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Good Grove: Good Eatin' at The Farm

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We know you've been clamoring for more dish about The Grove, and a recent afternoon outing left us right in the middle of that strange and beautiful place, with a hunger for a light lunch and an eye on all the eye candy. We strode past the big restaurants with their enormous patios full of pretty people paying too much for sandwiches, and our eyebrows rose in a mix of disgust and curiosity as we noticed The Cheesecake Factory had moved in to an upstairs spot. How? Why? we wondered. Is that all our tourists, starlets, and studio execs deserve? But that would have to be pondered another time, another place. This time we ate at the little spot next to the movie theatres called The Farm of Beverly Hills.

Inside was surprisingly cavernous, like a barn, we surmised--how apropos! After having restauranted meal after meal recently together in New York, my dining companion and I couldn't help but remark on how large LA restaurants tend to be. And, as a bonus, staffed with male servers who obviously do a little acting on the side. We were seated promptly, and with a smile, and we set out to the business of ordering. Our kind and friendly waiter explained the many specials, and we perked up at the Asian Seafood Salad description. Our server, in his infinite attentiveness, even went so far as to ask if the chef could make an intricate alteration for us (South Beach is a killer, isn't it?). Even though the answer was no, we were impressed that he asked, and even more impressed when our meals came out quickly from said chef's lair. Our companion had what she called a glorified BLT on grainy bread, with flavorful Applewood smoked bacon and a house salad that had her gushing over its dressing. We were thrilled with the Asian Seafood Salad, with its spicy flavors and variety of bits and chunks of tasty fish and shellfish, none too overwhelmed by dressing in the least. We ogled the brownies and other sweet treats being served up nearby (double duty with ogling the wait staff), but we stayed good and kept away from the goodies (in all respects). We had a nice experience down on The Farm, and we're glad we have a slightly more subtle eating option at the beloved Grove.

The Farm of Beverly Hills has two locations: 439 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, and at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive 0-10, Los Angeles.