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Best AYCE (under 35 USD per person), any type of food, in WLA

D Hound Jan 27, 2009 11:42 PM

Unusual request here - best AYCE place, any type of food is fine (sushi, korean, seafood, meat, you name it), for up to 35 USD per person, and in WLA (proximity to UCLA is a plus).


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  1. Servorg RE: D Hound Jan 28, 2009 02:17 AM

    L or D? Weekends okay?

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      D Hound RE: Servorg Jan 28, 2009 05:31 PM

      Either lunch or dinner is fine. Weekends strongly preferred.

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        westsidegal RE: D Hound Jan 28, 2009 08:16 PM

        for weekday lunch, on pico near westwood blvd, i'd recommend jaipur indian restaurant.
        the food is served buffet style. as i recall, under $10/pp.

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          gadflier RE: westsidegal Jan 29, 2009 08:55 AM

          Second on Jaipur

          Jaipur Cuisine of India
          10916 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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      Alice RE: D Hound Jan 28, 2009 09:54 PM

      this isn't in wla, but only about a 15 min drive. the gyu kaku at the topanga mall has a great all you can eat deal for $30. it's tasty as well, so might be worth the trek.

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        Servorg RE: Alice Jan 29, 2009 03:41 AM

        I haven't tried the Gyu Kaku AYCE special, but if they all have it then the one in West LA on Pico would fit the bill.

        10925 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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          ldodb RE: Servorg Jan 29, 2009 07:20 AM

          The West LA location does not have any AYCE specials.

      2. Emme RE: D Hound Jan 28, 2009 11:15 PM

        Nawab of India on wilshire - Weekday lunch buffet for 10.95 on weekends the champagne brunch is 14.95

        Fogo de Chao on La Cienaga

        in case you wander over to fairfax, there's Chao Krung

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          westsidegal RE: Emme Jan 29, 2009 08:43 AM

          fogo de chao exceeds D Hound's budget.

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            Servorg RE: westsidegal Jan 29, 2009 10:12 AM

            Fogo's lunch price will meet the budget.

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              Foodandwine RE: Servorg Jan 29, 2009 10:45 AM

              brasa is a great ayce and for around $15 p/p bring your own wine at no corkage too.. brazilian BBQ and tons of food of good quality.. I think dinner is $5 more.. link attached and close to UCLA

              Brasa Brasil Grill
              10022 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                wilafur RE: Foodandwine Jan 29, 2009 10:51 AM

                corkage is $5 at brasa.

                quality is decent.....it seriously pales in comparison to fogo. but i go to brasa because it is a good bang for the buck!

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                  alkylyou RE: Foodandwine Jan 30, 2009 02:23 PM

                  i've been meaning to try this.
                  thanks for the rec.

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                  westsidegal RE: Servorg Jan 29, 2009 01:03 PM

                  thanks servorg, i didn't know that.

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                    kevin RE: westsidegal Jan 29, 2009 02:00 PM

                    i think it barely makes 35 per person for lunch at fogo, dinner is more like $56 or $62, and none arivves with any sodas, coffee, tea, and of course also no desserts.

                    but who knows if you have a big enough crowd for AYCE dinner, maybe Fogo would cut you a deal. anyhow, it's probably my only and favorite all you can eat joint in town.

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                    Emme RE: Servorg Jan 29, 2009 10:04 PM

                    yes meant to say this sorry.

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                  Nicole RE: Emme Feb 3, 2009 08:59 AM

                  Fogo de Chao is only open for lunch on weekdays, and the OP prefers weekends.

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                  broncosaurus RE: D Hound Jan 29, 2009 07:21 PM

                  I'd fork over the extra $5 and go to the Universal Hilton Chinese Buffet, served on weekends.

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                    bophisto RE: D Hound Feb 1, 2009 03:50 PM

                    Jaipur is a great deal I think it's $9 or less for lunch. The quality of the food is great and service is also.

                    Someone mentioned the Gyu Kaku at the Topanga Mall is a 15 min drive from West L.A ..but it's a bit more like 30+ minutes.

                    Their AYCE is great though and a good value for what you get...although they keep changing things a bit.

                    The cheapest AYCE there used to be $21 I believe..but now they've raised it to $30. This also includes sushi, salads,soups ,apps,etc. But it's still considerably more than $21..
                    I guess it's not too bad though for what you get.

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                      aliris RE: D Hound Feb 3, 2009 12:05 AM

                      For a good deal and good-enough falafel, try the falafel stand on Pico across from SM college at 16th I think? Sorry, the name escapes me -- precise details too. But he serves AYCE (sandwich) after 5 pm I think? On M & W? For something like $8? He just raised his price...

                      Sorry for the sketchy details but I have no doubt someone will furnish precise details in no time flat. I really like the stuff. Wish I could remember even its name; sorry! But this is not a white-tablecloth kinda place. Nor is it a smorgasbord.

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                        kevin RE: aliris Feb 3, 2009 07:28 AM

                        hungry pocket

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                          wilafur RE: aliris Feb 3, 2009 08:54 AM

                          i was seriously underwhlemed when i tried hungyry pocket last week. i got the falafel sandwich and it was a mess. too much tahini caused the pita to crumble and drip all over the place.....probably didn't help that it was assembled haphazardly.

                          the falafel balls were decent but lacked any crisp. not a fan.

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                          Nicole RE: D Hound Feb 3, 2009 08:56 AM

                          Shershah, the Indian restaurant in that big shopping center in Marina del Rey, has a pretty good weekend champagne brunch with an AYCE Indian buffet. I can't remember the price but it's probably around $15. It's definitely well within your budget.

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