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Lunch spot near Beverly Center area

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My mom is coming up from San Diego to help me move into my new apartment this Thursday. We are both are huge foodies, but unfortunately I don't know this area very well. I was thinking of taking her to Son of a Gun, but I've already been there and would like to try something new with her! If any of you have any suggestions of a cool place to take her, it would be much appreciated!!

Thank you!!

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  1. Sotto is not too far, about a 10 minute drive.

    1. Golden State could be fun, though crowded
      Olio for Neapolitan pizza

      of course if you come dressed like that picture, I would opt for AOC or Sotto.

      1. According to their website, Scratch Bar is open for lunch. Very new and creative. I haven't been, but a few others on the board have. http://www.scratchbarla.com/about.html

        1. Not open yet but take your Mom on her next visit to Plan Check opening at 351 N FAIRFAX AVE ...they open later this year with a larger menu then the their Sawtelle location.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            That sounds like some competition for Golden State.

            Would that make them less than a block and a half from each other ?

            1. re: kevin

              Just checked by phone to confirm that the website is correct. Scratch Bar is definitely open for lunch, 11:30 to 2:30.

            2. re: wienermobile

              Ahhh, I just realize that your comment "not open yet" pertained to the new Plan Check, not to my statement about Scratch Bar now being open for lunch. Never mind.

            3. "New" AOC -- tons of lunching ladies on the patio. Perfect for whatever occasion this is.

              1. It's not quite right by Beverly Center.

                But Madeo is great, and I'll usually take up any reason to go there.

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                1. re: kevin

                  Kevin, I thought you might reply with a gallant offer to help them move.

                  1. re: Wayno

                    I guess I could do that. But they'll have to spot me a great lunch.

                2. I'm always shocked that I like Lemonade so much. There's one on Beverly Blvd.

                  It's surprisingly affordable if you order right and share some dishes. Lots of fresh salads to choose from, as well as soups and stews. it's the sort of brunchy salady stuff that you'd pay 2-3x as much for if you ordered similar dishes at Joan's on 3rd.

                  Mr Taster

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                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    Taster, you just broke my heart.

                    Lemonade ???

                    That goes against the grain of all that we stand for. :)

                    1. re: kevin

                      It's really not that bad. 6 salads + a braised dish is enough for 2 to share, and it only comes to about $10/pp.

                      FUB™ pricing (which Lemonade admittedly has all the trappings of) would demand it costs at least 1.5-2x as much.

                      Is there a specific complaint you have about the quality of the food, or just the general vibe of the place? The only thing I've had there that was really bad was a butterscotch pudding, which was grainy as hell. I complained about it, and someone plain-clothed in a supervisory capacity (I got an owner vibe, but can't be sure) was there. He actually dipped into the pudding I had eaten out of, and told me (to my face) that it tasted fine, but that he would let me swap it for something else. (This was at the Venice location.) Total narcissistic douchebaggery at its finest-- but, that's my only complaint about the place.

                      Edit: I'm fairly certain it was the guy on the right:

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: kevin

                        I too love Lemonade (and Tender Greens) and I'm not afraid to say it!

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          I proudly love them both too and I will yell it out my window just like Peter Finch did in Network.

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Is that what finchey yelled out the window ? :)

                            I do like Tender Greens though. It's my supposedly healthy (is it healthy?) joint in my rotation.

                            1. re: kevin

                              For my 2 cents, Tender Greens is far superior to Lemonade. Not sure why, but Tender Greens is always as good/better than what I expect and Lemonade always feels like something of a letdown.

                              Sidenote, Mr. Taster I've seen your FUB™ notation on a few posts now...at the risk of sounding like an idiot, what does it stand for? (I have a general sense)

                        2. re: kevin

                          Really? I've always liked Lemonade- I've found their ingredients to be fresh, the combinations inventive, the prices on point and the service good. The only thing I've never really liked there is the lemonade itself.

                          1. re: schrutefarms

                            I like Lemonade too. I think the old fashion is pretty good.

                            1. re: Thor123

                              The lemonade is a little strong for me- I like mine a bit more watered down than that. Although the peach one is pretty damn tasty!!! :)

                      2. Lucky you. You're pretty much at ground zero for great L.A. restaurants. Duplex on Third has a lovely patio and a very good lunch menu. For great Korean, there's Genwa, on La Cienega with 22 different banshan to go along with a great bibimbap.
                        AOC, Goldies, Olio, Son of a Gun. So many to choose from.

                        1. Definitely AOC....

                          My daughter and I love the place....great food and a perfect place for visiting and conversation.
                          It's located in a nice place on 3rd and the ambiance is lovely.
                          Lemonade's fine, the foods okay, but there's often a wait out the door to get in. It's just not the place for a leisurely, comfortable place to enjoy lunch.

                          1. I haven't been to the one at the Beverly Center, but i really like the food at Obika in Century City. It's run by the same people. They have wonderful burrata that they fly in from Italy. Lots of very nice Italian choices. And fun Italian wines.

                              1. Haven't been, but from reviews Goldie's could fit the bill. Already mentioned but AOC and Lucques are good ideas. BLD or Terroni as well.

                                1. Board regulars will tell you the usual suspects like Chaya Brasserie & AOC.

                                  I'll go with the dark horse: Cafe Angelino. Damn good Italian. (And that's saying a lot in that neighborhood, with neighbors like Angelini Osteria & Madeo).

