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Go-to places - Westside

Hey!

I've recently returned to the Venice/Santa Monica area after a short absence and for some reason can't remember my old go-to places anymore. They must not have been that good! Now, I need some new ideas.

Where do you go for dinner in west LA?

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  1. There are hundreds of options. Help me out -- price, location, cuisine, etc.

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    1. re: glutton

      Hey Glutton,

      Cuisine- I'll eat basically anything.
      Price- since I eat out quite frequently, what can you recommend that is in the moderate to inexpensive range?
      Location- Preferably anything west of the 405, north of LAX, and south of San Vicente Blvd.

      1. re: chooks

        In that range and in that location:
        -Kiriko (for lunch, you can get away with $$ instead of the $$$ or $$$$ for dinner)
        -Nook Neighborhood Bistro
        -Il Moro (making a meal out of the free food for weekday happy hour anyway :) )
        -Sawtelle Kitchen
        -Yabu
        -Il Forno (both for $5 take away lunch and for more pricy dinner)
        -Ayara Thai
        -Houstons

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        Nook Bistro
        11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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

        Houston's Restaurant
        202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Ayara Thai Cuisine
        6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Il Moro Restaurant
        11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Sawtelle Kitchen
        2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Yabu Restaurant
        11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    2. This list is a random mix of nice and neighborhood joints:

      Nook Bistro
      Orris
      Chandni
      California Vegan
      Beechwood
      Joe's
      Chaya Venice
      Library Alehouse
      Chinois on Main
      Gulfstream

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      1. re: donnival

        I addition to these, I also end up at Musha, Father's Office and Ramenya a lot.

          1. re: paulfromla

            if you like houston's or bandera's you will like gulfstream. they all have the same corporate parent.

            1. re: paulfromla

              Their #1 Ahi Burger is really good. Everything else is solid, not amazing or inventive in any way.

          2. 26 Beach Restaurant, Great Western Philly Cheesesteak, Bay Cities, Sorrento's, Taqueria Sanchez Market & now the have a restaurant, Taco Miendo, El Abanajo, Angel Maid Bakery for cream puffs and great fruit cakes.

            1. tacos por favor
              don felix
              monte alban
              orris
              musha
              nook
              terried sake house
              izakaya sasaya
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              1. Mine are:
                Sushi Zo
                Echigo
                Sakura House for Kushiyaki
                Orris
                Musha
                Father's Office
                3 Square Cafe
                Abode
                Tender Greens
                Cora's
                Rose Cafe
                Beechwood
                Abbot's Pizza
                La Vecchia
                Guelaguetza
                Tacos Por Favor
                La Playita
                Mitsuwa
                Baby Blues Bbq
                California Chicken Cafe
                Agra Indian
                Tajrish

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                1. re: hrhboo

                  What is good at California Chicken Cafe? I went once and was seriously underwhelmed. I know it's not supposed to be gourmet food or anything, but there was nothing that made me anxious to try it again.

                  1. re: omotosando

                    It's nothing earth-shattering, just tasty rotisserie chicken. I like the Chinese chicken salad and some of their wraps.

                    1. re: hrhboo

                      call me crazy but i had sworn off ccc for years and then finally tried it, and the roast chicken is pretty good, esp that skin, and their roasted potatoes are good too.