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flowergirl Jul 27, 2009 07:09 PM

Looking for a good restaurant in Santa Monica, Brentwood or Venice area - preferably new. I like Riva, La Grande Orange and Anisette. Any ideas? Going to dinner with a few friends - nothing ethnic please

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    bulavinaka RE: flowergirl Jul 27, 2009 07:35 PM

    Amuse on Main street in Venice has had some favorable posts.

    Gjelena on Abbot Kinney has been on their game for a little while now - very popular - so much so that they are now open for lunch.

    Not in the parts of the Westside that you mention but Le Saint Amour in Downtown Culver City has gotten nothing but praise since they opened.

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      New Trial RE: bulavinaka Jul 28, 2009 12:49 AM

      I think you might mean Ado, which occupies the space formerly known as Amuse when Brooke Williamson ran it.

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        bulavinaka RE: New Trial Jul 28, 2009 08:40 PM

        You're right - I'm stuck in the 90s... :)

    2. J.L. RE: flowergirl Jul 27, 2009 07:37 PM


      1. Phurstluv RE: flowergirl Jul 28, 2009 09:22 AM

        Have you tried Westside Tavern, not Goin's Tavern, in the Pavilion yet?

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          stevedi RE: flowergirl Jul 28, 2009 10:23 AM

          How about Cache? Check yesterday's LA Times. Also, Stefan Richter is set to open his new place at LA Farm in SM on the 6th of August. Stay tuned.

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            cinzia RE: stevedi Jul 31, 2009 03:45 PM

            There are previews tonight and tomorrow night for Stefan's at L.A. Farm. I'm going tomorrow & will keep you posted!

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            Bria Silbert RE: flowergirl Jul 28, 2009 01:37 PM

            Speaking of Amuse, what about Beachwood?

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              Phurstluv RE: Bria Silbert Jul 29, 2009 09:51 AM

              Think it's spelled Beechwood. Go for drinks on the patio, mixed reviews of the dining room.

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              yogachik RE: flowergirl Jul 28, 2009 04:24 PM

              Newest are:

              Tavern in Brentwood
              SugarFish in Brentwood
              Ado in Venice
              Cache in Santa Monica
              Gjelina is semi-new
              Westside Tavern in West LA

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                Juji RE: yogachik Jul 28, 2009 04:35 PM

                I would also add:
                Fig at the Fairmont
                Hash at the recently renovated Hotel Erwin in Venice (anyone been?).
                And I believe BP Oysterette on Ocean in Santa Monica is soon to open as well, if it hasn't already.

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                  Servorg RE: Juji Jul 29, 2009 04:53 AM

                  Also, let's not forget the latest incarnation of Cynthia's old place on 3rd Street - "Cynthia's on the Corner" on Montana Ave. near 15th Street in Santa Monica (which is up and running despite the somewhat misleading website which still says "Coming Soon" for some unexplainable reason).

                  Cynthia's On The Corner
                  1518 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                    catcaper RE: Servorg Jul 29, 2009 12:04 PM

                    We keep walking past Cynthia's every week and we have yet to try it. It is like the 3rd street location with the killer fried chicken and berry cobbler or is it a completely different menu?

                    1. re: catcaper
                      Servorg RE: catcaper Jul 29, 2009 12:09 PM

                      Similar. Skinless "fried" chicken yes. Cobbler yes. I have only had the one of the salads (Cynthia's chopped salad) that someone else here on the LA board recommended and that I thought was very good (and to which you can add the fried or grilled chicken too for an upcharge of $3).

                      Also, another newbie is La Grand Orange in Santa Monica. The second Southern California outpost of the Phoenix based restaurant.

                      Excellent (and drool worth photos) of the burger can be found here: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

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                        Phurstluv RE: Servorg Jul 29, 2009 12:22 PM

                        She's already tried LGO, SO. Have you tried the burger? How d oes it compare to what's already out there? Looks good.

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                          Servorg RE: Phurstluv Jul 29, 2009 12:27 PM

                          It does looks great but I'm still trying to get there to find out first hand (mouth?).

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                            Phurstluv RE: Servorg Jul 29, 2009 04:30 PM

                            I hear ya! Do tell when you can!!

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                        maudies5 RE: catcaper Jul 29, 2009 08:58 PM

                        Fried chicken is divine along with the mashed potatoes and gravy. Found the cobbler to be very disappointing. Chopped salad is excellent and for an extra $3.00 one can get some strips of the fried or grilled chicken. Word of warning: Service is agonizingly slow. They need more staff. It appears that there is just Cynthia, one cook and one server, who also spends some time in the kitchen. To be fair: the chicken is cooked to order. If lusting for Cynthia's fried chicken, I suggest calling about 45 minutes ahead and picking it up to go.

                      3. re: Servorg
                        nataliya.v RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2009 02:47 PM

                        Haven't eaten a full meal but stopped in for some pie and was seriously dissapointed. We had the peach raspberry - it was overly sweet and tasted like the peaches were straight out of a can - all you could taste was sugar, nothing peach about it. And that was the one the server recommened too, saying it was fresh. The atmosphere is cute, and the other diner's entrees looked good, so we might stop in again for a light dinner, but will definitely skip the dessert.

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                          Phurstluv RE: nataliya.v Aug 6, 2009 03:32 PM

                          Which place are you referring to??

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                            Servorg RE: Phurstluv Aug 6, 2009 03:46 PM

                            Phurstluv, if you click on the "re.Servorg" in the upper right hand corner of nataliya.v's post it will show (actually lead you to it) you that she was replying to my original post about Cynthia's on the Corner.

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                              Phurstluv RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2009 04:26 PM

                              Okay, thanks for the insight.

                              It's just that with so many responses, it's easy to get confused re: which place she was talking about, nice if she mentioned it, but no biggie either way! And it has nothing to do with the margaritas I had at lunch, either!!

                      4. re: Juji
                        catcaper RE: Juji Jul 29, 2009 12:02 PM

                        Went to Hash at the Hotel Ervin this past Sunday morning and it was pretty good. We had the Corned Beef Hash and the Morning Glory Hash. We enjoyed the Corned Beef better than the Morning Glory.

                        Make sure you sit out on the front patio. Mainly tourists staying at the hotel with lots of different languages being used all around. Felt like I was in Europe for a moment. The service is still getting their rountine down but very friendly.

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