New to the Brentwood Area
I just moved to the Brentwood area (Barrington and Wilshire) and wanted to know of some good restraunts (any type of food is great, im adventurous) in the area. Anything that is quality and doesnt cost you half a months pay check would be appreciated as well.
i worry about much of this advice, splittle. had i gotten it i'd moved out of the area.
pizzicotto only fair italian.
a votre sant: typical food that people (from all over the world, not just the midwest) call health food. it is very bland and doesn't taste like homemade food, which can be the real health food. or meditteranean. in other words i avoid it like the plague.
VIP suggestion a good one. Whole Foods fine for a salad lunch but nothing to praise.
monte alban is worthy. jiraffe? time to explore...
I worry a little too, but my concern is with Coral Tree, everything I've had there has been fair at best.
Pizzicotto is not the single most amazing Italian, but it's a nice value and it is perfectly good.
Vincentis is excellent for upscale Tuscan, but it's pricey.
Monte Alban is great.
Changs is excellent for westside Chinese food
Frankie and Johnnies is a local chain, not bad for delivery pizza if you're lazy like I am.
Susiecakes is a good bakery for your overly sweet desires. It's all Very sugary, but the whoopie pies are pretty much perfect.
Amandine on Wilshire has the best croissants. They also do great french toast and yummy cakes.
Lazy Daisy cafe is a decent breakfast spot that should be practically next door to you.
And... well, I'm blanking on more...
It's a nice 'hood though, welcome!
welcome to the 'hood!
some places that haven't been mentioned yet:
coral tree cafe
a votre sante
bandera [right at your intersection]
barney's gourmet hamburgers
salad bar at our local whole foods market is excellent [as is the s.m. one at wilshire & 23rd]
i've also heard that the new grill service at the s.m. whole foods does a good made-to-order burger
I really liked the food I had at Coral Tree, and it's a nice environment.
A Votre Sante is a good concept, but be warned that the menu is heavily geared towards crunchy macrobiotic types, and the only cheeses they offer are feta and soy. In other words, it's the kind of food that people from the midwest believe is served at every restaurant in L.A.
I'm going to get booed for saying this, but the nachos at Cabo Cantina are great if you can manage to stomach the atmosphere...which I always can for good nachos!
In addition to the places people have mentioned, you're also very close to Monte Alban in West LA for Oaxacan and Echigo for their cheap sushi lunch special.
And if you're talking about sushi lunch specials, I would also recommend finding your way to Sawtelle for Kiriko's lunch omakase.
But for me, when I want cheap eats in that area, I think of Ramenya on Olympic.
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064
11555 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
In the general area there's:
Amandine (pastries and sandwiches, etc) on Wilshire, west of Bundy. Even further west on Wilshire in Santa Monica is Musha (Izakaya).
Orris (Japanese fusion) and Kiriko (sushi) on Sawtelle
Nanbankan (yakitori) and Monte Alban (Oaxacan (sp?) on Santa Monica Blvd.
Apple Pan (burgers) on Pico
The Fish Grill has a location on Wilshire, between Barrington & Bundy (about a block east of Bundy?):
A short car hop to San Vicente Blvd.'s many Italian spots where the best food quality for the $$$'s probably is:
Pizzicotto (small, so call ahead).
11758 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood