3 Dinners in LA: Jitlada, and.....?????
Hey, need some help! This ex-New Yorker, now living in San Francisco, could use some help in finding three spots for dinner in the LA area.
Thinking Jitlada for Thai, but I'm clueless on other genres...maybe someplace Kosher (or "Kosher-style") and would really love to find a great Indian restaurant.
Any advice, fellow Chowhounds?
You fail to specify what area you're staying in or what price range you want, so I'm just going ahead and assuming that since the Westside is the Centre of the Universe:
Indian: Nawab of India, 1621 Wilshire (17th), Santa Monica - 310.829.1106
North Indian cuisine
Kosher: Magic Carpet, 8566 Pico (La Cienega), LA - 310.652.8507
Kosher Yemeni food
I have to agree that Jitlada is absolutely horrendous. I would prefer Saladang Song, Chili Thai, Thai Beer, Natalee Thai to name a few.
Try Factor's, on Pico and Beverly, for a very good jewish deli if that's on your list. If you find a good Indian restaurant, please share. My wife is Bengali, and after eating her mother's cooking (and learning to do it myself), I am unable to dine out on Indian food anywhere in LA. And I've tried.
re: Tom M.
unfortunately, the vast majority of indian restaurants serve a standard fare of north indian food, heavy on the mughal influences (lots of meat, lots of cream). for anything else (south indian, for example -- or bengali) you'll probably have to search high and low. i wish i could offer some pointers, but i don't live in LA anymore...
I second the Magic Carpet recommendation if you need kosher. If you just want great middle eastern food, check out Sunnin (Lebanese) on Westwood just north of Santa Monica. Great hole-in-the-wall.
For Indian, I'm partial to Electric Lotus' new restaurant on 3rd Street, east of La Cienega. There's on in Los Feliz also, but this one's better.