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I'm looking for a place to eat dinner tomorrow someplace roughly halfway between Venice and Encino. Someone suggested Brentwood, but I rarely eat there. Any suggestions on decent, mid-priced places other than sushi for a group of four?

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  1. What's your idea of mid-priced? There are so many great restaurants in Brentwood. Most of them are italian, but mostly really good. My first thought is Pizzicoto, which I consider mid-priced, at about $30/person.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Anything $30 and under, preferably under. Anyone been to Taiko? I know they have sushi but I think they're also a noodle shop.

      1. re: grubtrotters

        Taiko serves very good udon, soba, and rice bowls. I also like their salmon skin salad, tofu salad, vegetable tempura. I almost never go for the sushi items though. If you are looking for dessert after your meal at Taiko, the yogurt place next door serves some of the most intersting and tasty yogurts. You pick the flavors of yogurt and blend-ins, sort of like Coldstone, and you get your personal flavors.

        1. re: fdb

          fdb -- As you have mentioned, Taiko salads are really, really good!
          My favorite is their salmon skin, but their fried calamari salad is very tasty. A Taiko salad is the perfect summer dinner...and very reasonable.

          1. re: liu

            I'll try calamari salad next time.

        2. re: grubtrotters

          Taiko is affordable and very good. In addition to sushi and noodles, they also have cooked fish. I usually get raw food there, but everything I've had has been good. For very casual food in the area, I like coral tree cafe and barney's gourmet hamburgers. But Taiko is probably the best bet for what you are looking for.

          1. re: Nicole

            i went out on a limb around 6 months back and got the chirashi at taiko. it wasn't half bad.

      2. Nook Bistro, on Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington, gets you a bit north and close to the 405. Check out the menu on their website -- www.nookbistro.com. Great panko-topped mac'n'cheese as a starter, really tasty mussels, a good high-end burger, and entrees in the low $20s. Excellent service, free parking in the minimall. Much better value than any of the high-rent places on San Vicente on the main stretch of Brentwood.

        1. Or you could both take the canyon route and try Froggy'sFish Market in Topanga...