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BurbankSunflower Jul 13, 2006 09:14 PM

Any suggestions for something other than the chains on San Vicente?

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    Bria Silbert Jul 13, 2006 09:18 PM

    Barney's Burgers is good, even if it is a chain. Saketini on Barrington is tasty, Divino's on Barrington Place is good Italian. Bria

    1. chica Jul 13, 2006 09:24 PM

      Coral Tree Cafe.

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        epop Jul 14, 2006 01:48 AM

        for tea coral tree but i wouldn't eat there

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        love2chow Jul 14, 2006 01:37 AM

        sortino's italian in between coffee bean and compartes chocolates is also really good, the owner of ago owns it i believe, i had the saffron ravioli and it was great...i also like osteria latini on san vicente blvd, near the coldstone...mmm

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          Nicole Jul 14, 2006 01:54 AM

          I also really like Barney's Burgers...I think there are only two locations--does that count as a chain? I like the sandwiches at Coral Tree for lunch...not sure what the dinner options are. I really like the Thai place on the third floor of the Brentwood Gardens mall (Saladang?) for a quick dinner...good food, great service, and inexpensive. I like Taiko in the Brentwood Gardens mall for sushi. I am actually not a fan of Sor tino...I found it kind of mediocre. However, I only went once, when they had only been open a week or two, so perhaps they've improved.

          1. wilafur Jul 14, 2006 02:14 AM

            the cobb salad at barney's is pretty darn good. and it is extremely satifsying for a salad. i had it for lunch yesterday and wasn't hungry again for the rest of the day.

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              cupcake Jul 14, 2006 02:28 AM

              Pizzicotto on San Yicente is AMAZING. I adore Nagao on 26th and San Vicente.

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                Mike B Jul 14, 2006 03:33 AM

                Taiko for their udon/rice bowl combos. Great value and very good udon.

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                  triplecreme Jul 14, 2006 07:50 PM

                  I second Pizzicotto. Run by real Italians.

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                    FKA Andrew Jul 14, 2006 08:05 PM

                    Depending on fast and how casual you want it, you could try Whole Foods.

                    Barney's Burgers is not a good option.

                    Here is a post summarizing my trip from a year ago:

                    Barney's Gourmet Burgers...never again!

                    I noticed this burger place on a recent trip to the Brentwood Country Mart and made a mental note to give it a try. Apparently it has been around in the Bay Area for a long time and has quite a few locations with recent additions in Los Angeles. As a burger fan who enjoys In-N-Out, Fatburger, Rockenwagner (Pretzel Burger), and Apple Pan, I was looking to find another good lunch option on the Westside.

                    I met a friend for lunch at the Barney's Gourmet Burgers at the Brentwood Country Mart (26th Street and San Vicente Blvd.). I ordered a French Burger (which has crumbled blue cheese and bacon and is served on a baguette), onion rings, and a coke. I think the total cost was about $14.00. My friend ordered a Western Burger without onions (cheddar cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce).

                    I ordered the burger medium rare and they did a good job of cooking it pretty close to my desired range. The burger itself tasted very plain and not very fresh; some salt or other seasoning would have given it an some oomph.

                    The blue cheese tasted like the blue cheese from Costco (pre-crumbled, bland, and lacking in smooth texture).

                    The menu said crisp bacon but this was ridiculous. The bacon had clearly been 'fried' in the deep frier. The next person I meet who is a fan of this deep-fried abomination will be the first. If I get bacon on a burger I don't want it to have the texture of a big bacon bit.

                    The coup de 'dis'grace on this meal were the onion rings. For $4.50 I got 6 to 8 large onion rings. The battered rings came sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I don't know if the rings were intentionally overcooked to give them such a harsh texture; the only thing I could think of was that maybe they fried the onion rings with the bacon. I felt like I was eating a hard boiled egg that was still in the shell.

                    I looked over the tables around me and saw kids and their nannies eating Reddi-Chick chicken baskets. What was I thinking? How could I have passed up on Reddi-Chick for this poor import from the Bay Area? The only passable items I had were the coke and the small slice of cantaloupe served with my burger.

                    I can't imagine any reason to return.

                    posted by Andrew on Jun 22, 2005 12:45 AM

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                      Nicole Jul 17, 2006 05:56 PM

                      I've never been to the location on 26th Street. The one I recommended is located on San Vicente, just East of Barrington Ave. Not sure if the quality there is better than the location you went to, or if we just have different opinions. But I used to eat there all the time, and I really enjoyed it. Never ordered anything with bacon or onion rings, though. I usually got my burger with swiss, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts. The ingredients were always very fresh. I also really like their spicy curly fries with ranch sauce.

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                      Cheese Please Jul 18, 2006 03:28 AM

                      I've always enjoyed the food and service, if not the noise and cramped seating, at Toscana.

                      I couldn't disagree more with the other posters about Barney's burgers. Burgers were tough and overcooked and not at all juicy and fatty enough.

                      1. OC Mutt Jul 18, 2006 04:57 AM

                        Taiko for Noodles, their soba is my favorite of any noodle house.

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                          stacc57 Jul 21, 2006 05:52 AM

                          I think you all should ought to know that Taiko is more or less that same as Mishima or Yashima. I don't know exactly what happened... a falling out something but the food is basically the same. Taiko's just a lot more expensive b/c its in Brentwood and the atmosphere is vastly better.

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                          Jonah Jul 18, 2006 04:51 PM

                          Pizzicotto is great, but probably not quick, I'm not sure what your time limit is. One of my favorite dishes there is the mushroom tortellini.

                          Coral Tree is pretty quick, a bit pricey for what they serve, but I like the ambiance, plus they serve Groundwork coffee.

                          I like Chang's for Chinese food, much better than Chin Chin down the street. Chang's is at 11726 San Vicente Blvd and is hard to see, it's set back from the street and has pretty cheesey decor, but I like the food.

                          Taiko is also good, the combinations are reasonably priced and generally service is quick, as long as you don't have to wait for a table. We often call ahead. I usually stick with the udon, but as Mutt said above, the soba has a pretty good reputation. They also have good, basic sushi. A bit more on Taiko here, with some pictures:

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                            stacc57 Jul 21, 2006 05:54 AM

                            kay n' dave's is great for healthy, lighter, california style mexican food. they have great salads. pizzicotto is also definately one of my favorites.

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