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.
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
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!
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
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.