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Must Eats in Westside...Not too $$$$

bobrayburn - i love to eat good food. i live on the westside. and all on a lowly assistants salary. here are my personal recs to you from $10-15.
FURAIBO on sawtelle for chicken wings/bento box/skewers
ZANKOU CHICKEN on sepulveda/santa monica. Shawerma. Chicken wraps. Hummus. Delish.
FEAST FROM THE EAST on Westwood Blvd for their sesame chicken wings and tasty Chinese Chicken salad
SPRAZZO Italian for their consistency. It's a casual family owned restaurant. Tasty balsamic vinaigrette.
Noodle Planet - near UCLA 1118 Westwood Blvd for cheap, fast, and decent pho/bun. only accepts cash.
Diddy Riese - near UCLA. cheap freshly baked cookies/ice cream sandwiches. it costs $1.15...very popular with UCLA students and a cheaper alternative to Pinkberry or gelato.

FYI for decent Korean food - go east to Ktown. Enjoy!

Jul 24, 2008
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Where should we eat in Culver City?

i agree with all the recs above. in addition here are some of my recs:
- Versailles - Cuban. It's not exactly healthy but its another LA institution (like Fathers office) - I believe its family owned. Super casual. Loud. Located on Venice Blvd.
- Brazil Cafe for casual Brazillian food (2 locations in the area).
- I know you mentioned dinner specifically, but Culver City has many great lunch spots that are healthy, organic, independently owned as well. Please check out Surfas Cafe (8777 West Washington Blvd) & Xotik Kitchen (6121 Washington Blvd) during the day.
- might as well get some Red Mango Yogurt while youre at it ( 10401 Venice Blvd)

ENJOY!

Jul 24, 2008
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How hard is it to find biscuits and gravy for dinner?

I thought the biscuits from Honey Kettle Kitchen in Culver City were excellent this past weekend! Can't speak for the gravy or pie since all I ate was the bisquit by itself.

Jul 24, 2008
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serious quiet conversation + good food in culver city?

hello fellow chowhounders!

im getting together with a friend tonight for some serious conversation (possible break up) & good food. any recs in the culver city area?

Beacon - acoustics are terrible
Dijonnaise - same as above
Akasha/Tender Greens - same as above
Fathers Office - too boisterous & happy for such a serious conversation

I was thinking Overland Cafe, ...its pretty quiet there. Brasil Cafe on Washington (less people), or Alibi??? Please feel free to throw in your recs! Thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2008
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Korean Recs - Ktown

i totally recommend Sa Rit Gol. its home away from home. i'm really picky when it comes to Korean food in LA - i was lucky enough to live in korea for 8 years so i was spoiled!

i recommend Ondal as well but cannot confirm if they put MSG in the soup. many korean restaurants tend to put spoonfuls of MSG in their dishes...BCD is notorious so be aware!

Jul 10, 2008
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Hollywood Bowl Dinner - Onsite Catering or Order Food?

Like Diana mentioned below - please check to see if it is an event thrown by the Bowl or not. I was at the Bowl a month ago for the KCRW concert series - Beer / wine bottles were OK inside & outside the stands. The Stevie concert yesterday - absolutely no glass bottles allowed inside the stands - however it's OK in the picnic table areas. It's confusing for the concert attendees - I know...

I really love their chocolate chip cookies and banana cream pic at Clementine's. I think they're expensive - but I've never had a bad tasting sandwich/salad/side there! Enjoy!

Jul 08, 2008
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Hollywood Bowl Dinner - Onsite Catering or Order Food?

I was there last night for the Stevie Wonder concert and saw lots of people ordering from Patina - but I did see people carrying picnic sets from other establishments such as Clementines, Joans on Third, even Gyo Chon chicken! Personally, we bought sandwiches at Gelsons and ate on the stands - but if you're willing to spend more, I think Clementine's is a great choice. FYI no glass bottles are allowed (plastic bottles are fine) so keep this in mind - lots of people had to throw away their wine. Have a great time!

Jul 08, 2008
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Sushi Roku Tonight--Some Questions

yes the yellowtail sashimi with diced chiles is great! go to the 3rd street branch - the clientele seems to be pickier so they make sure the freshest goes there.

May 16, 2008
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Impressive Pasadena Dining - the Raymond vs The Ritz

I heard the Ritz Pasadena was sold last year??? I haven't had a chance to eat at the Ritz Pasadena but my sister did mention it was very nice in a beautiful "hotel" setting. I've hosted a luncheon at The Raymond - it's intimate and cozy, a renovated Arts & Crafts style house with a charming patio in the front and back although it was hard to find...I kept on driving past the restaurant. the food was very tasty - we had the set lunch menu and their bread pudding is delish. I think both are good choices - but the setting is completely different.

