Lazy Ox Canteen: 7oz Burger & Roasted Cauliflower

It's time for another episode of Free Lunch, "Where You're the Reviewer."

This week we're back in downtown Los Angeles, treating blogger Maya Meinert of shopeatsleep.com to The Lazy Ox Canteen in Little Tokyo. The restaurant's non-descript exterior is a good fit for this understated neighborhood and contrasts nicely with the polished interior. For practical reasons, our shoot took place outside in the sidewalk/patio area which did not affect the quality of the food, but perhaps had an impact on the quality of the service.

Free Lunch reviewer Maya Meinert.

Unfortunately, Maya was made to wait a rather long amount of time for her food and it's reflected in our video. (That's worth noting in case these issues really matter to you when evaluating a restaurant.)

The Lazy Ox Canteen interior.

The service notwithstanding, Maya really enjoyed her meal and ended going home with some hearty leftovers. She ordered the much-discussed burger which is listed on The Lazy Ox's site as being 8 ounces, but was 7 ounces on the menu that day. (Another minor discrepancy that I wanted to point out to you just in case you thought our label was off.)

7 oz burger from The Lazy Ox Canteen.

In addition to what she considered to be a pricey albeit substantial burger, Maya also had a side of their roasted cauliflower and again, she was not disappointed. Always a plus, considering the service.

Caramelized cauliflower with chile mint & pine nuts.

That's it for this week's episode of Free Lunch. We'd really like to hear from you. Have you been to The Lazy Ox Canteen? What do you think about the quality to price ratio of the Lazy Ox burger? Have you had similar experiences with the service or was it just our luck that day?

Please post your comments below, and by doing so you'll become eligible to participate in Free Lunch. Also, if you have some restaurant recommendations for us, please add them to this discussion.

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The Lazy Ox Canteen
241 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-5299

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Great job, Maya! I've been curious about the Lazy Ox Canteen for a while now but I never seem to remember it. I think sharing the small plates among friends is what I'm going to do :) The roasted cauliflower looks amazing!

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I have been wanting to go to the Lazy Ox Canteen for so long, and now this video has made me borderline obsessed. I have to go tonight. Or at least by the end of the week.