I searched around on the board, but couldn't find many answers to this, so my apologies if this question has been asked before.
My boyfriend and I are coming to LA for Siggraph next week, which means a fair amount of time spent downtown, mostly at the Staples Convention Center, but occasionally further down Figueroa at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Last year we had a really hard time finding any nice places to eat within walking distance - I think we ended up at Wokcano once, and another time at California Pizza Kitchen.
So what are some good places for a hungry couple to go that aren't too far to walk? We may also have lunch with a group of college friends, 5 or 6 at most. We like salads & sandwiches, Japanese, seafood - nothing too heavy or greasy (i.e. probably not the Pantry).
Thanks in advance for your help!