Beat my street: best food within 2 miles of your house.
Okay so I live on 19th street in the Westside of Costa Mesa. Just on 19th I have:
El Toro Bravo
Jugos Frescos (home of the fruit shake where they give you the whole blender to drink from)
A Salvadorian place for Pupusas
A mexican pastry shop that honestly sells the best Flan I have ever eaten in my life for less than 2 bucks.
Plus Carn's Carney and a Kebbab place is opening in 2 weeks.
If I drive on other streets within two miles of my house I have:
The original Wahoo's (yeah it's just okay- but it's historical)
El Ranchito and their chicken soup
Lou's Oak Oven BBQ
The Golden Truffle
Super Loco Pollo
Marekesh Morrocan (god I love the lamb with dates)
I'm not even going to include El Matador, Mi Casa, Mesa Grill, Greek Towne, Sushi Zen or any other places that I don't eat regularly at.
Beat my street.
Hancock Park (and sticking with in the two-mile challenge:
soot bull jeep
pollo a la brasa
sa rit gol
Roscoes chicken & waffles
Le Petit Greek
cobras and matadors
Tommy's Original World Famous
Lou on Vine
Foundry on Melrose
I live in Topanga Canyon, and there is -- quite literally -- NO food within 2 miles of my house. The closest is Inn of the Seventh Ray, which is about 3.2 miles (by road -- less, I suppose, as the crow flies), which is OK. Very close to there is Rocco's Pizza in the Canyon, which I think is better -- certainly more value dollar for dollar.
I think you just got started! There are lots of affordable options around here, too. What about Loteria and Bob's doughnuts and the rest of Farmers' Market? Or Joan's on Third? Or Angeli Caffe? I live a little southwest of you and I have walked home from Luques--it might be a little more than 2 miles--but after dinner--its a downhill walk!
The contenders in my neighorhood:
Fab Hot Dog
Cupids Hot Dog (a chain, but it holds a special place in my heart)
QT Chicago Dog
(its a pretty good dog nieghborhood!)
El Taco Llama
Pho So 1
Johnny Pacific Empenadas
Carillo's Mexican Deli
And this Thai place on Receda with a pretty expansive menu, can't recall the name but its good.
RIP Fredo's. Empty, everything off the windows, no signage. Its glory days were long past, anyhow, but still...
I'm just a mile downhill from you and a block over, so what you got is pretty much what I got (though I have not yet sampled Big Mama's or Little Red Hen, and I'm so glad you skipped right over the utterly twee Fox's. But I would hasten to add La Caravana, considered by many to be the best Salvadoran restaurant in LA County, on Lake across from Food 4 Less. Also being farther downhill, I can add Europane, Malbec and Madeleine's. There's also a new place on Mentor between that theater and the Ice House that looks promising.
I'm in WLA so I've got everything that JL put on his/her list - great picks JL!
Nook, Nanbankan, Kiriko, Orris, Bar Hayama, Il Grano, Darya, Javan, Shamshiri, Zankou, Monte Alban are my main favs on list..some others are good but these ones here are fav WLA spots
I'd add to list (if within 2 miles)
Chunk King (ok, average)
I think Westside Tavern is only 2 miles.
Pecorino in brentwood is about same.
Banderas - decent salmon and great old fashioned cocktails
i'm likely missing more,
I'm in Reseda:
Pho So 1
It's All Good Kebab House
El Taco Llama
Vin Loi Tofu
Lum Ka Naad
Fab's Hot Dogs
Rincome Thai (this one might actually be 3 miles from me)
BCD Tofu House
Melody's Kitchen/Las Fuentes
a little further:
Hummus Bar and Grill
Sam's Philly Cheesesteak
awesome idea also helps when we are in differant parts of the city and get hungry.
Hollywood and Vermont.
I don't like yucas shoot me but the taco's at Korner Kitchen are pretty good across from Thomas Starr middle school on franklin.
Pizza only: farfalla and il capriccio pizza
Sgt recruiter for some easy oysters and glass of wine.
japanese: saito sushi,
I know it is a chain Niko Niko for a quick cheap bent box lunch not the best sushi but works when cost an issue or want to sit outside just not crazy about it but the other half likes the ease and walking distance.
En sushi another chain but easy and 10.00 pitchers at H.H. decent sushi.
Hmm I see a bad pattern here.
( my fav Izayou and suhi gen but beyond 2 mile radius.)
Chicken: Zankou chicken
Indian : Agra
Canale may be a bit more then 2 miles
Thats all I got
did I mention sizzler ? just kidding.
Hi neighbor, I live three blocks from you!
I would add:
Il Capriccio on Vermont
Fred 62 (for the mac & cheese)
Cobras Y Matadors (soon to be RIP if it hasn't already)
All of Thai Town
Alcove (OK for breakfast and for the patio)
Cheese Store of Silverlake
Blair's (most of the other places on Rowena like the Edendale are out of my radius)
Malo (not a huge fan myself)
and last but not least ... Yuca's (well, *I* love it!)
