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hey e'rebody... I just moved to the neighborhood and am looking for awesome food in my new area. I'm pretty much in Thai Town, so I've been eating thai food almost exclusively for a couple weeks now and I just wanted to mix it up and try some new places!!! I'm generally open to any and all cuisines and I don't care one way or another about ambience, just good food! I'm looking for specifically local stuff, cause I don't wanna drive too far for every meal. Places I have hit up: Fred 62 (totally respectable), House of Pies (mediocre), Birds (or is it 'Byrds', either way it's totally good), and not much else. Some basic things I'd like to find would be: pizza, italian, sushi, burger, chinese, mexican (tacos/enchiladas), yummy salads, subs, deli-style sandwiches, cheese plate, hot dogs, ummm... and anything else that you think is amazing and I should know about!!! If you have dish recommendations for places, please include that in your reply as that's always helpful for me... Thanks again!!!

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  1. Here's a thread from last year with a lot of good suggestions:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/408405

    Some of my personal favorites in the area include Il Cappricio and Il Cappricio Pizzeria for Italian and pizza, Best Fish Taco in Ensenada for fish tacos, and Caroussel for Lebanese/Middle Eastern.

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    Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria
    )4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Caroussel Restaurant
    5112 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
    1650 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Il Capriccio On Vermont
    1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    1. Little Dom's on Hillhurst is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner - Italian and some all purpose American type stuff. Ye Olde Rustic on Hillhurst is a dark bar with great burgers and wings. Some people like Mexico City on Hillhurst for Mexican, I'm not one of them but it isn't bad. I like Carousel at 5112 Hollywood Blvd. (Hye Plaza) for Lebanese - Armenian. A lot of people love Yuca's on Hillhurst for Mexican - again, I'm not among them, but again it's not bad. Il Capriccio Pizza, 4518 Hollywood Blvd. (near Sunset) is good. Cobras and Matadors on Hollywood Blvd. between Sunset and Vermont is a very good place for tapas. I wouldn't bother with any Chinese anywhere around there - for that matter I have too much respect for Chinese food to eat it pretty much anywhere other than the San Gabriel Valley. I had a very good meal recently at Vermont, on Vermont just north of Hollywood Blvd. A bit pricy but very good.

      1. A few other good places:
        Zankou Chicken (Sunset and Normandie) (the original one, larger menu, original garlic sauce)
        Square One Dining -- great breakfasts and lunches
        Vinoteca Farfalla -- cheese, wine, etc. (also Tropicalia next door for Brazilian)
        Definitely agree with Caroussel, but I think Yuca's food is much better than Mexico City.
        Sushi -- Saito in Silver Lake, Sushi Ike on Gower or En Sushi on Hillhurst.

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        Ike Sushi
        6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Square One Dining
        4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        Vinoteca Farfalla
        1968 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Saito's Sushi
        4339 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        1. I speak more for Hollywood than Los Feliz but there are a lot of good non-Thai options:

          La Fonda Anteoqueno (fabulous Colombian) and Rincon Chilleno (Chillean) are both on the strech of Melrose between about Western and Vermont.

          Great Oaxacan at Antequera de Oaxaca (Melrose and Wilton)

          Italian at La Buca (Melrose, west of Wilton)

          Rocco's Pizza on Vermont near LACC is pretty decent and delivers (I like their white pie).

          One of the only decent Chinese places outside of Chinatown/SGV used to be BBQ Unlimited on Melrose, but I haven't been in years and don't know if it's still around.

          Marouche on Santa Monica Blvd for Middle Eastern.

          Amazing Boerek (Armenian meat and cheese pies) at Taron Bakery on Hollywood behind Kaiser.

          Great Hot Dogs at Skooby's on Hollywood around Las Palmas and great burgers just down the street at Lucky Devils.

          Make your own cheese plate at the Cheese Store of Silverlake at Sunsent Junction.

          1. The neighborhood has a wealth of good to excellent breakfast places. Square One on Fountain near the Scientology Center may be one of the best breakfast places in LA. The Alcove on Hillhurst has a very pleasant outdoor patio, and Figaro Bistrot has a real Parisian vibe, although imho it's a bit overpriced -- but I do believe they have a cheese plate as does Mes Amis across the street. Home is a bit coffeeshoppish but certainly an improvement on House of Pies plus you get to sit outdoors.

            If your standards for "authentic" Chinese food are high you will be disappointed in what's available, but for basic Americanized takeout the best available is Chi Dynasty on Hillhurst. (They just moved about four blocks south -- the address listed below is correct.)

            Il Capriccio is without question one of the best pizzas around, but like some thin-crusts it doesn't travel well (plus their delivery service is notoriously flaky). For delivery I swear by Palermo, although I should warn you against anything other than pizza and a plain salad.

            The Kitchen, on Fountain just west of Sunset, is a reliable standby with a solid comfort-food menu. Their Belgian beef stew is my favorite rainy-day meal.

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            Square One Dining
            4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

            Figaro Cafe Restaurant
            1802 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Alcove Cafe & Bakery
            1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            The Kitchen
            4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

            Palermo Italian Restaurant
            1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Mes Amis
            1739 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Home
            1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Chi Dynasty
            1813 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            1. I like this list so far.
              Carousel is good, inexpensive middle eastern, Square One is delicious brunch/lunch.
              I would add Paru's if you dig (or are willing to try) southern Indian food. Or how about some Mexican at Tere's, Peruvian at Mario's or Los Balcones, or maybe you want to try some great home-made Hungarian at Sabina's?

              1. i would defintely recommend Cobras and Matadors (on hollywood, just east of vermont). amazing tapas and you dont leave hungry.
                also recommend Electric Lotus on vermont (at franklin, right across the street from house of pies). amazing indian food. they have decent lunch specials...but fear not, no buffets

                1. also, for amazing coffee go to intelligentsia on sunset.

                  1. Rudolpho's for Happy Hour, and I think it's still 7 days a week from 4 to 7.

                    www.rudolphoslive.com

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                    1. re: jillso

                      Rudolpho's is no more. It's now a branch of Home, that place on Hillhurst. I had dinner there the other night and it wasn't very good - but then, I've never much liked Home on Hillhurst either. Probably okay for breakfast, maybe a burger won't be too bad - and it does have a full bar that is reasonably priced.