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Beverly Hills tonight for early solo dinner

junglekitte May 22, 2008 09:33 AM

I have a necessary meeting today at 4:30pm in the BH area and have to drive down to Orange County afterward. (ugh the worst traffic time possible!!!) So I thought I'd stay around the area for dinner to kill time until traffic dies down a bit.

Any recommendations in the Wilshire/Rexsford area or even Westwood? Or on the way back to the 405 freeway towards Santa Monica?

Nothing too upscale. Either something divey ethnic or new-american cuisine but not $$$$. Prefer no Asian. Maybe even an exceptional bakery? ;)

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  1. DanaB RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 10:03 AM

    Depending on what you are in the mood for, here are some ideas:

    When I find myself in that area, I often stop in for a burger at the Apple Pan, on Pico just east of Westwood. Get the hickory burger with cheese. This place generates some controversy on the board (some adore it, others think it overrated), but I personally love it.

    You might also hit up Serenata Gourmet, on Pico just west of Westwood, for Mexican seafood. People on this board have mixed reviews on this place (some think it's overrated), but if you are in the area, I think it's worth checking out. Another Mexican place a little farther west, on Pico west of Barrington, is The Talpa, an old school Mexican place that has really good food (love their soups, guacamole, tamales, etc.)

    Another thought might be to go to Ambala Dhaba, on Westwood just north of Santa Monica Blvd., for indian food. I haven't seen any recent reports on this place, but in the past it's been a big hound favorite and has been really tasty when I've been.

    For a bakery, Clemetine is right on your way (Santa Monica Blvd. right near the Century City Mall). I haven't been, but since it meets your criteria, I thought I'd throw it out there.

    The Apple Pan
    (310) 475-3585
    10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    La Serenata Gourmet
    (310) 441-9667
    10924 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    The Talpa
    (310) 479-9884
    11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Ambala Dhaba
    (310) 966-1772
    1718 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    (310) 552-1080
    1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    1. Bob Brooks RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 11:17 AM

      You might consider going to the happy hour at McCormick & Schmicks at Two Rodeo. They have a nice selection of fun apps and burgers in the bar. Last time I was there the price was only $1.95. I doubt it has risen much since then.

      1. ipsedixit RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 11:22 AM

        How about Aroma Cafe on Overland (just a bit west of BH).


        1. junglekitte RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 12:47 PM

          thanks for all the wonderful ideas! i will do a search after i post this..but in case there's a oaxacan in the area? anyone? :) i also have read about la serenata from chowhound over the years but never had a chance to go. that is definietely a great suggestion!

          i'm leaving for the middle east in a week so i'm not quite sure i want MENA food (should have mentioned)

          mexican,american, italian, or indian will be some yummies i will truly miss while away!

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          1. re: junglekitte
            DanaB RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 01:02 PM

            Monte Alban (Oaxacan) would likely work geographically -- it's on Santa Monica a few blocks west of the 405. I've never been there, but it's frequently recommended on this board.

            Monte Alban
            11927 Santa Monica Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90025
            (310) 444-7736

            1. re: DanaB
              junglekitte RE: DanaB May 25, 2008 01:41 PM

              Thanks for the recommendation for this. I THINK I have been there (but years ago because I have a vague memory)

              I ended up eating here and really enjoyed my meal. The horchata was homemade tasting and delicious with chunks of fruit and nuts inside.
              The chips and salsa were also fabulous.
              And I ordered the cecina adobada (thin sliced pork leg marinated in chile and spices) with black beans and rice.

              All delicious! :) And the staff were all friendly as well.

              1. re: junglekitte
                DanaB RE: junglekitte May 26, 2008 12:35 PM

                Thanks for reporting back! Glad it worked out for you :-)

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            donnival RE: junglekitte May 22, 2008 12:58 PM

            Nook Bistro is just slightly out of the vicinity you mentioned (it's near Barrington and Santa Monica) but it's hip, not too expensive/upscale and it's well-executed New American (more like comfort food with a twist).

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