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Mar 4, 2009 06:37 AM

Comfort Food off La Brea.....?

Any recs for comfort food--we'll be off La Brea. (We've been to Campanile & Luna Park). What's the best comfort food in the area--from dives to nice restaurants?

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  1. on melrose i love Angeli. wonderful gnocchi specials and their pizza is fabulous.

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    1. re: Clyde

      We went to Angeli and had a great time--had the gnocci, pizza, steak & bread pudding. All good (especially the gnocci).

      We went out again later in the week, this time to Jar. Their pea puree with crostini was fantastic, the skirt steak excellent, and the Beef Bourguignon pretty good. The butterscotch pudding was the "weekest link" this time, a bit cloying. The service was top-notch. We hadn't been in over a year and the gentleman that seated us welcomed us back. The waitress said...oh my favorite guests--what a sweetheart. To boot, the room is always so cozy. We had a great time.

    2. Take out only: Chef Marilyn Soul Train Express on Pico and Redondo (one block West of La Brea).
      The new Umami Burger on La Brea & 9th.
      The Italian breakfast place (sorry, my memory draws a blank) on La Brea and 2nd Street (right next to the E-Z Lube)

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      1. re: bad nono

        What is best at Chef Marilyn Soul Train Express? (Maybe I could bring home food for tomorrow.)

        1. re: Funwithfood

          Sorry, just saw your post! My favorite at CM are the collard greens, the smothered chicken, and I usually get some mashed potatoes. I've been told the cobbler was really good, but I've never had it. One friend really likes the meatloaf.

          1. re: bad nono

            Thanks, do you know the address? (easier for me :))

            1. re: Funwithfood

              It's in Chow Places

              Chef Marilyn's
              2638 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

              1. re: Funwithfood

                The Pico outpost I was mentioning is at 5068 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90019
                It's open until 11 PM.

          2. re: bad nono

            The Italian breakfast place is Cafe Verona. Love it! Not sure exactly what qualifies as comfort food, but I was pleasantly surprised by Fiddler's Bistro on 3rd and Hauser. Homey, seems family-run, and has a decent variety on the menu.

          3. Great suggestions! Comfort food on a rainy day...just what the doctor ordered!

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            1. re: Funwithfood

              Roscoes's on Pico, just west of la brea, for what else fried chicken and waffles, although some of the fried chicken has gone downhill, and it's no longer the deal it once was, it'll be over 20 for fried chicken and a waffle, expensive stuff if you ask me.

              Umami Burger on 8th and LaBrea, for burgers.

              Chef marilyn's on pico, a block or so west of roscoes.

              as well as Oki Dog for the herculean PASTRAMI BURRITO, all the stuff a growing kid needs. mounds of chili, griddled pastrami, cheese, and hot dogs piled in to an overstuffed two-fisted humongous flour tortilla. oh, yeah, by the way, there are veggies in there, via cabbage to cut some of the richness.


            2. Is there still a Roscoe's on Pico near La Brea? Chicken and waffles sounds pretty comforting right about now.

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              1. Well, not sure what you find comforting, but I really enjoy Cayenne, on Beverly, just a block west of La Brea. Good hearty kebabs with rice, and their Greek pizza makes me warm and happy.