GOOD EATS IN WLA???
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.....
2002 Sawtelle in West Los Angeles
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!
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.
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.
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.