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5 Great L.A. Restaurants for Lunch When the Boss Is Paying

Son of a Gun
Son of a Gun
Anne Fishbein

It's rare, but sometimes the planets align and your chakras are glowing (or whatever), and your boss steps out of her office and asks you where you'd like to go eat for lunch. Maybe she really screwed something up and she knows it, so she'd like to make it up to you with a mea culpa and an appetizer. Maybe your boss just got the new corporate card and it's time to give the ol' expense account a whirl. Whatever the reason, you'll need to have a plan. In case of lunchtime emergency, break glass and use this list of the top five places to have your boss take you for lunch.

Yes, these business-casual lunches can sometimes be excruciating -- oh, really Mrs. Wilson, you're not sure you'll be able to afford to refinish the deck on your SECOND house? Why yes, I think I will have another martini -- but you can do yourself a great service by knowing which place you'd like to chow down at. That way, your boss can relive their youth by prodding you for debaucherous weekend details while you scarf down food and drink to your belly's content, all without picking up the tab. Bonus points for looking like a self-starter by suggesting the restaurant yourself.

5 Great L.A. Restaurants for Lunch When the Boss Is Paying
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5. Cafe Gratitude:

Show off your sensitive side at one of the city's two Cafe Gratitude locations. If your boss is the stodgy type, Gratitude will be a great way to watch her squirm while ordering up an I Am Dazzling salad or the organic corn I Am Transformed tacos. And if your boss is already the incense-burning, mantra-repeating type, she'll appreciate the cafe's fresh organic vegan fare. No matter what type of people you both are, you can bond over the positive affirmations that litter everyone's table conversations, or at the very list titter in the corner while sipping on an Eel River Amber ale. 639 Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont; 323-580-6383.

shrimp toast at Son of a Gun
shrimp toast at Son of a Gun
Anne Fishbein

4. Son of a Gun:

Unless your boss is a real prude, she's probably heard of Son of a Gun. The small seafood space on West 3rd Street is a few years old now, and the legacy of owners Shook and Dotolo only continues to grow as they expand their L.A. empire. Still, it's a fair bet that your boss has never been by for lunch. Unless you can snag a reservation, you'll still be looking for a seat at the tight communal table, but the big front windows and approachable staff make the afternoon a bit more enjoyable. Plus, with top notch cocktails and a small plates seafood concept that some may argue translates to "less food for more money", you'll be happy enough just nibbling your way through the menu. Ordering a couple of the lobster rolls and at least one fried chicken sandwich is essential to keeping your boss happy with the money she'll be throwing down. And who knows? Maybe she'll like the food so much you'll get a raise for suggesting it. 8370 W. 3rd St., Mid-City West; 323-782-9033



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