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Jan 5, 2010 11:37 AM

Clueless NY Hound Transplant Needs LA Help!

Hi all,

I'm a die-hard New York hounder who's recently reluctantly moved here to LA. I'm so used to being able to walk out my door in the east village and get my regular favorites that now that I'm here in this land of driving everywhere, I'm utterly clueless!

So, suggestions for building new favorites for a new NYC transplant? I've searched the boards but especially since i"m not too familiar w/ the lay of the land, I'm pretty clueless as to how the board favorites apply to me.

I'm living in the Miracle Mile area (close to 3rd/La Brea) and am looking specifically for places within a 2 mile radius. I love all types of cuisine but tend to side on the healthier / veg / seafood friendly places. That said, I am not a fan of granola crunching macrobiotic stuff. Just fresh, authentic, good solid food. Love thai, japanese, ethiopian, mex, italian, korean, greek, etc. Nothing too expensive.

Please let me know your favorites for this area (and any must try's beyond). Good coffee shops, specific food trucks on Wilshire, everyday sushi bars, breakfast spots where i can grab an oatmeal or omelette, or delivery would be great.

To give you an idea of what I've tried here and liked: Angelini Osteria, Sapp Coffee Shop, Spicy BBQ, meals by genet, merkato, the mex place in farmer's market, Osteria Mozza, BCD tofu house, best fish tacos in ensenada, la brea bakery, joan's on 3rd, bottega louie, hama sushi.


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  1. Two miles in any direction is basically from Hollywood Blvd to the 10, from Robertson to Western. There's a hell of a lot of food in there.

    If you like Sapp, go to Jitlada.

    If you like BCD, go to Beverly Tofu House and Sokongdong.

    If you like Ethiopian, go to Rahel. Ignore the "vegan" thing. It's still great.

    Search the board for Koreatown (or K-town). There are dozens of places to go, and if Angelini is in your budget then you shouldn't have any trouble even at Park's BBQ.

    Japanese is more troublesome. There is lots of sushi, some good, some bad, but if you want other things you might do best to head to Little Tokyo (accessible via the metro) or Sawtelle/Olympic (most definitely not accessible via the metro, the mayor's best efforts notwithstanding).

    Give up on delivery. It happens, but not everywhere, and not always free, and rarely reliable. SeamlessWeb is really only built-out in New York.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Disagree re the delivery comment -- I routinely get delivery and rarely have a problem. I also have never used seamlessweb since leaving NYC. But DUG is right that places will sometimes charge -- $3 is the max I'll pay for a delivery charge.

    2. Second the Rahel recommendation. It's hard for me to go anywhere else on that stretch at this point because it's so delicious and the people are so sweet.

      You are right next to Koreatown, so you have all of that to explore, but for starters, one fun place near you is Ondal 2, a place that makes spicy crab soup. The serving is enormous, so it's better to go with a group and specify that you actually do want it hot if you like spicy.

      If you like beer and burgers (although they have other options on the menu, you should definitely check out the Golden State on Fairfax.

      I think Bloom Cafe is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner and I've heard good things about their sister restaurant, Chic Wine Bar.

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        just tried Ondal 2 for the first time last weekend.
        absolutely terrific.
        the MEDIUM soup serves 3 people
        the LARGE soup serves 4 people.

        loved, loved, loved this place

        1. re: westsidegal

          oh, fantastic! so glad you enjoyed it!

      2. Yabu is my call for everyday sushi in that locale. K-Zo isn't too far, Culver City, and a better value for similar quality.

        1. Thanks, all! Will def'ly check these out and report. mollyomormon, i've heard about this legendary korean crab soup. can't wait to try it!

          is there any place that's good for quick take out breakfasts? eg, egg & cheese sandwiches, oatmeal? and any particular food trucks on wilshire that is hould try?

          7 Replies
          1. re: emilia

            I recently discovered Sam's on Sunset for breakfast - excellent egg & cheese sandwiches on "okay" bagels. Still prefer Bagel Broker for NY-style bagels.

            1. re: emilia

              As a transplanted New Yorker myself, it took me awhile to discover Nate 'n Al in Beverly Hills. While this is the sort of diner/deli/take out place found all over Manhattan, it is a rare find in LA & will make you feel at home. Even has fried egg sandwiches!
              Welcome to LA!

              1. re: emilia

                I can't wait to hear what you think of it and of Rahel.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Rahel also has no corkage fee, which can be nice.

