Go-to places - Westside
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?
Agree with lots of the posts already... I'll add a few other choices and repeat some others that are particularly good.
Monte Alban for Oaxacan
Taco truck on Rose, between Lincoln and Main during the days
Taco truck on Lincoln, just south of Rose during the night (La Oaxaquena)
La Playita for ceviche
Pizza Antica in MDR for neapolitan style pizza
Father's Office for the burger and sweet potato fries
Sunnin for cheap Lebanese (you'll need to cross the 405 for this one)
Mizu 212 on Sawtelle for shabu shabu
Sasabune for sushi
Sushi Zo for sushi (once again, be brave and cross over the 405)
Lilly's for affordable french bistro in pleasant setting
Jin Patisserie for exquisite chocolates
Rose Cafe for great breakfast in great setting
Urth Cafe for good coffee, tea, and pastries
Josie for good, high-end American food, especially on Wed farmers market day
Agra for Indian
Bay Cities for Italian deli sandwiches and groceries
Musha for Japanese izakaya food
3 Square for Hans Rockenwagner's pretzel rolls and Austro-Californian food
I think Antica is great. I know it won't make all those "I miss NY-style pizza" people happy, but taken on its own merits, it's pretty good. The location is ho-hum and I wonder if that hurts its foodie credibility. That's the only explanation I have for the fact that it does not get much press here or elsewhere.
You've also just hit on one of the more bizarre sensations of being a regular user of chowhound -- I go to a restaurant and I know there are other chowhounders eating there at the same time and I feel like I have a little insight into these people, but I don't actually know their names, what they look like, or very much about the person in actuality. Yet I'm still quite interested in meeting these people because we share at least one meaningful thing in common... It's bizarre. That's why I was so bummed that I missed the last chowhound event in Los Feliz. Maybe there should be a Venice chowhound event...
those cheese pretzel rolls are great, also try their heavy duty chocolate brownies.
the pretzel burger is good too.
library also has decent food. abbot's is ok for pizza.
bay cities overrated.
urth cafe is decent, nothing earth shattering, and of course everything there is egregiously overpriced.
About the prices at Urth - I don't find everything egregiously overpriced. There are the bake sale specials (essentially day old pies, cakes) and those are usually as good as the ones that cost twice as much - in the past month, I have had bake sale pumpkin pie and cherry pie and both were wonderful, and at $3 per slice, still big enough to split with my GF. Even some of the regular items are not overpriced for quality/quantity... they have half salads that are enough for a lunch for me (they come with some delicious bread) and those are reasonable in price. I think the problem comes in when you factor in full servings (which I think are usually way too large) and the coffee drinks, which are $$$.
for very good, very cheap falafal: the hungry pocket (across the street from santa monica college).
for very good, very cheap indian food (unfortuantely served on styrofoam plates): samosa house on washington blvd and berryman (west of the 405)
for very good, very cheap mexican seafood (also, served on styrofoam): taqueria sanchez on centinela north of culver blvd. they close at 7 on weekdays and earlier on sundays, so check their schedule.
Nook (had a yummy salad there last night: greens, thinly sliced persimmons, fennel, red onion, with a creamy mustard vinaigrette & pom seeds)
Pitfire Pizza on Westwood & La Grange
Da Pasquale (BH)
Jaipur (Pico & Westwood)
Metro Cafe (Washington Place & Sepulveda)
Nordstom Cafe (good salads & desserts)
Urth (BH & SM)
In that range and in that location:
-Kiriko (for lunch, you can get away with $$ instead of the $$$ or $$$$ for dinner)
-Nook Neighborhood Bistro
-Il Moro (making a meal out of the free food for weekday happy hour anyway :) )
-Il Forno (both for $5 take away lunch and for more pricy dinner)
11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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
2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064