Good chow near 405/Sunset Blvd (Brentwood)?
I'm visiting LA and am staying at the Hotel Angeleno which is located (according to their website) at the crossroads of Brentwood and Bel-Air at 170 N. Church Lane. I know absolutely nothing about LA, and will not have a car. Is there any good chow nearby? Is it a safe neighborhood to walk in to get to local eateries? I'm targeting moderate places, no more than about $15 per entree. Ethnic is fine. Thoughts?
Your closest ethnic place would probably be the Clay Pit for Indian food. It's at 145 S Barrington Ave. and you would walk west on Sunset Blvd. a little more than a half a mile to get there. Not the most brilliant Indian food in LA, but it will do in a pinch. You are kind of in "no mans" land at that hotel, especially when it comes to walking.
Remember that cabs can't be hailed in L.A., they have to be called. Typically they show up in 10-20 minutes, maybe faster if you have the doorman or concierge call for you.
As both Servorg and Emme have warned, you'll be in an area that is extremely pedestrian-hostile (not to mention noisy -- it's literally facing the 405). There are sections of Sunset Blvd. that are unlit AND have no sidewalks, so forget about walking anywhere after sundown or at peak hours.
And the restaurants you're going to find in Brentwood are definitely going to challenge your budget.
You probably will want to go over to the Westwood Village area or down Barrington to the heart of Brentwood. Definitely cab it. While cab's aren't supposed to pick you up on the street I have never had a problem hailing them in the Westwood area. A couple of good, solid Thai places that will be in your price range are:
Emporium Thai Cuisine
1275 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles 90024
Between Ashton & Wellworth Ave
1049 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles 90024
Between Kinross Ave & Weyburn Ave
really nothing within walking distance, as even the clay pit is on barrington and the walk along sunset isn't safe at particular points. i mean there's san gennaro there on barrington ct as well. if you're not married to that hotel (as in you haven't already booked), i'd consider changing if you're not going to have a car. otherwise, i'd rent a car or take taxis over to italian restaurants on san vicente. pizzacotto would be an option over there. coral tree cafe. also westwood isn't too far, if you wanted to take a taxi or drive to westwood blvd... shamshiri, california fresh, and others... if you decide to rent a car or taxi it, let us know so we can make some driving distanced recs.
I don't know exactly where the hotel is, but if it's where I think it is, I agree with Servorg. Many of the restaurants closeby would be in Brentwood Village or Westwood Village. To get to Westwood Village, I think you would need a car. Cab rides in LA can become expensive very quickly.
I don't know exactly what would be in walking distance, but I can give you some recs within a few miles of where I think you'll be. In Brentwood, I recommend Coral Tree Cafe. They have good salads, and I recommend the banana latte.
On Westwood Blvd., in Westwood, I recommend Shamshiri Grill.
1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Coral Tree Cafe
11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Take a cab to Santa Monica. Father's Office is in your budget. Or, take a cab to Monte Alban in West LA.
You can't walk anywhere from your hotel, but you can take a $10 cab ride to some great, inexpensive, restaurants. The hotel might have a shuttle within a certain radius, you should ask them.
re: OC Mutt
Walk across the street to the Luxe Hotel. The restaurant "On Sunset" serves a great breakfast, excellent lunch and has a very nice bar with a good and inexpensive bar menu. I prefer the bar menu to the regular dinner menu. The bartender makes a fine drink and those hamburger sliders & fries make for an inexpensive & yummy meal. Best of all, you can walk right back to your hotel.
hotel angelino's location does not afford any safe walking route to any restaurant, much less a reasonably priced restaurant.
to make matters worse, the food at the hotel itself is VERY expensive, and not nearly worth even half of what they charge.
what the hotel does offer, is a very lovely, comfortable bar area upstairs with a great view and terrible table service (go to the bar, order your drinks, and carry the drinks back to the table yourself). the check for 2 martinis and one chopin vodka was $40 before tip.
You're in the same neighborhood as The Getty Museum. Great architecture, gardens, and view (the hotel can be seen below from the Getty). Some consider the art to be okay but I've always thoroughly enjoyed the art and never find enough time to cover all of the galleries in one visit. The cafe can be done for $15 (not the restaurant). If you plan on visiting, it's a great deal - it's free. The hotel should have some sort of courtesy shuttle as most guests will be in your position - from out of town, in the middle of no where, and itching to go to the Getty, Westwood, Brentwood, or possibly even Century City or West LA. It would be worth a call to the hotel to find out what places the courtesy shuttle typically takes their guests. You can then search this board accordingly. If the shuttle runs to these neighborhoods, you may want to grab some picnic-like foods on one of your outings around these areas, and eat outdoors around one of the museum's outdoor or garden areas. Your best bet for local one-stop great food shopping would probably be Vicente Foods on San Vicente and Bundy. They serve a neighborhood that is deep with deep pockets. Yes, you'll end up spending more than $15 for a picnic lunch here but their service counters are top notch.
Westwood Village (the area just south of UCLA) has a few places that are worth eating at, but the real jems are along the few blocks of Westwood Blvd south of Westwood Village. It would be worth your time to search the LA Board for recs in the Westwood area, particularly for some great Persian, Lebanese, and even some decent Italian that would work within your budget, especially for lunch.
Like some have already mentioned, Brentwood is a tough do for $15. The restaurants in Brentwood that are usually preferred on this board are more in the $30-$60 range. You will find some decent quality eats - nothing special - like Soup Plantation and eateries of that type that will work within your budget, but nothing spectacular - the rent is too high in this neighborhood for more typical ethnic LA eats.
I think if you can go down a little further to West LA, you will find many more options well within your reach. The main streets that run through West LA - Wilshire, Santa Monica, Olympic, Pico, Westwood, Sepulveda, and Sawtelle - have so many types of food, ethnic and otherwise. I think it may be out of the hotel's courtesy shuttle's range, but it couldn't hurt to ask. The first two places that come to mind in West LA for the stated price range for entrees are Nook and Monte Alban. Both are very good, reasonably priced, and unique in their own ways. And both are a stone's throw away from each other on Santa Monica Blvd.
I am guessing that you're about four to five miles away from Sawtelle and Olympic Blvds. This part of Sawtelle Blvd is well known for having some decent to great restaurants that are mainly Japanese. I'd say at least 2/3 of the joints around this neighborhood can be done for $15-$20. If you're willing to spend around $30 to $40 total, you could do dinner at great places like Orris or Bar Hayama.
Again, call the hotel, find out where their shuttles run, find out what cab fare typically costs for say a five-mile trip, and you could then search the boards accordingly.