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tagsiemers May 30, 2008 01:24 PM

Need to meet a friend tonight, cannot recall what's there other than chains. San Vicente or Sunset/Barrington are both OK. Any recommendations? Thanks.

  1. Servorg May 30, 2008 01:34 PM

    Take a look at this thread. You are most likely talking Italian if you want Brentwood and non chain.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/520769

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      turtle07 May 30, 2008 01:58 PM

      Since it is nice weather try Sor Tino on Barrington just south of San Vicente--they have a nice outdoor patio and decent Italian food.

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        maudies5 May 30, 2008 02:45 PM

        Disagree about Sor Tino. The patio is nice, except for the intense smell of cigarette smoke. IMHO, the food is not decent; it's dreadful. My favorite in the area is Toscana. If you can't get a table, the counter is great.

    2. Emme May 30, 2008 02:19 PM

      Agree you're in for Italian. Palmeri and Pecorino are good and casual enough. Pizzicotto is more casual.

      Katsuya Brentwood as well for sushi obviously. Takao is pretty decent and not as pricy as Katsuya.

      For healthy fresh fare, there's A Votre Sante at San Vicente and 26th.

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        Emme May 30, 2008 02:30 PM

        Oh and for nicer French on 26th just south of SV is Chez Mimi.

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        Juji May 30, 2008 02:23 PM

        Kay N Dave's is pretty tasty. 26th and San Vicente.

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          maudies5 May 30, 2008 08:56 PM

          Okay for lunch. Dinner? Don't think so.

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          Nicole May 30, 2008 06:34 PM

          You didn't mention a price range, but one of the more reasonably-priced options in the area is Taiko. Serves sushi as well as cooked dishes. Casual place with pretty good food.

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            maudies5 May 30, 2008 09:45 PM

            Are you talking about Takao? I find it to be very very expensive and, although good, one has to watch that check very carefully; particularly when ordering Omikase. The deep fried lobster is terrific. However, I caution everyone to review the check very carefully.

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              Nicole May 30, 2008 10:30 PM

              No Taiko is a relatively cheap alternative to Takao right in the same neighborhood. Confusing, I know. I've never eaten at Takao for that very reason--too expensive.

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                bulavinaka May 31, 2008 07:03 AM

                The two - Taiko and Takao - are practically across the street from each other. Taiko is upstairs in the shopping center and kinda nice inside - they seem to have spent some money on their somewhat small interior. I would consider the food a notch or two above they typical Americanized Japanese restos.

                Takao is right off the boulevard and is nothing fancy inside. The omakase is decent but like just about any other omakase, you can avoid sticker shock by setting a dollar amount up front. I found the ventilation to be relatively poor inside. The oily smell from their fryer in the kitchen pours into the dining area...

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            Glory25 May 30, 2008 06:49 PM

            Amici on San Vicente and 26th - wonderful food, light italian and seafood, great room

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              rocktheglobe May 30, 2008 07:45 PM

              Osteria Latini at Barrington & San Vicente is one of my favorite restaurants in L.A.

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                soccerandlost May 30, 2008 08:17 PM

                There are a ton of good options in Brentwood, and most have been covered in the thread already. My wife and I tried Pecorino for Valentine's Day and had one of the best Italian meals we've ever had other than in Italy or with my family. Kay 'N Daves is a great suggestion for good, reasonably-priced, and reasonably-healthy Mexican. Katsu-Ya is a fun scene with some great, "inventive" sushi recipes.

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