Poll: What restaurants do you eat in most often?
This is different than "what's your favorite restaurant?"
It's different than "what's the best restaurant?"
And it's different than "what restaurant would you eat in if money were no object or if you lived in a different neighborhood or if you lived in a different city?"
It's just: What restaurants do you eat in most often?
They are going to be places you like, of course. At least one will most likely be near to where you live. Another might be close to where you work or go to school. Or both or all three.
These are your go-to places for good food, convenience and comfort. The place where they recognize you, perhaps, and that's a good thing. Maybe the place that's quick or the place where they'll let you pay tomorrow if you forgot your wallet.
Here are mine:
Tacomiendo (corner of Inglewood and Culver). I live in a neighborhood with many places to get good tacos and other Mexican dishes. Tacomiendo is not only great food, but it's closest to my house and open late enough to get the nod over some others. I order (not all in the same meal) asada, pollo or carnitas tacos. I love the chile colorado. I like the asada plate. They have great tortillas. I also like their burritos, though sometimes they fall apart. I always grab a cup of the free beans they have next to the salsa bar.
Ronnie's Diner: (Culver Boulevard near the 90 freeway): Love the breakfasts, the omelettes and the breakfast burritos (which they wrap as two separate burritos for easy handling or the taking home of leftovers). I eat the turkey chili and the turkey burgers. Sometimes I go healthy and get egg whites and a steak or chicken breast for the protein. They have soy milk for my coffee. Good sandwiches, too and sometimes I get the dinner specials.
The Slice (Ocean Park Boulevard near 16th): It surprises me that it's on the list, but I have to be honest, I eat there a lot. It's very convenient for me because my kids play sports at the middle school across the street and The Slice is open late enough to eat in after practice. The Slice gets more of my business when its football or baseball season. I don't eat much pizza, but I do like the sub sandwiches. I order the meatball or the sausage and they'll do a combo for me if I ask even though it's not on the menu. It's not as good as Rinaldi's, but I'm not in El Segundo at 8:30 at night. Also, my kids like it a lot and they can get a couple of slices and a salad after practice. I like the hot wings and the boneless wings made out of breast meat. The buffalo chicken sandwich ordered hot if really good to me.
Cinco de Mayo: It's open 24 hours and near my house. I like the taquitos of all things. I like the egg and onion burrito. I like the hard shell tacos. Nothing in CDM is great, but it's pretty consistently tasty. But more than anything else it is fast and open and easy to park. And cheap, too.
Rutt's Hut: Another spot in my 'hood. I like to order the Royale's atkins style. The family likes it for the Hawaiian dishes like Spam Musubi. The fish is good, here, too. Sometimes a hamburger and hash browns hit the spot.
This is a list that will change over time. I went through a Mi Ranchito phase. I work near Westwood, so Falafel King is another spot I go through phases with (though mostly I eat in the caf.) I meat a friend at Duke's coffee shop on Sunset once a month, almost always eat a turkey burger and salad on the side. In a month, this list would change again. But for now, this is it.
If I think of any other places, I'll add to my own thread.
Where do you eat most often?
Zankou, Jitlada, Mario's, In N Out, Daniel's Tacos, Daikokuya, Santouka, Wako, Eastside Deli, Colori, El Pollo Loco, Sapp Coffee, Jongewaards, Calif Chicken Cafe, Omelette and Waffle, La Taquiza
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Sapp Coffee Shop
5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
La Taquiza Restaurant
4149 Tweedy Blvd Ste C, South Gate, CA 90280
7956 Vineland Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352
I don't visit the same places, I'll name some places that I've eaten at more than twice in the past 3 months.
Rock Bottom (during happy hour)
Hsin Hsin Shau Mai Deli (in HK plaza, off of Colima)
Lazy Dog Cafe (HB)
Krua Thai (West Covina)
Complete Honesty ( I eat at these places A LOT):
Burger King (Iced Mocha BK Joe, $2.25) with an order of sliders
Subway ($5 footlongs)
McDonalds (can't beat their $2 iced coffee)
Great question and glad it keeps getting resurrected...does eat out include ordering in??
OK for eating out near home we go most frequently to places that are convenient to us...
Cafe Bella Roma
Beacon (though not much recently)
M Cafe de Chaya (CC branch)
El Brunello Trattoria
Industry Cafe and Jazz (Ethiopian)
Victor Jrs for pizza and subs
Tacos Don Jorge
and we order in from
Near my work in Monterey Park frequent lunch choices are
Manny's El Tepeyac
Corporate Center Cafe
Mandarin Noodle House
Lee Kam Kee
and an Indian place in a mall near old town Alhambra with a decent lunch buffet
Here are a few restaurants in the near UCLA/West LA that I go to regularly
I'm a fan of the japanese restaurants on Sawtelle, but I go to Nanbankan for yakitori on a monthly basis. It is more upscale than Fu Rai Bo, yet still reasonably priced, i.e., $45-60 a couple depending on the items ordered and whether you have alcohol.
Given my schedule, I like going to the following places on a weekly basis to pick up food after working out at the gym. For two people the food is usually around $15-20 and there is usually leftovers.