Apr 18, 2008
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Friend from Korea needs "American" lunch 4/19/08

Korea's got a lot of fast food spots (corporate & independent shops) & I'm familiar with the what they offer... the things they can't do are salads, sandwiches, gourmet burgers, breakfast foods, and american desserts thus my rec for THE FARM. you can still get the burger with the shoe string fries, in addition to great huge salads - how more American can you get?

Apr 17, 2008
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Quiet place with beyond excellent food-

I know this rec is beyond the requested area - but what about La Cachette in Century City? French cuisine in a charming renovated house, polite/refined service without being too overbearing & they have private area...I wonder if there's an equivalent in the Hollywood area...it wouldn't be more than 10-15 min additional driving.

Apr 17, 2008
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Friend from Korea needs "American" lunch 4/19/08

hi bagdoodle! have i got some recs for you! i remember my sister visited seoul a couple months ago mentioned American-style spots are the rage over there (waffles, pancakes, breakfasts, ice cream sundaes, etc) so here are some "American-style" recs that i think will work well for your friend:

MID/BEVERLY HILLS/3rd Street/Hollywood
1. The Farm - Beverly Hills or The Grove - this is my first choice!
2. Joans on Third - very American, casual but chic 8350 W Third St Los Angeles, CA 90048 Phone: (323) 655-2285
3. Doughboys - casual with big portions. 1156 N. Highland Hollywood
4. Kate Mantinelli & Ivy were also mentioned below - good recs for out-of-towners that aren't familiar with LA

WESTSIDE
1. Santa Monica - Rose Cafe - outdoor patio is lovely and they do brunch well - english muffin sandwiches with poached eggs & hollandaise sauce and a bellini??
2. Joes Abbot Kinney @ Venice Beach
3. Clementines - across the street from the Century City Mall
4. Houstons @ Century City or Santa Monica - a chain but their lunches are always decent

ENJOY!

Apr 16, 2008
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lunch in westwood

i like the recs mentioned above - here are some more. Reservations aren't necessary for the places mentioned below...

Westwood Village - Gardens on Glendon ($20-30/person) for lunch in an airy beautiful restaurant. Their guacamole cart is great.

Sprazzo (casual italian) down 1389 Westwood blvd. $15-20/person. It's a small restaurant, but very consistent, with delicious homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Feast from the East ($7 and up) - super casual ambience. not fancy but has the tastiest chinese chicken salad in the UCLA area.

Apr 14, 2008
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i hate to ask for recommendations but im a bit lost (nyc hound)

in the mood for Korean? LA does it better...these spots aren't elegant, a little harder to find, but quite tasty

for spicy crab soup:
ONDAL 1
(213) 382-8844
3160 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Ondal 2
Neighborhood: Mid-City
4566 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 933-3228

for the best BO-SSAM (somewhat similar to momofuku ssam bar) check out
Kobawoo House
698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-7300

Have a great trip!

Apr 14, 2008
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Vegetable Tempura - Where?

thats exactly what i was thinking! i hear R-23 nearby does a decent job as well - but I haven't tried it so i can't confirm.

Apr 11, 2008
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suggestions for a last minute birthday dinner sat nite? (near Ktown)

hello fellow chowhounders!

i am desperately seeking suggestions for a last minute birthday dinner sat - tomorrow night. we tried Cha Cha Cha (Silverlake) & Magnolia (Hollywood) but were unsuccessful in getting a reservation. any suggestions for a fairly easy restaurant to get a table for a group of 10, with a bar/lounge? location: near the Ktown area (so Hollywood/Los Feliz/Silverlake/Mid Wilshire are all good). food: mid-tier decent quality / reasonable prices / american / asian fusion / comfort / gastropub are all good choices.

normally we like to go to: Osteria La Buca / Fathers Office / Mozza / Providence
places that we don't like: Geisha House / Ketchup / Katana

thanks in advance!

Apr 11, 2008
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Donut (yawn!) question.

Donut Man Strawberry doughnuts or the Peach flavored are incredible!

I believe theyre open 24 hours a day?

Call ahead to find out their batch schedule (for the freshest donuts) and drive over. I live on the westside btw - but I think its worth the drive (after rush hour of course).

915 E Route 66
Glendora, CA 91740
(626) 335-9111

Mar 03, 2008
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Nice midtown Lunch with Mom

im actually thinking about Lucques for lunch now...any thoughts???

Nov 07, 2007
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Nice midtown Lunch with Mom

Hi Chowhounders.

My friend and I are taking our moms out for a nice lunch spot (anywhere from Weho-Los Feliz ) this Saturday. The mothers are 50 something, hip yet refined, & enjoy quality restaurants that consistently deliver...I'm burned out of ideas. We've gone to Campanile & The Farm in the past. Mozza would be great but seems impossible for this Sat. I haven't actually been but was considering Jar, Joans, BLD...Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Nov 06, 2007
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tasty/casual/hip. dinner downtown

thanks for the rec. went on friday night - the service was pleasant, the interior was divey cheesy cool, the crowd was very relaxed and the music selection was perfect - a good mix of everything. as for the food, it was surprisingly tasty & service was quick. we ordered the mussels over pommes frittes & the Redwood burger with some wine. the only weird part was when i asked the waiter if i could have a diet coke and he just shook his head at me and said no. i didn't get that at all...

i'll be back. thanks for your rec ipsedixit - you're right on target.

