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The Best Restaurants on the West Side??

voracious eater Aug 24, 2008 09:54 PM

Hey eaters:

I am having a bit of a restaurant crisis and am hoping some of you might be able to help. I just started dating a fellow who lives in Santa Monica and thus far we have gone to some pretty great meals at Father's Office, Musha, Tender Greens, and that BBQ joint in Venice. However, we seem to be running out of affordable and most importantly, tasty options. Are there any great places we have overlooked? Something tells me yes..... We are both fairly adventurous eaters--all suggestions welcome!

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  1. mollyomormon RE: voracious eater Aug 24, 2008 10:06 PM

    You've already been to some of my favorites but there are plenty more:

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      Burger Boy RE: voracious eater Aug 24, 2008 10:29 PM

      For a great Burger on a homemade bun or amazing french toasts, try 26 Beach. For some great BBQ near Fairfax & Washington try J&J Burgers & BBQ or great Oaxcan try Guelaquetza.

      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      JNJ Burger Shack
      5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

      11127 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. J.L. RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 01:20 AM

        Terried Sake House
        11617 Santa Monica Bl.
        L.A., CA 90025

        1. westsidegal RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 06:31 AM

          shamshiri grill for persian food.
          westwood blvd north of santa monica blvd.
          their website is awful, their food is terrific.

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            donnival RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 07:38 AM

            Nook Bistro

            Nook Bistro
            11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              nosh RE: donnival Aug 25, 2008 12:37 PM

              I can't praise Nook enough, as a consistently fine excellent value restaurant. Whether you just want a quick bite of their Ceasar salad and excellent mac'n'cheese, or a full-blown multicourse fine dining and wine experience. I will even forgive them for replacing my favorite shortribs with a succulent gravy for a more frou-frou potroast with a horseradish gremolita. Go, but just don't take the last reservation on a night I might want to eat there.

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              yogachik RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 08:26 AM

              Monte Alban - Santa Monica b/w Bundy and Barrington

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                carter RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 09:07 AM

                Also add Violet restaurant on Pico just east of Valentino, and just west of the S/M Freeway overpass.
                Others mentioned are also good.

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                  samtron608 RE: carter Aug 25, 2008 09:18 AM

                  le Saigon on santa monica blvd. good pho and small cozy atmosphere.

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                    nosh RE: carter Aug 25, 2008 12:32 PM

                    Violet is particularly reasonable during their 7 before 7 specials on Tu-Th before 7 p.m., where a selection of their small plates are offered for $7 each.

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                    ronsilverado RE: voracious eater Aug 25, 2008 06:21 PM

                    can't go wrong with monte alban for oaxacan...

                    Monte Alban
                    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                    1. re: ronsilverado
                      flowergirl RE: ronsilverado Aug 25, 2008 09:40 PM

                      La Bottega on Santa Monica and Purdue - good neighborhood Itallian

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