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
California Chicken Cafe
i love this thread! im bringing it back.
around brentwood, where i live:
-pitfire pizza – I get half shrimp and half buratta/hazelnut pizza
-barneys burgers – usually the California burger
-cpk – either the avocado eggrolls or the garlic chicken pizza
-chin chin – two orders of steamed chicken dumplings and a side of white rice, my favorite delivery
-montana café – shrimp dumplings to start, lemon linguini
- NY bagel co – everything is great, I come here every weekend
-whole foods – when ive burned everything in the house, I walk here for a sandwich
around miracle mile, where i work:
-izakaya by katsuya – my favorite sushi place in the city hands down. everything is phenomenal.
- trimana – French fries are bomb. I get the chicken tenders
-natalee thai – pad thai or pad see-ew
-roccos – half Caesar with chicken and a slice of mushroom pizza, not my favorite but always fast and right near my office
-newsroom café – avocado/turkey bacon chicken burger with tofu mayo
around encino, where the parental units live:
-kushiyu – carwash roll with no sauce
-stanleys – annies chicken (chicken picatta) with extra sauce!
-rosti – my dads favorite, usually the gnocci or linguini vongole
-hirosuke – lately its going downhill… usually the omigod roll and seafood salad
-amers falafel – schnitzel pita with extra pickles
-the hummus bar – eggplant appetizer, multiple orders of free laffa
-pomodoro – malfadine with whole wheat pasta
-fabrocinis – usually baked mostocholi, the chicken is also great
As an eastsider these are my fav spots right now....
Pazzaz Sushi- best sushi in silverlake and cheap. byob
Scoops- icecream sent from the gods.
Flore- Im a vegan (mostly) so this is just heaven. byob. and amazing breakfast.
Il Cappriccio- Italian.
Bulan - Thai ... oh my mock duck curry! delicious. byob.
Cafe 101- Late night diner.
Edendale- Fancy date spot.
The Coffee table- french toast that make me wish I wasnt a vegan.
Tomato Pie- The Pizza Spot.
Alegria- Fresh Mex... so yummy. byob.
The Vegan Spot- Only for the twinkies... nothing else.
Home- used to really enjoy it... not many vegan options... a pretty cute date spot.
Pho- The one across from Cafe Tropical in Silverlake. great noodles. cheap beer.
Cafe Tropical- coffee. pastries. mango shakes.
Cliff's Edge- Best Patio for breakfast and drinks. hidden behind the .99 store on sunset.
...thats all I can think of right now.
ugh now Im hungry.
I live in Santa Clarita...most of these choices are more about getting a table without an hour wait than the food quality...
Mulligans..sandwhich and cocktails on friday nights
China Palace at least once a week for sizzling rice soup
Panera Bakery for a morning Asiago cheese bagel for the drive to work
Don Cucos for their light chicken tortilla soup.
Karma for their grilled eggplant and garlic naan
work in the San Fernando Valley...lunches
Brent's about once a week...cabbage soup and half turkey sammy
Los Toros on fridays for margarita, bean dip and a chicken taco
The Safari room because it's close...is right out of the 70's and sometimes you want a steak for lunch.
Chi's for their fresh wonton soup and dim sum options
And more often then I'd like to admit...Taco Bell two taco bell grandes with a DIET COKE.
California Chicken Cafe - my boyfriend loves it and we go up to venice as often as possible
Oki Doki Sushi
Whole Foods Prep
Korean BBQ i dont know the name of
El Pollo Inka
Thats about it. We need some new stuff in the southbay.
Well, other than work lunch chain places, at which I eat entirely too frequently, these'd be:
Pasta Primavera and Bella Cuccina downtown for lunch;
Sushi Gen if we can get out of the office EARLY enough for lunch, or we're both at the courthouse and it's only 11:15;
Chichen Itza on the way home (who'da thought that the Chow-spouse would regard the Pan D' Cazon, with shredded shark, as comfort food?)
which has largely replaced
Taix (now that the sourdough's gone, this is harder for the spouse to sell me) and
Yai (on Vermont; they'll do stir-fries with minimal oil).
Singapore Banana Leaf
Bamboo (Culver City -- We always order from here at work. It's the one place I never get sick of)
Maison du Pain
Chameau (or I would eat here all the time if I had the $)
Papa Johns (hate to admit it, but it always satisfies after a long day of snowboarding)
Village Pizzeria if I'm willing to pick it up myself
Hope this has already been said, but the Talpa on Pico at least once a month for 30 years. As an eastsider working on the westside(yikes) Clementine has really saved me almost 3 times a week. Elvira's twice a week on Colorado in Eagle Rock rocks! Blue Hen and/or oinkster once a week, Langer's on the cross city drive, Chung King in San Gabriel, Triumphal Palace when over there. And of course Tito's, TITO'S!!!!!!!!
Lots of good stuff here everybody.
Home - West LA
The Library Alehouse
Work - Studio City
KC BBQ Co.
In N Out
Kung Pao Bistro
Tonys Mexican Grill
Sushi Don Sasabune
These places are where I end up most often, Im trying to get around to new places, and it looks like I have got some new Ideas to try.
thanks everyone for the good lists.