Nov 05, 2007
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tasty/casual/hip. dinner downtown

Redwood is a nice suggestion. Thanks! Just checked out their menu, sounds tasty and reasonable.

Re: Yang Chow, a good friend is the son of the owner there...Hookups! Besides the slippery shrimp/braised green beans beat out Panda any day.

Nov 01, 2007
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tasty/casual/hip. dinner downtown

hello chowhounders! i'm having some trouble thinking of downtown dining venues for dinner with a couple of my girlfriends...we like tasty food in a cool environment, with good service, & affordable ($10-20 entree). cool meaning bar marmont, not ketchup.

i've thought about - r23, cafe metropol, Mode (the new 24/7 cafe in the fashion district), Cicada. or say screw it & go to Yang Chow?

any opinions? feel free to chime in. thanks!

Nov 01, 2007
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Downtown LA Nightlife?

The Standard or The Edison are good recs, & I'll add in Royale on Wilshire 2619 wilshire boulevard los angeles california 90057 (213) 388-8488, Blue Velvet Lounge 750 Garland Ave, Los Angeles, CA - (213)239-0061, Mountain Bar 473 Gin Ling Way (213) 625-7500, and Firecracker Fridays at the Grand Star Jazz Cafe in Chinatown http://www.uber.com/firecracker.

It really depends what you want. Personally I prefer downtown when I want less fake hollywood b.s. since theyre still in development/gentrification. This will probably change in the next couple of years though. Unfortunately all the spots are so spread out from each other in DTLA, that its hard to party hop. For a crazy night, Hollywood will do the trick. You can bar hop, meet random people on the streets, check out the ladies, go to Chateau Marmont, Koi, Standard, etc. but don't forget the b.s. factor. Traffic, expensive Valet Parking, Attitude. B.S.

It all depends what you want. I live here so I want something more chill. However, an LA newbie might want the Hollywood experience.

Oct 17, 2007
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Best place for dessert in LA?

For comfort desserts I like Clementine's in Century City. Their banana cream pies and chocolate chip cookies are quite tasty.

For high-end, I'd recommend the dessert tasting menu @ Providence.

Donut Man in Glendora for their wonderful strawberry and peach doughnuts.

For shaved ice in a dog bowl - Ice Kiss in Ktown - 6th Street.

Oct 15, 2007
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Total Korean BBQ Newbie

id recommend Sa Rit Gol as well b/c you mentioned you hardly eat red meat. Sa Rit Gol has great regular dishes (inc. vegeterian) on top of their bbq. i love their banchan (side dishes) as they change it up depending on what is in season. Usually I'll get the spicy pork with a side of their fresh veggies to wrap the meat in. They usually offer more than 5 different variations of greens (red & green lettuce/perilla leaves/boiled cabbage, asst spring mix, etc).

their dol-sot bibimbap is pretty good too - which i would recommend trying some other time. it's super healthy (you can request no meat) - and nutty/flavorful!

i like soot bull jeep too - but i've heard people on chowhound complain about the "look" of the restaurant, their meat juices flowing everywhere, etc. thus i recommend the latter.

Oct 15, 2007
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breakfast downtown

I second Philippes if you're looking for a no-fuss hearty affordable breakfast. It's an LA landmark.

Oct 12, 2007
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No name Korean places in K-Town

i totally forgot to mention SAN (3136 West 8th Street Los Angeles Phone: 213.387.3865). its a real hole-in-the-wall. they're famous for their junbokjook (abalone porridge). 24/7 open.

Oct 11, 2007
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No name Korean places in K-Town

what about DWEET GOL MOK (The Back Alley) on Berendo in Ktown? I don't remember if there was English on the menu - but this place is definitely Ktown-at-nite, lots of young kids - smoking cigs indoors/tagging on the walls/getting their drink on. boonshik style (street food), its half off during happy hour - reminds me of korea so i dig it.610 S Berendo St. Los Angeles, CA 90005

Oct 11, 2007
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study cafes in Palms/Culver City?

Hello fellow chowhounders.

I'm looking for a cafe (not Starbucks/Coffee Bean) near Palms/Culver City area where I can study / sip on coffee / & munch for hours on end without getting bothered.

I live near Fraiche/Ford's Filling Station - recs would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 11, 2007
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King's Hawaiian wedding cake?

One more thing - I would definitely go with a simple design w/ the bridge & grooms favorite fresh flowers since cake artistry is not their forte.

Oct 10, 2007
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