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I need a restaurant recommendation halfway between los feliz and torrance

girlwonder Jan 30, 2008 08:12 PM

I am meeting an old friend for dinner on saturday night and we are both vegetarians. We want to meet somewhere in the middle. Does anyone have any good restaurants they would like to comment on?
Please keep in mind we both still eat fish.
Thanks to everyone.

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  1. katkoupai RE: girlwonder Jan 30, 2008 08:41 PM

    It seems like the area around Exposition Park is almost halfway, although it is closer to Los Feliz. Here's a recent thread that might help, where Mercado La Paloma was recommended. You may be able to find Mexican seafood there, although I'm not sure.

    Also, a vegan place called Tokyo Teriyaki is also mentioned in this link. I've never tried it.


    Mercado La Paloma
    3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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    1. re: katkoupai
      LaLa Eat RE: katkoupai Jan 30, 2008 11:30 PM

      Mercado la Paloma closes at 6:30. Chichen Itza (Veg friendly menu option) which is located there, has a restaurant in Mac Arthur Park that is open for dinner.
      It is not halfway between LF and T though!
      K-Town closer, westside even more so?
      I think there have been several recent posts about vegetarian/veg friendly places recently here is one of them, with many on westside

      Chichen Itza
      2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

      1. re: katkoupai
        katkoupai RE: katkoupai Jan 31, 2008 08:56 AM

        Also, I just mapped it out, Mercado La Paloma is about 16 miles from Torrance and 13 miles from Los Feliz.

        Chichen Itza sounds good, too. :-)

      2. SauceSupreme RE: girlwonder Jan 30, 2008 10:21 PM

        K-Town is roughly in the middle. What about one of the soft-tofu places like Beverly Soon Tofu or Sokongdong?

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        1. re: SauceSupreme
          will47 RE: SauceSupreme Jan 31, 2008 08:20 AM

          I don't think any of the K-town soon tofu places have veg options, though I could be wrong. Tofu-Ya (on Sawtelle), or the place on Western in Gardena (around the 15000 block, I think- Lee's maybe?) will do a probably-vegetarian soon tofu, but I don't know if I'd recommend that two vegetarians go out of their way to go there. Also, I think K-town is much closer to Los Feliz. I don't know that there's really a great place mid-way between the two (though given that midway between the two seems to be Vernon / Huntington Park, I don't think you want to stop there for food, especially if you're vegetarian).

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            SauceSupreme RE: will47 Jan 31, 2008 09:22 AM

            The OP implied that they were also amenable to pescatarian options, hence I offered soon tofu which I think, by default, is of the hae mul variant.

            KTown might be closer to Los Feliz geographically, but that stretch of land is harder to traverse than Torrance to KTown. If they left their homes at the same time, the Torrance friend would have traveled north farther than the Los Feliz friend traveled south.

            1. re: SauceSupreme
              will47 RE: SauceSupreme Jan 31, 2008 10:22 AM

              I didn't notice that comment (since they said vegetarian up top)... but anyway, isn't there meat stock in most Soon Tofu? I thought it was beef stock, typically, but I'm not an expert.

          2. re: SauceSupreme
            westsidegal RE: SauceSupreme Jan 31, 2008 02:09 PM

            most soon tofu places use broth that is not vegetarian.

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              SauceSupreme RE: westsidegal Jan 31, 2008 05:30 PM

              Right, but the question is, will it be pescatarian. I guess it depends on the establishment, and whether or not they use fumé stock (made with shellfish and other seafood) rather than beef.

          3. mollyomormon RE: girlwonder Jan 31, 2008 11:00 AM

            I'd vote somewhere on Sawtelle, maybe Orris or Bar Hayama.

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            1. re: mollyomormon
              Ogawak RE: mollyomormon Feb 1, 2008 08:27 AM

              As a halfway point between Los Feliz and Torrance, this makes sense, especially Bar Hayama. Another option would be somewhere in Culver City.

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              Rizza RE: girlwonder Jan 31, 2008 06:49 PM

              What about in Hollywood somewhere? I brought a pescetarian friend to Taste on Melrose and she loved it. I had dinner at Orris last night, and the seafood options were awesome to say the least - just seemed too far west for between LF and Torrance. If traveling west, La Serenata di Girabaldi makes the most awesome fish enchiladas on Pico between the 405 and Westwood.

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                Oh Robin RE: girlwonder Feb 1, 2008 12:50 PM


                Onami Restaurant
                1925 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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