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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:

Taco Mesa
El Ganjanal
El Toro Bravo
TK Burger
Sushi Subicho
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
Avanti Cafe
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.

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  1. I give you West L.A.: Corner of Santa Monica & Sawtelle.

    Sawtelle alone:
    Nanbankan
    Cafe Dahab
    Bar Hayama
    Ketchy's II
    Mizu 212
    Chabuya
    Robata-Ya
    Orris
    Sawtelle Kitchen
    Asahi Ramen
    Tofu-Ya
    GR/eats
    Hide Sushi
    FuRaiBo
    Place Yuu
    Volcano Tea
    Restaurant 2117
    Blue Marlin
    Hurry Curry
    Ramen Kinchans
    Manpuku
    Crepe Nazi
    Little Hong Kong Cafe
    Pho-Reign
    Tofu Villa
    Bear Papa's/Mousse Fantasy
    Curry House
    Yakitori-ya
    Kiriko
    Cake House
    Yogurtland
    Zip Fusion
    Daichan Kaiten Sushi
    Yashima
    Crepes Dusigne

    Nearby, on Olympic (not counting major chains like Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks or Baja Fresh):
    Hop Woo
    Pazzo PIzzeria
    Champagne French Bakery Cafe
    Ramen-Ya
    Raku

    On the north end of Sawtelle (less than a mile from the corner):
    Nook
    Qusqo
    California Roll Factory
    En Sushi
    Juquila
    Terried Sake House
    Cafe 50's
    Gualzulgleta (sp?)
    Vietnamese restaurant (the name eludes me)
    Cacao Coffeehouse
    Sasaya Izakaya
    Benito's Tacos

    Also on SM Blvd. (definitely within 2 miles):
    Siam Chan
    Echi-don't-go Sushi
    Monte Alban Oaxaca
    Ono Hawaiian BBQ
    Eilat Bakery
    Javan Persian
    Il Grano
    Darya Persian
    Hamasaku
    Zankou Chicken
    Jin Jiang

    Did someone say Persian? Westwood Blvd. is also within 2 miles of that corner!
    Shaherzad
    Persian Ice Cream
    Flame
    Shamshiri Grill
    Canary
    Baran

    Now that we're on Westwood Blvd. (still within 2 miles):
    Wakasan
    Byblos Lebanese
    Sushi Masu
    California Chicken Factory
    Pitfire Pizza
    Philly's West
    Attari Sandwich Shop
    Zinio Brazilian Cafe
    Pomodoro
    Campagnola
    Soleil
    Mary & Robb's Westwood Cafe
    Danube Bulgarian
    Emporio Thai
    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.

    Any questions?

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    1. re: J.L.

      You forgot Hole in the Wall burger. Burp!! ;-D>

      1. re: J.L.

        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.

        1. re: J.L.

          That is a great list JL.
          Question: which of these places are your favorite? I live and dine in that area so ive tried much of these places but its hard to decide which to try next.
          My favorites are:
          Hide
          Nook
          Kiriko
          Javan
          Orris
          La Bottega
          Terried Sake House
          Zankou

          1. re: toonoble

            I'm happy to have Bay Cities and Father's Office within a few blocks of home.

            1. re: J.L.

              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

              1. re: havepixel

                Yes, nice additions, havepixel.

                I also accidentally omitted Tofu-Ya (also on Sawtelle).

                I see that many 'hounds had a lot of time to compile lists & type them out today... :D

              2. re: J.L.

                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

                nate'n'al's
                spago
                mako
                sushi sushi
                kippan
                al gelato
                il buco
                kiyokawa
                green leaf chop shop
                mulberry
                porta via
                kate mantilini
                ed's coffee shop
                la provence
                newsroom cafe
                petrossian patisserie
                wolfgang's
                la scala
                il pastaio
                belwood bakery
                beverly hills cheese shop
                coupa cafe
                frida
                mastro's
                il cielo
                jack'n'jill's
                xi'an
                mickey fine
                ruth's chris
                tagine
                urth caffe
                beverliz cafe
                barney greengrass

                1. re: J.L.

                  J.L. can add Hiko to the list.

                2. Mine pales in comparison, but I like them nonetheless. Dana Point, basically Selva and Golden Lantern.

                  Stonehill Tavern
                  Savannah Chophouse
                  Gemmells
                  Harbor Grill
                  162
                  Aurora's Taquiera
                  Gen Kai
                  Bon Jour Cafe
                  Casanova
                  Salt Creek Grill

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                  1. re: 1000steps

                    Ditto your list but I'll add.
                    Mario's by the Sea
                    Las Golondrinas
                    Agostino's

                  2. Cheesecake Factory (don't laugh, shrimp and bacon club, dutch caramel apple chzcake)
                    Charthouse (happy hour!)
                    Island's
                    Aunt Kizzy's (eat your feelings!)
                    Taco's Por Favor (really good actually!)
                    Mosto
                    C&O Trattoria and Cucina (I know, but the garlic rolls!)
                    Hinano's
                    Kifune (Love the chef Hide and really fresh!)
                    Gaby's Mediterranean Express and the non-express
                    Organic Panificio (I like breakfast there)
                    Warehouse
                    Joni's Coffee (great coffee and breakfast!)
                    Beechwood (all I know is drinks there!)
                    Johnnie's New York
                    China Bistro
                    Mao's Kitchen
                    26 Beach
                    Cafe Del Rey
                    3 Square
                    Alejo Presto
                    Joe's
                    Lilly's
                    Baby Blues BBQ
                    Gjelina (Pizza...)
                    Sugarfish (I liked it!)
                    Chipotle
                    Rose Cafe
                    Chaya
                    The Counter
                    Mercedes Grill
                    Terrace Cafe
                    Shanghai Red's
                    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!

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                    1. re: Yes Please

                      You live where I live, clearly.
                      Try the burger at Beechwood, and the sweet potato fries.
                      You left out:
                      Antica Pizzeria
                      Lemonade (so happy for the opening of this one!)
                      Abbot's Pizza
                      French Market Cafe

                      If you walk to the food, none of the calories count, right?

                    2. 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
                      Frito Misto
                      Joe's Pizza good thin sliced pizza
                      One Pico for dinner and a view
                      Warszawa for good polish/Eastern European
                      Whist
                      Chez Jay
                      Cha Cha Chicken for funky Jamaican
                      Tommy's for comfort food
                      Taqueria Chihuahua for good dorado tacos

                      Up to 1 mile away:
                      Annisette
                      Melisse
                      Jiraffe
                      Musha
                      Rustic Canyon
                      Ocean Ave Seafood
                      Houston's
                      Michaels
                      Ye Olde King's Heade
                      Tacos Por Favor
                      Boa Steakhouse
                      Catch

                      1. I'll play
                        Bake N Broil
                        Johnny Reb's
                        Walker's BBQ Smoke Pit
                        M&M Soul Food
                        Thai Corner
                        Super Mex
                        Kinokawa Japanese
                        Trattoria Limone
                        Il Poggio
                        Baba Ghanouj
                        Hole Mole/Ecco's
                        Babe's Kitchen
                        Baja Sonora
                        Bamboo Teri
                        Phil Trani's
                        Nino's
                        Porky's Pizza
                        Catalano Pizza
                        Z Pizza
                        Red Mango
                        I Luv Sushi
                        Golden Spoon Yogurt
                        Johnny's Yogurt
                        Polly's Bakery Cafe
                        Hof's Hut
                        Pollo Campero
                        Delius
                        Hokkaido
                        It's a Grind
                        Costco

                        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.