Strip Mall Haute
- adamhgraham Nov 2, 2007 12:52 PM
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)
Hirozen on Beverly and Orlando, just east of the Beverly Center. Not necessarily the best for purely sushi (though the ocean trout and spanish makerel are delicious), but tasty small dishes and purple yam yokan for dessert--with coconut tapioca, my personal favorite. Enjoy! And welcome to Los Angeles : )
8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A gem in my eyes is Alejos on Lincoln and Washington in MDR. Small Italian with solid pasta dishes and the likes. My favorite are the seafood pastas. Not the mid to high range in atmosphere but High in food taste in my opinion.. BYOB
Alejo Presto Trattoria
4002 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
tajrish in marina del rey, tucked next to a subway is some seriously good persian food (500-600 block of washington blvd). The wine list sucks as do the pink table cloths but the food is excellent.
Upstairs in this strip mall is Killer Shrimp. It has a very loyal following but I am not one of them. Only three items on the menu, OK, but when I asked for some butter for my bread, I was told they do not have that. WTF?
m cafe de chaya, sort of
mogo's mongolian bbq
more than waffles
divino, sort of
tere's mexican grill
carnival in sherman oaks
"But really I'm interested in any strip mall gems. Any suggestions?"
Well, if that's your criteria, then just about every single Chinese restaurant in the SGV, with a few notable exceptions for banquet type places.