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Restaurants to take my agents near Wilshire/Fairfax

Hey everyone,
looking for a nice yet affordable place to take my Agents to dinner this week. One of my agents eats mostly vegetarian (though not completely), the other is not at all and has a little more expensive tastes. Looking for a place that we can carry on a conversation and have a leisurely meal. Please name your favorites. Thanks for the help.

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  1. Plan Check is near by.

    1. The Larder on Burton Way (near La Cienega) is not far and they have a very good Dine La Promotion going on.

      1. Interesting question: "Agents" is a strange word around these chowish quarters and even stranger to fashion a meal around.
        Are we talking Secret Agents , Cleaning Agents, Infectious Agents or Hollywood Agents?
        For the moment, let's say Hollywood Agents (and lets leave aside the obvious question of why on earth would you be taking your agents out, instead of the other way 'round) and let's say the middle of town.
        Do you have budget in mind? It's not their expense account and you have said you want affordable, but to please one omnivore with expensive tastes, and a mostly vegovore...
        My Spidey Sense says
        Fig and Olive (I'm not a fan but some folks are)

        Tough to help with this one...

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          1. re: nosh

            OP "One of my agents eats mostly vegetarian" ...what would you order at Father's Office?

            1. re: wienermobile

              How about Reagan's favorite vegetable -- ketchup?

              ...Oh, wait, it's Father's Office we are talking about...

          2. re: Ciao Bob

            I was also wondering if we were talking about talent agents or real estate agents (both of whom should be taking the client out to dinner, as you said). Either way I concur on AOC. or maybe Republique?

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              funny query. i'm hoping it's a secret agent.....

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Thanks DWEO, but clearly not as funny as FranklinJefferson...the newborn baby crack has me howling...

                2. re: Ciao Bob

                  AOC is a good choice. Dont like Fig and Olive horrible service.

                3. OSTERIA MOZZA…something for everyone.

                  1. Do their occupations have anything to do with your requirements or do you just want to put it out there that you have representation?

                    P.S. I love how you've used title case for "Agents."

                    1. My chemist buddy wants a place to take his reagents for lunch (and this isn't a post just trying to get a reaction). Can anyone help him?

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                      1. re: Servorg

                        I had a fantastic dinner with my gastroenterologist at Chasen's back in the day. He liked the chili.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Something something something Avogadro something guaca-mole.

                          1. re: TheOffalo

                            Something something molecular gastronomy...

                        2. I second Plan Check.
                          Reasonably priced.
                          I usually go at off hours...but I would think you could sit at a table where you could have a conversation.
                          Double check the website for vegetarian options....but I'm pretty sure you'll find something for everyone. And Cube isn't that much further from there.

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                          1. re: perk

                            Cube is very good. Of the places suggested so far, AOC sounds like the best choice for a vegetarian in a group. I cannot even think of what a veg would order at Plan Check...much as I adore their butter lettuce salad, it has cheese and eggs in it and that may not fly with all vegetarians.

                            Haven't been but how about Paper or Plastik? Or is that too casual? I've had nice lunches at the Hart and the Hunter but they have a small menu that changes frequently.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              they do those veggie chips as an appetizer. and i think they do a veggie burger.

                              1. re: perk

                                Oh, that's right! Forgot about their veggie burger....

                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                My BFF is a vegetarian and loves AOC. It is our go-to restaurant. She feels it offers more tasty options than even Cafe Gratitude.

                                1. re: maudies5

                                  I think Gratitude fills a different niche, being an all organic, vegan restaurant.

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Her #1 is AOC
                                    #2 Gjelina
                                    3. Factory Kitchen
                                    BTW, she doesn't live in Los Angeles. Just saying these are her 3 favorite restaurants, given that she loves great food and is a vegetarian and world traveler.
                                    Likes Cafe Gratitude, but LOVEs the others I mentioned.

                                    1. re: maudies5

                                      Just saying I don't think it's a fair comparison. I really like both, but since I'm not a vegan that actually speaks volumes that I think so highly of Gratitude, but I'd be much more likely to be found at AOC.

                              3. re: perk

                                Respectfully disagree, if the OP ends up going to during "normal" meal hours and if they eat indoors. The place seems to be one of those places designed to amply sound to make the restaurant seem bustling. I can't stand it inside.

                                The outdoor patio is fine, though.

                                I think Layla in Brentwood might work for the OP....

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    Isn't it? On Wilshire near Brockton. That's Brentwood, no?


                                    1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                      That's Brentwood "adjacent" as the realtors like to say. It's the 90025 zip instead of the 90049 which is Brentwood's zip.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Meh. Point taken, but close enough for me (I say this as someone who lives in the 90049). ;)

                                      2. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                        I mean Brentwood is a shlep from fairfax and Wilshire and not a destination dining locale for this hound generally

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Point taken. Oops. I think I got thrown off when someone mentioned Plan Check.

                                          Given geographic constraints, I think Lucques might work well.... Not cheap at all, but not horrifically expensive, either (IMO).....

                                          1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                            Good call. I like it there a lot Good value too

                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    And the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills....

                                      1. Cafe Verona, 201 S. la Brea. Www.cafeveronala.com

                                        1. Steingarten, 10543 West Pico Boulevard, at Overland.


                                          Good relaxed restaurant for business. Suggest dining alfresco.