Hey all, I am a student at UCLA and live in Westwood. I've been looking for great eateries in the area. I'm from San Diego so I would really like some good Mexican food like I can find down there on every block. I'm also looking for good sushi places that are moderately priced. Anything all-you-can eat is always a plus, and last but not least, late night food, after midnight and later. If anybody has any suggestions about where I can satisfy my appetite in the west Los Angeles area I would appreciate it. Thanks-
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Sunin if you like Mediterranian,Westwood at Santa Monica. For you, I suggest item 66-19, it's delicious.
The double-cheeseburger at the Tommy's clone a couple of doors south of the In'n'Out. Bigger patties grilled almost crispy with lots of lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle -- I get mine without mayo, mustard, or their insipid, bland, orange chili.
Zankou Chicken. Their garlic paste can make even the most overcooked chicken tasty. If you are lucky the rotisserie roasted chicken will have a crispy, succulent skin, the dark meat will be tasty and moist, and the breast white meat won't be too overdone and dry. But it is all a vehicle and homage to that wonderful garlic spread which is a miracle elixer of deliciousness and goodness.
Diddy Riesse -- still three large chocolate chip cookies for a buck. They are large and filled with chocolate chips. Much too soft, but they crisp up and harden if you chill them in the fridge for a bit.
Philly West -- dive bar south of Santa Monica Blvd on Westwood with parking in the back. Service can be disinterested during the day, but the cheesesteak is good and the half-pound flame-grilled burger is excellent and reasonably priced. Charred, served on the roll with grilled onions, about $5. Some have described it as a Bukowski-style bar, but with a widescreen and other TVs.
Sunnin -- some on this board have claimed that they got pre-fried falafel, but mine have always been fresh from the oil and delish. Much superior to the Falafel King on Broxton in the Village.
Feast from the East -- On Westwood between Santa Monica Blvd and Olympic-west side. I much prefer their more gingery, lighter chinese chicken salad -- others like the more expensive California Chicken Cafe.
Thai House -- Gayley across from the Whole Foods -- white tablecloth, good service, moderately-priced Thai.
Eduardo's Border Grill on Westwood Blvd., east side, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. in the center adjacent to the car wash. Fresh Mexican grill-type fast food. Way better than Baja Fresh and Poquito Mas. Try the border burrito.
Tito's Taco down Sepulveda, on Washington Place is always a Bruin favorite. You'll need to drive to this location, but it will be worth it. I like their tacos with cheese, and all meat burrito with cheese. The salsa is out of this world, and really addicting.
If you haven't found it yet, the Mongolian bbq place in Westwood Village is also good. I think it's on Gayley. Just learn to pack the meat in your bowl and stack the noodles and veggies to get the most out of the price.
I, too, am from San Diego but am now in L.A., and while Tito's Tacos is OK at what they do, it is NOT Mexican food like what you are used to eating in San Diego (it's actually not Mexican food at all, but I digress.) There are plenty of other places that are mentioned on this board in detail, but for a quick reference that will lead you to more, I suggest taking a look at Bandini's blog. He is a regular poster here.
Head west - the greatest concentrations of cheap and interesting eats near ucla are on Sawtelle and Santa Monica Blvd (although I am also fond of the Middle Eastern and Persian options on Westwood Blvd.) Staying in Westwood Village is a form of culinary suicide, especially if you're on a budget. So much mediocre food there.
On Sawtelle there is a large strip of Japanese restaurants, markets, and stores. It begins south of Santa Monica, but the real concentration of places is closer to the Olympic end.
Hide sushi is good quality & relatively cheap, but cash only. There are good bento boxes at Nijiya market that are fairly reasonable. Also the cranky crepe place and Beard Papa's cream puffs if you have a sweet tooth. Lots of inexpensive and expensive food on this street - search the board for numerous recommendations.
For late night the Middle Eastern hookah place Dahab (also on Sawtelle right around the corner from SM Blvd) gets positive reviews - I haven't been myself.
In my opinion, you're out of luck for bountiful cheap Mexican near UCLA. Make do with the Oaxacan Juquila and Monte Alban - Moomin just posted on an interesting sounding Mexican market also on SM Blvd.
Hope you post back on your results.
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Iv'e actually have been to Beard's Papa and enjoyed it so much that i returned. The cream puffs were very good, and I would recommend them to anyone. After just discovering Sawtelle a few weeks ago, i have already been back on three different occassions, it is a great place to eat. Furaibu was very tasty and the service was decent. I think i will try Hide Sushi next as I wanted to go there this weekend, but my friends did not have cash on them. I'll have to try it in the weeks to come. Thanks-
I can't believe that noone mentioned Jose Bernstein's. It makes me think that y'all are not students, but imposters. ;-P
JOSE BERNSTEIN'S!!!!! Know it, live it, love it! And accept no substitute.
Its not like SD mexican food. Its different. But you will truly be missing out if you don't utilize this place as a regular wokaday spot for lowcost tasty mexi-(and more!)-food.
Tip the fellows well, get to know them and recieve outstanding service, food and even deliveries!
new japan on sawtelle and santa monica to satisfy your japanese food cravings at night. don't expect gourmet but the food is cheap, fast and tasty.
new japan was a mainstay during my bruin days....expecially during finals at midnight.