I've got a 2 1/2 year old kid, so there's not a ton of restaurant dining these days. Here's my list of standy-by's with comments as necessary:
Quality on Third (best breakfast in LA, great for lunch, too, and very kid friendly)
Sushi Ike - (near the office, great for lunch, esp. on expense account)
Nozawa - (hands down the best, esp. on expense account)
Sasabube (a very close second to above, ditto expense account)
Cafe Angeleno (on Third - great neighborhood Italian)
Angelli Caffe (also great neighborhood Italion - kid (sort of) friendly
Dan Tana's (for birthday's)
In 'n' Out
Tuscella's Seafood at The Farmer's Market (Third/Fairfax)
Loteria at The Farmer's Market (Third/Fairfax)
Palms Thai (on Hollywood Blvd. near freeway - good for lunch)
101 Diner (esp. on Thursdays for Blue Plate Fried Chicken)
Huston's BBQ (near the offic - a very good pulled pork sandwich)
Magnolia (near the office - good for group lunch and a great spot to meet friends for dinner)
Malibu Seafood (whenever I'm up that way - so fresh and you can't beat the view)
Katsu-ya (Studio City, my wife is mad for the baked crab roll)
The BF and I eat at Opus two or three times a month. It's just down the street from us, plus we always have a great experience.
We also go to Hirozen or Mishima whenever we're around the Beverly Center, depending on what we're in the mood for.
For takeout, we typically head to BCD Tofu House on Wilshire--local, easy, cheap, and 24 hours. A real plus, given our post-work hours!
If anyone has any recs for another Korean place with that yummy soup, please let me know. Thanks!
If you do a search for soon tofu or soon dubu, you'll find two names come up often: Beverly Soon Tofu and Sokongdong. It's really a tossup as to which one is better, but they are arguably the two best renditions of soon dubu in the city.
Of those two, I am at Beverly Soon Tofu more often, as I like the decor and grilled meat there better (they're so close in quality, you have to judge them on things *other* than the tofu).
Mexican: Tacos Baja Ensenada and Uncle Robby's
Korean: Young Dong Tofu House in San Gabriel
Japanese: Musha, Gaja, Kotohira, Shinsengumi, Sushi Gen
Curry House, and (gasp) Tokyo Lobby
Italian: Petrillo's, Di Pilla's, Angelo and Vinci's
American: Golden Bird Fried Chicken at Porky's, Buckboard BBQ,
Johnny Reb's, Lucille's, The Hat, Heroes
Chinese: Happy Family, 101 Noodle Express, Kuan's, Lu Din Gee
Vietnamese: Lee's Sandwiches, Banh Mi Che Cali, Banh Cuon Tay Ho,
Dessert: Beard Papa, mochi from JJ Bakery, Amy's Pastry, King's
Hawaiian Bakery, Mikawaya Sweet Shop, Porto's
the Donut Man in Glendora.
I've been a local and regular at Pina's Bistro for years. I don't even order for myself any more... Hannah or Felica do it for me.
Haveli - I'm there at least twice a month
Farmer Boys near the office for the Fiesta Fish Burrito, it is on the way to the bank and easy
Von's Anaheim Hills for amazingly good pannini (again, work lunch)
Burrell's BBQ for a little sompin sompin on the way home
Shabu Shabu House little tokyo
Yabu for curry chicken Soba and marinated eggplant
fire grilled fish and chicken at Sparks studio City
Pug Burger at Hungry Cat
Lobster Salad at Aroma Cafe Studio City
Iced Green Tea (w/o sugar) at Starbucks new drive-thru ;) in north hollywood
Breakfast and cobblers at Auntie Em's
Dressing Room salads
Leonors great veggie sandwiches
Killer salads at HealthCa in North Hollywood (weekdays)!!!!
Fish tacos and big shrimp cocktails at Taco Nazo in City of Industry (on the way to taking our dog to drive-in movies...he loves ones with animals in starring roles)
Breakfast burritos at Del Taco, Mustard Seed, Villa Carona and Corner Cottage
Chicken kabobs and lamb soup at Traktir Russian WLA
Hummus at Skaf's N Hollywood
Kobe Burger (sans cheese) at Tops drive thru E Pasadena (on Colorado)
Lox and eggs and rubens at Brent's
Jit Lada, and Yai thai hollywood
White Tuna sushi at Sushi Dan Studio City....
Spicy Tuna roll at Noshi LA
Taiko in Brentwood. Noodles and donburi.
Hurry Curry of Tokyo on Sawtelle.
Ramenya on Olympic. The best fried rice.
El Super Taco for great, cheap tacos and a good salsa bar.
17th Street Cafe in Santa Monica.
Yung Dong Tofu House in San Gabriel on Las Tunas. Fabulous tofu hot pots and Korean BBQ.
Mandarin Chateau. The best Chinese food in Chinatown.
Farfalla--I love their fish and their skirt steak.
Porto's for breakfast. I know they have other more interesting things, but I love their criossants (sp?)
Poquitos Mas--It's open a whole hour later than most of the other restaurants in Burbank.
Burning Banzai in Burbank. It's Americanized Chinese, but not in a Panda Express kind of way. They have tasty salt and pepper chicken and many veggie dishes. Also, they have an interesting selection on sake and a few uncommon Japanese beers.
