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Friday, August 28, 2009

Lunching in West L.A. Part Two

So today my focus will be on Beverly Hills. Just to re-iterate here is how I picked these awesome lunch spots:

1) No fast food
2) Eat in about an hour
3) Not terribly expensive (I've fudged on this a little because come on it's 90210)

Again, these places assume you've got at least an hour to eat.

L.A. Food Show - All Types
252 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Similar to CPK but with more than just pizza, L.A. Food Show is a favorite because similar to the Cheesecake Factory it has a lot of choices many of which are favorites of mine. I love the Herb Rotisserie Chicken, the Chicken Enchiladas, the Prime Steak Salad, the Artichoke appetizer and the Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles. It's a little pricey for lunch but again it's Beverly Hills. Above all I suggest the Key Lime pie from here. I am a Key Lime officiando and it is one of my favorites in all of L.A.

The Farm - Californian
439 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

You may be in for a slight wait if you go at the traditional lunch hour, but it is really really good. Also, I wouldn't go here unless you are really hungry because the food is rich, but delicious. Some of my favorites are the Cheese Plate for two, the Tuna Sashimi Tower, and the Almond Chicken Salad. My ultimate favorite is the Stuffed Baguette which consists of roasted chicken breast, mozzarella, bell peppers, basil & onions stuffed in a French Baguette and then baked with parmesan cheese. It is really rich and really good.

Yu-N-Mi - Sushi
9475 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This is my all-time favorite sushi restaurant because they have fresh, succulent fish as well as a lot of different rolls to try. Pretty much any of the sashimi you order will be some of the best tasting you've had but if you aren't a traditionalist and want to try some rolls my two favorites are the Spicy Tuna #2 and SeaBass Rolls (this is the Treasure Roll without the scallops). I'm allergic to shellfish but people I've taken there also swear by the West Roll.

Il Tramezzino (Il Tram) - Sandwiches
454 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

I'll be honest - I'm not a huge fan although the chicken pesto sandwich is pretty good. I've only included this under duress because so many of my friends love this place. So try it out once and see if you're convinced.

Mulberry Street - Pizza
240 S. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Definitely only order one slice if you are planning on getting Mulberry Street. The slices are bigger than my face and served very thin. Both the pepperoni and margarita are excellent if you want to play it safe, otherwise try their specialty the Lasagne Pizza. Before, you get too weirded out it's not like they took lasagne and slathered it on a crust. It's just a regular slice but with alternating white and red sauces that when eaten in unison taste like lasagne. Just try it.

Chin Chin - Chinese
206 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

They call it their "Famous Chinese Chicken Salad" for a reason - it is "the bomb." I do, however, like to add my own twist whenever I get it as takeout. By some of those little Mandarin orange fruit cups and then sprinkle those onto the salad. It just adds the perfect final layer to the already famous-for-a-reason salad. Other than that Chin Chin's menu is standard Chinese fare but at a really high quality.

So with that, choose wisely. As you try some of these restaurants you will see even more restaurants in Beverly Hills to try. It is a thriving luncheon metropolis with ever-changing signage so try these before they're gone! And tell me if you find some you like because I've lived in L.A. for six years and I still haven't been to all of them.

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