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enzoandlulu Jun 29, 2006 06:53 PM

I'm looking for some good, fairly inexpensive places to eat around the intersection of westwood and santa monica. There are a bunch of Persian restaurants in the area, but I'm not sure which one to choose.

Am open to any kind of cuisine and would love to try something new!

Thanks.

  1. e
    enzoandlulu Jul 3, 2006 03:43 AM

    Thanks so much, guys! The afternoon that I posted we tried Sunnin and it was great -- we'll go back there again and will also try the others you've recommended (we're in that neighborhood about once a week and always around lunch or dinner).

    Thanks again.

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      nosh Jun 30, 2006 05:05 AM

      Sunnin is very good. I've asked them about parking, and they say you can park in the lower level of the Ross Dress for Less lot, further north on WW.

      Philly West makes the most reasonably priced philly cheesesteak that I've found. Bar atmosphere, with bigscreen TVs and games, but several tables with table service. Soft drinks are pricey, but they will refill them for free.

      Zankou Chicken is a gem. I buy a whole rotisserie chicken and ask for half to eat there and half to wrap up to take home. Their garlic paste smeared on the pita with the chicken torn off and wrapped up is a great sandwich.

      Further south on WW from SM Blvd is Feast from the East, which I love for their chinese chicken salad. You can park in the shared lot just north. Many on this board prefer the Chinese Chicken Salad from California Chicken Cafe, a bit further south, but I'm a Feast fan.

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      1. re: nosh
        Pei Jun 30, 2006 05:19 AM

        Does anyone know what's in that garlic spread? It looks like chopped garlic mixed with shortening.

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          PayOrPlay Jun 30, 2006 05:35 AM

          The magic ingredient is potatoes, per the following "Classic Chowhound" threads describing years and years of Houndly obsession with Zankou's garlic sauce:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/60530

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/76684

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          BTW, after years of mostly getting the rotisserie chicken, posts on this board convinced me to try the chicken tarna and lo and behold I discovered they were right, it's the tarna that really excels at Zankou.

          1. re: PayOrPlay
            Pei Jun 30, 2006 05:41 AM

            Wow, thank you so much!

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        PayOrPlay Jun 30, 2006 04:27 AM

        I join the crowd voting Sunnin as the best at this corner. But here's even more low-price options in walking distance (especially once the road construction is over):

        Canary Chicken House, 1942 Westwood: Persian sandwich/grill shop, fresh fruit juices

        Westwood Burgers, 1945-1/2 Westwood: big selection of burgers and dogs of all kinds

        California Chicken Cafe, 2005 Westwood: my wife's second-favorite place to pick up lunch on her way to the office in the afternoon.

        Bristol Farms, 1515 Westwood: not what normally comes to mind from the word "inexpensive", but actually they make decent paninis and deli sandwiches that aren't too outrageous.

        Fresh Corn Grill, 1510 Westwood: new place with small menu featuring excellent corn chowder and good grilled chicken, see this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        Attari Patough Sandwich, 1388 Westwood: the best Persian sandwiches, and a single, irresistable, soup.

        Zankou Chicken, 1716 Sepulveda (only .5 mile from the SM/Westwood corner, sayeth Yahoo): needs no introduction!

        1. westsidegal Jun 30, 2006 03:29 AM

          the lunch specials at shamshiri are great and very reasonably priced.
          310.474.1410

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            dtud Jun 30, 2006 02:07 AM

            There's a lot of good cheap eats around there.

            1. Ambla Dhaba (sp?). Indian. Just north of SM/WW intersection. Used to be beter, IMO, but tasty.

            2. Eduardo's burritos. Just S of SM/WW (on east side). My favorite are the chicken burrito - original and the spinach/mushroom quesadilla. Really fresh and much better than baja fresh (but similar).

            3. Philly West. Just S of SM/WW (on east side). Great sandwiches. The hoagie steak is delicious!! The hoagies are very reasonably priced and you can get 1/2 sandwich.

            4. Westwood Country Cafe - I'm not positive that's the name. It's on Westwood/La Grange. This place is fantastic. I recently ate here and had the veggie/goat cheese panini. It was very flavorful. The prices are a little more than philly west, but the panini sandwiches are served w/salad. They have a very big menu and lots of specials like meatloaf and other american fare.

            5. Sunnin is very good. Shahrzad is also ok - but I don't think it is as good as Sunnin.

            1. tatertots Jun 29, 2006 07:30 PM

              A little further north from Sunnin is Shahrzad (East side of Westwood Blvd. and Ohio). Great lunch specials. Quick service and great Persian Food. Try the Tachin. Delicious!

              Shahrzad Restaurant
              1422 Westwood Boulevard.
              Los Angeles, CA 90024
              (310) 470-3242

              1. tatertots Jun 29, 2006 07:30 PM

                A little further north from Sunnin is Shahrzad (East side of Westwood Blvd. and Ohio). Great lunch specials. Quick service and great Persian Food. Try the Tachin. Delicious!

                Shahrzad Restaurant
                1422 Westwood Boulevard.
                Los Angeles, CA 90024
                (310) 470-3242

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                  JBC Jun 29, 2006 07:20 PM

                  Only 300 feet north on Westwood Blvd., west side is:

                  Sunnin - Lebanese
                  1779 Westwood Blvd.
                  (310) 477-2358

                  http://www.sunnin.com

                  I suggest you try that place first. Parking is tricky, call them for advice. The place is small, seating limited but go anyway.

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