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Feb 5, 2002 12:46 AM

3 Dinners in LA: Jitlada, and.....?????

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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?


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  1. 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

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    1. re: PRSMDave

      As a chowhound, I'm assuming when you say the Westside is the Center of the Universe you are referring to the westside of the San Gabriel Valley.

      1. re: roger simon

        Um, yeah, that's it... [grin].

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      michael (mea culpa)

      Thinking Jitlada for Thai, but I'm clueless on other genres>>
      Jitlada is OK, actually, I think pretty good for takeout. Better would be either Kruang Tedd or Palms Thai, both in the Thai Town area. Just do a search for numerous posts.

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      1. re: michael (mea culpa)

        been to Jitlada once the food is horrible and tasteless. try Sanamluang or Salandang instead.

      2. I have to agree that Jitlada is absolutely horrendous. I would prefer Saladang Song, Chili Thai, Thai Beer, Natalee Thai to name a few.

        1. 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.

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          1. 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...

          2. 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.