Need recs for a place to eat near Scoops on Heliotrope
I need to find a decent place to eat around Scoops on Heliptrope and Melrose.
FWIW, One of my favorite 'combo meals' is lunch in Thai town and then Sc00p's for dessert. It's maybe a ten minute drive....
There is also a place right next door to Sc00p's but I have yet to try it or even check out their menu.
No! Scoops for Dinner!!! ;)
J/K... mostly... you can try Ricon Chileno which is actually rather nearby... :)
Cha Cha Cha is quite nearby.
There's also a pretty good Thai place even closer on Melrose near Normandie called Prael I think.
And there's always Pizza Paul, which some on the board seem to like.
Marouch is close enough, as is Falafel Arax and then there's always the very groovy Gran Burrito on @ Santa Monica & Vermont. Wow. What a neighbhorhood!
There's a really cool funky Korean dive directly across from Scoops called Pure Luck. It looks like a movie location inside. (Outside, too, come to think of it.) The stir fry was delicious (if a bit spicy for my wimpy tastebuds) and the wings were amazing. It's the kind of place where you take a date and she says, "How did you know this was here?"
The proprietors are very nice, but don't speak a word of English (though the menu lists everything in both languages, & you can point.)
I love that block. It'll be Montana Avenue in about fifteen minutes, but for now, it's cool.
Pure Luck, 707 Heliotrope.
I wondered about that place -- so it's pretty much like the Prince, a bar with food, I imagine? Remember when it was some groovy place -- Cafe Mambo, maybe?
Yikes, Patty, I thought I was the only person still around who recalled the existence, let alone location, of that version of Cafe Mambo, which IIRC, was a contemporary of ChaChaCha in its first incarnation.
I'd ditto the reference to Marouch, and variously arranged Thai places (though it's been 5 or more years since I went there, my recollection is that "Spicy Thai BBQ" in the mini-mall at Santa Monica and Normandie was pretty good. I haven't tried the Melrose Thai places yet. Then, of course, in roughly the same neighborhood, there's always Zankou. While I know the CH reviews are mixed, Saveur Magazine has Zankou in their "100 Favorite Things" this year.
just flew back in from Colorado and boy are my arms tired...
there is a korean "po jang ma cha" (like korean izakaya) directly across the street from heliotrope/scoops. its sort of like "tang song sah" in ktown. with a young crowd, small dishes...
el rincon chileno is across the street on melrose. i'd like to hear how their cazuela is, and last time i walked by they had "erizos" (sea urchin) on the menu.
pizza paul is on the same stretch and i hear its good but have never been.
The empanadas at the already mentioned Rincon Chileno are great and make a nice pairing with Scoops.
for today's lunch there was Makkah Halal Tandoori on Vermont and 4th; with spouse, Pup and friend
and then hit Scoops for
"Smoked Chocolate/Wasabi Mousse" ("smoked" by adding lapsang soochong tea!) and
"Pomegranate/Poppy Seed" and
"Chocolate/Pumpkin" (the guys)
there's a genius at work, there!