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redheadtwo Aug 29, 2006 02:58 AM

Hi

we lost our fave week night dinner dive several months ago and haven't been able to replace it. Live near Fox Studio's on Pico. Beverly Hills, Culver City, West LA, Westwood...anything in these areas that is casual, good food and more on the 'divy' side. Not looking to spend Saturday night dollars for a bowl of good soup, etc.....

  1. liu Aug 29, 2006 03:51 AM

    I'll start!

    Chabuya
    2002 Sawtelle in West Los Angeles
    #310.473-9834
    This is a Japanese noodle house, and you can get many different bowl dinners -- or other items -- for less than $10.

    Once you are on Sawtelle, walk both sides for a few blocks and you will find a number of interesting places that are reasonable (many UCLA students around), including Asahi Ramen and a Tofu House across the street from Chabuya. You might even want to take out from Nijiya Market and have Beard Papas cream puffs for dessert!

    Once you discover this area, you will be able to enjoy many meals here and never repeat any of them...although you might WANT to!

    1. mielimato Aug 30, 2006 09:57 AM

      I second Tofu House on Sawetelle. Cheap, delicious, and generous portions (combo dishes enough for 2 for under $15).

      On Santa Monica Blvd near Barrington are two of my favorite cheap standbys.

      Juquilla for Oaxacan food. Excellent chile rellenos (a top 5 in LA), mole negre and mole rojo.

      La Saigon for Vietnamese food. I really like the ambiance of this place. Small, homey and very friendly.

      4 Replies
      1. re: mielimato
        wilafur Aug 30, 2006 06:02 PM

        actually, its called tofu-ya. :)

        1. re: wilafur
          mielimato Aug 30, 2006 06:42 PM

          yes, tofu-ya. so good.

          1. re: wilafur
            liu Aug 30, 2006 09:37 PM

            Tofu-ya -- Thanks to you both, Wilafur and Mielimato, for this correct information.

          2. re: mielimato
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            jjbelsky Sep 2, 2006 03:39 AM

            I think that there is better soon tofu to be found in Korea town, but Tofu-Ya is certainly a good place to go to if you feel like soon tofu but don't want to drive.

          3. g
            glutton Aug 30, 2006 02:36 PM

            Monte Alban for very good, reliable Oaxacan food at reasonable prices. santa monica blvd and brockton in West LA.

            Pann's for good coffee shop food (you did say you're looking for a bowl of soup...).

            Mi Ranchito for decent Mexican food in Culver City.

            1. k
              KayZee Aug 30, 2006 08:22 PM

              I've been to Mi Ranchito probably near a hundred times. We've geen going since they we're across from where Dijonaise is now before they moved to the the old Marco Polo location. Considering how established they were with the studio crowd, going head to head with Paco's around the corner made for a dicey first year or so. The food is generally pretty good but the service can *at times* be uneven. I say this as lonvingly as I can because we're regular enough to be fond of the family but it is a family restraunt and is not a slick operation even after all these years. My recs are the Bistec Tampiqueña and the Chilaquiles. Stay away from the Margies--horrible bar mix based things. Think a odiously wrongly mixed limeade and add a shot of tequilla. That bad.

              1. wilafur Aug 30, 2006 08:26 PM

                ever so slightly more expensive than the rec's above (entrees range from $12-20), but i would recommend nook bistro.

                1. Daisy Gatsby Sep 2, 2006 12:17 AM

                  Yum ... love me some soup! Our two favorite places are Ramenya (on Olympic at Butler ... just west past Sawtelle) and Factor's (on Pico at Beverly). Ramenya is authentic Japanese and Factor's is authentic Jewish. Either way you can't go wrong!

                  1. j
                    jayden Sep 2, 2006 04:57 AM

                    8940 National Blvd.
                    L.A., Ca 90034
                    Between Robertson and Venice

                    I just found a great new AUTHENTIC mexican restaurant named "Sabor a Mexico Taqueria and Grill." The food is great!! The closest thing to mexico city's food i've ever tasted. The homemade tortillas are delicious and may I add the place is very clean and appealing w/ an outdoor patio. There is a daily special of 2 tacos, rice and beans and a drink for only $4.95. Also try their veggie tacos and their empanada style quesadillas, they are definately awesome. The place has GREAT and attentive service and is said that it will be selling beer really soon.

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