Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Light lunches and more places to eat out in L.A....

The fab thing about moving to L.A. has been how friends have taken us under their wing and shown us great places to go for lunch or dinner, or even close to the beach!

So after highlighting where to eat in West Hollywood, 5 great places to dine out in Studio City and where to go for breakfast in L.A., here's my guide to a few other cafes and restaurants you may like to try out here in Los Angeles.

Prado - 244 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles.

This is a great place to grab a laid-back light lunch, inside or out. Apparently, their food is a mixture of Caribbean, Latin and Louisiana Cajun cuisine, but whatever it was we both had large and tasty salads.

It's a nice neighbourhood, so a great place to just relax and have a quiet bite to eat.

Lu Lu's Cafe - 7149 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles.

Lu Lu's Cafe on Beverly BlvdA friend invited us to Lu Lu's for a tasty light lunch. It serves breakfast, sandwiches and yummy salads.

Between us all we had the Garden Burger Salad (vegetarian) and the Traditional Chopped Salad (which had chicken). They are a good size and won't break the bank!

The Farm of Beverly Hills at The Grove - 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

Pop in to The Farm when you're at The Grove shopping to grab a quick bite to eat or a coffee. You can dine inside or on the patio area and watch the world go buy.

The interior is a big airy space with high ceiling and wood beams, it's very cool and tranquil when you've been racing through the hordes of shoppers.The Grove dancing fountainsYou'll find it right next to The Grove movie theatre and if you want you can even take your Farm food in with you to watch your film!

Cafe Stella - 3932 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake.

This place was a real surprise and another find by a friend. Hidden away in Silver Lake, we'd never have found it on our own.

It's a French Bistro so the European feel made us feel at home amongst all the tex-mex, American diners and fast food restaurants to be found here in L.A.

There's an outside seating area, but we sat inside. The food and wine was great.

The only downside for me was that the tables were too close together, so there's not much personal dining space.

Cafe des Artiste - 1534 N McCaddon Place, Hollywood.

Five of us dined here on a Saturday night and really liked the venue and had nice food.

We're still getting used to portion sizes in the U.S., so the appetizer was the size of a UK main meal in a restaurant. By the time I had the seafood paella I was so full, but it was good food.

The only problem with the evening was that the waiters weren't the friendliest and service not the best (which seems strange in such a tipping culture). I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they were having an off night!

Arclight Cafe Bar at Arclight Hollywood
- 6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles.
ArcLight Hollywood cinemaHere's another top tip, maybe for when you go straight from work to see a movie.
We grabbed a bite to eat at the Cafe Bar at the Arclight Hollywood. We didn't have much time before our movie, but we grabbed a drink at the bar and only had to wait a couple of minutes to be seated.

The great thing was that when ordering they took into account when our movie was starting, so it was a super-fast and friendly service. The food was more than OK too!

Plus the Arclight is the perfect place to watch a movie!

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe - Paradise Cove, Malibu, CA.Paradise Cove Malibu

Finally, not that you have much choice of venues to eat there, but for a great day at the beach try the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe.

My top tip is to get your name on list for food as soon as you get there as it can take up to two hours to get a seat.

You'll get a lobster pager, so you can relax on the beach for a while until a table is ready, then get out of the sun over lunch and then sleep it off, or alternatively walk off your lunch on the beach afterwards.Paradise Cove Malibu beachSo that's it for my suggestions for places to eat out in L.A., tomorrow normal blogging resumes...

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