I guess it all depends on how you define the term “fast food.” You can get a burger in a bag, or you can get very good food, but more quickly. Thus Drago Centro, Celestino Drago's swank downtown restaurant, has introduced an “eat & run” prix fixe menu, which offers three courses for $25 in under thirty minutes. So instead of said burger and fries, you might have a salad of mixed baby lettuces, shaved Parmesan and red wine vinaigrette; braised oxtail with soft polenta; and tiramisu. All in about the time it takes to navigate that line at In-N-Out. Next we just need a drive-thru window, maybe in time for the 2010 L.A. Marathon, which routes conveniently close to the restaurant next year. Then it really would be eat and run.

Drago Centro: 525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles; (213) 228-8998.

LA Weekly