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Jul 11, 2008 03:41 PM

What's the Best Eating Street in LA?

I just replied to a post asking for best burger recs. in which I realized that all three of my favorites are on Pico Blvd - and that doesn't include The Apple Pan, Colony Cafe, Islands or whatever is the new incarnation of Mo' Betta.

I seem to recall some foodie (maybe Jonathan Gold) who once ventured to eat at every restaurant on Pico. So I wondered "If you were sentenced ( or gifted) with having to eat at establishments on only one street in LA, which street would that be?

Is it quality? Stylistic diversity? Ethnic flavors? Price? Easy parking? All of these? Have fun!

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Great cafe's, but not a lot of Chinese on Third. Terroni's on Beverly satisfies my pizza crave. Lots of other good stuff on both.

    2. Valley Blvd. in the San Gabriel Valley, starting from Alhambra and moving west to San Gabriel and Rosemead. It has some of the best Chinese food around. And it's usually pretty cheap, too.

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      1. re: raytamsgv


        Valley Blvd. from Atlantic Blvd. to Rosemead Bvld. is really pretty awesome when you think about it.

        1. re: raytamsgv

          third for Valley Blvd!
          the only thing it's missing is a really good dessert place (I don't like the lighter flavored Asian cakes) oh wait, I take that back! Valley has a Beard Papa.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              I'm on this wagon... The bar is very high, the choices are many, authenticity beyond compare, and even the "expensive" places are unbeatable bargains. A true Chowhound Boulevard.

            2. Colorado in Old Town Pasadena.

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              1. re: PeterL

                Can't think of one restaurant on Colorado in Old Town that I would want to eat in!
                Valley Blvd. is the heart of true chowdom in the San Gabriel Valley.

              2. Brookhurst, in Orange County... through Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Fullerton.

                  1. re: LilZ

                    def some goodies along sawtelle.

                    it's a big "stretch" but santa monica blvd has some goodies... nook, monte alban, ye olde king's head, jiraffe, the palm, la cachette, eat well (i like this place), etc.

                    abbot kinney is another interesting one, as well as Main St. in Santa Monica.

                    agree w/ 3rd and/or beverly as well.

                    1. re: LilZ

                      I agree with Sawtelle. I used to work near it, and loved Hurry Curry and the old cafe that I think is gone now (Uzen?). Sawtelle Kitchen was always good although I understand it's either not the same or gone altogether; it just represented the individuality of the area restaurants. Manpuku is good, but so are all of the little hole-in-the-wall teriyaki and noodle places, as well as everything in that little strip where Hurry Curry and Manpuku are. What they need is a nice place in the middle for everyone to take their food and eat outside in the great SM weather.

                      Hi-end to low-end I think Sawtelle gives out the bang for the buck.

                      Second would be La Cienaga back in the day.

                      Ventura Blvd has to be given consideration, especially through Studio City.

                      Valley Blvd in Alhambra is pretty great but borders on monotony.

                      If great bars were part of the contest, Abbot Kinney would need mentioning.

                      Sunset Blvd is fun from one end to the other but does not rate well in this contest.

                      1. re: The Wiz

                        I live very close to Sawtelle, chose my house specifically because of the proximity to Sawtelle and I love many of the options on Sawtelle - but I wouldn't choose it if I had to be to limited to a single street for all my grub. Not enough in the way of:
                        -breakfast options
                        -Thai food
                        -Italian options - or even pizza
                        -non-Izakaya barfood
                        -Chinese options (some will say that is a symptom of any street on the Westside and others will point to Little Hong Kong - and I'll agree with the former and grudgingly admit to liking some things from LHK, but it is only one place and a limited one at that)

                        So, while I like my sushi, izakaya, Japanese fusion and donut options a lot, Sawtelle is too limiting.

                        I'd probably choose Sherman Way or Valley Blvd.