Interesting! I've always been a fan of C&M on Beverly, but I did like the full bar at the Sunset location. Unami burger, huh? I've yet to try it, because, if I'm honest, a drive more than three miles from my house in this city mentally exhausts me before I've even started out. Any idea when it will open?
Bake N Broil
Walker's BBQ Smoke Pit
M&M Soul Food
I Luv Sushi
Golden Spoon Yogurt
Polly's Bakery Cafe
It's a Grind
Some good choices but not a great list, is it?!
However, I still haven't found a Thai place that serves gringo's hotter food than Thai Corner.
Walking distance of where I live (up to 1/2 mile)
(Disclaimer: Haven't tried them all yet.)
I guess living in the heart of Santa Monica isn't really fair.
Cora's Coffee Shop for breakfast and hamburgers
Bay Cities Deli for maybe the best selection of deli sandwiches
El Texate for good Oahuacan
La Grand Orange
The Lobster for lobster and a great view
Joe's Pizza good thin sliced pizza
One Pico for dinner and a view
Warszawa for good polish/Eastern European
Cha Cha Chicken for funky Jamaican
Tommy's for comfort food
Taqueria Chihuahua for good dorado tacos
Up to 1 mile away:
Ocean Ave Seafood
Ye Olde King's Heade
Tacos Por Favor
Cheesecake Factory (don't laugh, shrimp and bacon club, dutch caramel apple chzcake)
Charthouse (happy hour!)
Aunt Kizzy's (eat your feelings!)
Taco's Por Favor (really good actually!)
C&O Trattoria and Cucina (I know, but the garlic rolls!)
Kifune (Love the chef Hide and really fresh!)
Gaby's Mediterranean Express and the non-express
Organic Panificio (I like breakfast there)
Joni's Coffee (great coffee and breakfast!)
Beechwood (all I know is drinks there!)
Johnnie's New York
Cafe Del Rey
Baby Blues BBQ
Sugarfish (I liked it!)
Rainbow Acres (I know its technically a market...)
And all the other places on Abbott Kinney, the Washington Pier, Admiralty, maybe some of Lincoln and Main St. Sorry I got lazy... as you can tell with the dying string of my descriptions!)
AND a McD's and Del Taco and Jerry's?! I have to have won!
I give you West L.A.: Corner of Santa Monica & Sawtelle.
Little Hong Kong Cafe
Bear Papa's/Mousse Fantasy
Daichan Kaiten Sushi
Nearby, on Olympic (not counting major chains like Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks or Baja Fresh):
Champagne French Bakery Cafe
On the north end of Sawtelle (less than a mile from the corner):
California Roll Factory
Terried Sake House
Vietnamese restaurant (the name eludes me)
Also on SM Blvd. (definitely within 2 miles):
Monte Alban Oaxaca
Ono Hawaiian BBQ
Did someone say Persian? Westwood Blvd. is also within 2 miles of that corner!
Persian Ice Cream
Now that we're on Westwood Blvd. (still within 2 miles):
California Chicken Factory
Attari Sandwich Shop
Zinio Brazilian Cafe
Mary & Robb's Westwood Cafe
JuJu Cereal Bar
Weswood Village proper (north of Wilshire, with all its eateries) is POSSIBLY within 2 miles, but just to be safe (since I didn't measure it out exactly), I'll leave it out.
Great list! Two quick corrections -- I think you may be thinking of Juquila, not Guelaguetza. The Vietnamese place is Le Saigon -- love their pork bun.
Also, Westwood Village is indeed within 2 miles of that intersection -- in fact, it's closer to 1 mile. I live a little northwest of there and have walked to Westwood many times.
Needless to say, I'm very pleased with the food options within 2 miles of my house.
I used to live in Costa Mesa/HB area on Brookhurst/Hamilton and I have to give credit to Taco Mesa and Lou's.
But now I live near the Sawtelle/SM corner and it's been a real treat to be so close to all those places mentioned above.
I'll add to that
-Amandine for amazing pastries
-Bar * Food for incredible happy hour
-Hachi (poor man's Nobu, on Wilshire/Brockton). This is a new favorite of ours
-Asakuma for amazing miso cod
-Emil's Swiss Pasties, which serves fantastic Lavazza coffee
-Yogurt Factory, recently remodeled and much nicer now
-Star Bakery, wonderful Persian treats
-Paris Pastry -- our favorite for fresh bread and tortes
i wouldn't rate mine as *the best* esp in terms of cheap eats, but i'm in beverly hills near beverly and charleville... and in no particular order
green leaf chop shop
ed's coffee shop
beverly hills cheese shop