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Lunch near Kaiser on Sunset

running pig Jan 9, 2007 12:54 PM


I will be working for a few weeks at Kaiser on Sunset and Vermont...have strictly one hour for lunch...suggestions??? (any cuisine/price)

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    running pig Jan 17, 2007 10:13 PM

    Went to Vermont thanks to the recs....yummy salad with goat cheese and olive bread. Service adequate but...not too warm...oh well, really good salad!

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      Boy Lorin Jan 16, 2007 09:10 PM

      The Thai restaurant in the mini-mall north of the Bank of America on Vermont and Hollywood is pretty good -- not the best in the area, but close enough to Kaiser. Even closer, though, is the terrific Thai place on Edgemont and Hollywood. Unfotunately, I can't remember the name, but they have a fantastic Tofu soup (as well as great Thai standards). There is a papusaria next door which I have never tried.

      If you are willing to drive, I would try Red Corner Asia on Hollywood East of Western, or Yai (my new favorite Thai) on Hollywood West of Western. Both are on the north side of the street.

      Sanamalung is great, too.

      Il Capriccio, Vermont north of Hollywood, is great Italian food. Walking distance to Kaiser. Next to Mama Mia.

      Carousel, on Normandie and Hollywood, is a middle-eastern BBQ meat place. I'm not a big fan, but a lot of people love it.

      There is also a very popular Thai/Chinese place next door to Carousel, on the south side of Hollywood, a block east of Normandie.

      1. Organ Leroy Jan 13, 2007 10:09 PM

        I'm a big fan of the Mustard Seed Cafe at 1948 Hillhurst, a block north of Franklin. Great sandwiches and salads.

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          way2cook Jan 17, 2007 01:45 AM

          Also, just across from Mustard Seed is the Alcove. Very nice, mostly outdoor setting. Good salads and lamb burger is pretty tasty.

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          alison Jan 13, 2007 09:52 PM

          Mamma Mia Cafe on Vermont just past the B of A.
          Good salads & pasta.
          Sandwiches & also breakfast.
          Outdoor seating & a few tables inside.
          Husband cooks , wife is the waitress.

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            silverlakebodhisattva Jan 13, 2007 07:34 PM

            BTW, I think Paru's often APPEARS closed and locked, but if you ring the bell, they buzz you in...

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              Scotty Jan 16, 2007 04:32 PM

              Stright from the website:

              Paru's is open 4:00pm to 11:00pm for dinner, Monday through Friday, and 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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              Slackerchick Jan 12, 2007 08:09 PM

              The pecan french toast at Square One is to die for.

              I've never seen Paru's open, it's always locked when I drive by. Any idea of the hours?

              If any place was in desperate need of a Famima!!, this would be it. Thousands of people who can't really drive anywhere for lunch, but sick of the cafeteria.

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                hpcat Jan 11, 2007 03:43 AM

                If you walk west on Sunset there used to be a little Armenian kabob place, but I'm not certain it's still there. It was a couple years ago I ate there. If it's still there I would recommend the food.

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                  judge dee Jan 10, 2007 09:51 PM

                  Yuca's at 2056 Hillhurst Ave.

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                    eriny Jan 9, 2007 09:03 PM

                    I would recommend Casa Diaz, a taco stand with great carnitas and a yummy fried banana plate (with black beans and sour cream). It's on the south side of Hollywood, just a smidge east of Vermont.

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                      Scotty Jan 10, 2007 09:49 PM

                      Casa Diaz has a GREAT chili relano borrito!

                    2. Bon Vivant Jan 9, 2007 04:28 PM

                      Paru's (vegetarian Indian) might be open for lunch. Just west of Normandie on the south side of Sunset. Normandie is pretty close to Kaiser, just a few short blocks, so it might be quicker to walk to Zankou/Paru's.

                      There is also a restaurant on Fountain just east of Edgemont that has gotten some good press - I think that it's called Square One?

                      If you walk north to Hollywood Blvd. you can go to Antojito Denises (just west of Edgemont on the south side of Hollywood)


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                        Scotty Jan 12, 2007 08:02 PM

                        Walked by Paru's today (Friday) for lunch and they were locked up with no sign of being open.

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                          Bon Vivant Jan 17, 2007 02:11 AM

                          I drove by Antojito Denises yesterday and it looked like it was closed for good.


                        2. sku Jan 9, 2007 04:01 PM

                          Square One, on Fountain, behind the Scientology Center. There is a Zankou at Sunset and Normandie if you want to drive.

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                            running pig Jan 12, 2007 07:09 PM

                            THANK YOU (and to everyone). I went to Square One yesterday and will DEFINITELY be returning. I had a nicely-done omelet and the service was pleasant. Breakfast all day, going beyond the traditional fare and including treats like bourbon-pecan frensh toast :-) Nice and bright interior and patio. YAY!

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                              sku Jan 12, 2007 08:03 PM

                              The Bourbon french toast is to die for. Also love the smoked salmon eggs benedict and the grits.

                              Also, in the same strip mall where the Fatburger is, on Vermont north of Sunset, I noticed that there is a sign for Yai Thai restaurant coming soon, which assuming it is realted to the other Yais, is a great Thai place.

                          2. WildSwede Jan 9, 2007 02:33 PM

                            There is a Thai place behind the Burrito King (?) (they have Mexican food and fruit juices) that is pretty good. It is on either Kenmore or Alexandria (west of where you are) 1/2 block north of Sunset. You could also hop over to Ye Rustic Inn (a bar) for their great Buffalo Wings. There are some places on West Sunset, south of Fountain. Just keep in mind all the construction and that there can be delays.

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                              silverlakebodhisattva Jan 10, 2007 09:46 PM

                              Actually, the Thai place I THINK you're talking about is behind the Burrito King KNOCK-OFF burrito place (either a "Los Burritos" or a "Dos Burritos").

                              It serves mostly thai BBQ chicken, is called something like CHIX HIX THAI BBQ, and keeps only lunch hours. It's pretty good.

                              It is also my impression that there are many groups of Kaiser folks who select a "designated Zankou fetcher" to bring back huge to-go orders.

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                                WildSwede Jan 10, 2007 10:25 PM

                                Exactly! That is the one. It faces the little street. I like their Pad Thai just fine. Evert time I have to go to LAMC that is where I eat - close and you can walk! My friend and I were just talking about it today and she gets all of their noodle dishes and mentioned that next time she goes, she is going to get a rice dish that "sounds good" and has all kinds of veggies in it.

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                                  Chowpatty Jan 12, 2007 08:06 PM

                                  Kaiser also sends out doctors to pick up big orders at Sanamuluang...I have to say I felt the late night patients would be better cared for when I saw all the sustaining noodles their caregivers would eating.

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                                  WildSwede Jan 16, 2007 06:27 PM

                                  If you feel like getting into your car, you can drive to Guatemalteca (Guatemalan food) for their wonderful Chuchitos (chicken and red-sauce tamales) or any of their other mouth-watering offerings from their steam table. So good and inexpensice - though parking can be a bear.


                                  Guatemalteca Bakery
                                  4032 Beverly Blvd
                                  Los Angeles, CA 90004
                                  (213) 382-9451

                                3. JAB Jan 9, 2007 02:29 PM

                                  Fat Burger is within walking distance on the corner of Vermont and Hollywood.

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