Ray's & Stark Bar is the ground floor restaurant at LACMA and the kind of place you would assume is violently mediocre, but in reality, is very solid. The menu has everything from a kobe burger to margherita pizza to hamachi crudo, which basically means the whole group is going to find something to eat. Their outdoor patio is massive and the perfect spot to get some fresh air during lunch. Warning: They’re closed Wednesdays.
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Odys and Penelope
Odys and Penelope in Mid-Wilshire is upscale American comfort food at its finest. And also the best smelling restaurant in LA.
Commerson is a generic-looking seafood restaurant on La Brea with food that’s actually pretty interesting.
The Sycamore Kitchen
Sycamore Kitchen might be the most affordable, quality brunch in Los Angeles.
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FIG is an all-around solid restaurant but that Happy Hour of theirs is the best on the Westside.
Birds Rotisserie Chicken Cafe
An all-chicken bar/restaurant for when you're waiting for your friend's improv show to start next door.
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