I had the pleasure of having lunch Wednesday with my college roommates. One lives in San Francisco and was down in LA for the day to attend a conference so we decided to make it an excuse for a nice lunch out.
We decided to splurge and go to lunch in Beverly Hills - specifically, Villa Blanca - yes, the restaurant owned by one of the "Real Housewives" of Beverly Hills. We'll take criticism on our TV watching later...
Yes, it was a decadent lunch, but it was a treat since we all hadn't been able to get together in a long time. However, we were pleased to find out that they had a "recession priced" menu for lunch. Almost everything was under $20 and some of the pastas, sandwiches and salads were under $15 - which, for Beverly Hills, is actually cheap!
We had a wonderful lunch without breaking the bank. This is a great tip if you've been dying to try a really nice restaurant but are hesitant about the prices. Try it for lunch! Often, it's the exact same menu, priced 30-50% off.