This and That Here and There Cafe -Best burgers & breakfast in Pasadena
Gin Sushi -Lobster Special is the greatest sushi ever
Yang Chow -Good Chinese Food and awesome service
Tarantino Pizzeria - Best Pizza in Pasadena, Love their meat sauce
Chipotle -I just can't get enough of their chicken burritos
I work and live in Pasadena so all my weekly eating stops are in Pasadena
Sushi Zo- Keizo is my man
Tuk Tuk- Ridiculous food for the west side
Vito's- slice of plain and maybe a pep
Hugo's for breakfast
Sharky's- mahi mahi burrito
Houston's- Burger or French Dip
Mr. Cecils- Beef Ribs
Bristol Farms- on Doheny for some quick meals
Rice- for delivery Chinese Food
Triumphal Palace- dim sum
Newport Seafood- Vietnamese Lobster
India's Grill- San Vicente
For the past half year, the place BF and I go to most often is:
Pinkberry (all locations): frozen yogurt
Dolci Mango: (redondo beach) frozen yogurt
Jade's Bakery: (Artesia near 99 Ranch Market) super cheap frozen yogurt...we double fist their $1 cone and get two 12 oz. for later
Boba Time (Western and Redondo): frozen yogurt (IMO the best tasting so we go here at least once a day unless we get fro yo somewhere else)
Banh Mi Che Cali (Little Saigon): at least once a week to stock up on Vietnamese yogurt which we take hope and freeze to make....Guess what??
Come to thing of it, there is not one day that we go without a fro yo fix.
Man, we are addicts.
Vito's for pizza, eggplant parmigiana sandwiches and canolis
California Pizza Kitchen for salads and Neopolitan Pizzas
Any Pinkberry clone for tart frozen yogurt
Sam Woo BBQ in San Gabriel for takeout duck and pork
Kaido in SM for Japanese. $8.00 sushi lunch
TiaJuana in WLA for Mexican. Love those handmade tortillas
Won Kok in Chinatown for noodles and pastries
Glacier in Manhattan Beach for ice cream.
Tops in Pasadena for Kobe burgers
Donut King in SM for boba and fritters (great boba)
Ayara Thai in Westchester for drunken noodles
KJ's in Westchester for breakfast/lunch
El Torito and Coco's in SM. Lots of parking on weekends
Back Home Lahaina in Manhattan Beach for Hawaiian.
Those are the most regular places we go.
Because of this cursed board we have also been driving all over LA trying all these terrific places like Scoops, Kiriko, Sin Bala, etc.
Chutney's on Barrington & Pico for Indian fast food at really reasonable prices
Yabu at lunch for the chirashi combo with soba and at dinner for the black cod
Sushi Anju for lunch for really affordable bentos
Tlapazola for the tasty fish dishes
Ramenya for the chashu ramen
Mr. Cecil's for the baby back ribs, grilled corn & hushpuppies
Sofra at Westside Pavilion for Turkish fast food
John O' Groats for amazing breakfasts
PInkberry's for frozen crack with mochi & fruit
Red Mango for creamier frozen crack
Falafel King for the chicken shawarma
Papa Beard's for scrumptious cream puffs
Nook Bistro-just discovered it and I'll definitely be eating there more often but I'm not telling
anyone where it is because it's a jewel.....
In Santa Monica:
Bread & Porridge for breakfast and great French press coffee
The Counter for customized burgers and the 50/50 combo of fries & onion rings with sauces
In Culver City:
Kaizuka (try the red snapper sushi)
Tender Greens for the best salads (try the flat-iron steak salad & the ahi nicoise salad)
Culver City Farmer's Market for Mexican BBQ corn, rockenwagner's cheesy bread twists
and Corn Maiden gourmet tamales
Tito's Tacos for the all meat burritos
Johnnie's Pastrami for a heart attack between a roll
In Marina del Rey:
Kaya Sushi (when I've had a memory lapse about the slow service) for creative sushi and
bim bim bop
Tamara's Tamales for gourmet tamales
Wharo's for Korean BBQ on the westside
I love this thread!
Home area, Marina del Rey
Cinco del Mayo
Tito's (eating there since tacos were 25¢ and guacamole was free)
Koo Koo Roo's
Howard's Avocado Burger (eating there since it was Walt's)
Work - Sherman Oaks
The Weiner Factory
I'm over at La Reina for lunch all the time too, but eating solely at The Dressing Room. I've become addicted, seriously, I'm there at least twice a week. Often my husband will join me but he will get a couple of chicken tacos at Baja Fresh or a grilled chicken or grilled albacore sandwich at The Habit, then join me at The Dressing Room. Pho So #1 is also on the very regular rotation. What's good to eat at Aromi besides gelato?
After the kiddie table incident I don't know if I'm coming or going.....OK here are the places we eat way too much.
Joan's on Third
M Cafe de Chaya - everything! especially the "muffaletta"
Quality - bad side potatoes good side of fruit, easy on cantaloupe
Pink Berry...I know haven't tried Ce'Fiore yet
Jerry's Deli - fantastic tuna melt
California Chicken Cafe - what used to be called the Cobb Salad
It doesn't look like anyone mentioned Nook? I'm here pretty frequently (anywhere from once every two weeks to multiple times a week). Most of the places I eat often at are close to where I live in West LA, so:
Tofu-Ya (decent and closer than K-town)
Sofra (food court in Westside Pavilion)
Thai Beer (on Washington)
Coral Tree Cafe
I love posts like this! Here are my rarely-leave-Northeast-LA standbys:
My Taco for tacos dorados or carnitas
El Huarache Azteca
Mae Ploy, about as far west as I'm willing to travel
Chipotle for carnitas burrito bowls
Firefly for work lunches
New Delhi Palace, but if anybody has a better NELA/Pasadena Indian suggestion let's hear it :)
Used to be Bistro Verdu but just checked out the new place in the same spot (BASHAN) and was there 2x on Sunday...I think this will be my new constant.
