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In Search of: A Swiss Restaurant in LA.. Anyone?

DrBruin Apr 24, 2009 08:58 PM

Okay, CH'ers... the only remotely Swiss place that comes to mind is The Melting Pot or maybe the Alpine Village (which is more German than Swiss anyway).

The place doesn't have to be a fondue restaurant... as long as it's not a fon-DON'T restaurant. (Sorry for the CHEESY joke there.... now, actually 2 cheesy jokes... ha.)

My wife has a guest flying in from Boston who grew up in Switzerland. Sure, we'll probably take her to something she cannot get in Boston or Switzerland... like decent Mexican food... but, I thought it'd be a fun surprise to bring her a slice of her childhood.

For what it's worth, I think she grew up near the Swiss-German border just in case there's a ton of regional Swiss restaurants out here that I couldn't find (cough-doubt-it-cough).


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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: DrBruin Apr 24, 2009 09:19 PM

    There used to be the Matterhorn, but it's now Barone's.

    Gustav Anders of the Jagerhaus in Anaheim studied and worked in Switzerland (all of the memorabilia on the wall as you walk in are from Switzerland), but it a German restaurant. They do have roesti, however, but none of the Romandy specialities I lived on when I lived there.

    1. Mattapoisett in LA RE: DrBruin Apr 24, 2009 09:28 PM

      Chalet Edelweiss was pretty good food and very nice People. It's near LAX. Dommy had Zürcher Gschnätzlets and I had a special of Venison and Spaetzel which were very good.

      Chalet Edelweiss
      8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

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        lakeshow318 RE: Mattapoisett in LA Apr 25, 2009 12:54 PM

        the owners of chalet edelweiss also own the waterfront cafe in venice which is more of a biergaarten but serves schnitzel, sausages, etc. also it's great people watching and they serve fantastic erdinger beer.

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          aliris RE: Mattapoisett in LA Apr 26, 2009 12:11 AM

          Gosh, how could you know this existed? Is it on that long horror-stretch of Sepulveda that look like all the stores are bankrupt because you can't reach them from the street? It was years I was passing them wondering why no new stores took the place of the kaput ones. This restaurant must be accessed from the parking-lot side of the street? I can't wait to try it! I had absolutely no idea....

        2. elmomonster RE: DrBruin Apr 24, 2009 10:18 PM

          Basilic in Newport Beach is Swiss/French, with raclette.


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            mikester RE: elmomonster Apr 27, 2009 08:54 AM

            Yes, Basilic is Swiss and very good !

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            JBC RE: DrBruin Apr 25, 2009 06:52 AM

            In L.A. County your best choice is probably Chalet Edelweiss as mentioned above; however, in the interest of full disclosure, it's also available at the Waterfront Cafe:

            "Swiss Cheese Fondue

            Made with imported GRUYERE and EMMENTALER CHEESE from SWITZERLAND
            Cooked in White Wine after our original Swiss Recipe.

            Served for two or more guests only.

            Origial Swiss Fondue Price per Person $ 12.75 including a Dinner Salad with choice of dressing.

            With a shot of Original Swiss Kirsch Liquor add $ 1.00.

            With Porcini Mushrooms add $ 1.00."

            The Waterfront Cafe on the Venice Boardwalk is better know for it's view of the sand & ocean than for the excellence of it's food. OTOH, if it's real warm out, dining outside is definetly a European not-so-guilty pleasure ......


            1. Phurstluv RE: DrBruin Apr 25, 2009 03:17 PM

              It's not Swiss, and it's on the westside, but AK on Abbot Kinney in Venice is supposed to be fantastic, with many true Scandinavian options, but the chef is a very well-known & seasoned guy who's worked all over the world for the Four Seasons chain. I have heard nothing but great things about it and can't wait to go myself!

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                Baron RE: DrBruin Apr 25, 2009 04:50 PM

                Hi Doc. Please give us a report after you go. I've been wanting to give the place a try.

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                  DrBruin RE: Baron Apr 25, 2009 07:01 PM

                  Unfortunately, I couldn't go but my wife took her Swiss friend there... and, she loooooved it who loved it... Apparently, the raclette was authentic.

                  Thanks for all the help. .

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                    Peripatetic RE: DrBruin Apr 26, 2009 12:36 AM

                    Thanks for the report. Which one did they go to, Chalet Edelweiss or Waterfront Cafe?

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                      DrBruin RE: Peripatetic Apr 26, 2009 05:14 AM

                      Chalet Edelweiss

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                JeetJet RE: DrBruin Apr 26, 2009 01:23 AM

                Swiss Park is located in Whittier at the intersection of the 605 and 60. I went there after it was built years ago. Tthe best ox-tail soup I ever had was from that kitchen. I am not sure if they still run the restaurant in the front section or just open for large groups in the large rear room. I am sure your Swiss guest would like to take a tour there if just to be valated by the Swiss influence of this nice place. Maybe call them and ask if they serve lunch or dinner. I would explain that you have a Swiss friend you want to take to a nice place for a good meal. I am sure they will be of some help.


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