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Ben7643 Feb 12, 2008 09:37 PM

I dine out allot as some of you know. I'm getting sick of the places I frequent and looking for some new rec's.

Tomorrow night me and a Vegan friend of mine are looking to go out to a laid back restaurant with great "healthy" fresh food. I prefer to eat some kind of lean meat dish "chicken, turkey...." where they don't drown it in oil. Were going to be in santa monica. So anywhere within a 15-20 minute drive in rushhour is fine.

We usually frequent macrobiotic places, and persian restaurants, sometimes japanese places. But I think were both open to anything.

Places I don't want to go would be "inaka" "m cafe chaya." Strickly vegan places, or places that drown stuff in oil and sauces so "no italian food."

Thanks for the rec's in advance
Ben

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    Ben7643 Feb 27, 2008 11:50 AM

    I tried Votre Sante the other night with a friend. While it wasn't what I would call the most inspirational cooking i'll be back there soon the food was solid. The staff was great the environment was nice and they will cater to any special cooking needs you may have. An oil free option is available for many of the choices on their menu which i really like :).

    Best
    Ben

    1. Servorg Feb 13, 2008 03:45 AM

      Since you don't mention it in your post, have you tried Jack Sprat's before? Lots of healthy options. On the SE corner of Overland and Pico adjacent to the Westside Pavillion Mall.

      Another option, (and if I am covering ground you are already well aware of maybe it would be beneficial if you list the places you have already gone to) is A Votre Sante - in Brentwood.

      13016 San Vicente Blvd (at 26th St)
      310-451-1813

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        Ben7643 Feb 13, 2008 05:38 AM

        Nope never heard of Jack Sprat's i'll check it out. We were thinking about A Votre but I think its mexican influenced cuisine and we weren't in the mood for that.

        Ben

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          Servorg Feb 13, 2008 05:51 AM

          When I look at their menu I find that they are really more of a place featuring "healthy" food options and are not really about being Mexican or Italian or what have you.

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            Ben7643 Feb 13, 2008 06:06 AM

            Perhaps I try not to eat rice though and the dishes are heavy on rice. Places in the running so far

            Pradeeps
            Jack Sprats
            Tender Greens
            Tacone
            Madeleine Bistro "although it's strictly vegan...."
            26 Beach but i've been there way too many times

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              Servorg Feb 13, 2008 06:43 AM

              A few other thoughts. Literati Cafe (next door / attached to Literati II) on the NE corner of Bundy and Wilshire. The Coral Tree in Brentwood on San Vicente might also be a viable choice. I was also in Oliver's Cafe (attached to the Beverly Hills Sports Club LA) for lunch once and they are very healthy in their offerings as I recall. Finally you might give either Habayit and / or Chutney's a try. Habayit is a tiny place that features Glatt Kosher food just east of Bundy on Pico Blvd. (11921) on the north side of the street and Chutney's features Indian food. It has some sit down tables but mostly a take out place. Very good and healthy tasting chicken to me.

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                Servorg Feb 13, 2008 07:59 AM

                And my last idea (until another one comes along) at their WLA branch:

                http://www.bossafood.com/

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                  a_and_w Feb 13, 2008 09:08 AM

                  Second Habayit, but I'm personally not such a fan of the food at Literati Cafe. I do, however, hear great things about Literati II, which is more upscale, but have not yet been myself.

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                    Ben7643 Feb 13, 2008 09:34 AM

                    Thanks were going to try Habayit tonight. BTW they have a coupon on citysearch for 15% off right now as well.

                    Ben

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                      Ben7643 Feb 13, 2008 02:29 PM

                      We changed our mind and we'll be going to either Shamashiri grill or Javan. But please keep the recs coming lots of the places you guys mentioned looked great

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                        a_and_w Feb 13, 2008 02:43 PM

                        I personally would go to Sham over Shamshiri. If you do, try the fava beans and the mutabal, both of which are full of garlicky goodness.

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                          Emme Feb 13, 2008 08:27 PM

                          too late now, but i agree w/ the recs for a votre sante (no ethnic slant in my opinion) and jack spratt's grill

                          i like fritto misto b/c they'll sub veggies for noodles in the pasta dishes

                          jack'n'jill's offers healthy fare

                          jinky's has healthy stuff

                          cafe montana and 17th cafe both have healthy options

                          you're a bit far from weho, but hugo's has some great healthy dishes and a variety of cuisines

                          and i'm sure you've done musha

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                            Ben7643 Feb 27, 2008 11:51 AM

                            Musha's always fun :)

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                        rocktheglobe Feb 16, 2008 05:41 AM

                        I was unimpressed with Literati II... food was okay, menu wasn't that great and it was pretty overpriced for what they were offering.

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