CHI DYNASTY on Hillhurst for hangovers
TOMMMYS for hangovers and too much drinking.
GINGERGRASS cuz it's across from Silverlake wine and their porkchop and Bao Sate ROCK.
OLIVA WHen I'm in SHerman Oaks.
CANALE because it's a block away from where I work.
One of the coolest things I like about this thread is I really get an idea of where other hounds live and like and can see who has similar tastes and live live around me, notb that i didn't have some guesses before. That being said:
Irvine area (near work)
Mitsuwa Market ( tend to bounce between Santouka and the place next to it that serves other Japanese food, not sky express)
Bristol farms ( stop by sprinkles or gelatto after)
Pasadena/SGV( Live in Arcadia i love the food up here x 10)
Tommy's ( The guys love this place, to me its ok)
Tasty Garden Cafe in Arcadia (its like 2 miles from home thought there's better in SGV)
Los Chiles Locos ( 88 cent tacos after 5pm and open til 2am on fri and sat = win)
dish for breakfast
Beantown ( Much closer to me for my fossilmans kick)
Fair Oaks Pharmacy
Euopane - breads, pastries, sandwiches
Oinkster - cheeseburger and fries
Fredo's Phillys - cheese steak, occasional char dog
Grandview Palace - take-out semi-Americanized Chinese
Big Momma's and Poppa's - white pizza, veggie pizza/calzone, meatball and sausage subs
Fredo's Pizza - Supreme pizza, Mediterranean pizza, one of the other veggie pizzas
Milano's Deli - sandwiches, falafel plates, wraps, hummus, etc.
Big Mamma's Rib Shack - fried chicken, ribs, Cajun combo
Tony's Pizza - white pizza, veggie pizza, everything pizza, hot subs
Petrillo's Pizza - Pizza Bianca, special pizza
Golden Deli - Cha Gio, Bun, Pho
Edward Steak House - El Monte - Too close to work to go anywhere else in a squeeze.
Pacific Dinning Car - another business haunt when downtown, atmosphere and service are perfect for it.
J and J - XLB and a pint of the chicken soup is a favorite lunch.
Joe Josts - Been going there a long, long time. PBR never tasted so good, eggs, special
Long Beach Thai - Best Thai in Long Beach but definitely not "cozy" inside.
Frenchy's - Long Beach - Never a problem. Great French
Curlys - Long Beach - comfortable bar food.
Thisty Isle - Patty Melt!
Coaches - Seal Beach - Halibut Melt!
Tacos Baja Ensenada - Thanks Chowhounds! I think.... I go there a lot now. A LOT.
Moffets Pies - To go, kids love the pies. raw pies freeze well.
Cafe Gazelle - Teeny little Italian place on 2nd in LB - Great Italian.
Finally - someone from my area! I think King's is pretty overpriced for what you get but I like to sit outside when there aren't any smokers (unfortunately that's not very often!) Tulsa Ribs has the most addicting cottage fries but I've never been too thrilled with their ribs or their BBQ sauce - Katella Grill down the road is much with BBQ and I could drink their BBQ sauce! Jkg LOL Felix's is another great place to eat outside.
Makkah Halal Tandoori (K-Town)
Pollo a la Brasa (K-Town)
Izayoi (Little Tokyo)
Haru Urara (Little Tokyo)
Sushi Go 55 (Little Tokyo)
Frances Bakery (Little Tokyo)
Anna Maria @ Grand Central Market (Downtown)
Shawarma Kitchen @ Grand Central Market (Downtown)
Pitfire Pizza (Downtown)
Dinner House M (Downtown)
La Taquiza (Downtown/USC)
Torung (Thai Town)
Izakaya Kan (Torrance)
Shin-Sen-Gumi 2Go (Gardena)
in my neighborhood:
Chi Dynasty (my #1 take-out defult right now)
Mako (little no-name next to Los Feliz cinema)
Los Feliz Cafe
Simply Thai (phasing it out recently)
Home (on Hillhurst - not crazy about it but it's often the easiest option)
The Pho place by Rambutan, and Rambutan too.
I think that Pinkberry will be a new regular of mine
Venice: Abbot Pizza or French Market Cafe
Hollywood: Village Pizza on Larchmont, Hollywood Farmer's Market, Bossanova
it usually depends on where im working:
sushi gen - at one point i ate here up to 3 times a week (to skip traffic from burbank to westwood)
now i work in beverly hills and ill eat at lucques and sushi sushi at least once a week for lunch.
if im in venice i always have lunch at joe's
opus (4 times in the last month-slight overkill!!!)
tang song sah
ham ji park
one of the dim sum joints (most recently liking capital seafood)
i wish i lived in the SGV!
used to go to daikokuya before their total taste implosion. now its santouka which is so much better than the height of daikokuya anyway.
in n out
tacos baja ensenada
taco truck near western and 101 or the one on beaudry or 3rd and western
yup, thats about it for the regular rotation.
