Need Westwood recs
I live just north of the intersection of Santa Monica and Westwood Blvds. Give me some recs. All price ranges, all cuisines. Delivery would be great. I'd also really like to find a bar with a good spirits, wine, or beer selection where possibly I could work. Breakfast, croissants, bagels, you name it!
Some places I recommend.
Sunnin. Tasty, dependable Lebanese.
Ramayani. Not totally sold on this Indonesian restaurant, but it's worth a shot because there aren't many Indonesian restaurants in the USA.
Javan. Wow, delicious Persian delivery.
A big sushi restaurant just north of Sunnin and Ramayani on Westwood. Can't remember the name, but the fish quality was high.
Diddy Riese. Insanely delicious!
I live just south of the westwood/santa monica intersection so i'm in the same boat. =) Some of my recs:
1. Il Grano (pretty good Italian in a beautiful space)
2. Sharzhad (Persian right on Westwood and Ohio)
3. Palamino's (stable...you know what your going to get)
4. Tengu (expensive but they have some worthwhile fish)
Someone on the board LOVES the burgers at Phlly West.
I think it's Phllly West.
I"m not the person who loves them ... I've never had them. They're supposed to be great though.
I like the sushi at Hamasaku on Santa Monica near Sepulveda. It's not (to me) one of the omasake type places I read about hear. But they do do really tasty sushi.
Yep, 'twas me. Went to Philly West for their very credible cheesesteak, then saw the grillman with a big burger on a flame grill. It is oblong, a half-pound, and served with the usual accompaniments including good grilled onions on a cheesesteak roll. Ordered medium-rare, it comes crusty and pink in the middle and really juicy -- and under $6. Didn't like the fries at first, but they were much better ordered extra-well and crispy. The place has a sports theme but is fairly dark, small, and divy. It is rarely crowded, and people do hang and read and work there on occasion.
My usual stop in that area is for lunch specials and Kulfi with Falooda (dessert) at Ambla Dhaba, next to Sunnin.
I've tried the shawarma and koobideh at a number of the Persian places in the area and have found Shamshiri to be my clear favorite. Huge portions, good service, nice place -- I've found the chicken shawarma to be consistently moist and tasty while the beef can be dry, but the ground beef koobideh is fine, as is their shirazi salad, grilled vegies, and homemade flatbread. Only difficulty is the parking sometimes, but they do deliver quickly and efficiently.
Love Eduardo's for a healthy meal of charbroiled chicken and a bucket of salsa.
Shamshiri is good too, as is Javan.
Personally, I have never had a bad salad at Feast from the East, so maybe it was an off day for the other poster. I also, unlike the other poster, do like California Chicken Cafe, especially for the convenience of rotisserie chicken, mashed butternut squash and vegetable soup.
Qusqo is newer and good.
Love Elysee Bakery for a great pastry or quiche and an Americano.
If you haven't taken the drive over to Amandine on Wilshire, do so for the croissants.
Stan's for a great chocolate peanut butter doughnut, or drive over to Primo's on Sawtelle (it's not *that* far).
I know it's a chain, but I love to take-out a Chopped Chicken salad w/ eggplant from Sisley, as well as their grilled balsamic vegetable appetizer.
Mongolian BBQ in the village is good for a quick meal, and the falafel place isn't bad either.
Whole Foods for a good salad and hot bar.
Napa Valley Grille, Gardens on Glendon, and Tanino.
The Bigg Chill for frozen yogurt
When I am looking for a nonexpensive but sitdown lunch or dinner in Westwood Village itself, my favorite is Thai House, across from the Whole Foods on Gayley. Surprisingly nice inside, quiet with real tablesettings and very good service. I like their mee krob starter and their curries.
For Thai delivery, my clear choice is Siam Chan on Santa Monica at Colby, right behind the 20/20 video. Inexpensive and very well-packaged.
For pizza delivery, Lamonicas. Mondays are 2 for 1 evenings, and there are coupons usually in Monday's Daily Bruin.
Others often find things to criticize, but I'm a big Zankou Chicken fan. Order simply -- the rotisserie half-chicken or better still the whole chicken are the best values, and their garlic paste can make cardboard taste great.
For Chinese, I've been driving to Hu's down on National and National in Cheviot Hills. I really like their simple chinese chicken salad they serve with some of their lunch combos, I found a dish I like (double-cooked pork, w/o tofu) and they just added their very good kung pao chicken to the lunch specials. Closer to you, give Cheng Du a try (in the old Panda Cave location on Westwood north of Santa Monica). I like it for the lunch specials, and mostly for the superior hot'n'sour soup. I like the Mongolian beef, the shredded pork with broccoli a la Cheng Du, and the shrimp in hot garlic sauce. Their spicy beef broth with noodles and beef is also a good lunch option. Very nice portions at low prices, not haute cuisine.
In the past, I would enthusiastically send you to Feast from the East for their Chinese chicken salad, but the last time I was there it was tired, the chicken was stringy and dry, and I was very disappointed. That was at night, though, not at lunch when they turn things over so much more quickly. I am NOT a fan of California Chicken Cafe -- way too frou-frou and overpriced.
For sandwiches, I miss Togo's. I had hopes for the relatively new Socko's Subs, who does deliver, but each of the first three sandwiches I ordered from them had mistakes. The Roll In, that hut down from In'and'Out, has gone uphill in price and downhill in quality. I've started going back to Sepi's, on Le Conte, where the sandwiches are very well-stuffed and the large sizes a much better value than the regular.
Bella Pita, also down from In'and'Out on Gayley, makes a good fresh falafel for $4 and has a very good condiment bar to customize your pita sandwich. I like it better than Falafel King.