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The Good Earth - Not So Good - Westwood Review

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The Good Earth Restaurant is back in Westwood - and I recommend you stay away until they get their act together. It's located on Broxton in the heart of Westwood Village where many other restaurants have come and gone. Had lunch there today on a whim not knowing that they had opened in Westwood. Service was terrible and slow (even though the restaurant was practically empty), food was lukewarm (a lukewarm "grilled" sandwich need I say more?) Ordered "air fries" and they were more like day-old potato wedges that were thrown in the microwave. And to make matter worse - they don't have ranch dressing. What is up with that?!?! Good Earth is not so good! Only thing going for them - the Ice Tea was refreshing. . . Fellow chowhounders you've been forewarned.

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  1. Used to go the The Good Earth many moons ago, there was one in La Jolla near the cove, it was a good place for some hot tea or a coffee and a slice of carrot cake, and not much else.

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    1. re: mikester

      oh yeah their carrot cake was pretty good wasn't it?

    2. I have no idea why they have hung on for so long. There is one in Studio City which is terrible. I haven't been there for years.

      1. What are these Westwood entrepreneurs thinking? Stratton's was a formidable bar that had an upstairs balcony and seating area and a large kitchen. UCLA is up the street, and there are two single-screen premier theatres a short block away. There is a large parking lot next door. How can this place not make money as a bar? How does it hope to meet expenses as a second-rate decades-ago Good Earth? There is sushi surrounding, a Corner Bakery a block east on Westwood, some vegie places down on Gayley, and a good salad/sandwich place (Damon & Pythias) and falafel just south on Broxton. A Good Earth??? Why!!?? There is an investor scam going on somewhere...

        1. "Decades ago" is right. I remember eating at Good Earth with my parents a couple of times in the late 70's/early 80's--usually on road trips, because we all liked to think we were eating healthy food. I was too young to be even the slightest bit sophisticated about restaurants, but even then I knew it sucked.

          How has it hung around this long? Is it a money-laundering operation for weed-growing hippies?

          1. >>I recommend you stay away until they get their act together.

            Your review perfectly describes the experience at the Wwd. Good Earth in 1979. I wouldn't hold my breath for them to improve.

            1. Stay away! The place is a train wreck. My husband and I went there for brunch last Sunday. Couldn't get service. Finally I got up and told the host who was standing around and chatting with a waitress that we'd like to order. It went downhill from there. The waiter brought us coffee that had no flavor and there was a lipstick stain on my cup. Not my shade! Should have left at that point, but live and learn. We both ordered omelets -- mine with egg whites and light on the cheese -- with their multigrain pancakes. They brought me a regular omelet with lots of cheese. Had to send it back. Also sent back the pancakes which were cold. And this is the part that I think is really kind of funny. The waiter returned with the same pancakes. I could tell because there was still my bite mark in them. Instead of making a fresh, hot batch, he had simply put them in the microwave. They were now rubber. Could there possibly be more? Then there was the pancake syrup. You would think that syrup would be well, syrupy. Well, what they served tasted like caramel-colored water. Yecch! So much for healthy!

              I really miss the previous Good Earth that was in Westwood years ago. I would have preferred the fond memories.

              1. I had a pretty similar experience today during lunch. I had forgotten it had opened up again in the old Madison's spot. My first question is why they have such a large space when they don't have sufficient personnel to staff it? We went in for lunch and the entire upstairs was empty, and there were empty tables downstairs. The host said that they didn't have enough servers, so we couldn't be seated yet. When we were eventually seated, the waiter came by once to take our order. I got a cashew chicken salad and my friend got the salad and sandwich combo. I would have assumed that for $9, they could have used something a step up from bagged iceberg lettuce. The salad actually wasn't too bad, and the honey ginger vinaigrette was good, but overall, not a spectacular meal. The service was lackadaisical, although not totally unfriendly. For the same amount of money, I'd much rather go two doors down to Damon and Pythias, love their onion rings!