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goodbye goodbye goodbye!!!! dining around west la

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Okay, our family is finally moving out of LA to the great Northwest, an adventure only about 12 years in the planning. Aside from all the tasty food in SGV that we won't have easy access to, we are most excited.

My workplace wants to give me the standard last meal/office send-off. Now, given my druthers, I'd be out to SGV in a heartbeat to scarf down dimsum or sichuan or something similar but everyone in the office is pretty jammed up so that thinIk I'd lose half the party before we crossed La Cienega. I suspect my best bet is something involving take-out.

Our office is in Westwood. Delivery or short drive preferred. The last office bridal shower recepiant choose Sunnin and it was very well received. I was thinking of maybe La Serenta on Pico or Zankou Chicken. I also considered "Indias Oven" on Westwood south of Santa Monica but haven't actually checked out the new location.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Clementine, right around the corner in Century City...

    1. I'd shoot for something that's maybe not done as well in the Northwest. Chinese is a great option but of course SGV's too far. How about mexican, persian, or sushi?

      1. How many people are going to be going? If it's not too many, I'd vote for Orris -- get sent off in style!

        As an aside, there's only ONE Korean place I've found in the Seattle area (near Ballard) that compares with the stuff we've got in spades here in KTown. Get your banchan fix while you can.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Can you remember the name of the place in Seattle? This info may very well be needed somewhere down the line.

          1. re: nakni

            Please, if you want to discuss Korean in Seattle, start a thread on the Pacific NW Board http://www.chowhound.com/boards/4 so all your future neighbours can benefit. You can post a heads up here letting SauceSupreme know where to find the appropriate thread.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              I don't want to discuss Korean in Seattle but I wish people would not mention a great place in City X without being more specific. Its annoying and at least as bad as cross talk.

              I 've posted Nakni's inquiry to Sauce Supreme on the Seattle board....


              Oh Sauce Supreme: come out come out whereever you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. Skip Clementine for a group lunch. I love it myself, but the group lunch that they did for us last spring, wasn't great nor well received. The sandwiches were messy and their food arrangements weren't attractive.

          1. I second Delphi Greek - haven't been in a long time because we moved out of that area but we always had great food and service there at dinner.

            1. shamshiri grill
              the food, imho is better than sunin
              the prices are fine (they offer an extremely well-priced lunch menu during the week)
              and they can accomodate a large party in the restaurant, unlike sunin.

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              1. re: westsidegal

                yay for shamshiri.

                i agree with "what can't be done in the NW," but Apple Pan is an LA institution.

              2. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Consider that L.A. is a donut, burger, dog, taco, burrito, pizza town. Also consider that kiwi recently moved away and posted on the LA board about missing L.A. pizza. I noticed a Chicago post of hers wanting to know why there are no mom & pop donut stands in Chicago.

                Therefore, it may be a good idea to begin the last day at the Westwood office with some donuts from Primo’s and Stan’s. For lunch, Hey, Vito’s pizza.

                Kiwi LA board pizza post

                Kiwi Chicago donut post

                Primo's Westdale Doughnuts (Glazed donut and the Buttermilk Bar)
                2918 Sawtelle Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90064
                (310) 478-6930

                Stan’s Donuts
                Westwood Village, California
                10948 Weyburn Avenue
                (310) 208-8660

                Vito’s Pizza (Thin crust pis & Slices great hot and even better cold. Also try a calzone)
                846 N. La Cienega Blvd. (Near Melrose)
                Los Angeles, CA
                (310) 652-6859

                Do this because the Northwest may not be all that Great. Maybe the 12 years of planning could be undone in one afternnon. Right Kiwi?

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                1. re: JeetJet

                  Thank you for the suggestions. I'd forgotten to include a tour of favorite doughnut spots --concentrating too much on ice cream and trips to Mashti Malones and Scoops.

                  Obviously, there are PLENTY of things we will miss [but not the traffic, the cost of housing, the crowds, the ......] like the entirety of the San Gabriel Valley. In that we can't go with steller Chinese forever [and my skills at Chinese cuisine can only go so far] , rest assured, we will be back to visit.

                  Adjustment takes time as does finding new food haunts. Kiwi, I don't know you but I charge you with updating/upgrading the chow in Chicago until it meets the level of the LA board, just as we will be doing from our new haunts in Seattle...........

                  Like they said on X-files: Its out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                2. Hey, if it's your last hurrah near Westwood, see if they'll take you to the new Craft in Century City! Although I'm guessing it's not ideal for large groups. I've been to Soleil french/italian bistro on Westwood and enjoyed my meal there. I third Shamshiri Grill on Westwood, it has become a recent favorite of mine. I like Bombay Bite and New India Grill for Indian in westwood.