Kosher in Los Angeles - restaurant recommendations for upcoming trip
We're coming to LA for a family vacation next week with our 16 year old. Are there any kosher restaurants you would recommend? We'll be staying in Santa Monica & trying to see some typical tourist sites in Hollywood, Burbank & Culver City.
Have looked through this board, but it seems like a lot of restaurants have closed recently. Also looked at Shamash, but don't have a good idea where things are located. Would like something nice, not a bagel or pizza place. (We eat dairy out, so a kosher pizza place is not a particular treat.) Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
The major kosher restaurants are going to be on Pico/Robertson - I would reommend the following restaurants -
Pats Restaurant - A steakhouse and is one of my favorites in LA - I go there every time I am in town - the steaks are excellent - http://www.patskosher.com/
Jeff's Gourmet Sausage - low key hot dog stand another one of my favorites some of the best hot dogs/sausages outside of chicgao - http://www.jeffsgourmet.com/
Shanghai Diamond Garden - Decent kosher chinese and sushi - http://www.greatrestaurantsmag.com/KO...
- the last time I was in LA I had one of the best meals I ever had was at Prime Grill in Bevery Hills but I think they are closed or at least for remodeling - from Shamash the closest to Sanata Monica is HaBayit - I have not been but I would call since it has not been updated from 2005
Shanghai Diamond Garden
9401 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage
8930 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
11921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
9233 W Pico Blvd # 200, Los Angeles, CA
421 N Rodeo Dr Ste 31, Beverly Hills, CA
Prime Grill closed I think.
I would recommend Jeff's Sausage on Pico and Delice Bistro on Pico.
I recently had a pretty good experience at La Gondola in LA. I don't eat meat, but everyone else in the group did, and they were almost all delighted (only 2 of the 14 meat eaters eat only kosher, so the fact that almost everyone was happy seemed like a good sign to me).
Bocca in Encino in the San Fernando valley (west of Burbank, north of Santa Monica) is a new La Gondola franchise. Haven't tried it. Our family likes Sassi in Encino, but I'm not sure it's worth the drive for you. There's also a cluster of kosher eateries in North Hollywood, but nothing so special that it's worth the trip.
One restaurant that IS worth the trip is Tierra Sur restaurant, in Oxnard. If you'd like to make a beachy day of it, this would be a great end to the day, but it's a significant drive otherwise (perhaps an hour each way).
It's worth the trip now. Actually, it would have been worth a trip to Valley Village (North Hollywood) back when the OP, Jeriri, posted, due to the fact that they were going to be in Burbank anyway, and Valley Village represented the closest kosher food. But now, in addition to Smokin'!, there's a new Chinese restaurant which has had mixed reviews, but at least I think their hot and sour soup is passable, far better than I was served the one time I ate at Shanghai Diamond Garden. Haven't had anything else there yet, but the place (Mashu Mashu is the name) exudes delicious aromas. And of course, there's Le Sushi, which draws people from Pico, believe it or not, and Cafe Eilat for dessert, breakfast, coffee, a place to hang out. It also draws from the city.
Mashu Mashu ended up being second-rate or worse, and they just sold to a new owner. They just had their grand opening yesterday, and let's hope the new owner makes it a restaurant to be reckoned with, on the basis of food quality, rather than another all show, no go, marketing driven restaurant. Time will tell. It is owned by the son of a friend of mine, but he's really a marketing specialist who enjoys good food, rather than a cook, in terms of training.