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  1. I rarely see it mentioned here, but I adore Toscana in Brentwood. I also really like El Rincon Crillo for Cuban. Wabi-Sabi never gets mentioned here because their sushi is not very good, but I like their cooked dishes a lot. Il Tramezzino in BH has some of the best panini I've ever eaten.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Il Tramezzino is also in Studio City, and theyre building one in Tarzana

      1. re: Diana

        I, too, feel Il Tramezzino makes the best panini to my liking. Been to both BH and SC places. Somehow I feel the SC store can be inconsistent with sandwich flavoring.

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      1. Ronnie's Diner in Culver City.

        I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there all the time.

        It gets crowded on the weekend and it's kid friendly. I've mentioned it a few times on the board, but I don't think readers here have caught on to it.

        ~~~

        I also like Phil Trani's in Long Beach. I never post about it though. I just like the old school meat and fish menu, mixed in with the Italian dishes. I like the bar and the music when they have a band.

        But I never recommend it because I don't know the Long Beach area and there might be other places down there that are better.

        ~~~

        Ronnie's and Phil's are my rarely mentioned places.

        I go to one way more than the other, due to where I live.

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        1. re: PaulF

          I am THRILLED to hear about Ronnie's Diner. We live nearby and I have been unable to convince my breakast-out-reticent spouse to give this place a try. Now I have ammunition/proof that it's at least worth a shot! Thanks, PaulF. Their menu looks like good, solid diner food. Will report back.

          1. re: cakewhole

            We love it.

            Definitely our go to place when we can't think of any other place.

            We like the dinner specials, the turkey chili, the healthy breakfast plates ...

            Oh, wait, it's crowded enough ...

            Ronnie's sucks. don't go there. You won't like it.

            1. re: PaulF

              Agree that the best breakfast place/diner in W.L.A. is in Culver City, but I always thought it was S & W. Where is Ronnie's? What do they do better? (Probably impossible for them to be less costly or give bigger, hotter portions.)

              1. re: nosh

                They are different.

                Ronnie's leans towards healthier fare, though you can get anything you want there.

                I've only ordered the hash at S&W. It's great, btw.

                Ronnie's is just different, that's all.

                I don't know what they do better. S&W might actually be better. I like Ronnie's because the food is really good and it's more convenient.

                Ronnie's also has a fare share of healthier items.

                I can't explain the difference, but they are really different.

                YMMV ...

                1. re: PaulF

                  is it in the same complext as an italian restaurant on cluvler blvd, closer to say playa del rey, than downtown culver city proper????

                  did you once say it had great turkey meatloaf too????

                  1. re: kevin

                    Ronnie's Diner
                    12740 Culver Blvd # J (at McConnell)
                    Los Angeles, CA
                    310-578-9399

                    1. re: kevin

                      I think of it as Culver City, because Culver City has odd tendrils that snake towards the Marina.

                      It's in the same lot as an Italian place, a Japanese curry/noodle place and a bar.

            2. re: PaulF

              I'm reporting back on Ronnie's. We went there for the first time this morning and really liked this place. The people are friendly, the vibe is unpretentious, the prices are reasonable, and hot food arrived quickly. The food isn't "gourmet" or high-end but it's not meant to be. It's meant to be solid, dependable food served up, it seemed to us, in a neighborhood atmosphere-- and we think it lives up to these goals.

              As for the food, I had blueberry pancakes with poached eggs and bacon. The pancakes were fluffy and not too sweet (though they could've used a few more of those tasty blueberries), the eggs perfectly poached. I like my bacon thinner and crispier than they served it but this is a matter of personal preference. Something I really appreciate is that in addition to "table syrup" (artifically flavored corn syrup) they offer a good sized ramekin of REAL maple syrup for a very resonable price: an additional fifty cents. Why have pancakes if you can't have real maple syrup?

              My companions had the Louisiana Hot Links breakfast (very nice flavor) and a breakfast burrito which was pronounced to be very good. We also had a small taste of the Chile Verde, which was rich and flavorful.