I tend to spend most of my time traversing between the westside, sgv/pasadena, and rowland heights so here goes:
lemon moon (close to my office for lunch)
tea station (crappy food but open late)
din tai fung
garden cafe (some more crap food but hey, it's open til 3am)
dynasty plaza (for stinky tofu to go)
banana bay/the boat
shabu shabu place inside hk plaza
Pacific Dining Car
El Cholo (sad, but it's just so close for a margarita)
Mercedes Grill (mmm...mojitos)
SF Dining Car (although this has changed now that their burgers are now flat patties...so sad)
Gilbert's El Indio
and because of my crappy corner of downtown:
Corner Bakery (addicted to the bread bowl)
SanSei (for their dumpling soup)
Long Beach area
Dear Heart Thai (not so much since owners changed)
Gallo Giro (South Gate branch usually)
Griffith Park Golf Course snack bar (Korean snacks)
Pitfire Pizza (Once, I'll be back!)
Jumpin Java in Studio City, because it's pretty cheap and their food is so delicious... creative too, considering it's a little hole in the wall. Try the Paris Kiss french toast.
The Kitchen in Silver Lake. I'm not going to say too much about it cause I don't want to have a huge wait next time I go there. But suffice to say: $3 corkage. 'Nuf said.
Don Cuco's in Toluca Lake. Yeah, it's a standard-fare gringo Mexican place, but it's close to home, it's reasonably priced, the food is tasty-cheesy-goodness, and the waiters are always there when I need something but never "hover" or make annoying chit-chat to try to up their tip. I love it.
The Counter in Santa Monica. Soooooo delicious. Build-your-own burgers. Sweet potato fries. It's always packed, but worth the wait.
Cafe Crepes on 3rd street promenade. Bottle beer for less than $3? At a crepe place? I know, it's weird. But the food's good (we always split a panini and a nutella crepe) the drinks are cheap, and it's the only place right on the promenade with decent food and prices that's not obscenely loud and tacky.
Taylor's Steakhouse (8th Street in Koreatown)-dark dining room, old school vibe. I feel like I've gone back in time at this place.
The Dresden -Los Feliz-great vibe, love the old school vibe, love the bitchy "mature" hostess.
Vermont-Los Feliz-love the atmosphere.
Mucho Mas -Burbank (Husband loves it cause it's the everybody knows your name kinda place for him)
Blair's -Silverlake- a new favorite. Like the gay, lesbian, artsy vibe. Great lighting, sparse dining room. Great service.
Don Felix- Hollywood- Not anymore. Got tired of dealing with the terrible service and terrible attitude of the owners who sit at the counter and watch T.V.
Sushi place in La Canada- Great sushir, great prices. Bad service, but they will make it up by giving you free stuff, which I am totally o.k. with because food is killer. Won't reveal the name because I don't want all you chowhounders to inundate the place and make the wait longer for me and my man.
Places I go at least a couple of times a month:
Tsuji No Hana
VIP Harbor for dim sum (there's no way I'm driving an hour east on an empty stomach)
James Beach for drinks
Beechwood for burgers
Pinkberry (terrible affliction, this obsession of mine!)
La Oaxaquena truck
Ford's Filling Station
What my list has taught me: I rarely venture from the far west side unless it's an occasion. Boooo.
Pho So 1 (Sepulveda Blvd.)
Calif. Chicken Cafe (Encino)
Lately I've been having a lot of lunches at The Dressing Room - good salads albeit on the pricey side for what it is.
Actually, I'm cooking at home more often - one week I actually made dinner four times, probably a record!
All of these are on the Westside.
The only place I go to at least once a week is Big Tomy's-I think I'm in love with their breakfast burrito and their hot sauce.
Cha Cha Chicken-right near my work, take home in the winter, eat there when it's warmer
Asahi Ramen--cheap, filling, delicious. A meal for two under $10
Tacomiendo--if it's too late or too trafficky to go to TS
Lares--our nicer go to spot
Sasaya--food isn't quite as good as Musha but a better place to hangout with friends
Yuni sushi--cheap, good, and close to work
El Torito--very close, we really only go during happy hour for dollar tacos and cheap margaritas and appetizers
VIP Harbor Seafood--dim sum
The tamale place at the Sunday Main St. SM farmers market
Whole Foods, Ralphs, and Gelsons Salad Bars
Sisley (chopped salad)
Eat Well (omelettes)
Uncle Chen's (my family is very health-freaky and like no oil, no everything... that said, I do love the garlic eggplant w/ scallops)
Cal. Chicken Cafe (salads and rotisserie chicken)
Mogo's Mongolian BBQ
Fabroccini's (close to the house)
Delmonico's (seared ahi, ceviche, and blackened prawns)
Ruth's Chris (steamed lobster... need the fix)
Axe in Venice- the best!
Mandrake in Culver City- neihborhood chill out joint, great drinks
Cafe Stella in Silverlake- food is not great, terrible music, cute atmosphere
Joan's on Third- forever cant wait to get some new item on their menu, have had it all
M Cafe- sometimes almost daily, kinda shockingly expensive
Viet Soy/ Vietnamese Soy Cafe in Silverlake- LOVE
Maro's at Fred Segal- not great, close to work, annoying crownd
Petrosian- not for caviar, good lunch spot, always quiet and private and fancy
Paru's- vegetarian indian fun with friends
Four Seasons Hotel- I go a couple times a week, they will make anything you want
Pacific Dining Car (great breakfast for after drinking)
Brite Spot- not so clean late-night diner in echo park
Boule- love sweets, very chic
Prana on Melrose place- its another place to go when I get sick of my other lunch spots
Kate Mantelini's- been going forever
Malibu Kitchen (very rude but yummy none the less)
Al Gelato on Robertson- SO GOOD and SO COMFORTING- they only take cash
a Votre Sante- skinny and satisfying
Cora's in Santa Monica
samosa house/bharat bazaar (at least twice a week)
ayara thai cuisine
big wok (mongolian barbeque in manhattan beach)
dinah's family restaurant for their german pancakes, baked apple pancake, and chile relleno omlette
I love that when it comes down to it, most of us dont eat "regularly" at the places we discuss most often.
