Need some help for a lunch I'm having next week. Here are the criteria:
I'm meeting two old friends from high school. The live and work in the Valley -- I work in Westwood. I'm willing to drive over the hill to have lunch with them, but as the travel time makes this a long lunch for me, I need some place that's at least close to the 405 freeway so I can get over and back in a reasonable amount of time.
We used to meet at Nat's Coffee Shop (Hazeltine and Burbank) and we once met at a pub farther east on Burbank (Irish something? I can't remember the name). But we're looking for something else.
We tried California Chicken Cafe, but it's not my thing. I don't like chicken (or cheese) and making a lunch out of just the side dishes was sort of starchy. One of my friends is a vegetarian.
So -- to repeat --
I need a freeway accessible restaurant for lunch in Sherman Oaks area that will appeal to at least one vegetarian and one non-dairy/non-chicken guy. It also has to be reasonably quick (no three course meals) - but don't want fast food.
(Keep in mind that Ventura Bl is a pain at that time of day, so having to travel too far up or down Ventura is problematic. Nat's worked because Burbank is desolate by comparison.)
Thanks in advance everyone ...