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In the past year, which restaurant did you eat at most often?

I live in the South Bay and I certainly have my favorite restaurants in LA, however, most of my favs are cost-prohibitive or too far to visit regularly. I know there's a poll about one's favorite restaurants going on right now but I'm curious where you've eaten at most frequently over the past year. If you could limit it to the top 3 restaurants you've frequented the most, that would probably be the most helpful. I just looked at my annual credit card statement to see where I went most often.

While I'm most interested in hearing about South Bay or West LA places, I'd like to open this up to all of the greater LA area.

I'll start:

1. Riviera Mexican Grill
1615 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-5605

2. Good Stuff
1617 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

3. Baja Fish Grill
1615 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-5605

(I guess I eat a lot off of PCH!)

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  1. Cherry Stones
    Burnt Tortilla
    Have been to alot of restaurants this year in the South bay. Some more than once and others only once. The list is long. Good thing you didn't ask for outside South Bay...
    Haven't been to Good Stuff. Maybe I'll try it one day. Which one do you reccomend as I see they have several restaurants and for breakfast, lunch or dinner I see they have loco moco....

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    1. re: flylice2x

      They have 3 locations... I usually go to the closest one (the one I listed above). The food is pretty similar in 2 of the locations I've been to (the one on the beach and the one listed above). It's simple, well priced, and seems to have a healthier bent (in a good way).

      I usually only go there for breakfast or lunch. I most often order their basic omelettes, carne asada sandwich, turkey burger, sweet potato fries, or their breakfast wraps. The only 2 dishes that I've ordered there that I wasn't thrilled with was their tortilla soup (it tasted bland) and their flat iron steak and eggs (found the steak to be tough). I will tell you that they make some very tasty banana muffins (which they don't offer all that often since they rotate their muffin selection).

    2. I'm not sure if OC is within your definition of greater LA.

      1) Sabatino's - Italian - Newport Beach

      2) Inka Mama's - Peruvian - Foothill Ranch

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        1. re: kevin

          North of Lake Forest and West of Rancho Santa Margarita.

      1. Don Antonio's, San Francisco Saloon and Feast from the East.

        Don Antonio's
        11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        San Francisco Saloon Co
        11501 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Feast From the East
        1949 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        1. re: Servorg

          I really miss Feast from the East for their chinese chicken salad. Fortunately, I'm able to "MacGyver" a replica of it now that they sell their dressing at Costco..toss that with some bagged lettuce and some shredded costco chicken, and bang, I'm there.

          What else do you order from Feast?

          1. re: DrBruin

            We are both addicted to the aforementioned Chinese chicken salad and we always get an 18 piece order of the sesame chicken wings and legs and take home the leftovers.

        2. Brent's Deli Northridge
          Baby Blue BBQ Venice
          Santouka Torrance
          Five Guys Carson
          El Pollo Inka Lawndale

          Brent's Deli
          19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

          Baby Blues BBQ
          444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          Santouka Ramen
          21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

          El Pollo Inka
          15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

          Five Guys Burgers
          20700 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746

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          1. re: wienermobile

            is five guys really great? it stems from NY yet, right?

            also, is santouka a pork broth?

            1. re: kevin

              Five guys is a really good fast food burger and the fries are great. They are originally from the Washington DC area. And yes the broth at Santouka is pork. Their salt ramen is my favorite.

              1. re: kevin

                Five guys is good. I find it a touch too greasy for my tastes to label it great. I will tell you Washingtonians (not just Barack) are really in love with this chain (but I think many of the CH'ers prefer a place called Ray's Hellburger in the DC area).

                I think the closest comparisons are In-n-Out, Fatburger or The Habit.

                I will say that Five Guys has a better selection of toppings (if you like to top your burger).

            2. I was strictly a Brent's deli patron but, I am really tired of their loud crowds and the feeling of always being rushed. So, the SO and I have been frequenting Weiler's on Nordhoff (SFV). Love this place AND, the matzoh ball soup is actually good. Also their chicken pot pies are fab. :)

              1. 1. Sapp Coffee shop
                2. Sea Harbour (for both dim sum and dinner)
                3. Mori Sushi

                *Pho Thanh Lich in OC by far if we're including OC

                Mori Sushi
                11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

                Sapp Coffee Shop
                5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                1. 1. Gaby's Mediterranean (they deliver something that isn't deep fried and has vegetables in it! Not to mention, there's garlic sauce!)
                  2. 26 Beach (just tried the patty melt... oh my)
                  3. Musha!

                  1. 1. Sushi Gen
                    2. Casita Del Campo
                    3. Alcove
                    4. RCA
                    5. Soonwon Galbi

                    1. Lee's Hoagie House, Colorado Blvd. Pasadena
                      Kingburg Kitchen, Main Street San Gabriel
                      Rod's Grill, Colorado Blvd. Arcadia
                      Dean Sin World, Garfield Ave. Monterrey Park

                      1. Mrs. Winston's -- there's a location in my building so I eat there nearly every day
                        Gilbert's El Indio -- nicest guys ever

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                          1. I'd be curious which restaurants exilekiss and das ubergeek have frequented the most last year. They seem to never to go to the same restaurant twice.

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                            1. re: DrBruin

                              Then all the restaurants would be in a tie for first (and last).

                              1. I like how you eat and the ambiance of PCH has something about it too.

                                At least once every week I eat at one, sometimes two, of these places in this order.

                                Last saturday I ate at
                                Original Rinaldi's (Italian combo, Meat Ball sandwich, Hot Chicken or Turkey sandwich, Turkey w/ liverwurst, veggie garden burger)
                                323 Main St.
                                El Segundo, CA 90245
                                (310) 647-2860

                                Monday lunch at
                                Carney's (chili dogs, chili fries, Veggie garden burger w/ everything, pasta) -- 8351 Sunset in West Hollywood and 12601 Ventura Blvd in Studio City.

                                Last week I had the grilled cheese and tomato soup at .
                                The Original Tops, (Kobe bistro burger, pastrami, asada or chicken totasda, Grilled cheese & Tomato Soup combo, fries, deep fried zucchini, amd off menu they will make a three cheese veggie sandwich as you request-- OMG!)
                                3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda
                                )Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
                                (626) 449-4412

                                1. Pavich's Brick Oven Pizzeria - San Pedro
                                  Lomita Thai Cafe
                                  Viva Fresh Mexican Grill - Culver City

                                  1. My three most frequent are really due to proximity to work and tradition...

                                    I eat lunch a couple of times a week at Greenleaf Chop Shop, sometimes delivered when too busy to go.

                                    Nate'n'Al's for an egg white omelette and some nostalgia.

                                    Whole Foods' Salad Bar... again the convenience and time factor wins out.

                                    I eat sashimi/sushi regularly, but the place I go varies between a few places, so none wins the top three...

                                    1. La Morenita Bakery in Cypress Park

                                      I order two tamales either red pork, green pork or chicken. It depends on what they have available.

                                      They make their own traditional masa ground from corn at the bakery.

                                      Ordering in, I get two tamales which comes with a slice of tomato and guacamole on a bed of lettuce.

                                      The price is two dollars and fifty cents tax included.

                                      I don't know too many other places in LA you can get so much for so little.