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Aug 26, 2006 07:41 PM

HELP with a neighborhood - La Cienega near the 10

I am going to spend about 12 hours a day for nine weeks this fall at a job on La Cienega just north of The 10. I am not going to have much time for meals (I will be doing lunch and dinner in the area), so I was wondering if I could get some advice about good places to eat and/or shop, large or small, in the area. Funky is fine, hole in the wall, take out, whatever. I will certainly be bringing some meals but I am going to need to find some places to go as well. From a first glance, it is a fast food wasteland. I am talking about a 10-12 block radius.

Thanks for any help.

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  1. Try J&J Burger Shack and BBQ it is a half a mile from you. It is on Adams, 2 blocks east of Fairfax. Not to be confused with J&R BBQ on LaCienega. Try the smoked wings and the ribs. The sides are good also, smashed potato salad, beans. damn im hungry.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I will second the suggestion of J&J. I have never been disappointed with any of the offerings from the BBQ shack outside. They tend to open at 7:30 AM and close before 7:00 PM though, so maybe better for breakfast and lunch than dinner.


      5754 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles, CA, 90016

    2. in your position i'd probably camp out on fairfax where most of the ethiopian restaurants in this town can be found.

      my favorite is rahel, but rahel is vegan so it may not what you want.
      meals by genet is also extremely good and many on this board swear by it, but they are not open for lunch and are closed all day tuesday. also, they are more expensive than most of the others on the block.

      another option is to take olympic blvd west to beverwill for the lunch special at sushi sushi.

      1. You're not far from Washington Blvd in Culver City. You can try Xotik Kitchen, Wilson, Beacon, La Dijionnaise (listed from closest to furthest from La Cienega.) Xotik Kitchen and La Dijionnaise are good for carryout. Beacon does do lunch carryout, but they're not really set up for it. Also, at the corner of Washington and National is Surfas, their cafe is delicious. I think these are all just within your distance window.

        1. Sabores de Oaxaca on the S.W corner of Venice and La Cienega. Funky, Hole in the wall, cheap and generally very good.

          There's a taco truck generally at the N.W. corner of Venice and La Cienega but I'm not sure of the hours they're open.

          1. Writergirl's right about the places not too far away in Culver City. (Another one might be Bluebird Cafe in the Hayden Tract.)

            In addition, Il Nido is a terrific Nicaraguan place that is (barring traffic disasters) a quick drive east on the 10, just north of the freeway on LaBrea.