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Diana Aug 15, 2007 06:31 AM

So I suppose they kind of cancel out. I wouldn't mind a health food place...but nothing fried, and really big portions. I love hummus, fish and such.

I wanted to do sushi and hummus, but places that make good hummus don't make good sushi and vice versa.

Also, a really great big baked sweet potato sounds yummy.

I suppose I could get take out and go home, but I will be solo, and kinda want to dine out in a reasonably nice place.

This seems all the result of the concussion I gave myself this weekend on the laundry room stairs. Since then, I have craved every dish I see on food network- but the craving for hummus with fluffy pita and good oil and fresh sushi and a sweet potato is just super powerful.

No, I'm not pregnant.

Where can I go?

SFV, West LA, Westwood, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Pasadena are all OK

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    ebethsdad RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 07:18 AM

    The Cedar House, in Sherman Oaks at Whitsett and Riverside, is a Lebanese restautant with great hummus. For twenty-five dollars they offer a complete platter for two (it feeds all three in my family). You start with fatush, that lovely Lebanese salad featuring sumac. Next up is their vegetarian platter, the afore mentioned hummus, baba ghanoush, falafels (alright there is one deep-fried item) and a lucious tabbouleh. Of course there are the omnipresent pickled turnips, peppers, and olives. After all this the main course arrives; beef kabob, chicken kabob, kefti kabob, kibbeh, and a rather disappointing rice pilaf. Finally, right before you stagger to the door, they give you a complimentary piece of baklava. The overall quality is excellent. It's twenty-five dollars!

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      Diana RE: ebethsdad Aug 15, 2007 07:37 AM

      That may be too much!

      I love Cedar House, and they have some of the best hummus in the Valley!

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      tastycakes RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 07:57 AM

      check out grassroots market in south pasadena, on fair oaks near el centro. it's in the minimall with the vons, pizza hut & baja fresh. huge portions, cheap, and all organic. the staff is a little spacey-hippie, but it's a great bargain for giant burritos & wraps, salads, sandwiches, meze plates, etc.

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        tigercactus RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 10:40 AM

        carnival in sherman oaks? great hummus. don't know how it would be for dining solo.
        la seranata has good fish. Not sure if that meets the large portion criteria though.
        As an aside, when I was pregnant I craved hummus!

        1. Das Ubergeek RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 03:31 PM

          Well... Skaf's Grill in NoHo has fantastic, sublime hummus... and right next door in the same plaza is a place called Masa, which I went to once (it was fine, but I didn't have sushi, so I can't judge). You could probably somehow combine the two...

          1. wilafur RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 03:35 PM

            ethiopian might do the trick!

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              Diana RE: wilafur Aug 16, 2007 07:05 AM

              I love ethiopian, but I have it sooo often. I wanna try to not burn out on it

            2. tatertots RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 03:48 PM

              Not really hummus or sushi, but Bossanova on Pico Blvd. provides large servings. Then there's always Cheesecake Factory or an all-you-can eat buffet options.

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                Diana RE: tatertots Aug 16, 2007 07:06 AM

                umm, cheesecake factory and buffets aren't healthy.

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                nick_r RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 04:00 PM

                I say go Indian or Ethiopian. A good place of either kind will stuff you for days for around $15 a person.

                My suggestions:

                Indian -- Star of India on Melrose
                Ethiopian -- Nyala or any of the other places on Fairfax near Olympic

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                  Mando RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 05:11 PM

                  Hm... Would Native Foods do the trick?

                  I know theres one in Westwood, but i've never been. I like the one in Costa Mesa though. All organic veg/vegan options with the standard healthy hippy healthy stuff(quinoa, tempeh, etc). Not really sure if this will hit the spot for you but it fulfils the healthy kick.

                  http://www.nativefoods.com/

                  There's a menu on there too.

                  If you want pretty good hummus and the like I really like Lebanese Kitchen in Pasadena off Washington. I've never really had anything bad there ( of course to me its one of those places where when i go i never wanna try something new the shishk and falaffel are both really good). Reasonable prices and huge portions.

                  http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...

                  there's that menu

                  1. Emme RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 05:49 PM

                    Not gourmet, but great for value and health, Mongolian BBQ (Mogo's, Westwood, King's)... lots of veggies esp when it's AYCE, and don't add oil... the chefs will add water if you're sauces (soy or chili or whatever non-oil based) aren't enough liquid. You can get one serving of chicken or whatever meat you like, then just load up on veggies and avoid the noodles.

                    Second Carnival. Also Alcazar, Shamshiri, Javan.

                    A variety of ideas...
                    Jack Spratt's Grille
                    Newsroom Cafe
                    Xi'an
                    Qusqo has good portions
                    Asakuma does some good relatively large portioned platters but not my favorite sushi place by any means...
                    Do omakase at Zo
                    Whole Foods salad bars sometimes have baked sweet potatoes

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                      mojoeater RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 06:15 PM

                      This will be the third time I've made this recommendation on CH: Shamshiri in Westwood.

                      Great hummus, huge portions, and healthy if you order right. I like the Persian lamb dish with the orange peel rice. Or the one with dried black cherries.

                      1. DiveFan RE: Diana Aug 15, 2007 06:19 PM

                        Knock yourself out, go to Annapurna and have the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet; south Indian, totally vegetarian.

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                        10200 Venice Blvd Ste 101, Culver City, CA 90232

                        1. westsidegal RE: Diana Aug 16, 2007 01:24 PM

                          for the hummus, i like shamshiri grill on westwood blvd.
                          everything served at shamshiri, healthful and not healthful, is served in huge portions.

                          for other types of healthy food with big portions, head to the spot in hermosa beach on 2nd around the corner from the boardwalk

                          1. ipsedixit RE: Diana Aug 16, 2007 02:55 PM

                            Souplantation.

                            Sushi: Midori for AYCE.

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                              Diana RE: ipsedixit Aug 16, 2007 06:35 PM

                              I am such a fan of midori...Pretty good sushi for the AYCE bargain

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