              We all ordered coffee which was respectable but not as strong as we prefer. Our only real disappointment was that, this morning, anyway, we were not offered refills. I have the sense, though, that refills would've come quickly and cheerfully had we spoken up.

              PaulF, I can see why you'd like to keep this neighborhood place on the hush-hush. It's very solid, affordable diner food served in a pleasant, kid-friendly atmosphere. My breakfast out-averse spouse proclaimed that he'd happily go there anytime. We're looking forward to trying their lunch and dinner menu, too.

              1. re: cakewhole

                Nice report ...

                accurate to my experiences there ...

                I don't think I need to make excuses for the coffee refills, you already liked the place (and I feel responsible for you trying it). They do refill coffee as much as you want ... not sure why they didn't this time. They even bring me "soymilk on the side" without charging me.

                Were they playing horse racing on the tvs. (Ronnie's has a few tvs scattered around, with no sound on.) They always seem to have the races on, I've always guessed that one of the waiters/waitresses/chefs is a horse racing buff. I don't go for the tvs ... they are really sort of small an unobtrusive, but I have taken my younger son to Ronnie's for dessert and a few minutes of Monday Night Football on a silent tv when the older son has homework and we don't want to distract him.

                Nice report -- it is a neighborhood spot, not a destination. But if you're in the neighborhood ... it nicely fills a niche.

                Glad you liked it ...

            3. Eduardo's -- definitely the best chicken, and possibly the best all-around burrito, I've had thus far in LA.

              Sham -- imo, better than Shamshiri and Sunin, which get a lot more love.

              Taco Plus -- my other go-to taqueria with burritos that are comparable to Tacomiendo's.

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              1. re: a_and_w

                Totally agree with Tacos Plus - clean, inexpensive, fast.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Love Eduardo's steak nachos, too.

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    I have been a regular at Tacos Plus but last time I ate there (last week) their al pastor tacos were really dried out and tasteless.

                    1. re: NAspy

                      Eduardo's is on the east side of Westwood Blvd, south of Santa Monica Blvd, in the strip mall just south of the car wash and north of Philly West, where you can get the best burger in L.A. for less than one of Eduardo's burritos. Taco Plus is on the S/W corner of Bundy and Santa Monica Blvd (or could it possibly be Pico?) but a block or two east on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd. is El Super Taco, associated with the fine folks from Monte Alban, which serves grilled onions with their (just over a) dollar tacos. Fine al pastor, good carnitas, inconsistent carne asada (often good, sometimes grey and awful), but the highlight is the orangeish habanero salsa available at their salsa bar.

                      1. re: nosh

                        nope, you're correct that Taco Plus is on Santa Monica. I love the shrimp quesadilla there.

                        1. re: nosh

                          Just so folks looking for Taco Plus aren't confused. It's actually on the SW corner of Ohio (Broadway when it's in Santa Monica) and Bundy in the little mall with the 7-11).

                          1. re: nosh

                            Yep. I keep meaning to try Philly West on your recommendation and Paul F's, but I always get distracted by Eduardo's...

                          2. re: NAspy

                            There's also a Taco Plus next door to Sushi Zo. Are they the same? That one looks pretty generic. I'd be pleasantly surprised if they even have al Pastor.

                            1. re: writergirl

                              That's the one I frequented and they do have al Pastor. The other location is the Santa Monica one.

                              1. re: NAspy

                                speaking of sushi zo isn't mentioned that off on chowhound.

                                (so i make a joke).

                            2. re: NAspy

                              Weird...I go to the S Bundy location and have never had that problem. When the al pastor at that branch sits too long, it tends to get oily and shredded, almost like carnitas. I try to avoid the problem by glancing at the steam table and deciding between the carne asada and al pastor (the two best meats there) based on which looks fresher.

                            3. re: a_and_w

                              LOVE eduardo's... charbroiled healthy chicken and a tub of salsa and i'm good to go, baby!

                            4. I heart Fiddler's Bistro on Third by Pan Pacific park. It's sort of like a mediterranean diner, they deliver and we can bring our dog there for "family dinner". I also just went to Peppone in Brentwood last weekend and liked it a lot. It surprised me that I hadn't seen in mentioned on CH before (for comfort food at least).