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So, I'm looking for a place that I haven't considered for some good take out on a Sunday evening. My wife can't go out and our dining options are limited. I just got home from work and don't have the time to go out shopping/preparing/cooking a good meal at home, and I'd like to get something for a satisfactory early dinner.

Our likes: savory, rich, decadent. We also like grease. A good burger goes a looooong way.

Some places we frequent: Father's Office, Hurry Curry, Tacos Por Favor, Bay Cities Deli, The Counter, Juaquila, Santa Monica Seafood, Literati, Snug Harbor, & Bread and Porridge, & Lemon Moon.

So, you can see that we're not die-hard foodies seeking exotic cuisine or high prices. We used to also get BBQ from Mr. Cecil's from time to time. But then I build a smoke pit and have never gone back.

I guess I'm just looking for something within a few miles from my location (Santa Monica Blvd. & Centinela Ave) that I haven't thought of. Any suggestions?

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  1. Interim Cafe on Wilshire for Healthy Eats

    1. Ever go to Monte Alban for Oaxacan?

      Il Forno Caffe http://www.ilfornocaffe.com

      If you like the food at Fred Segal, their cafe closes at 6 on Sundays, if you hit before then, they've got some great salads, burgers (my mom loves the turkey burger), and some pasta, wraps, full plates, etc.

      Babalu on Montana does take out... great grilled veggie salad, yam fries, and plenty of other more decadent options, including the banana cream pie.

      Barney's Gourmet Burgers on San Vicente

      Kaido for some teriyaki or miso salmon
      http://www.kaido.us

      South on Wilshire for bar-ish eats
      http://www.southsantamonica.com

      Sure you could order and pick up from Warszawa
      http://www.warszawarestaurant.com

      World Cafe on Main
      http://www.worldcafela.com

      1. Darya on Santa Monica and Bundy for good persian food, and great cherry rice.

        1. Santa Monica Blvd. at Centinela is not officially Santa Monica -- actually West L.A. Quite near there, at the minimall on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd. at Brockton, two doors down from Monte Alban, is their sister restaurant El Super Taco. They are cheap (tacos $1.10 each), tasty (the habanero salsa is excellent), and fast. Their carne asada has ranged from charred medium-rare just cooked goodness to grey gristley awfulness. The carnitas and al pastor are usually pretty good. But the ethnic regulars all seem to order their tortas, crisped on a panini-type grill, about $5.

          For the best take-out burgers in W.L.A. at a great price stop in at Philly West, a divy sports bar on the east side of Westwood Blvd. just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Their philly cheesesteaks are the best in the area (especially since Markie D's passed on), but they are surpassed by their burgers. Char-grilled, half-pound oblong mounds, juicy with grilled onions served on a hoagie roll. About $6 for a great cheeseburger, and they have free parking in the shared lot in the back.

          Finally, Zankou on Sepulveda just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The best value is a whole chicken, a bunch of warm pita, and as much of their great garlic paste as they'll give you. Fast service and an easy parking lot.

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          1. re: nosh

            Thanks for all the recs. Think we're gonna go with some good ol' fashioned pizza from Joe's near the Promenade.

            We are in SM though nosh, just depends if you're on the east or west side of Centinela. Trust me, I've got the zip code to prove it!

            1. re: rlic80

              Nosh might be thinking of Bundy - that instant name-change from Centinela to Bundy around the North Venice Little League entrance is strange... I grew up denying this street was Bundy for years, just in spite of the folks who pulled this on everyone...

          2. Monte Alban
            El Super Taco*
            Taco Plus
            Javan*
            Le Saigon
            California Chicken Cafe
            The Shack
            Richie Palmer's Pizza*
            Dagwood's Pizza*
            Fatburger
            Sham*
            Little Hong Kong
            Chang's*
            All India Cafe*
            Nawab*

            *=delivery (but Sham doesn't deliver on Sundays).

            1. Babalu on Montana has great and healthy food.