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Let's Do Lunch: Glendon Bar & Kitchen

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There are some great lunches to be had in this town, and we want to celebrate the midday meal. So, let's do lunch, shall we?

Westwood: UCLA's campus town, filled with fast-casual restaurants, youth-appeal retail, and students galore toting laptops and backpacks crammed with pricey textbooks. So where does everyone else eat in Westwood?

The folks at the Glendon Bar & Kitchen say...at their place. Offering an environment and menu that is not geared towards the student body (though will feed it, nonetheless) the Glendon provides a respite in the Village and a great lunch option for a nice lunch.

Libations at lunch can be a lovely thing, so on our visit as guests of the Glendon we opted to toast a happy midday meet-up with some cocktails from their menu. In addition to wine by the glass and beer, Glendon has several specialty cocktails, including several that are "low-calorie." Not one to count calories whilst imbibing, we checked out their take on a Moscow Mule (Canton Ginger instead of Ginger Beer) and our guest a Collins. Both citrusy, well-mixed, and refreshing, we clinked glasses and then got started on the meal.

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The menu is sort of that perfect all-American lunch melange of entrees, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. To help ease the decision-making, we ordered up their Mac & Cheese appetizer ($11)--with bacon, of course (add $2) --to share. Hot out of the oven and still bubbling and snapping, the baked ramekin was filled with a pleasant and comforting mix of pasta and a Bechamel-based three-cheese sauce intermingled with bacon pieces, and topped with a crunchy Parmesan-Panko crust and more bacon.

For entrees, we checked out the Chicken Breast Lunch Plate ($18) which includes a gleaming, juicy breast of chicken atop their Crimini Onion Rice made with a hint of coconut milk, which was similar in texture to a risotto, or a rice-potato mix. To balance the protein and the carbs, the dish includes a lightly-dressed green salad.

Thanks to the input of our helpful server, we opted to try their House Burger ($12). Topped with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and schmeared with horseradish mayo, the burger did not disappoint, save for it being just a tad closer to Medium-Well than the Medium-Rare we ordered. Any displeasure at the meat's temp was easily dissolved by the sweet potato fries, though.

These, my sweet potato fry-loving friends, are--I'm going to say it--the best sweet potato fries in Los Angeles. Cut into long, flat, rectangular fingers, they are delightfully geometric and fried to perfection; the balance of exterior crisp and crumble to interior soft and melt is divine. But wait, there's more. They are served with a butter-based Cinnamon Pecan Aioli that plays tricks with your mind while enchanting the palate. Is it sweet? Is it savory? Can everyone please leave me alone with a barrel of these fries and a giant bowl of this sauce and let me have my moment?

If, by any chance, you've got time in your lunch, and stomach, for dessert, we suggest their Fleur de Sel Caramel Cheesecake ($9). Made on-site in their kitchen, this cheesecake has just the right toothsome-but-velvety texture and notes of salty-sweet from the salted caramel sauce.

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Glendon Bar & Kitchen serves lunch from 11:30-3:30 weekdays. They have a 4-7 p.m. happy hour and a late night 10-midnight happy hour, and a $5 all day martini menu.