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Nov 18, 2009 02:57 PM

Yeshiva Break In L A

Looking for info for lodging & kid friendly (not just pizza) restarurants L A for January Yeshiva break- Hopfully will be staying in the Jewish Pico area

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  1. Ca not get more friendly than Jeff Kosher Gourmet Sausage on Pico- Kid friendly and the food is excellent!

    1. I second Jeff's. Nagila meat and dairy places are also popular.

      1. Nagila's a great idea. The grocery stores in the Pico area also carry so much Kosher stuff, you don't even need to eat out if you don't want to!

        1. Jeff's is a solid choice, but be aware that virtually all of their varied sausages may strike you as little more than differently spiced/flavored hot dogs. I don't mean that disparagingly and, after all, all hot dogs by definition are sausages. I mention it only because a few of the people I've taken there were expecting something more along the treif, greasy lines of what Jimmy Dean sells or the crumbly meat they'd seen on non-kosher pizzas. Still, all of the food at Jeff's is excellent, and don't be afraid to order something other than sausages there. Their hamburgers and pastrami, for example, are top-notch.

          In a similar but broader vein, I also recommend Pico Deli, which many locals hail as perhaps the best deli in all of Los Angeles (kosher or otherwise). Further down the scale is the decent but outrageously overpriced glatt-kosher Subway franchise on Pico; a far meatier meal at Pico Deli will cost you less than a comparable sandwich at this fast-food joint.

          I haven't been there in a while, but I've always enjoyed The Milky Way, a dairy restaurant with a slight Tex-Mex bent on Pico owned by Steven Spielberg's mother, who is usually there as hostess. I recommend it with a caveat: I've never had a bad meal there, the staff has always been incredibly accommodating, every one of the dozen or so people with whom I've ever dined there has loved it, but there's a vocal contingent on this board who openly despise the place with a suspiciously virulent degree of animosity.

          I also strongly encourage sampling some of the food from L.A.'s famed Persian-Jewish community. My favorites are all of the kebabs and basmati rice dishes at an inexpensive hole-in-the-wall kosher Persian butcher shop on Pico called Sinai F & Y. Be forewarned, though, that its hechsher apparently is not glatt.

          Nagila's meat and dairy (standard pizza and falafel) restaurants are indeed popular, but I've always found them mediocre at best. The same goes for Shanghai Garden, the kosher Chinese/Japanese restaurant on the same block.

          1. Jeff's is really kid friendly- guys behind the counter are really great with telling you what's spicy and what's not. We loved the chili fries.

            Nagila has great food. The falafel is excellent as is the stuffed pizza. Great place to go if you can't decide what to eat- they have a meat restaurant and a dairy/pizza restaurant connected by an outdoor atrium. You can bring your food and sit together in the atrium.

            Milk n Honey has really good dairy food. We've only been for dinner.. pasta, salad, fish etc. Portions are huge and can be shared. Not so expensive. Definitely better than Milky Way

            Pico Deli was good, we ate there before going to the airport to get home. Not NY, but good anyway. They didn't know what a half sour pickle was and they don't do 1/2 sandwiches. They had a kids menu with spaghetti and meatballs (looked awesome) and fried chicken.

            Delice Bakery is a good breakfast spot. Awesome pastries and coffee.. they also have eggs and sandwiches.

            To keep in mind.. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is all over LA and the food is all prepacked and kosher. Good to know if you're on the go and don't want to worry about bringing food or going back to Pico for a quick lunch.

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            1. re: cheesecake17

              Re: Nagila, there is an atrium with meat and dairy sections, so if some want dairy and others want meat, there is no way to sit together short of hopping the fence, somthing they wouldn't like or tolerate, I'm sure. I'm sure you didn't mean to imply otherwise.

              1. re: ganeden

                That's what I meant- thanks for clarifying.