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Lunch Today - Downtown

flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 07:29 AM

Looking for something great for lunch downtown - anything except Asian or Mexican. Been to Bottega Louis and Church and State. Would love ideas - preferably something new.

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    set0312 RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 07:57 AM

    You cannot go wrong with Wood Spoon--authentic Brazilian comfort, their pot pie is to die for.

    Wurstkuche is always funs if you like sausages--rattlesnake and rabbit is one of my favorite LA dishes.

    Maccheroni Republic impressed me the only time I've been--from what I understand, the owners have been doing great Italian across LA for decades.

    In short, go to Wood Spoon. If that does not sound good, check out Machheroni. If you want to be hip and have great sausages, fries, and beer, check out Wurstkuche.

    1. Baron RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 08:10 AM

      Drago Centro for great Italian. Water Grill for raw bar and seafood.

      1. Servorg RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 08:28 AM

        Maybe Industriel Farm? http://industrielfarm.com/

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          Ernie RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 10:30 AM

          For something a little different, check out Mo Chica. Very good modern Peruvian cuisine

          1. PeterCC RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 10:34 AM

            UMAMIcatessen? I enjoyed non-UMAMI items from the P!GG menu. I also hear they have a killer pastrami sandwich there.

            Baco Mercat? One of the top restaurants on my to-try list. I could live vicariously through your meal. Heh.

            1. TonyC RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 10:59 AM

              +1 on Macherronoic Republic.

              I also really love Blue Cow Kitchen, but it's not for everyone, only if you love Mendocino.

              For something more ethnic/divey, but not Asian/Mex, iskender kebabs at Sevan or St. Vincent Deli.

              The only thing I'd totally avoid is Bar Ama. Good lord...

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                linus RE: TonyC Jul 9, 2013 03:47 PM

                gonna disagree with tonyc on this one. haven't been there for lunch, but i found the food and drinks at bar ama tasty.
                good vegetables and some killer goat.

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                  TonyC RE: linus Jul 10, 2013 12:42 PM

                  i'll agree with 50% of linus's bar ama assessment, smoky funky cocktails, but I dropped over $100 for 2 not-very-hungry ppl (2 cocktails), and it was definitely in the expensive but not worth it category.

                  it is new though, and it's an idea. just not a very good idea.

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                    linus RE: TonyC Jul 10, 2013 02:55 PM

                    i'm going to agree with 50 percent, or maybe 40 percent, of what tonyc says and agree bar ama is a tad expensive.

                    however, we all left satisfied, and i think it was less than 100 per person.

                    to repeat, i found the vegetable plates and the roasted goat (99 bucks for a pile of it, serves four with leftovers) very tasty. their tortillas were good.

                    i would go again.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 11:40 AM

                Aburiya toranoku

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 9, 2013 03:26 PM

                  Whoops, my bad, I missed the no Asian request :)

                2. wienermobile RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 11:47 AM

                  How about the new Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market?

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                    flowergirl RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 02:35 PM

                    We went to Baco Mercat. While I initially enjoyed my lunch, the more I ate, the saltier and more overly seasoned it all tasted. The ideas of the dishes were great but they would have tasted better with 50% less salt - and I love salt!

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                      Thor123 RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 03:08 PM

                      and without the chunks of fat they put in the baco.

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                        liu RE: Thor123 Jul 9, 2013 05:25 PM

                        I'm with you, Thor123.
                        I didn't care for Baco Mercat at all.
                        My baco was gross with those fatty chunks.

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                        Baron RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 05:56 PM

                        Is it my imagination or are a good number of restaurants using too much salt? I'm finding that more and more lately. Or maybe its my tastebuds being too sensitive to it. Next time try Drago Cento. I had the most memorable pasta dish crab and some kind of light cream sauce. Outa this world. (and not salty)

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: Baron Jul 9, 2013 07:22 PM

                          I did not find my meal there salty at all, and I am a bit sensitive to salt. Nor did I find the pork belly in my baco to be "greasy, fatty chunks". No, they were delicious morsels of pork belly goodness. Perhaps they are just a tad inconsistent in the kitchen, as are lots of places.....

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                            TonyC RE: Baron Jul 9, 2013 11:41 PM

                            Bar Ama was inedibly salty.

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                              linus RE: TonyC Jul 10, 2013 07:54 AM

                              didn't find bar ama salty at all. and i didn't drink that much, either.

                        2. ipsedixit RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 04:44 PM

                          For future references, maybe Horsethief BBQ

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                            flowergirl RE: flowergirl Jul 9, 2013 07:35 PM

                            Thanks everyone. There are a lot of great suggestions. Also want to try Bestia for dinner.
                            The dishes at Baco Mercat just kept getting saltier and saltier.

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