Hole-in-the-wall French place?
Is there such a thing in LA?
When we folks here talk about hole-in-the-wall finds or discoveries, they're usually ethnic dives of Asian (e.g. Chinese, Korean, SE Asian), Mexican or Central American persuasion.
Or they even might be the good ol' American hole-in-the-wall joint. Like that (formerly) undiscovered hot dog stand, or a BBQ shack serving their secret sauce on the tri-tip sandwiches.
But, is there a FRENCH hole-in-the-wall joint out there? A sort of hidden, no-frills nook that offers up well-made French onion soup or a properly prepared salad niçoise served with a nice crusty bread.
I'm not sure if you'd call La Vie hole-in-the-wall but it's tucked in a strip mall with no ambience, but the food is solid traditional, and the price is excellent--less than $20, salad & soup included. If you're craving French onion soup, escargot in garlic butter, duck l'orangerie, chocolate souffle...La Vie is the place!
2547 San Gabriel Blvd
Phone: (626) 571-1180
1. Le Chef in South Gate, off Firestone Blvd in the El Paseo shopping center. Go for lunch: Beef Bourginone for under $10.00
2. Frenchy's Bistro in Long Beach on Anaheim Blvd. More formal than Le Chef, I don't know if it actually qualifies as a hole in the wall, but, they do everything very well.
I ate at a place a couple of years ago on Garfield Ave. in Monterey Park. It was maybe a half mile north of Shaka's on the West side of the street. I don't remember the name of the place, but it is fairly small. IIRC, a 3 course meal was ~$20, and was surprisingly good.
123 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90292-5153 (Venice)
Tel: (310) 822-5379
As hole-in-the-wall as it gets.
Treat you like dirt.
Get their escargots, steak frites, carré d'agneau.
With a glass of rosé de Provence, bien sure!
Place systematically ignored by this board, which probably means it's good!
I don't know if Le Marmiton on Montana counts as "hole-in-the-wall," but it certainly is a tiny place with a cute little sidewalk patio service...
Solar de Cahuenga is kind of easy to miss at Cahuenga and Franklin, but really good IMO.
I like Cafe Marly, but again not necessarily hole in a wall...