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Favorite places to eat at often

I eat out frequently and have yet to find many restaurants that fit the need for a tasty, all around menu that is reasobnably priced. I am not looking for ethnic here - nor am I looking for a diner or coffee shop. Maybe a place with fresh, delicious food and a varied menu that is consistently good and has entrees under $20. I live in West L A, but Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Brentwood, Beverly Hills would all be fine.

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  1. Nook is always my fallback option when I run out of places to eat.

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      1. re: donnival

        Nook Bistro, in the back corner of the minimall on the S/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington. I think just about everything on the menu is $20 or under (except the ribeye steak) and are generously sized and include sides. You can eat a satisfying dinner for less with their gourmet burger, the mussels, or the mac'n'cheese and a ceasar salad. Their menus, including prices, are online on their website: www.nookbistro.com

        1. re: westsidegal

          Second for 26 Beach. Great burgers and salads.

        2. My fallback places tend to be Italian (does that count as ethnic) --- in Beverly Hills I like Il Pastaio. If you are willing to drive to West Hollywood definitely check out Vivoli Café & Trattoria.

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          1. re: Obessed

            Il Pastaio was good 8 Years ago... the quality just keeps getting worse and worse... had the misfortune one day of overhearing an inspector from the health dept. too....

          2. The Kitchen, hands down.
            A little bit out of your area listed above, but completely worth the extra driving miles.
            4348 Fountain (at Sunset)

            1. Bella Roma SQPR
              1513 S. Robertson Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90035
              (310) 277-ROMA
              Just South of Pico Blvd

              Consistently good. Bravo Roberto!

              http://bellaromaspqr.sitesvp.com/

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              1. re: RicRios

                I agree with the Nook, but you can't go during prime hours without a reservation. Many years ago, when we lived in the South Bay, we used to go with our son to the Kettle. I wish there was an analogous restaurant in Santa Monica/West L.A. to drop in for something.