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College football and great food in WLA??

miffy Sep 27, 2007 09:38 PM

There are bars and OK food places with bar food only or bland food, but is there any places where you can watch a game, have a good meal?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: miffy Sep 27, 2007 09:47 PM

    maybe busby's in santa monica?

    i've never been, but i have several friends who like it, and their menu sounds a little more upscale than standard bar food.


    Busby's Restaurant Bar
    3110 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      miffy RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 27, 2007 09:50 PM

      I always passes by there and thought of it but from outside it always looked a bit seedy like a strip joint but I guess I am so wrong!

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        Xericx RE: miffy Sep 27, 2007 11:51 PM

        I've eaten their food for happy hours a few times. Its more upscale but far from good!!!

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          miffy RE: Xericx Sep 28, 2007 09:51 PM

          You know, I checked out the pricing- it is in the EXPENSIVE range for a sports bar!!!

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
        mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 28, 2007 07:29 AM

        I think it's more expensive food than most bars, but definitely not better!

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          miffy RE: mollyomormon Sep 28, 2007 09:52 PM

          You know, I checked out the pricing- it is in the EXPENSIVE range for a sports bar!!!
          Thanks for the useful comments guys~

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        yogachik RE: miffy Sep 27, 2007 10:08 PM

        The Parlor (parlour?)
        Chez Jay
        Father's Office

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          Xericx RE: yogachik Sep 27, 2007 11:53 PM

          I think F.O.'s has only a tiny TV in the corner.

          What about that American grill that replaced that dim sum spot on Wilshire? sorry....forgot the names....its in santa monica......they supposedly have TVs and its more a restaurant?????

          1. re: Xericx
            JBC RE: Xericx Sep 28, 2007 07:16 AM

            You're thinking of the Punch Grill. I think it's open 11 a.m. till closing, and if your click on the "photo gallery" button, then hit the 5th picture of the bar, and the 9th picture of the lounge, you'll see a plasma T.V.:


            1. re: JBC
              miffy RE: JBC Sep 28, 2007 09:55 PM

              OK I have to try Punch Grill :)

              1. re: miffy
                mollyomormon RE: miffy Sep 29, 2007 04:26 PM

                It's not actually a sports bar, but more like a restaurant that also has very big televisions in the bar area.

            2. re: Xericx
              mollyomormon RE: Xericx Sep 28, 2007 07:30 AM

              As soon as I saw this question, I thought of Punch Grill. They have a bunch of flat screens in the bar area and I've had some really good meals there.

            3. re: yogachik
              PaulF RE: yogachik Sep 28, 2007 08:31 AM

              Yeah, someone needs to try The Parlor.

              It looks nice inside, but who knows about the food. I got one good report.

              When push comes to shove, I would try The Shack on Wilshire near 26th. It's bar food, no doubt, but their burgers sometimes even make the "best of" threads. Salads are fresh and tasty, I speak from experience.

              Let's put it this way, The Shack is pretty good without the college football.

              I have friends who go to Busby's but they have reported back more about the cute waitresses than about the food -- come to think of it, I wouldn't trust these guys on food recs anyway.

              I watch games at El Texate on Pico sometimes, but it's not a sports bar. They only get the local channels. But the food is good and they have a couple of TVs over the bar.

              I also watch football in Joxers Daly on Washington near Sepluveda. They have a decent bar menu, but I tend to drink at Joxers and have my meal two doors down at Markie Ds, the Philly cheesesteak place. MDs has a tv, too. (There's the other The Shack in Playa, which I like better, location-wise.)

              I've never eaten in Sports Harbour on Washington near Lincoln nor have I eaten in Brennan's on Lincoln.

              Do you consider Baja Cantina a good meal? If so, they have games on in there, or at least they did when I worked around the corner. I'm sure they still do.

              (As an aside, the hard part of this question is what constitutes West L.A. I say it's basically from a quarter-mile east of the 405, then west. Most people think WLA starts at their house, then goes to the beach. I know people who think Koreatown is in WLA, so who knows?)