                                  Cafe Angelino
                                  8735 W. 3rd St. (just east of the corner of Robertson & 3rd)
                                  Los Angeles 90048

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                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      jl, thanks for letting out my little secret.

                                    2. Thank you all for your responses! Couldn't be more excited to try all of these places! Right now it's in between AOC, Little Next Door, and Lacques. Between those three which do you feel would be the most rememberable? Scratch bar I really want to go to for dinner, hear it's the bomb. Honestly all of your suggestions are beyond awesome, thank you again!!

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                                      1. re: KUCLA

                                        AOC. Lucques and AOC are very similar (same chef), but I prefer the menu at AOC and the ambiance is fresher to me, since it's a new location. Little Next Door is much more casual.

                                      2. Joans on Third
                                        Farmers Market
                                        Olio pizza
                                        carmela ice cream
                                        izaykaya (katsuya)

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                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          I've been wanting to go to Jar but its only open for dinner and Sunday brunch. The Bazaar is only open for dinner too...I know because I work there haha. Thank you for your suggestions, definitely adding them to my list!

                                          1. re: KUCLA

                                            my bad...for quick lunch also la plancha tacos, fat burger (nice rings), toast, churchill pub, doughboys, soda pops...basically tons of stuff

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              I want to take her somewhere thats quaint or somewhat nice (but not nice enough that we have to actually be dressed to a T) and has very interesting and solid food. Right now I have reservations at AOC, but I'm kinda leaning toward The Little Next Door. Thoughts?

                                              1. re: KUCLA

                                                For me i think the atmosphere at Little door next door is a lot like some of the other spots in those blocks, outdoor patio etc. (tho seeing Halle Berry there was a plus!) AOC might be more quaint. I like La Paella a lot for various tapas and wine and it has a sort of European/quaint atmosphere....Locanda Veneta might also work.

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  O my I just looked at La Paella's menu....I died. Looks UHHmazing! Your not making my decision any easier...and I thank you for it.

                                                  1. re: KUCLA

                                                    I'd like to qualify this by saying that I've never been to La Paella, so I do not have first hand knowledge of the place.

                                                    But, I have been around Chowhound for a very long time, and I don't remember ever reading a positive review of the place (aside from this one).

                                                    Again, not saying it is or isn't good- just that my cumulative experience in remembering various Chowhound reviews, for this restaurant over the years, was not favorable.

                                                    EDIT: After reading J.L.'s post, I believe the negative reviews I recalled were specifically for the paella.

                                                    Mr Taster

                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                      Thanks for the heads up Mr. Taster!

                                                    2. re: KUCLA

                                                      If you do go: Only have the tapas at La Paella. Strangely, their paellas aren't very good.

                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                        You know, I think that's what I remember reading about negatively about La Paella over the years. I edited my post above to reflect that.

                                                        I'll add La Paella to my list of restaurants whose names are counter-intuitive or deceptively named:

                                                        - The paella at La Paella is bad

                                                        - Little to no chipotle in the dishes at Chipotle

                                                        Any further additions? :)

                                                        Mr Taster

                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                          I couldn't find any good KFC's in Kentucky.

                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                                            The Cheesecake Factory ????

                                                            The Olive Garden ?????

                                                            Killer Shrimp ??????

                                                            Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada ?????

                                                            I could go on.

                                                    3. re: KUCLA

                                                      AOC has better food. That's for sure.

                                                      You don't need to dress up for either.

                                                      After all, this is LA (with one proviso: if you are going to the Magic Castle in which case dressing up is mandatory).

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Isn't that the truth HA. Ya I think I'm just gonna settle it and take her to AOC but I'm super excited to try all these places. Coming from the Westside, I'm not used to having to check the dress code, more or less everyone knows the nice and casual places the region has to offer. Here, whole different ballgame...pretty excited.

                                                        1. re: KUCLA

                                                          it's a real hot spot for foodies ... lots of great spots at various prices....have fun at AOC!

                                                          1. re: KUCLA

                                                            I love both AOC and Lucques. Both have excellent food and charming ambience. I'd give a slight edge to the latter, but, you won't go wrong with either option. Enjoy!

                                                            1. re: b. delish

                                                              Does anyone suggest a certain dish or dishes for us to order at AOC?!

                                                              1. re: KUCLA

                                                                Bacon-wrapped dates!

                                                                Just kidding.

                                                                Mr Taster

                                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                  Why are you kidding?? Those bacon wrapped dates are amazing!!!!

                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                    They are delicious-- no argument here. But my understanding was that they really popularized the bacon-wrapped date trend (which germinated the later sweet/salty dessert trend) back in the early-mid 2000s and since then they've became somewhat of a culinary cliche. I remember looking for them a few years ago, and not finding it on the menu. But it looks like they're back.

                                                                    I personally don't care if they're a "cliche" or not (I find it hard to swallow that term when describing food), but these kinds of restaurants live & die by ensuring their menus stay trendy and don't become staid and tired.


                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                      Agreed, a restaurant in this city must do all they can to stay relevant, after all, there's a lot of competition! But I personally could care less if a food is cliche- if it tastes good, ill eat it! Gimme all the salted caramel bacon wrapped whatever!!