You can tell where I live from where I eat:
Real Food Daily
The Courtyard (though not in a while)
and lately a lot of Yabu, Ajisai and Absolutely Phobulous. I try to mix up the sushi places.
Was also a regular at M Cafe de Chaya when I worked in the Valley, so it was on my way home, and 26 Beach Cafe when my boyfriend lived over near the marina/ venice area.
The French Quarter, Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood
Hirozen, Beverly Blvd., L. A.
CBS Seafood, N. Spring St., Chinatown, L. A.
Natalee Thai, S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Talesai, Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills
Langer's Deli, Alvarado St., L. A.
Houston's, Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Surya India, 3rd St., L. A.
Marix Tex Mex Cafe, Flores St., W. Hollywood
Delphi Greek Cuisine, Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Tayor's Steak House, 8th St., Koreatown
In December, I was eating a lot at:
Sizzler-- salad bar
Souplantation-- salad bar
Since the New Year, I have been eating a lot at:
This last week, I have been fixated on Mediterranean food. Have gone to Pita Pita, Zancou and Mediterranean Cafe, in a few days time.
Common denominator? $10 or less. Fresh. Close to home. :)
I live in Rowland Heights so I visit these regularly...
- Little Tokyo Shabu (located in Diamond Plaza), highly recommended!
- Fu Rai Bo
- Curry House
- Capital Seafood (for dim sum)
...and I work in El Segundo...
- Asia House (really a Thai restaurant) is located at the corner of El Segundo and Sepulveda.
- Islands for happy hour.
- McCormick and Schmick's for happy hour.
- Chart House for molten lava cake.
I eat lunch out alot and work in Azusa so my mainstays are:
Youngs Gourmet in Duarte - Good chinese, I especially love their Chicken noodle soup with Ramen.
Golden Spur in Glendora for their french onion soup.
Canyon City BBQ - everything is good here
For dinner I go to Mako Sushi about once a week, the one in Arcadia.
on the westside-
Damon & Pythias
Sandbags (because they deliver)
Cicero's (again, they deliver, but I think the BBQ chicken sand is good, and gooey)
Poquito Mas (close to once/week, on the way home for lazy nights)
Whole Foods (in Westwood) prepared foods
And the truck that pulls up outside my office since it's the only thing within walking distance
tawanna thai / tuk tuk thai: i usually end up eating tawanna when it's 8pm and i'm still at the office and i end up eating tuk tuk when it's 8pm and i've just gotten home.
fabrocini's: i've been in the valley a lot lately. i like their pizza bianco and their pesto gnocchi.
melody's: melody's has been a weekly ritual for me for quiet some time. i love their salpicon tostadas in the summer, their chicken hard tacos. recently i've gravitated towards their bean & cheese burritos, which are pure, mushy comfort.
i guess those are my top 3 frequented spots. there are other places too: mulberry street pizzeria, india sweets & spices (i think that's the name...on pico by fairfax) because it's across the street, father's office, doughboys, breadbar and magic carpet
The Third Stop - probably the most often. It's a regular Sunday night destination.
Natalee Thai - when we lived in its delivery range, we ordered about once a week.
Le Petit Bistro - another Sunday night staple
Ulysses Voyage in the Farmer's Market - reliably good, pleasant patio, less chaotic than eating in the market itself.
BLD -- seems to be becoming a regular for weekend brunch - it's in walking distance and the menu has a lot of variety.
We eat out relatively seldom - relative, that is, to lots of folks on this board - so anyplace we've been to more than twice in a year would qualify, including some (as the PO noted) that aren't even on most people's Favorite Food lists, but are simply pleasant places for a bunch of people to hang out. These would be, near as I can recall:
Kuala Lumpur (now a fond memory)
Twohey's (dessert, mostly)
888 (dim sum)
Chung King (San Gabriel)
Pho 79 (San Gabriel)
Wild Hare (going, going...)
Generally the repeats are the local restaurants that are decent. After driving 3 hours a day the last thing we really want to do is to drive out more for food, unless it's a destination restaurant, combined with a shopping trip.
So it's heavy on asian:
Sam Woo BBQ
Korean BBQ/tofu joint in Jubei Plaza (don't remember name)
Vietnamess noodle place inside Hong Kong Supermarket Plaza
101 Noodle Express
IHOP (breakfast - kid)
CPK (kid again)
Red Brick Pizza (kid)
Westside-centric - almost a necessity for westsiders I guess when the topic is spots to eat at regularly. In a typical month, I will have eaten at each of these places at least once:
*Thai Boom - once a week for the 6 weeks, although half the time is takeout/delivery. The best Thai I have found on the westside. I love this place - and it beats the trip to NoHo for Sri Siam or Krua Thai.
*Kiriko - my local sushi place and also my favorite, so that works out well for me.
*Tacomiendo - the one in the quirky location of Gateway and Pico. This is both a convenience pick and a quality pick. There are not many decent low-key tacquerias in West LA; this is the best I have found in my hood.
