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Lunch Today - Downtown

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

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

          1. 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. +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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              1. re: TonyC

                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.

                1. re: linus

                  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.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    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.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: flowergirl

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

                      1. re: Thor123

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

                      2. re: flowergirl

                        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)

                        1. re: Baron

                          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.....

                            1. re: TonyC

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

                        2. For future references, maybe Horsethief BBQ

                          1. 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.