                          2. Tender Greens, Fresh Corn Grill, Take A Bao & Al Votre Sante come to mind

                            1. Tuk, Tuk (Thai) on Pico near Robertson - I like the "red rice" with the spicy whole fish
                              Akasha in Culver City has a tasty quinoa/chicken/vegetables bowl
                              Public School in Culver City (has good ingredients like kale, salmon, quinoa available in its entrees, you might have to create your own meal.)
                              Singapore Express in Marina del Rey
                              Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey-- you can make any sandwhich a salad, and they almost always have a whole grain salad as a side.
                              Viva Fresh Mexican in Westchester on Sepulveda; Call ahead to see if they have brown rice. They definitely have black beans on their protein plates and their fresh salsa is good.

                              1. This may be too far north than you're looking for, but Vestation in Sherman Oaks has brown rice, veggie concentrated dishes and it's quite good. They don't have meat, since they're vegan/organic but their soy meat is surprisingly tasty (and that's coming from a hardcore carnivor).