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Tons of restaurants on Westwood Blvd. What's good?

stacc57 Aug 11, 2006 07:24 AM

I was driving down Westwood today from UCLA and I couldn't help but notice how many little places line that street from Wilshire down to Pico. I tried that Lebanese place today on santa monica and loved it. Any more hidden gems on that street? I noticed a lot of middle eastern and italian. Any recommendations?

  1. jcwla Aug 11, 2006 01:37 PM

    Mary & Robb's
    La Bruschetta is OK.
    Feast from the East
    Pastina is OK.

    1. k
      ks in la Aug 11, 2006 03:05 PM

      I like Sunnin (which is where you probably went) a lot.

      I've had good meals at Shaherzad, but lately I've been going other Persian places: Canary Chicken House where you can linger and chat forever if you want, but also good service. I like the stews and sandwiches. Attari Sandwiches (just around the corner from Westwood Blvd on Wilkins) has a pleasant, small courtyard. Interesting sandwiches - not grilled meat, but omelet-y and potato/chicken salad choices instead. Very tasty.

      Reviewed this week in the LATimes is Danube - a Bulgarian restaurant. It was delicious when I went, but it took forever. Not a good workday lunch spot if you're on the clock. I've had good salads at Delphi, a Greek restaurant, but can't speak to how good/authentic the rest of the food is.

      I've also enjoyed the robata at Asuka (next to the Crest movie theater) I wasn't crazy about the sushi there though.

      Good luck with your explorations!

      1. z
        ZoeZ Aug 11, 2006 03:35 PM

        Living just around the block from Westwood Blvd, agree with all your recommendations, but also include a vastly improved Shamshiri. When we go to Asuka we ask to be seated at Ken's end in the sushi bar and have always had a good experience. The Danube has terribly slow service - its like being in communist Hungary - slow, grumpy and why are you bothering me. I didn't think much of the food either (one try so I suppose we should give it another whirl).

        1. c
          cycler15 Aug 11, 2006 03:37 PM

          Damon & Pythias is good and cheap. Huge salads and great garlic fries.


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          1. re: cycler15
            jcwla Aug 11, 2006 05:04 PM

            Agreed, D&P is a gem.
            Note, though, it is on Broxton, and north of Wilshire (btn. Kinross & Weyburn).

          2. b
            BabyLitigator Aug 11, 2006 06:36 PM

            Sushi Masu has very good fish for the price, particularly lunch specials. The Indian place (forget the name) just north of Santa Monica blvd on the West side of the street is also very good.

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            1. re: BabyLitigator
              JBC Aug 11, 2006 06:54 PM

              I believe your referring to:

              Ambala Dhaba
              1781 Westwood Blvd.
              (310) 966-1772

            2. j
              jessiebelle Aug 11, 2006 07:41 PM

              i love sunnin. and j gold wrote about a place that has a huge hamburger like sandwich that sounds fantastic in the same area.

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              1. re: jessiebelle
                kevin Aug 12, 2006 06:07 PM

                Aroma Cafe on Overland. across from the westide pavillion has the pschiavolkiahja (huge beef patty with onions) that j gold spoke so hightly about along with some of the best turksha coffee around town and a pretty decnet cherry strudel to boot.

              2. f
                Foodie Universe Aug 11, 2006 07:59 PM

                I like Sushi Masu and Ramayani.

                1. s
                  sumo10 Aug 11, 2006 08:36 PM

                  Sunin is a great hole-in-the-wall serve you on a styrofoam plate type place... despite the decor, the food is top notch in taste. I'd eat at Sunin over Zankou... given a choice.

                  1. s
                    stacc57 Aug 12, 2006 07:16 PM

                    Thanks so much for all the recommendations! I've already started on them. I love Sunin and I just tried Shaherzad for lunch. The portions are ridiculous! I had to take half of my food home. The baked rice and lamb dish is amazing. I think its the chef recommendation or something. It's just so flavorful. And the shish kabobs (sp?) were so tender. I also tried this great roasted egg plant dip that was just so rich and wonderful on the fresh bread. Thanks for the tip. This place was great. Keep um coming

                    1. l
                      lucycharle Jun 21, 2010 10:54 AM

                      Love Soleil on westwood yum yum

                      1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                      1. aching Jun 22, 2010 12:45 PM

                        We had a really good meal at Alcazar Express recently...


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