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Century City food court update

Debbie W. | Nov 25, 200511:24 AM

I met my mom for shopping at Century City on Tuesday. I was out of town all last week and hadn't read the thread from about 9-10 days ago on the food court. And now that I don't work in Century City anymore, I wasn't fully aware of the massive changes taking place in this mall although I knew they were doing construction in general.

Anyway, my mom was late driving up from Irvine and I took a stroll around the old food court, trying to think of where we could lunch because I figured she wouldn't want to walk across the street to Clementine. I was shocked about the food court's condition, until I figured out that there's a totally new and very handsome food court going into a new second level. I was a little slow on the uptake. In the old food court, California Crisp, Sorabol, the deli, Jody Maroni's, Tacone, the Italian place and the coffee place were still open as of Tuesday.

In the new food court, Baja Fresh was open as was California Crisp. Also there's a chili place called Red Rock Chili with several different types of chili and different ways you can get it, including a purported Cincinnati-style with spaghetti. Panda Express was also open. Places not yet open that I remember are Fuddrucker's, Harper's-to-go (a branch of the Harper's restaurant next to Houston's, having never been there I don't know what kind of food they offer), Sorabol, a rotisserie place, and a couple others. I didn't make notes so I'm not 100% sure.

When we ate around 1:00, the lines at the chili place and Panda Express were so long as to be utterly ridiculous, so we opted for Baja Fresh. I had been hoping to try the chili place. Baja Fresh didn't have its system down yet and was very disorganized. The soda fountain is behind the counter, so it's not help-yourself as it usually is, and so you had to go over to the fountain guy and get your soda, and then the pick-up section was in the middle of the other lines. It was a real mess. The food was the same as any other Baja Fresh.

On the upside, since we took it for "here" rather than "to go" we got real plates not plastic plates, they have real stoneware little crocks for the salsas although the utensils were plastic. The tables are nice with very comfy and heavy wood chairs, and get this: you don't have to bus your own. There are cardboard discs on the tables saying that the Westfield staff will bus your table. A new concept for a mall! For a food court, the atmosphere is quite nice, bright and airy with an outside seating section also. The restroom was large and clean, at least so far. From what I've noted at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square close to my home, another Westfield property, they tend to put a decent amount of money into their malls, and you can really see it in the changes taking place in Century City.

Someone please try the chili place and report back!

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