Honestly, we're more $3 lunch types (tacos, anyone?), but on the occasions where a nicer midday meal is called for, there's no better place in L.A. to plunk down your cash than chef Sang Yoon's Lukshon. The patio is gorgeous and comfortable, the drinks are fantastic — we especially appreciate the selection of rieslings by the glass — and the food is perfect for lunchtime grazing. The hardest part is figuring out what to get. The slippery-fresh pop of Hawaiian butterfish? The spicy-sweet shmoosh of Chinese eggplant with raita and tomato sambal? The vinegar-tinged Chinese ramen? You should get all of these things, as well as the lobster roll with pig-ear terrine, which is tiny but perfect, the lobster meat singing with ginger and lemongrass. We love this food any time of day, but there's a particular luxury to taking a leisurely lunch and indulging whole-heartedly. —Besha Rodell

3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 90232. (310) 202-6808, lukshon.com.

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