Robertson/Burton Way- Favorite Restaurants?
My boyfriend is moving into this area (right off of Burton Way, around Robertson). Are there any good restaurants/bars around there? Casual, formal, anything that is good! I would appreciate any insight, I am totally unfamiliar with this area! Thank you so much!!!
3rd Stop for great beer selection, decent pizza and other fare to sop up the beer.
Bread Bar for amazing bread and pastries, also serving breakfast, sandwiches, salads.
Newsroom Cafe for lots of healthyish tasty fare.
I can't remember the name of the kind of upscale Thai place -- is it Naraya? -- on Robertson near Olympic, but I've heard good things.
Of course, all the choices of Third St. and Beverly are just a few blocks away -- too many to list!
Here are good spots that I like, I'll capitalize my favorites:
In the higher price range are:
THE IVY (I love it, but it gets mixed reviews)
IL CIELO (Italian, very romantic)
LOCANDA VENETA (Italian)
Orso (Italian, somewhat romantic - nice courtyard)
Chaya (fusion, I guess?)
Less pricey is Barefoot, and, moving east on 3rd Street, CYNTHIA'S, Doughboys, and TOAST.
Then there are a number of great places on La Cienega. I love VITO'S PIZZA (pretty cheap too) and THE BELMONT is a great spot for dining and drinking - gets really busy at night. There's also Area, the hot club of the moment, and therefore very hard to get into, but if you can, it's a great space with great DJs.
The Beverly Center is also good for a host of chain places - I really like CHIPOTLE burritos and Grand Lux (part of Cheesecake Factory).
Also, there is a farmer's market on Sundays on Melrose Place at Orlando (just east of La Cienega). It's a small market, but they have a vendor I really like for thick Greek pita bread (10 for $2), falafel, hummus, and tzatziki.
Oh - and El Carmen on 3rd Street is also a great bar, and they have great tacos.
Second Il Cielo and Cynthia's (cobbler!!!!), Tagine, Michele Richards, Doughboys, and Toast.
Also Little Door, Little Next Door (yummy brunch), The Abbey for a casual, spirited brunch/lunch/pastry, La Provence, Eat Well for healthy fare, not too far from Bin 8945, Il Buco, so close to the Four Seasons for Sunday Brunch!, The Lodge, Le Cafe Flore, mixed opinions but I like Xi'an for americanized healthier chinese (esp the power rice and kung pao), Quality, O4U on Beverly is good for cheap Mediterranean, esp hummus and baba, not too far really from Grace or Hatfields...
In that area, I would recommend El Carmen as a good bar (great selection of tequila) with tasty bar snacks -- they have a limited menu of tacos and guacamole and chips/salsa, all of which are quite good.
I would also recommend Tagine, on Robertson near Wilshire, for Moroccan. The times I've been there, they've had excellent service and a really interesting tasting menu -- the food is gourmet/moroccan. Here's a link to their webpage:
Angelino on 3rd & Robertson is a wonderful & cozy Italian spot.
Sushi Mon has good sushi (It's on 3rd, closer to La Cienega), and for cheap Sushi that hits the spot, there's Sushi Mac (still on 3rd, just east of La Cienega--keep in mind, there is limited, bar-stool seating, and mini-mall atmosphere, but tasty food for a great deal--$2.75 a roll!)
I used to work on Robertson just north of 3rd Street. I would always have my lunch at Cuvee on Roberson just North of 3rd Street. It's part coffee bar, part deli, and part gourmet food/wine store. They have two counters. One for coffee and pastries and the other for food. Nice, casual, quality food. They usually have a pasta, fish, and soup special daily along with their permanent menu. Order food and a glass of wine at the counter and sit out on the front patio. Sip the wine as they bring you a fresh bread basket all the while laughing at all the Paris Hilton-wannabes from the OC strolling by.
I second Michel Richard on Robertson near 3rd -- still has excellent pastries. Also recommend for lunch -- french onion soup, quiche, etc.
Le Pain Quotidien is practically next door and does great little breakfasts. Bread, soft-boiled eggs and good coffee in bowls.
Le Petit Jardin on Robertson near Pico is a nice little French place where I've had an excellent hamburger. Their specialty is roast chicken which I haven't tried yet but is supposed to be one of the best in the city. And it's BYOB.
try FAT FISH, on robertson and melrose, one of my favorite spots. they have great sushi and creative pan asian cuisine, as well as a creative bar menu. go there for happy hour (5-7) when all the drinks (including fresh fruit juice martinis) and appetizers are half off. you can make a dinner of it.
another favorite happy hour (or any hour) spot is NIC'S MARTINI LOUNGE on canon and little santa monica. they have a huge martini list, a vodka tasting bar and great apps. the herb seasoned fries are to die for.
another place i recently discovered just around the corner on melrose is DOUG ARANGOS. more a restaurant than a bar, they're family-owned, very friendly, and have great atmosphere. monday night is burger night. try their thin crust pizzas on any night.
doughboys and toast on 3rd, east of la cienaga are my faves, and very popular. but there can be long lines at DB, even at 10 pm. their french onion soup is addicting.
For Breakfast try Ed's on Robertson between Beverly and Melrose, closed Sundays. Go east to Fairfax and you have Whole Foods, and for a quick pick up stop at Andres Italian for take out, it's in the court yard. For Thai, go to Tuk Tuk, on Pico just west of Robertson. For chinese go to Hunan Taste, on Olympic and San Vicente.
Don't forget Al Gelato on Robertson south of Wilshire, loved by many (but not all) for its home-cooking style red sauce Italian food and excellent desserts.
Nishimura on Melrose just across from the Pacific Design Center - expensive sushi, but one of the best in the US. Less expensive (but equally good) sushi can also be found at Hirozen on Beverly Blvd. east of the Beverly Center.