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

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?

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  1. Pomodoro
    Sprazzo
    Shahrzad
    Mary & Robb's
    La Bruschetta is OK.
    Feast from the East
    Pastina is OK.
    Hoboken
    Junior's

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

          http://www.damonandpythias.com/

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          1. re: cycler15

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

          2. 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

              I believe your referring to:

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

            2. 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

                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. I like Sushi Masu and Ramayani.

                1. 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. 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. Love Soleil on westwood yum yum

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                      Soleil
                      1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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

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