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splittle Sep 11, 2007 01:33 PM

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.

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    willownt Sep 25, 2007 12:53 PM

    Belwood Bakery, in the same mini-mall as the Brent-Air Pharmacy (on the corner), has very nice pastries and good sandwiches, at reasonable prices. I adore the pastry with apricots. Parking is a nightmare.

    11625 Barrington Ct
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 471-6855

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      Jaybay Sep 25, 2007 10:57 AM

      Divino
      11714 Barrington Ct
      Brentwood, CA 90049

      cozy italian food.. i love it!

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        epop Sep 25, 2007 11:14 PM

        cozy? i stormed out of there after being cheated and being treated poorly by the staff. and i'm not one to complain about service (about food, yes).

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          Jaybay Sep 25, 2007 11:53 PM

          geez, i am so sorry that happened to you, gosh.. i had such a completely different experience there. I got kisses on both cheeks.

          They do have a nice homemade ravioli, but that doesn't make up for the fact that you were cheated and beat up by the staff.

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            epop Sep 26, 2007 10:42 AM

            yes it was very IRS. my sister also enjoyed the place on her visit but
            i can't imagine why, based on my experience. she doesn't know food as well as i do though.

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            whatsfordinner Sep 26, 2007 09:35 AM

            I rarely have complaints about rude waitstaff, but most arise from Divino's. The Brentwood moms seem to love it there, but I think the food is just okay.

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          epop Sep 25, 2007 09:44 AM

          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.

          kiriko=great.
          VIP suggestion a good one. Whole Foods fine for a salad lunch but nothing to praise.

          monte alban is worthy. jiraffe? time to explore...

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          1. re: epop
            hyacinthgirl Sep 25, 2007 04:57 PM

            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!

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            Bite Me Sep 25, 2007 12:15 AM

            I "second" all the suggestions that you have received here and add Dante's on Wilshire, just a couple of doors west of Westgate, north side of the street. Also, i think it's called Vito's pizza on the south side of the street.

            1. hrhboo Sep 24, 2007 02:37 PM

              I like VIP Harbor in the strip mall at the intersection of Wilshire and Barrington.

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                goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 05:40 PM

                i've been wondering about that place, i pass it all the time.

                what do you usually order/recommend there?

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                  hrhboo Sep 24, 2007 06:17 PM

                  Confession: I get dim sum there because I never make it to the SGV and it's MUCH better than a lot of places in Chinatown! For dinner, they have very good lobster and crab specials.

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                    goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 08:45 PM

                    i promise i won't tell :)

                    i can't do dim sum because of the gluen issue :( but 'll definitely check out the specials for dinner sometime. thanks for the tip!

              2. wilafur Sep 24, 2007 02:29 PM

                - vincenti for delicious mid/high brow italian
                - palmeri for power lunches (i have never dined here for dinner)

                1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 10:13 AM

                  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

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                    nick_r Sep 24, 2007 10:24 AM

                    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.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 01:52 PM

                      they still do some nice 'regular' food, though. great salmon, salads, omelettes...

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                      Emme Sep 24, 2007 11:50 PM

                      second the rec for a votre sante. love the place. whole foods too.

                      amandine is a great bakery on wilshire.

                      snug harbor as well as bread and porridge for breakfasts

                      chocolatt on wilshire just east of bundy (okay this is just an indulgence :-)

                    3. mollyomormon Sep 11, 2007 06:45 PM

                      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.

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                        ozhead Sep 12, 2007 08:59 AM

                        Enthusiastically second Monte Alban; try the barbacoa, which is truly an amazing dish. And in the same corner strip mall -- Santa Monica Blvd., between Barrington and Bundy -- try the taco place, which is also excellent and inexpensive.

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                          SauceSupreme Sep 24, 2007 10:21 AM

                          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.

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                          Kiriko
                          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                          Ramenya
                          11555 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                            goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 01:55 PM

                            ooh, how could i forget? speaking of sushi, gotta try nagao at 26th & san vicente. great fish, terrific salads, and not too pricey.

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                            Nagao
                            13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                          whatsfordinner Sep 11, 2007 04:00 PM

                          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

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                            dinami Sep 11, 2007 03:42 PM

                            I like Literati Cafe (Bundy/Wilshire). http://www.literaticafe.com/

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                              JBC Sep 11, 2007 02:30 PM

                              The Fish Grill has a location on Wilshire, between Barrington & Bundy (about a block east of Bundy?):
                              http://www.fishgrill.com/Location.html

                              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
                              (310) 442-7188

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                                glutton Sep 11, 2007 04:55 PM

                                I second the rec for Pizzicotto -- the owner/hostess is very warm and gracious and I think that permeates the entire restaurant. A real nice neighborhood Italian place.

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                                  ElJeffe Sep 24, 2007 06:00 PM

                                  Agree with Pizzicotto. Don't eat out for Italian much, but this is a good one. Any more info on Fish Grill? Looking for seafood places to supplement Malibu Seafood.

                                  1. re: ElJeffe
                                    goodhealthgourmet Sep 24, 2007 08:49 PM

                                    it gets decent reviews on 'yelp.' i know they're not hounds, but it's a start, right? :)

                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/-2AdXfCXYjLBuyFc0KFFXA

                                    fyi, all their locations are kosher so they don't serve shellfish.

                                    http://www.fishgrill.com/Menu.html

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                                    oljuno320 Sep 25, 2007 04:40 PM

                                    Saketini has some great lunch specials under $10 bucks...

                                    and open 7 days a week...

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