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Wedding Catering

Absolutely Californian cuisine, and perhaps some sushi dish as an hors d’oeuvre with a slight Japanese-themed course to go with it, but I don't think we'd want an entire sushi meal for the main course (if any of that makes sense). Why? Anything in mind?

Dec 05, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Wedding Catering

I just wanted to get some suggestions from some Hounds here on a good restaurant that might cater small private events. We're planning a wedding reception of only 25-30 people and would like a nice, formal dinner. It's up in western Malibu, so somewhere Westside preferably. Right now, the two places we're considering in Josie and JiRaffe. So, with that in mind, places that offer similar cuisine.

Any thoughts?

Dec 03, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Where is the best turkey burger in LA?

I've always liked the Teriyaki Turkey Burger at Lemon Moon in West LA. It's quite large, but I almost always prefer it to the regular beef cheeseburger they have there.

Aug 20, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Take Out

Thanks for all the recs. Think we're gonna go with some good ol' fashioned pizza from Joe's near the Promenade.

We are in SM though nosh, just depends if you're on the east or west side of Centinela. Trust me, I've got the zip code to prove it!

Jun 15, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Take Out

So, I'm looking for a place that I haven't considered for some good take out on a Sunday evening. My wife can't go out and our dining options are limited. I just got home from work and don't have the time to go out shopping/preparing/cooking a good meal at home, and I'd like to get something for a satisfactory early dinner.

Our likes: savory, rich, decadent. We also like grease. A good burger goes a looooong way.

Some places we frequent: Father's Office, Hurry Curry, Tacos Por Favor, Bay Cities Deli, The Counter, Juaquila, Santa Monica Seafood, Literati, Snug Harbor, & Bread and Porridge, & Lemon Moon.

So, you can see that we're not die-hard foodies seeking exotic cuisine or high prices. We used to also get BBQ from Mr. Cecil's from time to time. But then I build a smoke pit and have never gone back.

I guess I'm just looking for something within a few miles from my location (Santa Monica Blvd. & Centinela Ave) that I haven't thought of. Any suggestions?

Jun 15, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Where to take an LA foodie in Sherman Oak or Encino?

I say dump the wine, lose the class, and go with Stevie's on Ventura Blvd. It's a great, traditional southern comfort place with style. And I shouldn't say to drop the class, cause this place actually has tons of it. It's a beautiful building with great live music, amazing service and an awesome host --- 70yr-old Stevie himself.

Give it a try, it sounds like it'd be something of a departure from the norm with your crew.

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Stevie's Creole Cafe & Bar
16911 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

May 13, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Best Chai Tea in WLA

I don't know how authentic it truly is, but for a good Chai Tea with a kick, try Lemon Moon Cafe on Olympic Blvd. I used to get one before work each day and by the end of the cup you could really taste the intensity in spices.

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Lemon Moon
12200 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Apr 06, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Old Potrero Rye Whiskey: any in bars?

I can't say for certain, but The Daily Pint in Santa Monica has a huge selection of all types of Whiskys. There are probably 40+ options to choose from, so if you're on the westside, check it out.

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Daily Pint
2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Jan 29, 2008
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Grateful Bread bakery -- no Amandine!

I think the food was ok at Amandine, but as for the area being a wasteland? There may not be much, but just head 100 yards to the east and you have Literati Cafe. Go directly south a mile and there is Lemon Moon. Head west a couple miles and you get Pacific Dining Car. I know they're not all walking distances, but it's far from a wasteland.

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Literati II
12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Lemon Moon
12200 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Pacific Dining Car
2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Nov 01, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

quirky coffeehouses

Has anyone ever been to Velocity Cafe in Santa Monica? It's on Lincoln, just south of Pico. I remember a few years ago it used to be run by an awesome bohemian-ish biker couple and had a great staff (with a really cute manager!).

I remember it being quite off-the-wall with life-sized wooden animal sculptures and tons of unique artwork. It had to have been a bar at some point because of the vintage long wooden bar they served you from.

Don't know what happened to it recently, but it was FAR from what I remembered.

Oct 24, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Westside Indian Food

I love Akbar on Wilshire. The food is simple indian fare, but quite tasty. The service however is some of the best I've found anywhere in LA.

I also really like Bombay cafe. Not as much as Akbar, but still quite good. It's a little more expensive and way more Americanized...but who cares if it tastes good.

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Akbar Cuisine of India
2627 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Bombay Cafe
12021 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Oct 24, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Santa Monica

I used to work right there as well. Here are the many palces I'd frequent:

Lemon Moon - Btwn Bunday & Centinela on Olympic (expensive but unique)
Big Jo's - Corner of Broadway & 20th (great unknown burger shack with cheap prices and lightning fast service)
Mr. Cecil's - Pico, just east of Centinela (quality BBQ on the west side)
SF Saloon - Pico just west of Sawtelle (bar grub...good for drinks on a slow day or an early happy hour)
The Arsenal - Pico just west of Bundy (might not open early enough for lunch but a decent Kobe Burger)
Wahoo's - Wilshire near Barrington I believe (fish taco's...meh. It's different atleast)
and of course the afformentioned Bay Cities, The Counter, & Rustic Canyon

Sep 18, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Best counter service spots?

Great choice. Rae's may be the best bang-for-your-buck eatery in west LA. The food is classic diner food at classic diner prices (my lunch there is usually $6 w/ tax & tip).

Also, on the west side that I believe has a great bar (because it's actually a seperate room from the rest of the dining service) is The Omlette Parlor on Main St. I love their breakfasts and seating on the weekend is a nightmare. But just enter one door over and grab a seat at the bar. The wait is almost nothing.

Sep 17, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Sicilian Pizza, you're breakin' my heart...

Kew Gardens growing up. Then Astoria for a short time before relocating out here. I can't even begin to name all the places I miss. I don't knock LA dining though, cause no matter what anyone says, the west coast dominates on the hamburger & taco front!

Sep 11, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Sicilian Pizza, you're breakin' my heart...

It's not on the westside and I haven't eaten there in a couple years (since I moved to the westside myself), but D' Amores in Sherman Oaks had the only thing I can call good Sicilian out here. I'm a Queens, NY native and I've had some absolutely amazing thick pie back east, so take it for what you will.

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D'Amores Pizza Connection
14519 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

Sep 10, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Monday Night Football

Nothing is really good, but nothing is really bad either. Though I do have a preference for the Irish Natchos during the pigskin season.

Sep 10, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

New to Sherman Oaks - breakfast? delivery? hotspots?

For breakfast, you can't go wrong with Jinky's Cafe on Stansbury & Ventura. Not sure about their omelettes, but they have killer Huevos Rancheros.

As for delivery, I'm not sure what makes one place "good" over another, but some of the best pizza in LA is at D'Amores just west of Van Nuys Blvd. also on Ventura. Get the sicilian pie...it's expensive but amazing!

And my favorites...Mr. Cecil's for ribs, The Great Greek for fun, and Cozy's for great music (though the food is little more than upscale bar grub).

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Jinky's Cafe
14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

D'Amores Pizza Connection
14519 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

Mr Cecil's California Ribs
13625 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Great Greek Restaurant
13362 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Cozy's Bar & Grill
14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Aug 28, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Mid-Wilshire Lunch?

Help! I just started a new job on Wilshire across from the La Brea Tar Pits. There is nothing notably good to eat here for lunch. Or rather I should say, nothing good within walking distance.

I'm looking for some suggestions of where/what to try on Wilshire Blvd. between Fairfax & La Brea. I've hit up a FEW decent places (Black Dog Cafe, ummm...Marie Calendars???). Ok, I lied, there isn't anything decent. The best thing I eat is salads & sandwiches from the Foodies guy who comes to our building.

Aug 28, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Deep Fried Ice Cream

Does anyone know where to find this delicious oddity here in the LA area? I remember having some waaaaay back in the day from a small mexican place in upstate New York. I've found listings for some recipes that seem to be the same thing, but I've never been able to find an actual place out here that offers this.

Any thoughts...?

Aug 25, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area

Craving great Fried Chicken

One place that I used to LOVE was Stevie's on Ventura in Encino. I am not 100% sure if it's still there, but the place was a true southern comfort restaurant that had it all. Great food, great music, and a great host (Stevie himself!).

Aug 04, 2007
rlic80 in Los Angeles Area