While online shopping is certainly the most efficient and convenient method to procure presents during the holiday season, sometimes a trip to the mall is unavoidable. Fortunately for folks heading to The Grove, there are plenty of dependable dining options inside the mall, nearby at the Original Farmers Market, and within walking distance of both. From Thai regional fare to old-school Italian favorites, here now are 11 places to fuel up while holiday shopping at The Grove.Read More
11 Places to Fuel up While Holiday Shopping at The Grove
Vietnamese noodle soups, Italian favorites, and Brazilian fare sold by the pound
1. Pho Saigon Pearl
For anyone trying to beat a winter cold, the walkable Pho Saigon Pearl is a surefire winner. The restaurant, just down Fairfax south of the Original Farmers Market, is a haven for dependable Vietnamese dishes including spring rolls, banh mi sandwiches, soups, and noodle bowls.
2. Jon & Vinny's
Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are whipping up Italian-inspired fare, including linguine with clams and hand-tossed pizzas, a short walk from the mall. Make a reservation ahead of time to guarantee a table upon arrival.
Du-Par’s is a decades-old staple at the Original Farmers Market. The classic Los Angeles diner, which dates to 1938, does a variety of breakfast options well, but the house specialty are the pancakes. Make this timeless restaurant your first stop as a fuel-up for the long day of shopping ahead.
4. Pampas Grill Churrascaria
Buffets aren’t usually known for careful cooking, but here at this traditional Brazilian comida à quilo joint, the food is fresh, flavorful, and paid for by the pound. Move down the line to select from an assortment of side dishes (vegetables, salads, and pastas) and finish at the churrasco station where grilled steaks, sausages, and chicken await.
For nearly 57 years, Andre’s has been feeding Beverly Grove denizens Italian classics like spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, and veal Parmesan. Come for the hearty fare and stay for the unbeatable old-school vibe.
6. Monsieur Marcel
Mr. Marcel is a tucked-away wine and snack haven within the overflowing Original Farmers Market. As an offshoot of Monsieur Marcel, this small bar area offers a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches, and classic French dishes like steak frites and trout almandine.
7. Wood Ranch
Located on the mall’s outer perimeter, a stone’s throw from the main parking lot, is Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill. Grab a seat at the bar and dig into a meaty menu of pork ribs, steaks, and burgers.
8. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove
Take a break from shopping for Blue Ribbon’s modern take on Japanese cuisine. On the menu are things like togarashi-spiced fried chicken with wasabi honey, and oxtail and bone marrow fried rice. Swing in for happy hour weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. for $9 cocktails and wines by the glass.
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9. 189 by Dominique Ansel
Look to highly-lauded chef Dominique Ansel for the finest in-mall dining experience. Open for dinner nightly, as well as weekend brunch, 189 by Dominique Ansel serves up a deceptively simple menu with enough twists to keep diners on their toes. The pull-apart elote milk bread is a must.
10. Noree Thai
Head to Noree Thai on Beverly Boulevard for a taste of chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip’s outstanding Thai cooking. The Phuket natives serve personal takes on traditional recipes like a baby squid braised in its ink and khao soi noodle soup.
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The Beverly location of Terroni is a must-stop for folks looking to eat well after a long day of shopping. The dim, inviting Italian restaurant is just steps from the border of the Grove’s expansive property, and offers an array of pastas, starters, and wine for all to enjoy. While the Toronto-based restaurant certainly qualifies as a chain, the longstanding local clientele and simple, hearty Italian fare makes the restaurant feel very, very cozy.