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Grain Lab

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

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Carvery Kitchen

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

“Ocean Park Boulevard” in Santa Monica = commercial auditions.  For me, there’s really no reason to hang around that street before/afterwards, but now there might be!

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Carvery Kitchen recently opened, and invited me in to try out the menu.  It kinda reminds me of Lemonade/Tender Greens

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…with my favorite soda machine!

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Roman, the owner, invited me in to try out their menu.  I brought Sam and John “for support.”

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Many, many sandwiches.  They’ve got several dip options, like the roast beef (above) and panini style too.

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This is the Puebla BBQ Brisket – everything in the world crammed inside from Balsamic Onion Jam to Pickled Jalapeño.

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Also pressed – the Chicken Caprese.

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All of their meat is slow-cooked and very flavorful – but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well.

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The L.A. Vegan Club (above) which gets its texture from falafel and potato, and the Grilled Veggie Cheesetta (below) – it includes flax seeds and a side of Tahini Basil sauce.

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You can also order vegan side dishes…

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…including brussels sprouts…

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…and roasted veggies…

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…or big entree salads – this one, obviously had meat on it.

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The Farmer’s Chop features Pastrami Bits – my kinda dish!

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Next time I find myself on Ocean Park Blvd. for a late afternoon appointment, I’ll stick around and wait out the traffic here.

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Free Range LA

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I first met Jesse Furman, the owner of Free Range LA at Coffee + Food a few years ago – back then, then only way to experience his fried chicken was via a stand at The Melrose Place Farmers Market, or if you were lucky enough to attend an event he was catering.

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Now they’ve got a truck – and it’s parked outside the Commissary on Fairfax for breakfast (7-11am), and the one on Sunset for lunch (noon-2:30pm).

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I opted to try the latter, so I could meet up with Abe/Dimitri during their BuzzFeed lunch break…

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…the signature Fried Chicken Sandwich…

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…plus vegetarian options.

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Dressing is a winner!  This salad was mine…

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…but I also tried bites of Abe’s wrap…

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…and Dimitri’s too.

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Ahhhhhh!  Next time I’ll have to order their potatoes, which Abe has eaten before (and raved about).

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FYI you can sit inside the cafe (and order drinks there) – which was very necessary, since it’s still H-O-T.

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This meal was hosted.  Follow Free Range LA on Instagram for the latest updates.

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