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Jan 14, 2009 06:50 AM

Where to Eat Near Griffith Park?

We're taking out-of-town friends to the observatory Friday and it will be time for dinner when we leave the park. Any suggestions for places to eat nearby? We're looking for some place casual with moderate to inexpensive prices. We'll be heading west, so prefer to not go too far the other way. Thanks so much!

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    1. re: ns1

      I would try Little Dom's The Deli, very casual. Fred 62 has some good things and some meeh, chose wisely, I like the rice bowl with grilled veggies add chicken. There is the Vegetarian place, they also have chicken and fish, acrsoo from Albertson's market on Hillhurst. If you want old school red sauce italian and pizza try Palermo's on Vermont. Skaf's is in Burbank or North Hollywood, isn't it. Not sure if it is geographically convenient.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        Skaf's is in Glendale. From Griffith, 5s, 2N, exit Colorado

        Total driving time < 10 minutes.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          I agree with Little Dom's, deli or the restaurant. It has excellent food and is not outrageous.

          Canele, while just a bit further away, is also terrific.

      2. You couldn't ask for a more delicious, cheap and casual restaurant than Sapp's. On Hollywood Blvd just west of Normandie.

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        1. re: Ogawak

          You should describe it so the know it is very much Thai, and what is the one dish they are famous for, i forgot.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            you should also point out that although it's cheap and tasty, Sapp's is a dump.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              sure thing, Burger Boy. It's their Boat Noodles, but all their noodle dishes are great.

              also nearby is Yuca's, but they close at 6 PM. good Mexican and hamburgers.

              1. re: Ogawak

                actually there's a second Yuca's now on Hollywood Blvd (east of Vermont) that stays open later...
                Also - Sgt. Recruiter across the street

          2. I would go to either Jitlada for the Southern Thai menu (be sure to search the board in advance to know what to order; don't just get pad thai) or to Ruen Pair for a somewhat cheaper and less exotic but still yummy Thai-Chinese dinner. You're near Thai Town; you might as well eat Thai, right?

            Both are casual, and should be right on your way home.

            If you are averse to Thai, you could head South a ways and stop by Papa Cristos for Greek food.

            For dessert (if you have any room left), I would head down to Scoops.

            1. I'd suggest Canele in Atwater not too far from the observatory... never had a bad meal there, but it is smallish and on a friday night you might have to wait a bit to get in. i don't believe they take reservations.