The Sunset Strip is known for its nightscapes: gigantic billboards compete for attention above the glowing headlights of equally flashy cars, and see-and-be-seen crowds shuffle from landmark venues to upscale restaurants in search of the latest trends. As alluring as this scene may be, the Strip in sunlight can be a far more desirable atmosphere. At this time of day, scores of people have given way to quiet, and the spectacle has diffused into a comfort zone. Walk into BOA Steakhouse for lunch, and you can enjoy luxury in near seclusion.
While inviting round tables and sleek details set the mood indoors, the private patio outside is an ideal lunch spot. Choose a seat under blue skies, or pick a table shaded by wood accents overhead, and start with charred tuna tartare. Then, share a chicken paillard “Greek” entrée salad, which is served with grilled romaine and cucumber, or stick to a classic Cobb tossed in a red wine vinaigrette. And just because the setting is decidedly calm at this time of day doesn’t mean that an indulgence is out of the question: Order marinated skirt steak frites with a side of fries for the main dish, and dig in. While the party usually starts after dark on the Strip, enjoying yourself at any time is always encouraged.