One might assume casual wine bars are a dime a dozen in Westwood, but one would be wrong. And for that reason, Fundamental LA is one of our favorites. If you’re looking for a midday buzz, the extensive beer and wine list will certainly provide it, but it’s the food that’ll really keep you coming back. Everything from the chicken torta to the orzo is excellent, and with the daily “Power Lunch” special, you basically get all of that and a cookie for $15.
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