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May 21, 2008 04:22 PM

Westwood restaurants?

A friend of mine is moving to Westwood in June. She's looking for chowhound recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- all ethnicities and range of prices would be great.

Also, I'm visiting her in June and would like some ideas for nicer places for dinner. I'm going to splurge one night at Cut at the Beverley Wilshire (any favorite menu items?) and am looking for one or two other nice places in Westwood or within short driving distance.

Any thoughts?

Thanks very much.

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  1. We don't get to westwood too often but here are some good options:
    Breakfast: Le Pain Quotidien, Stan's Donuts and Elysee are in westwood village and are pretty good
    Lunch/Dinner: Fresh Corn Grill (On Westwood across from Bristol Farms)
    Persian-- sheherezad is good, also on Westwood
    The Falafel Place (can't remember the exact name-- Falafel King?)

    I loved Cut. Sidebar, the bar there, is also fun. I had a great steak. My husband really enjoyed the short ribs.
    La Cachette has nice French food, not far from westwood.

    1. I like Amandine on Wilshire, near Bundy for breakfast, as well as Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood for short driving distance. Elysee in Westwood is ok, but skip the croissants.

      The Stand, and Yamato I'll favorably mention.

      Enzo's Pizzeria is a favorite.

      There's a very reasonably priced Italian hole-in-the-wall, called Angelino's, though the proprieter is a little bit testy.

      1. Five places not to be missed:

        01) Shamshiri for Persion-Owner Hamid.
        02) Campagnola for Italian-Owner Carlo.
        03) Soleil for French-Owner-Luc.
        04) Didi Reese for cookies.
        05) Stan's donuts.

        We go to these places all the time and have been for years!

        1. Although I haven't been for a few months, I've always had good lunches at Ambla Dhaba. They offer some dishes that are not found on the menus of the other Indian restaurants in the area, I like the Bakra (Goat) Curry, Chili Garlic Naan, Raita, various Dals, Ludihanna Chicken, Mango Lassi, Shikangvi (made to order lemonade with ginger), Kulfi on a Stick and Kulfi with Falloda.

          Amandine, already mentioned, is one of the best bakeries in Southern California! Breakfests, lunches, pastries and French roast are excellent!

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          1. re: sel

            Funny you mention best bakeries, yet had one of the worst croissants and a really ho-hum cafe latte there last Sunday morning. Second time, shame on me. Those desserts look really good, as do some of the other things, but it seems they can't do the basics very well.

            1. re: carter

              Amandine does basics like croissants very well. The chocolate almond, in particular, is consistently among the best I've ever had. Perhaps you've just been unlucky?

              1. re: a_and_w

                Seems everyone has their own take on what a great croissant should be. I'm with you - it would be a sad state for croissants in the Westside if Amandine packed their bags...

              2. re: carter

                Well, I don't know what to say. I've woofed down croissants in Paris, Lyon, Manhattan, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. The best in my book, within the scope of this board, are at EuroPane in Pasadena and Amandine in W.L.A. Maison du Pain in L.A. is also good but I need to sample them again, my experience with their offerings is more limited. Back to Amandine, everything that I've had there has been very good to excellent including their French roast although I haven't tried their espresso offerings. Never have I experienced an off day at Amandine!

                I enjoy your reviews and informative posts and would be interested to read your recommendation for a bakery that you believe does"... the basics very well."

                1. re: sel

                  Amandine has always had outstanding croissants, and I used to sample them way to frequently as our offices were in one of the adjacent buildings. Sel, have you tried one of the pretzel croissants from City Bakery in Brentwood? Also a very good croissant.

            2. My favorite hideaway is Gardens On Glendon - a pretty, old-fashioned place with very good mildly eclectic California/Italian food. It's the same people behind Kate Mantilini, but I can't compare the two because I've never been to KM. They do a mildly spiced Indian style lamb with raisinns and curry that makes me happy. Good desserts too.

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              1. re: FoodObsessive

                I second your recommendation. Remember to order their Signature Guacamole freshly made at your table.