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Any must-try restaurants for UCLA visit?

My son and I are going to be in LA in Sept. to visit UCLA and USC. We will be staying in the Westwood area at the Palomar Hotel. We will not have a car, and are willing to walk or take a taxi when need be.

I am looking for restaurants for 2 nights where you can get delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Nothing too fancy. It doesn't have to be cheap, but I don't want to break the bank either.

We aren't picky eaters, and we enjoy good food.

Thanks for any advice that you can offer!

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  1. as as start, since you'll be staying at the Palomar, this post might help. It has a number of recommendations within the immediate area as well as Westside, e.g. Spago.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595951

    1. Thai House on Gayley is a pretty good option. It's not the greatest Thai food, but it's tasty, the interior is nice and clean and I've never had a problem with the service.

      1. Westwood Boulevard, south of Wilshire, has a lot of good Persian eateries. I like Shaherzad. The bread is great.

        1. Take a 2 mile cab ride west to San Vincente Blvd. in Brentwood where there are over a dozen good choices. Some are Tavern, Vincenti, Sor Tino, Toscana and Osteria Latini, Pecorino and Chin Chin.

          1. try gypsy's cafe. great Mediterranean food. Also Diddy Riese cookies.. delicious !