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Bossa Nova WLA-ridiculously bad

While I am sometimes surprised by the mediocrity of some places popular on CH, I guess my standards were just out of alignment.

Cheesy bread puffs were undercooked.

My salad's dressing was poured on top instead of tossed. My sandwich's BBQ sauce was too sweet (I will allow that BBQ sauce has many variations, but I think it would have been better with a little tanginess.)

My boyfriend's mushroom sauce on his steak was oversalted, and the mushrooms were undercooked. Mashed potatoes were uninspired. His grilled vegetables were probably the best thing we had. Actually, he did not even get the dish that he ordered, but that was not too big of a deal.

Anyone have any suggestions for that area of Pico? (I often eat at Jaipur, the Indian restaurant near Pico/Westwood.)

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  1. This is no surprise.Bossa Nova is the Brazilian Micky D's.A friend who went to Brazil with me recently said the coxinhas were good and the only ones with the size we are used to in Brazil, but I havn't gone recently.It was years ago that I went to BN, long before going to Brazil.It is a fast food place and open late, not a bad option after hours to meet friends after a night on the strip, but your instincts are correct.

    There are many options in the area of course, what are ya lookin' for?

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      1. re: jaykayen

        John O Groats just east on Pico has nice eggs and awesome biscuits.

    1. I really like their chicken breast skewers and vegetable skewers too. I also find their desserts pretty delectable. They have a huge piece of chocolate cake and their carrot cake is great too. I doubt they make the desserts, but they have found a really good source for them and they don't cheat you for the price, that's for sure.

      1. The menu can be very hit and miss, but the hits are worth trying again. I recommend the chicken lasagna, which is actually quite delicious. Whenever I order their ceasar salad, it comes with dressing on the side, so you might try that.

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        1. re: a_and_w

          Unfortunately, my most recent order of chicken lasagna was burned to a crisp -- I'm talking black on top. I hope this isn't a sign of a downhill slide...

          1. re: a_and_w

            Wow. There's no excuse. It's not difficult to tell when something is burned.

            1. re: jaykayen

              Yes, there was no ambiguity -- it was black. Still, I've ordered delivery almost weekly for some time and this is the first anything like this has happened.

        2. Yeah, I tried it recently for the first time, and was underwhelmed (I had the pizza and SO had some pasta), but I really loved the coxinhas. They were delicious.

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          1. re: mdpilam

            The coxinhas are the thing to get, for sure. My meal of choice is a salad, the vegan soup, and a coxinha.

          2. I went to the WLA Bossa Nova a few days ago and had the pork chops.

            To tell the truth I really liked my dish a lot. Mashed potatoes and spinish sides with a lot of onions. The sause was good. Big portion for 13.99

            My freind had the chicken breasts with fries, rice and beans and like them a lot as well.

            The place was packed with a line of people waiting to get in when we left, so manybe this is sort of like a Cheesecake thing. Lots of people like it, but not high on CH?

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            1. re: Scotty

              Went the other day as well. Coxinha's and Cheese Breads EXCELLENT. I wish it was 100% Brasilian. Their italian food doesn't really work for me....