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Dinner Near Cedars-Sinai (West Hollywood)

I am an Advisor to a group of young M.D.'s in training at Cedars-Sinai, and we get together once a month for dinner. We need somewhere to go this Wednesday evening. Hopefully somewhere that won't break my bank. So far we have gone to Il Buco, Shanghai Diamond Garden on Pico, Grand Lux Cafe and Stone Fire Pizza. One of them is a vegetarian, one keeps kosher and one keeps halal. Any suggestions for reasonable restaurants in the area would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Chameau on Fairfax for Moroccan. Dishes large enough to be shared family style, and that will keep the cost down. Food is outsanding.

    1. Souplantation, if you are willing to go for that type of place. It is also very close to cedars.

      1. Vito's Pizza on La Cienega
        Joe's Pizza on Sunset
        Vegan Glory (vegan Thai) on Beverly
        Yabu (sushi) on La Cienega or Hirozen (sushi) on Beverly

        1. You mean you haven't yet discovered Cafe Angelino?! I used to lead the flock from my old CSMC days to Cafe Angelino... Excellent, AUTHENTIC Italian, with many vegetarian & pasta options. Prices won't break the bank (Lord knows they don't pay the residents much).

          Cafe Angelino
          8735 W. 3rd St.
          L.A., CA 90048

          Jerry's Deli has bad food, but technically, it fits your criteria.

          M Cafe de Chaya would satisfy the macrobiotic in all of us (at 7119 Melrose).

          Thank you for not taking them to the food court at the Beverly Center.

          Vito's Pepperoni Pizza, while tasty, would not exactly be my idea of kosher (or halal).

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          1. re: J.L.

            Jerry's may not be as grreat as the better single locale delis -- and it's overpriced -- but I wouldn't go so far as calling it "bad food." For a local chain, it's still tasty and serviceable when necessary.

            1. re: budsoftaste

              I think it depends upon location. In Encino, I will agree, but Woodland Hills is disgusting!

          2. I live in West Hollywood and often see residents walking to work in the morning. Some places that are substantially nicer than a pizzeria or Souplantation but still moderately priced include: Melrose Bar & Grill (on Melrose just east of Robertson), Surya (Indian place, on 3rd), Minestraio (Italian, on 3rd), Hedley's (on Robertson, north of Melrose), and Fat Fish (sushi, also on Robertson north of Melrose). Also, Breadbar (on 3rd, basically a block from Cedars) is having Ludo Bites all summer. I think there are a number of other posts here about Ludo Bites.

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            1. re: houndofmusic

              Minestraio is closed.

              I love Chaya Brasserie, but sounds like it may be too expensive, but I've never been there for lunch, I would think they have a big CSMC crowd.

              1. re: Phurstluv

                When did Minestraio close? I drive by there all the time and haven't noticed any closure. Are you sure you're not thinking about its prior incarnation as La Terza?

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  When did Minestraio close? I had dinner there on Saturday night.

                2. re: houndofmusic

                  Minestraio is excellent and very affordable for the quality of the food. It's like an every day Angelini Osteria.

                  Mr Taster

                3. 3rd Stop, right across third street from Cedars, might be a nice option. They used to be a big beer destination, but their selection took a huge dive, so no one I know goes anymore. Having said that, they always had solid food. Crispy, thin pizzas, nice moule frites, some great pasta dishes and pretty friendly service.

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                  1. re: SaltCod

                    Agree. I've enjoyed several good moderate meals at 3rd stop. Mildly underrated, but still popular.

                  2. LudoBytes at Breadbar on 3rd Street for dinner is the best in the area. Ludo is only there temporarily until about August 22. It is BYOB. However, the price point will be more like $50/head before tax and tip (3 dishes/person). I highly recommended that you splurge for this unique experience from a top chef.

                    1. Barefoot is fun and just a block away at 8722 West Third Streeto and has a pretty good broad menu. Orso is on the same block at 8706 West 3rd St. They have a wonderful large patio.

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                      1. re: BSW6490

                        Barefoot is a excellent suggestion! Talk to Lucy, they have a private room upstairs.
                        Chaya is delicious, but it will certainly dent the bank!

                        1. re: compucook

                          I've been going to Barefoot since it was called something else years ago. Was it Ma Bae? It has always been good and I think really underrated.

                          1. re: rednyellow

                            I think it was called MABE with an accent on the E, but i won't swear to it! LOL

                      2. The 6th floor staff has started ordering from Jack 'n Jill's Too on 3rd street. We've had the $8 3-piece chicken order, the Grecian crepe w/ chicken ($11) , the gumbo, the Lulu (tuna) salad (~$10), and the pulled pork sandwich (non-kosher, non-halal). We've been happy with our orders (vs the cafeteria). The portions aren't gigantic like Grand Lux, but it's less expensive. From my observations, many of the residents are women, so the portion size may not be an issue. The residents with religious restrictions may have a problem though.

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                        1. re: vickie2172

                          Strange to say, but my problem with Jack & Jill's Too is the design...particularly the white table clothes. It just doesn't have the comfortable, casual look that the menu and prices imply. So every time I walk by and peak in my brain says no, that's not a place I want to try. It's a visual disconnect that I just don't find inviting.