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yparky Jul 1, 2007 08:23 PM

We're Chowhounds in town for a few days. Any "must-go-tos" in the area? If not, what are the bests of the picks?

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    Hapafish Jul 1, 2007 08:30 PM

    La Cachette tucked away on little Santa Monica Blvd. Little pricey but well worth it! no corkage on Sundays!

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      umeakai Jul 1, 2007 08:57 PM

      Shamshiri Grill on Westwood Blvd, a few blocks south of Wilshire.

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        mojoeater Jul 1, 2007 09:00 PM

        2nd vote for Shamshiri - excellent Persian food at a great price!

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          katkoupai Jul 1, 2007 09:02 PM

          3rd vote for Shamshiri. :)

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            fdb Jul 2, 2007 12:04 AM

            For Persian, I like Sharzhad better than Shamshiri...they make fresh pita breads in a clay oven

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              katkoupai Jul 7, 2007 10:42 PM

              I checked out Shahrzad with my family today. We all enjoyed the food very much. I ordered the ash-e-reshteh, and it was almost as good as homemade. I had to add salt, though. :)

              The fresh bread from the tanoor was very good.

              Shahrzad Restaurant
              1422 Westwood Boulevard.
              Los Angeles, CA 90024
              (310) 470-3242

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                fdb Jul 9, 2007 08:21 PM

                Glad you like Shahrzad! IMHO Shamshiri is pretty good, too, but who can resist the freshly baked bread?

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                  katkoupai Jul 9, 2007 08:37 PM

                  Thanks. :) The bread at Shahrzad is quite a treat.

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              westsidegal Jul 9, 2007 10:12 PM

              4th vote for shamshiri.

        2. Emme Jul 1, 2007 09:45 PM

          How much you want to spend? Do you have a car?

          If you have the $$$$, Urasawa is a must.

          For an awesome chocolate croissant, Amandine on Wilshire is a must.

          In addition to Shamshiri, Sunnin for Lebanese.

          In Westwood proper, I do really like Elysee for sweets and an outstanding cappuccino.

          Head over to Sawtelle: Furaibo, Sawtelle Kitchen, 2117, blue marlin, Orris

          Ambala Dhaba or Bombay Cafe for Indian, or even Nawab of India

          Cafe Brazil

          Josie, Jiraffe, and Melisse are all nearby-ish

          Must in LA is perhaps Mexican and/or Thai, in which case, I'd recommend closest to you in Hollywood Jitlada Thai and for Mexican, El Parian or Tacos Por Favor.

          For burgers, you've got choices between In'n'Out [an LA *thing*], Apple Pan (and great apple or banana pie), Father's Office, and the Counter...

          Oh, and you're in Westwood, so you will no doubt swing by Diddy Reese at some point for *a buck fiddy* ice cream sandwich

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            miffy Jul 1, 2007 10:04 PM

            Amandine, so cute - Wilshire and Barrington?
            Orris- Sawtelle and Missouri?
            Diddy Reese - ice cream sandwitch
            Terried Sake House- SM blvd/Federal

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              Servorg Aug 14, 2007 09:36 AM

              Amandine is great. Actually a block and half west of Bundy on the north side of Wilshire. They have a small lot in the back.

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              JeetJet Jul 1, 2007 10:41 PM

              When I think of L.A. I think of donuts, burgers and Chinese Chicken Salad. So here are maybe the best of the must try places in L.A. and they are right near you. I included some other must try places also.

              L.A. is a donut town. Some say this place is tops for buttermilk and they are good. IMO the glazed donut is something very special
              Primo's Westdale Doughnuts
              2918 Sawtelle Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90064
              (310) 478-6930

              The best bagels in L.A. – Nuff sed.
              Bueller's Bagels
              10840 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
              (310) 474-6064
              on the south/east corner at Olympic and Westwood Blvd.

              I agree with miffy -- Breakfast and lunch – soup, quiche, omelets, sandwiches, salads, and the best part -- a really good bakery!
              Amandine Patissiere
              12225 Wilshire Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90025
              (310) 979-3211
              Cross Street, Amherst Avenue

              A Burger that some say is the Best in L.A. I like it but what makes me go is the cool old style road house ambiance. If you go at the rush hours of lunch or dinner time you will stand and wait for a stool at the counter.
              Apple Pan
              10801 West Pico Boulevard,
              Los Angeles, California;
              310-475-3585

              L.A. is the home of the Chinese Chicken Salad and you really should try one, or two, or else you really have not been to L.A.

              IMO, the best Chinese Chicken Salad anyplace. Also very good fresh fruit salad and chicken
              California Chicken Café
              2005 Westwood Boulevard
              (between Olympic and Santa Monica)
              Los Angeles, CA 90025
              Telephone: (310) 446-1933
              Hours:
              Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
              Saturday: Noon to 10:00 p.m.Sunday: Closed
              http://www.californiachickencafe.com/

              IMO the second best Chinese Chicken Salad on Westwood Blvd. But the Best, and a must try, Vegetable Spring rolls
              Feast from the East
              1949 Westwood Blvd.
              Los Angeles, CA 90025
              (310) 475-0400
              Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm (Closed Sun
              )http://www.feasteast.com/

              Emme above mentioned El Parian for Mexican food. This is not near Westwood but if you have no idea what true asada is then you must take the drive, park and walk inside for these large asada tacos. This place appears closed from the street because of the steel bars on the windows but try the door. There is a little parking in back and a back door that is open also. Call for the hours and go for lunch.
              El Parian Restaurant (Carne Asada Tacos).
              1528 W. Pico Blvd.
              Los Angeles
              (213) 386-7361

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                Jwsel Jul 2, 2007 07:02 AM

                With respect to donuts, how can you not mention Stan's in the Village for the chocolate-peanut butter donut?

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                  JeetJet Jul 9, 2007 09:33 PM

                  Duh-uh... OMG the Jelly filled...

                  Stan’s Donuts
                  Westwood Village, California
                  10948 Weyburn Avenue
                  (310) 208-8660
                  http://www.stansdoughnuts.com/

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                    jessisthebest11 Aug 14, 2007 10:47 AM

                    Don't forget the banana chocolate pocket donut. MMmmmm donuts

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                fdb Jul 2, 2007 12:14 AM

                Il Moro on Tuesday night...$25 wine tasting w/ free appetizer buffet...

                1. gaylenwaydelich Jul 7, 2007 11:01 PM

                  I like Sole on Westwood Bl. If you are in on Wedensday, make reservations for AYCE moules. Nice little French bistro. Friendly and great service.

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                    JBC Jul 8, 2007 07:54 AM

                    I believe you have a slight typo and meant to write "Soleil"...

                    http://www.soleilwestwood.com

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                    bromion Jul 9, 2007 09:13 PM

                    Two favorites in Brentwood, which is near Westwood: Takao for Sushi and Clay Pit for Indian.

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                      miffy Aug 13, 2007 08:59 PM

                      Jeetjet-thanks for the honorable mention of me-
                      if you do go that close to Sawtelle- there is a gorgeous photo of Hide Sushi on flicker, and the fish looks SO fresh and plump-
                      you may also want to try Uni Spagetti at Blue Marlin

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                        ozhead Aug 14, 2007 08:27 AM

                        Monte Alban in West LA -- Santa Monica Blvd. between Barrington and Bundy. Great Oaxacan food.

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