              1. re: PaulF
                miffy RE: PaulF Sep 28, 2007 09:58 PM

                Hi Paul,
                Thank you for the comments~~~ So much info ;)

                1. I did not know that Shack had salad
                2. Does Sports Harbour serve food????
                3. Last time I tried to get to Baja Cantina, there was a huge line and only valet... if those were not a problem I remember them having good food ;) yeah~
                4. Brennan's have TV?

                OK so much options and too much (a good thing)-- now I have to decide on one ;)

                1. re: PaulF
                  Emme RE: PaulF Sep 30, 2007 10:27 AM

                  The Parlor is a good rec if you want a little more upscale environment. The prices are reasonable and the food isn't bad at all. Certainly beats other places I've been.

                  Try Backstage Bar and Grill.

                  Doubt Ye Olde King's Head will show the football game, but it's worth a call...

                  1. re: Emme
                    miffy RE: Emme Sep 30, 2007 10:08 PM

                    yeah, whenever I peaked inside Ye Olde... I have only seen English football- I have to look up where the parlor is- thank you for the recs

                2. re: yogachik
                  miffy RE: yogachik Sep 28, 2007 09:53 PM

                  Thanks for the list ;)

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                  Jaybay RE: miffy Sep 27, 2007 10:12 PM

                  i love Big Wangs in Hollywood, i know you are looking for stuff on the west side... hmm.. not too familair with west side sports bars... Cabo Cantina? :-/

                  go OU! :-)

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: Jaybay Sep 27, 2007 11:22 PM

                    wang's would have been my first rec if the op hadn't specified westside. not only are the wings great, believe it or not, the salmon is excellent!

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                      Obessed RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 28, 2007 07:34 AM

                      Big Wangs is my first choice also, even tho it's not on the west side.

                    2. re: Jaybay
                      miffy RE: Jaybay Sep 28, 2007 10:05 PM

                      well, I guess Hollywood is not that far- three people recommending makes me want to try!

                      1. re: miffy
                        goodhealthgourmet RE: miffy Sep 28, 2007 11:07 PM

                        if you're willing to leave the westside, definitely go to big wangs.

                        it's still bar food, but the quality is better than you'll find at another sports bar. plus, they have tons of tv's.

                        1. re: miffy
                          SauceSupreme RE: miffy Oct 1, 2007 07:51 AM

                          If you're willing to head this far east, then I'll definitely recommend Big Wangs. I'll be the guy in the Chargers jersey burying his shame in a bowl full of tater tots.

                      2. a_and_w RE: miffy Sep 28, 2007 10:38 AM

                        I second the suggestions of The Shack and Punch Grill.

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                          karamazov RE: miffy Sep 28, 2007 11:51 AM

                          Do any of the places mentioned above have outside seating?

                          Also is it a fact that Father's Office is not a good place to watch a game? I was meaning to check out their beer selection and kind of assumed that they'd have a decent TV setup so i could watch a game while i'm at it.

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                            whatsfordinner RE: karamazov Sep 28, 2007 12:46 PM

                            The tv is kind of small and it's in the corner, so it's hard to see if you're not sitting right at the bar. If you got there a little before they open you should be able to snag a seat at the bar. The timing would be perfect if you're thinking of Saturday's USC game at 5.

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                              karamazov RE: whatsfordinner Sep 28, 2007 01:44 PM

                              The bar was exactly where I was going to try to grab a seat :). I'm guessing even if i'm late I can wait a little bit and get a seat eventually? The USC game does start right as they open!

                              1. re: whatsfordinner
                                mollyomormon RE: whatsfordinner Sep 28, 2007 01:58 PM

                                As a side note, they open at 12 on the weekends now so 5pm on Saturday would not be right as ther open. And if you wait, you'll eventually be able to snag a seat with a view of the TV. As others have mentioned, it's not much of a sports bar and they'll probably have the sound off on the game, but the food is so good that it wouldn't matter to me. I was there the other night and split the burger, the heirloom tomator salad and an order of sweet potatoes fries with a friend and it was just about the perfect amount of food.

