Strip Mall Haute
I just moved to Los Angeles from NYC and enjoy exploring good grub in the strip malls. Last night I discovered Lou and fell in love with it. Though I like the low end ethnic divey places in strip malls, I'm looking for more mid-range to high-end places atmospheric places. But really I'm interested in any strip mall gems. Any suggestions?
Marouch -- great Lebanese in a fairly nice atmosphere (nice for East Hollywood anyway)
Hirozen - excellent sushi and cooked specials (on Beverly)
Aroma on Sunset in Silver Lake - solid upscale Italian
Rambutan and Pho Cafe also on Sunset in Silver Lake -- upscale Thai and designy pho
Saito on Sunset in Silver Lake -- good low-key sushi, decent Indian and Thai in the same minimall
Sushi Zo and Echigo. There's a ton of strip mall sushi out there! Manpuku on Sawtelle is excellent, and I like Sakura House on Washington a lot too. A bit more upscale Japanese food can be enjoyed at Restaurant 2117, in the same strip mall as Manpuku. Nook Bistro and Vito's pizza are in strip malls, as is perennial CH favorite Monte Alban.
In SGV Mei Long Village, J&J and Dragon Mark are all in the same building and serve very good dumplings.
How could I forget my favorite strip mall restaurant of all - Hungry Cat!
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Nook Bistro technically is not in a strip mall, which is a row of storefronts running parallel to the street. More accurately it is tucked in the back corner of a minimall, with two rows of storefronts meeting in an L shape, set on a corner with both rows perpendicular to the streets.
antica pizza in marina del rey.
it is more of a full-service italien restaurant than a pizzeria.
good napolean-style pizza. (very thin crust)