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May 18, 2007 03:25 PM

If you had to pick one neighborhood in LA to live in for best dining options, where would it be?

Los Feliz/Silverlake
Beverly Hills
Sunset Strip
Beverly (Farmer's Market area)
Culver City

I live in Los Feliz and I guess I'm pretty fortunate to live in an area where there's a good mix of cheap casual dining and more fancy sit down places (although, no shi shi places, which is a good thing). Some of my favorite places to eat in my area are Alcove, Fred 62, il capriccio, Palermos (only for pizza), Yuca's, Gingergrass, Blairs, Rustic Inn (for the wings).

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  1. West Hollywood or BH Adj (3rd/Bev area up by Doheny or farther east near Cedars)

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    1. re: Emme

      On an unlimited budget, it's WeHo/BH, no question. Otherwise, it's hard to argue with SGV or just J Town/Arts District.

      1. re: mc michael

        WeHo / B Hills is good from another perspective, it's placed in the middle between going to the westside (Santa Monica / West LA / Venice) and the mid-Wilshire, Silverlake, Los Feliz and even downtown / East LA areas. If it weren't for the summers and the heat and smog away from the beach it would be my choice.

        1. re: tony michaels

          I'm breathing the cool clean air with you... To leave the Westside to eat is a chore in my mind, no matter what it is or how good it is... maybe I'm a sloth in that sense. If I have a reason to visit another part of town, then I can happily include a visit to an eatery. Otherwise, I'll just keep slummin' it west of LaCienega...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            I have a friend on the west side and we got into it about east side, west side eating, and he grew up in Los Feliz. I said okay, what do you consider the east side, to me, La Cienega is the divider. His answer, everything east of Lincoln! Spoken like a true west sider.....LOL

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I know coastal folks who live the life of Samwise Gamjee in Lord of the Rings. Like Sam living in the town of Bag End, they're content with where they are. Crossing Lincoln is like Sam taking that first step with Frodo beyond the fields that he never stepped beyond before. You'd think there were Ringwraithes waiting for them in spooky enclaves of Mar Vista and West LA...

              As good as some of the food is West of Lincoln, you can only go to places like Chaya, Chinois, Jiraffe, Joe's and Josie so many times before the average credit card begins to tire. Throw in one visit to Valentino and you're into credit counseling...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                LOL! This is so true! I hear way too often from Westsiders that there simply is no reason to venture west of Sepulveda. They really are agoraphobic in some sense. Too bad they are missing out on some great restaurants!

              2. re: Burger Boy

                The coastal side of any highway named "1" is generally good, in North America.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Your friend is AWOL - Always West of Lincoln.

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    When driving on Melrose I notice that something happens once I cross La Brea and every few blocks I go West I get deeper and deeper. Many post discuss traffic as a barrier blocking egress and regress from the Westside. Therefore, Perhaps traffic problems is the criteria to draw the borders, and the area West of the 405 may as well be mapped as the first island in the pacific ocean. But I believe “LA is a great big freeway”which makes it a great big chow neighborhood. Therefore, IMO any traffic-locked area cannot have the best LA dining options. I stick with Diamond Bar as having the best options because it has the best freeway access to the entire Los Angeles Area Board.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      I think maybe you're more willing to drive than many of us, JeetJet... there are days when I'm totally down with driving from the 714 to Vito's, and there are days when I settle for mediocre Thai because I can't even hack the drive to Thai Nakorn, which is all of like 10-15 minutes away.

                      I'll give you that Diamond Bar is convenient if you're willing to drive a lot (though I'd still give the crown to somewhere in the SGV or maybe Norwalk) but for those days when you just can't hack the commute, man, Diamond Bar seems like a desert.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        I agree with Norwalk. Norwalk (and Downey) may have the best access to the great big chow neighborhood of LA (the great big Freeway) because using Norwalk as a starting point you can actually drive against traffic in any direction on the 605, 105, 91, and the 5, to have access to food. Also, the 60 and 405 are not far away. Ya, at dinner time Diamond Bar would be traffic-locked and from Norwalk there is a better chance to headout at least in some directions. Good point!

                      2. re: JeetJet

                        Freway access = good restaurants? I missed math class that day. This thread is becoming circular, like all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne...

                        Every town has access. The question is, what happens once you're on it/in it AND is the dining destination worth it. Traffic-locked areas can't or shouldn't be excluded from having a 'best dining option' merely because they're traffic-locked. That line of reason would exclude those areas as an option to people who, 1) don't care, 2) don't have to deal with the traffic issue. As we have seen, many can walk or do an in-town shuttle or some other thing - it's all relative. What I've taken from this thread is that every town/district/city in L.A. county (even ones I would not have considered before i.e. anyplace east of the 60 and 605 fwys), has a gem or two or three - worth, yes, L.A. traffic.

                        Personally, I've been willing to deal with Customs officials to get to a good meal;talk about traffic-locked, but man was it worth it. If traffic is the criteria, I'll be having a less than 'my ideal' dining experience a greater part of the year, relegating dining to 'special occasions.'

