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May 31, 2007 11:51 AM

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!!!

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  1. 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!

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I think you're thinking of Natalee Thai which is in the mini-mall on olympic & robertson across the street from the fancy gas station.

      I also rec the 3rd stop.

      1. re: esculent

        Definitely not Natalee. It is indeed Naraya, here's the thread I was thinking of.

        1. re: Chowpatty

          oh thank goodness. i'm looking for another thai restaurant (i live in the area) and was hoping it wasn't Natalee

    2. 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.

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      1. re: LisaStitch

        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...

      2. You should try Michele Richards on Robertson and 3rd. Its a little french cafe that has the best nepolian and fruit tarts.

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        1. re: jamiepinkpanda

          They've got GREAT butter croissants too!

        2. 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:

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          1. re: DanaB

            To add:
            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!)

          2. Just around the corner from you on 3rd Street is Orso. One of the nicest patio's in Los Angeles and the food is good as long as you keep it simple.


            Note to Lisa: sorry I didn't notice that you had already rec'd Orso