Best Places to eat around Westwood
I"m goibng to be in LA for a 3 days and staying in westwood near UCLA. I was wondering if there where any must eat places around and of and good cheap eats in the area. I also was wondering about any really good tacos around the area.
There is a really good taco truck on Barry Avenue just south of Santa Monica Blvd, next to Von's. It usually doesn't arrive until later (8ish). A really good restaurant, Nook, is right there too. I highly recommend the burger. Enjoy!
Westwood Village adjacent to UCLA is widely criticized on this board for a lack of good food. I live in the neighborhood -- here's where I recommend:
Two cheap landmarks -- Stan's Donuts, a block south of campus on Broxton. Heavy, caky donuts known for unusual flavors, many laud the peanut butter filled. Diddy Riesse, half a block south of campus also on Broxton. Home of the three-for-a-dollar cookie, or the ice cream sandwich with a choice of cookies and ice cream.
Two happy hours -- Palomino, near Wilshire a block east of Westwood Blvd. Good happy hour eats at reduced prices and an office-worker clientele. Acapulco, just a little closer to campus also east of Westwood Blvd. Decent margaritas (specials on Mondays) and a free food table during happy hours. More students and staff crowd.
Casual food -- Thai House, on Gayley a block and a half south of campus across from Whole Foods. Good Thai in a surprisingly nice setting -- tablecloths under glass tops, real plates and glasses, good service, reasonably quiet. I really like the mee krob and the yellow curry. Damon & Pythias, on Broxton a block and long half south of campus. Solid sandwiches and salads.
Further down on Westwood Blvd, between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd. are several good Persian and middle-eastern restaurants. Shamshiri, Sheherzad, and Sunnin (more of a counter with a few tables, but maybe the best food). There is a Zankou Chicken, for garlicky rotisserie chicken with a killer garlic paste, much beloved and also sometimes berated, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. on Sepulveda.
There is an In-and-Out Burger, if you are from an area that doesn't have them, just south of campus on Gayley. Try a double-double (the patties are small, but great quality) and make sure to order the fries welldone.
to add onto the palomino rec, they have a "first seating" special daily if you are seated between 5-6pm for dinner. its a 3 course pre fixe dinner for $19.95. you get a soup or salad tos tart with, your choice from over 6 entrees, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink.
pretty darn good deal!
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Hey, magic, glad to have you in the discussion. I know you are a big D'Amore's fan from the pizza thread a couple weeks back. Personally, I prefer Lamonica's, but mostly for their delivery special. But I'm willing to give D'Amore's another try for a slice and maybe a sub. The original poster did not ask specifically for pizza, and while we all need our fix living here, I really don't think that's what Westwood or the L.A. area is known for, despite the recent buzz for Mozza.
I'm not a huge Stan's fan either, but it is a local Westwood landmark. Besides Primo's, down on Sawtelle just north of National for a light baked donut, almost an elegant pastry, I like the little Royal Donut shop on the SE corner of Sepulveda and Palms (across from the Trader Joe's and Gualaguetza) for crispy glazed cinnamon rolls and a delicious light crumb donut if very fresh. Nice people, I enjoy supporting them.