                        1. re: martasiete

                          Not sure what you mean about the math thing but I really respect you for your comment about your willing to deal with Customs officials to get to a good meal. That is the crux of it. Whether people are willing to travel for a donut or a pizza or.... I read someplace on Chowhound that for lunch a choundhound will drive to one end of the city for soup and to other end of the city for that special dessert. I have been watching the Boston Board to see if Boston Speeds sets up his hot dog truck again this summer. If he does I just might jump a jet because if he has not already retired this year he will soon and then that chance is gone forever. But the bottom line, IMO, is that LA is a great big freeway and the BEST place for access (not simply access) to the great food of LA/OC is an area that allows you the best Freeway access in each direction and Downey / Norwalk is sounding even better now that I realize it is in the middle of the LAX, John Wayne, and Ontario Airport triangle.

                        2. re: JeetJet

                          I grew up in Diamond Bar and I am tickled that it is getting props on CH!! Having recently been told that I'm not really from L.A. this makes me smile. Thanks for the mention JeetJet and Das Ubergeek!

                      3. re: bulavinaka

                        I agree-- as much as I want to visit Alhambra, I have never been to the area- after oh gosh so many years of being in WLA/Santa Monica- I always want to but never did for 10+ years

                        1. re: miffy

                          Do yourself a favor and make the effort. If you truly enjoy food, it's worth the trip out to SGV at least once in a while. We make it outside of the Westside often, but it's usually for things relating to our kids. We just add on a food place or two to try that's in the general area of our destination - this allows us less guilt about increasing our carbon footprint. As a rule, that's how we set up our eating outings. But once in a while, maybe once every month or two, we head out specifically to eat somewhere outside of the Westside, and it's usually SGV.

                          1. re: miffy

                            Oh man... you should see what you're missing. Go at a time when traffic is lighter (most evenings after 7 PM is better, though not Friday, obviously) and just... drive around Valley Blvd and Garvey Ave. and explore. It's the culinary wonderland bar none of the LA area.

                            1. re: miffy

                              You need to get over your agoraphobia and live a little. Take a drive on the wild side.

                              1. re: mc michael

                                The furthest west I'd go for food is Calabasas. I'll keep my Agoura-phobia, thank you very much. :D

                                Actually, that's not true. Brent's. Char Fasl. Crown and Anchor. Mastro's in a pinch, I suppose.

                                1. re: SauceSupreme

                                  Man, you SINKs know how to live... not that I'd trade places... but it's nice to live vicariously through folks like you...

                    2. My Neighborhood! (Between the farmer's market and the Beverly Center, off third). Places within walking distance include some high end places (AOC, sona, ortolan, hatfields, grace, hirozen), lots of yummy cafes (doughboys, bld, kings road, breadbar), some places that are super popular despite having so-so food (toast, newsroom cafe, cobras & matadors), and the farmers market, of course. There's also yummy ethiopian food right there and some good take out places.

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                      1. re: danikm

                        yes, that area would be tops on my list of places. Not a fan of AOC at all, but love Doughboys, Angelini, and C&M. Also been meaning to try Hatfields.

                        1. re: danikm

                          That's my old neighborhood and I miss it terribly. Luckily now I work nearby so I can still feel like everything is close. Don't forget that Beverly is nearby as well as Melrose. It's close to almost everything.

                          1. re: danikm

                            I love that neighborhood! That's where I would choose to live if food were the only consideration...All those great restaurants, and Whole Foods too!

                          2. I love Silverlake. Blair's, the bar at Edendale, Pho Cafe, Yuca's, Gingergrass...then Alcove, Home & Cliff's Edge for the patios (not as much the food)...

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                            1. re: mojoeater

                              I should add that I work near the Farmer's Market, so have access to that lovely food area duing the weekday.

                              1. re: mojoeater

                                I can't stand Silver Lake for the exact same reasons (although I do like the Alcove's patio)! I feel bad throwing about so much money away at mediocre places.

                                The only places that are good in the area are Saito's and Canele...

                              2. I'm a Koreatown denizen and I think there is a pretty strong argument for K-Town: Korean BBQs, soontofu, noodles, bibimbop; pupuserias, Guelaguetza, Papa Christos...if you include East Hollywood, you get Armenian and Thai.

                                Culver City certainly has a lot going for it as well.


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                                1. re: sku

                                  I think I'm with you sku. Plus, K-town is centrally located, so downtown, West Hollywood, Highland Park, East LA, Mid-Wilshire, Farmer's Market, Beverly/Melrose/3rd, and even the SGV, and BH are all within easy striking distance. Hancock Park works for all of the same reasons.

                                2. West Hollywood. I don't think you can beat its variety (or number) of restaurants. And since it is on the border of Beverly Hills and Hollywood proper, you are very close to many other dining options too.

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                                  1. re: tnilsson

                                    I ditto West Hollywood. I'm happy to say I live in West Hollywood too.

                                    1. re: tnilsson

                                      West Hollywood is good and where I currently live but I still think there is a slight edge to being farther south. My old neighborhood of the Fairfax district was perfect because everything was just a little bit closer. BH/Weho/KoreaTown/Fairfax/Ethiopian/ good shopping for vittles. Only Chinese required effort...