An Affordable Lunch at Rivera
I have bemoaned the fact I now work in an area of Downtown Los Angeles where lunch spots are a bit difficult to find. I have made progress and found a couple of taco spots and a pupusa place. I also don’t mind shabu shabu for lunch, especially on a cold day. Middle Eastern? No problem, there’s this place and more. If I walk a bit further, I can go hit my favorite spots. I’ve been exploring more of the Fashion District where Wood Spoon became an instant fave.
When people ask me where I’m near, I invariably say…”Rivera, not that I can afford to go there everyday.”
Well, why not? If you look at the lunch menu carefully, you can actually get the soup duo and salad for $10. The two soups change daily and the really fresh salad is just $4.
I decided to challenge myself and see how affordable Rivera could be. Okay, so I didn’t make it out of there for $10 the last time I went but I found it can be affordable just by sticking with the appetizers:
Mussels, add a green salad = $14
Shrimp & Watermelon Mojito Salad = $10 (okay, not sure if you can really just eat three shrimp, albeit huge ones)
But I think my two new favorite things are the gigantic chile relleno stuffed with smoked chicken salad. At $9, it even comes with a bit of salad so you don’t need to add a side. Or the ham and cheese quesadilla ($6) and a side salad ($4) means you’re out of there for $10 (plus tax and tip, of course– and no cocktail, le sigh).
1050 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-5100