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Where to go, where to go with my sis... (westside, Venice, West Hollywood, malibu, SM, SFV)

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I'm cluless where to go this weekend with sis. She likes good food, but isn't a foodie per say. For instance, Mexican "does something to" her stomach. As does indian. As does any cuisine she doesn't like but is afraid to say "I don't like it".

She likes Sushi (as do I) or American, French, etc. She hasn't done Korean. I was thinking O Dea San, for a hwe bap al bap sushi fix.

But I need to save $$$, so cheap is good.

I could even go for AYCE sushi, but feel it should be fun!

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  1. In the Venice area, there is a really nice french restaurant (for lunch, you get a great deal) called Lilly's. It's on Abbot Kinney...a pleasant place to hang out, with great atmosphere. Check out their patio!

    1. I know this is out of the area that you request, but have you considered dim sum in the San Gabriel Valley? I don't know if you or your sister have experienced dim sum, but it might be an opportune time to start. We just spent three days eating our hearts out in Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. The variety is amazing and so are the prices. Quality will vary depending on where you go, but all in all, it will be at least good, if not great. The in your party, the better and cheaper per head as well. At Capital Seafood, 10 adults and six kids ate a total of over 30 plates of various dishes for a total of $100 before tip. As long as you stick with tea and water, your bill will be amazingly low. I would reccomend going with a party of at least four to have a good time. We also ate at Sea Harbour, considered to be one of the better (and in some minds, the best) dim sum houses in the valley. Four adults and three kids ate royally and ordered (I think it was) 24 dishes for a total of just under $90 before tip. This is as expensive as it gets as long as you don't order live seafood.

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        I'm planning to go to GV, but I've promised my husband I'll wait till he's back from being out of town.

      2. Hi... Consider Nook Bistro in West Los Angeles. If sis can't find something to enjoy there, then she might not really like food ;-)

        1. 26 Beach, Reel Inn, Zankou Chicken and Fritto Misto all have good food, but flexible-enough menus for her to eat as simply as she likes.

          I also second Nook. Violet is also a nice, but more expensive option.

          1. Musha in Santa Monica for Japanese pub fare that's very, very reasonable and unreasonably good. Father's Office for hamburgers. Malibu Seafood is cheap and good (bring your own wine, tablecloth and candles). For lunch you can get healthy sandwiches at John's Garden in the country mart on Cross Creek in Malibu and people watch in the little park there. There's also Bay Cities in Santa Monica for sandwiches.

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            1. re: whatsfordinner

              musha sounds interesting.

              I hate FO, I've met Tsang I've heard him speak. he is a self-centered twit who pretends to be a beer expert by reading the laels and passing on mis-information he pulls outta his ass.

              But Musha sunds great. Is there a website?

              1. re: Diana

                Take a look at these photos by Pei (I have passed along her review before and have her permission to do so - thanks Pei!). If you can look at these and not jump in your car and tear down to Musha you are a stronger person than I am.


                1. re: tony michaels

                  I was in my miata with the engine running before I stpped myself. MY GOODNESS!!! All that food for $23 a person!?! Will is be good for just 2?

                  1. re: Diana

                    Too much food -- I don't think so! Just keep eating until you keel over. They're used to that I am sure. ;-D

            2. what about soot bull jeep for korean food? is this her first time here? what kind of vibes does she enjoy?

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              1. re: kinipela

                Soot bull jeep would work, For me, mostly. she would like the meat but have a problem with the smoke. Lovely smoke. She's not as picky as her husband, but she can be finniky.

                She's een in LA as long as me, over 20 years. She's just not into food like me. Odd that I'm the skinny one. it must be the daily 2 hour workouts.

                1. re: kinipela

                  Def Soot Bull and Bay Cities.

                  Gaby's Mediterranean
                  Abbot's Pizza
                  AYCE falafel at Hungry Pocket
                  Sunnin for Lebanese
                  Shamshiri for Persian
                  Blue Marlin for lunch specials
                  Diddy Reese
                  Lin's on Pico
                  Doughboys has large portions for the prices
                  Mongolian BBQ
                  Sushi-Ya (AYCE 25 bucks)
                  Asahi Ramen
                  Gilbert's El Indio (i know it does weird things...)
                  Pho So 1
                  Go to the valley to Carnival on Woodman
                  La Playita

                2. I second 26 Beach and also recommend Bossa Nova. Both of these places have huge menus and all really great food, she will surely find something good.

                  I also think Lilly's is lovely.

                  And there's always the Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax and the Century City Mall food court - both have a LOT of interesting and affordable choices to satisfy both of you. Personally I'm partial to Century City - Sorabol fast Korean food, Harper's Express has very good Italian, and there's a place that has really great rotisserie chicken but I don't know the name... There's a sushi place there too.

                  1. If she's not really an adventuresome eater what about The Ivy or Ivy at the Shore - something easily accessible like that? although Musha has peaked my curiousity.

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                    1. re: truefoodie

                      OH god, no! OVerpriced, mediocre food with stars. She would hate it, and I already do. Thanks for the rec, though.

                      I did ask to save $$$, though.

                    2. Fraiche is lovely, and about the same price range as Violet or Lilly's. Orris is reliably great too.

                      1. Keep in mind, please, that I need places where we can save cash. The Ivy, Orris and Fraiche don't fit!

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                        1. re: Diana

                          Musha is really really great, and extremely reasonably priced. Some portions are larger than others, but the two of you should be able to sample as least 3-4 dishes.