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Where to eat in Atwater Village?

I grew up in Atwater back in the 60's; needless to say, it's changed a LOT!
Now, I ususally drive through at about 40mph on my way to Costco, or to the Tam
Are there any little restaurants that I should look into?


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  1. Check out Indochine Vien. It's more expensive than the average pho place, but it's pretty good.


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    1. re: katkoupai

      And of course Canele, which is little, although not cheap. But it's a nice little bistro-type place with some very nice dishes.
      Many on the board seem to be fans of Tacos Villa Corona, but I found it to be awfully greasy.
      I have not heard good things on the Cuban place near Canele. Coffee at Kaldi is pretty good.
      On Los Feliz, I like having a super-cheap Indian vegetarian meal at India's Sweets and Spices.

    2. Canele, pronounced "can eh lay", in the former Osteria Nonni space, has been the talk of the hood for the past 3-4 months, per one of many posts on the subject.

      Definitely worth your trying and judging for yourself.

      1. Go to Vinces Market and get their classic Ham & Cheese, we would get them in the 70's fo .50 and now they are a dollar, they have some other good sandwiches. P.S. owned by a Marshall High graduate, class of 78.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          Vince’s Market! I used to get sandwiches there a long, long, long, time ago. I recently had a deli sandwich craving and since than have been trying to remember the name of this place and wondered if it still existed… Thanks!
          El Buen Gusto’s location on Glendale Blvd. (there is another on Fletcher that I have not been to) is good for Salvadorian pupusa’s.
          I really like Tacos Villa Corona, but yes very greasy.
          Looking forward to new Soy Café opening on Glendale Blvd. for healthier food option…

        2. Count me as one of the fans of Tacos Villa Corona. Delish, and the people who work there are really friendly. I'm not a fan of Canele, but I might give it a 2nd try just to make sure I am not missing out. I was not a big fan of Kaldi coffee, but I had a cappuccino, not regular coffee, and am a harsher judge than most.


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          1. re: meganinlosfeliz

            Go figure b/c I LOVE Canale and have had repeated bad experiences with Tacos Villa Corona- watery, not spicy when requested spicy, uncooked spinach- think it depends on who is making it.

          2. My favorite restaurant ever is right on Los Feliz Blvd in Atwater - Asia. This place is awesome Cal-Asian style. Pricey but well worth it. Of course, like most places in Atwater, just because it's pricey doesn't mean you have to dress the part. Casual attire is ok.

            1. Asia is very good (http://www.asialosfeliz.com) even if a little pricey. And India Sweets and Spices has great food at rock bottom prices: http://www.indiasweetsandspices.org

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              1. re: mojoeater

                India Sweets & Spices can be hit-or-miss, I've found, but I did have something truly terrific the last time I was there -- I think it was "Tikka Chana": a little cardboard boat filled with crispy fried balls of something falafelesque, plus chickpeas, yogurt and a couple other sauces. Much better than everything they have in the steam trays, and about two bucks.

                Their menu is here: http://www.indiasweetsandspices.org

              2. The Fajitas at Acapulco are amazing. My S.O. really likes the Tacos al Carbon.

                IMPORTANT! The other locations in the chain that we have tried, suck.

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                1. re: Wes

                  Yeah, it's a chain and all but I have to say, when I had two small kids and had to find somewhere to meet another parent, their kids menu and margaritas saved my life.

                  1. re: Chowpatty

                    As for chains, I really dislike Acapulco but am always looking for places to get fajitas in the hood -- is the Atwater one really better than the other chains?