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                                  miffy RE: mollyomormon Sep 28, 2007 10:07 PM

                                  YES, I have heard about their famous good tasting food

                              2. re: karamazov
                                JBC RE: karamazov Sep 28, 2007 01:23 PM

                                ..."outside seating"...

                                I guessing you're looking for a chair where you can enjoy 1) great food, 2) sports on T.V.,and 3) sit in the sunshine? The above reposnses address 1 & 2, but not 3 ?

                                How about 2 & 3 ? Ummba grill in Century City has that:

                                Correction - there are 2 sides to that triangle that are outside.

                                Westwood Brewing Co. just installed 13 plasma screens. They have a outdoor patio where you can lounge, smoke, and easily look at four 50" (?) plasmas that are set up inside.

                                1, 2, & 3
                                You can call Warszawa and see what they're showing at 6:30 on their patio:

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                                  karamazov RE: JBC Sep 28, 2007 01:49 PM

                                  I am indeed looking for these 3 things :). 3rd stop kind of satisfies all three. They have an outside area, but there is no TV there, and the TV inside is passable for watching a game, but not ideal. It's really meant to be in the background since it's not a sports bar. They do have good beer and food though, so i've been willing to compromise on the stuff in the past. I'll check out the Ummba grill, that sounds like it could be a winner if the food is not too bad.

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                                    hrhboo RE: karamazov Sep 29, 2007 04:37 PM

                                    You can achieve all three at Nikki in Venice (72 Market St). The food is fine, better-than-average bar food, tons of tv screens and sunny. There is no outside seating, but the tables inside near the huge open glass windows contribute to an indoor/outdoor feel.

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                                      miffy RE: hrhboo Sep 30, 2007 10:10 PM

                                      hmmm... that is a very new place to me! I have to check that ;)

                              3. mrshankly RE: miffy Sep 28, 2007 01:16 PM

                                Hooters... if you like wings and curly fries.

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                                  Jaybay RE: mrshankly Sep 28, 2007 01:16 PM

                                  and fried pickles :-)

                                2. mrshankly RE: miffy Sep 28, 2007 01:19 PM

                                  yes! the fried pickles!!

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                                    laura w RE: miffy Oct 1, 2007 11:10 AM

                                    San Francisco Saloon on Pico...decent burgers, good tvs.

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                                      PaulF RE: laura w Oct 1, 2007 01:10 PM

                                      You know what laura ... you're right ...

                                      I completely forgot about SF Saloon ... I think it is because that's where I go to watch college basketball and I brain-cramped on football. But they have lots of televisions and some good food.

                                      1. re: PaulF
                                        Servorg RE: PaulF Oct 1, 2007 01:13 PM

                                        SF Saloon is on our regular rotation. Really good chicken salad sandwich (Nob Hill), especially if you add raw red onions to the mix, and I love their fries.

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                                      nosh RE: miffy Oct 1, 2007 01:36 PM

                                      The Shack on Wilshire at about 25th is technically in Santa Monica, but has many TVs and a good sports bar atmosphere. It is homebase for Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sundays when the pros play, but I'm not sure about how fierce their college loyalties may be. Most of the burgers I've had there have been good, but a couple of times not sizzling fresh hot juicy but more like rewarmed. Lots of other specials.

                                      I've mentioned it too often on this board for my favorite burger in L.A. and good cheesesteaks -- Philly West. Divy bar on the east side of Westwood a bit south of Santa Monica Blvd. with free parking in the back. Smaller, darker place, with one very large widescreen and a couple of other TVs. Really good, well-priced cheesesteaks and burgers (about $6) but more Bukowski than rah-rah go team.

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