*Annapurna - in Culver City. Very good - but not always excellent - southern Indian food. This place is sometimes my saviour and sometimes my nemesis. The latter is when I feel like having a full, heavy northern Indian meal and I find the options so lackluster on the Westside that I end up eating another dosa at Annapurna - very good, but not exactly what I was jonesing for, y'know?
*Place Yuu or Furaibo - across the street from each other on Sawtelle. Not that these places are really interchangeable, but I eat at either places sort of randomly, taking the wait at Furaibo into account.
*Bay Cities - sandwich for lunch at least once a week.
We often find ourselves at Fratelli's in Glendale. Its that little bit of Italian comfort food that helps you get through a crazy week. Its family run, the soups are homemade and they use the freshest ingredients and best brands of italian cheeses, etc to perfectly bring everything together.
888 seafood - dim sum
opus - tasting menu
full house (arcadia) - dim sum
banh mi che cali - banh mi
new japan - quick japanese food
soot bul gui rim - koran bbq
don felix - al pastor tacos
rutt's hawaiian - royale or loco moco
midori (sherman oaks) - ayce sushi
big tomy's - after party "sober me up" chili burger
wat thai temple - low budget thai
sasabune - sushi
Chateau Marmont, on the patio, weekly for business because it's private, quiet and the food and service are very good.
Opus, because it's my boss favorite place and he drags me there often. I do love the food, and the service is always top notch as well. Plus I find the chef innovative and incredibly passionate about his food.
Z's sushi in Alhambra, because my family and I have been going there for several years now, and we love the sushi and the people. Definitely a place where everybody knows your name (at least for us).
Europane in Pasadena for crossaints and their egg salad - because it's fabu and it's very close to my house.
Weiland's Brewery in downtown LA because it's convenient (close to my office) and decent.
Blair's because I can always count on it to be great every single time.
Niko Niko sushi on Vermont in Los Feliz, because, when I'm in the mood for a phat roll with crazy fillings, it's the place. Cheap, too.
Briganti, because it's one of the best Italian restos I've tried and it's close to my house and the waiters are hot and friendly.
Cafe Beaujolais, because it's one of the best French bistros I've tried, and the waiters are hot and friendly.
Almost embarassed to admit that mostly I eat at local places because of convenience. Not always because its the best. In making the list I realized all the places are also the closest!!!
So here goes:
Thai in LA
Hard Times Pizza
Ipsedixit - wish my list was as all-encompassing or as ambitious!!!!
This has been enlightening - maybe I'm in a rut!
Am I mising something, or are all Campos NOT the same? It seems that there's one mini-"chain" that has a set menu, then there are some other Campos restaurants that have a different menu altogether....
For example, the one on Venice near Motor in Culver City has a different menu than the one on Jefferson (in the shopping center near Ross and Target)
Anybody know what I'm talking about?
I don't recall all the menus, but you may be right. One of the campos gave me a ground chicken taco, or maybe it was just ground mystery meat, and the shell tasted a little stale. The one in the Target plaza serves good shredded chicken in fresh shells.
Also, the prices on the board at the target one are lower than the prices on their printed menus. And they have more and different items on the board, plus those special combos, that don't appear on the menu. Maybe there's one set of printed menus for all the Campos, but each of them diverge from it.
I'm not really sure, but the entire name of the Campos I like is Campos Famous Burritos. There are a few of those including the original at 20th & Pico. There used to be a branch on Little Santa Monica at Sepulveda in the same center as the Koo Koo Roo, and the restaurant on Venice near Motor is part of that chain also (pretty sure). I think there may also be a mini-chain called Campos Tacos which is different.
All the Campo's are owned by various members of the same family. I've been going to them since there was only the one by SMC. The various branches do have variations in what they offer and how certain things are prepared.
Generally I like the one at Motor and Venice. At times the one near TArget seems to do a better job on the food and it's a little easier for me to get to from my corner of CC but they got the order wrong more often and are just too slow.
Sea Harbour (Temple City)
Won Won Kitchen
Dai Ho Kitchen
Mei Long Village
Cafeteria at the Gas Tower Building (downtown)
Pacific Dining Car (downtown)
Fosselman's Ice Cream
Costco for hot dogs ... does that count?
... apparently I eat out alot, or maybe I just eat alot.
re: mc michael
this topic is great and everything, but I have to tell you that I could NOT stop laughing at the I'm available for adoption response - I am LOL right now as I type. And once the outburst subsided after several solid minutes, I scrolled down and read some of the other responses and then remembered this response and again burst into laughter, closing the window in hopes that none of my neighbors thinks I'm nuts. Thanks for making my day.
I thought it was interesting in the thread "Where are you eating this weekend" that so few of the spots named were the typical Chowhound destination spots -- there were a few, but lots of "it's in the neighborhood" or "our friends like it" type of spots.
Anyway, because I have a blog, I don't repeat that often.
But when I do, it's usually
-Nadpob or Mae Ploy for Thai
-Haru Ulala because it's comfy and tasty
-Square One for an indulgent breakfast
- Zankou Chicken because my kids like it (although I've practically reached saturation point)
-the taco truck on Alvarado.
My son usually insists on going to Siete Mares for tacos on Saturday after his karate class. I used to go to Malo a lot but somehow I am craving margaritas less frequently lately, now I'm on a beer kick.
Places I would like to be a regular at, but I would end up spending too much money:
M Cafe de Chaya