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Apr 2, 2009 10:04 PM

UCLA Eats!!!

I love going to UCLA but am so tired of the same five restaurants in walking distance of campus.
I need some help.
I need good food, vegetarian friendly, easily excesible via walkinng or bus or combo.
I love spice and exotic cusine.
Delivery tips would be awesome too!

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  1. My favorite sitdown, fullservice restaurant in Westwood Village is Thai House, across from Whole Foods on the west side of Gayley. Quiet, good service, real glassware and plates, big portions at prices no higher than the churn-em-out places like Noodle Planet. For fast food that is vegetarian-friendly I like Bella Pita, a few doors down from In-n-Out, for fresh falafel pitas and their condiment bar with greens, veggies, and sauces.

    1. Westwood Village has many options, unfortunately most places fall flat. My suggestions are:
      -Damon and Pythias: good food, many options
      -Gushi: great teriyaki beef
      -Saks: good cheap asian food
      -Fat Burger: solid
      -In-N-Out: obviously
      -BJ's: good chicago style pizza

      1. From your post, I guess sure you're sick of Native Foods already...

        On Gayley, Lamonica's does a decent version of NY pizza (their plain cheese pie is great).

        Next door, Mongols BBQ has fed me countless times since my undergrad days in Westwood (it's self-serve, so you can skip the meat).

        Agree with Thai House for good Thai, but would add Emporium Thai (on Westwood Blvd., 1.5 blocks south of Wilshire) for Thai cravings.

        Further south, try Sunnin for your exotic cuisine description.

        Even further south (south of SM Blvd. on Westwood), Wakasan serves homestyle Japanese food, and I'm not sure if they accommodate vegetarians, but you can ask...

        1. What are those 5 same old restauarnts you're so tired of ? (That way no one will recommened them, ect.).

          Yamato - Broxton & Westwood Blvd. (2 blocks from UCLA). Has Happy Hour from 5 to 10 p.m. every day. i.e. ~ I really like their Seaweed Salad for $2.48 (not too small, but not an entree salad either).

          Bella Pita - (One of the 5 you're tired of ?). 1/2 block away.

          Sak's - Cheap, but really not very good. Trying it once was enough for me.

          Angelino's Cafe - Italian - 10874 Kinross Ave., 2 blocks away.
          Veggie Sandwich - Grilled eggplant and zucchini, provolone cheese, tomato and onions.
          Veggie Burger.
          Pasta - 6 options no meat.
          Salads - 3 Vegan.

          There are other places......

          Delivery Options -
          There are 30+ that do so according to menupages, but don't expect it to be 100% accurate (How often do the update it ?):

          1. The Iranian sandwich shop Attari is pretty awesome: on Westwood a couple blocks south of Wilshire, and several of the best things on the menu are vegetarian. Ambala Dhaba, on Westwood just north of Santa Monica Blvd., is the best Indian restaurant in this part of town. (You'll also want to investigate Mayura, a Kerala-style place on Venice and Motor, if the Blue Bus provides.) You'll find a lot of detractors on the board, including me, but the outlet of La Serenata de Garibaldi on Pico just west of Westwood is pretty remarkable. You'll also want to investigate the Oaxacan places on Santa Monica Blvd., chiefly Monte Alban, although I wouldn't encourage you to think too deeply about the constitution of the masa. And Alcazar, the best Lebanese in town, is opening a second location on Westwood soon.

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            1. re: condiment

              "...but the outlet of La Serenata de Garibaldi on Wilshire near Westwood is pretty remarkable. "

              I know they have restaurant locations on Pico Blvd. just a bit east of Sepulveda and they have the one in Santa Monica on 4th Street (IIRC) and of course the original (and by far, far, far the best of the 3) near downtown LA. Did they open up a new location near Westwood Village?

              1. re: condiment

                Whoah...when is Alcazar opening in Westwood?

                ETA: Their website says by May 2009. Looks like it will be an "express" branch. This is very exciting news as I've been wanting to try the Encino location.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  I called Alcazar yesterday and they said their new location will be 1303 Westwood Blvd., south of Wilshire next to Papa John's; or they're moving into Danube's (Bulgarian) space.

                  So it must be don't sing for me Bul-gar-i-a....