Beverly Hills tonight for early solo dinner
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? ;)
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
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
La Serenata Gourmet
10924 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
1718 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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!
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.