                2. re: emilia


                  i tried yabu and sushi-zo (is this different than k-zo?). the place i went was omakase only and reeeally expensive. it was in palms (close to culver) and in a strip mall right by a starbucks?

                  both were phenomenal. yabu i really liked as an everyday sushi joint- really fresh stuff, fantastic eel. the omakase place was even better-- but the bill was a $300 for two of us. eep.

                  1. re: emilia

                    Sushi Zo is not K-zo Wow that is an expensive but tasty mistake to make. K-Zo is Next to the Trader Joe's in Culver City.

                    Sushi Zo
                    9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                    9240 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                    1. re: emilia

                      Sorry, emelia. You are not the first to do that. I really liked Sushi Zo for the first year or so that it was opened. Then it got pricier and I got a little bored with it. But it is truly wonderful when you want to splurge.
                      Glad you liked Yabu and thanks so much for reporting back!
                      Other splurge-worthy sushi destinations not very far from WeHo:
                      Kiyokawa on Robertson,
                      Kiriko on Sawtelle,
                      and, of course, the ultimo in splurgio,
                      Urasawa in Beverly Hills.

                      And, I'll throw in another (relative) bargain too: Ike Sushi on Hollywood.

                      Ike Sushi
                      6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                      Urasawa Restaurant
                      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      Sushi Zo
                      9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                      11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      Kiyokawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
                      265 S Robertson Blvd Ste 10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                  2. here are my local favorites. i've lived and worked in this area for 10 years...

                    Jitlada for Thai, however that is out of the 2mile radius so try Joom for Thai, my local favorite. It's located on Beverly and Orange, just one block east of Fairfax.
                    Vito's for pizza- that's on La Cienega just south of Santa Monica Blvd. also, they have the most wonderful egglant parm there.
                    Singapore's Banana Leaf in the Farmers Market on third/fairfax. mmm, noodles, curry, etc etc etc.
                    Angeli cafe on Melrose (my fave!). the bread is outstanding! i'm addicted to the gnocci of the day.
                    Bob's Donuts in the Farmers Market third/fairfax.
                    Susina Bakery for scones/croissants/dessert/coffee - on Beverly just west of La Brea
                    Fish Grill - i love the salmon chowder soup and fried fish sandwich, and fish tacos! (kosher, so it's closed friday nights and saturdays). located on Beverly by poinsettia
                    Antonio's mexican on Melrose and Gardner. very fresh. very good and it's been there for ages and family run. love the interior.
                    Hirozen is my favorite neighborhood sushi joint. Beverly and Orlando.
                    Real food daily is always reliably good for a healthy meal. La Cienega and Oakwood.
                    Quality food on 3rd has good breakfast from what i remember, but i have not been there in many years. griddle cafe- on sunset and fairfax is delish for breakfast, but i haven't been there in ages b/c it's such a scene. somewhere closer and less of a scene perhaps is cafe latte on wilshire and crescent heights, next to wahoos fish tacos.

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                    1. re: Clyde

                      clyde, i tried Angelli Cafe last week with a friend who i used to live in Rome with years ago. We'd been on an eternal search for the basic, simple pastas we used to live on in the trattorias over there, especially a decent penne arrabbiatta. happy to say that Angelli's stood up pretty well to our test. yum! the service was spotty, but it didn't matter- with the awesome bread and the arrabbiatta (complete with enough spice, garlic, and parsley) we were both pretty happy. plus got a few bites of her boyfriend's butternut squash lasagna. not something i'd normally order, but it was buttery and delish. i'll definitely be back when i'm craving some standard, fresh simple italian. (though i wasn't the biggest fan of the caprese salad-- very non-traditional and the roasted tomatoes / olives threw me off.)

                      1. re: emilia

                        i know, the bread is amazing! they make pizza on that bread. mmm! if you go there over lunch there's barely a crowd.

                        1. re: emilia

                          4 times into Angelli, and i've grown to love it even more every single time! the spaghetti alla checca (sp?) reminds me of the stuff i ate often in rome too, and i daydream about the gnocchi of the day. all throughout KCRW's summer membership drive i kept hoping that evan kleinman would announce some kind of angelli deal, but no such luck...

                          1. re: emilia

                            It seems that you've adjusted a bit to LA.
                            Forevery place that sells food in your area go to
                            and enter your zip code. You can check the neighbroingzips as well. Have fun

                            1. re: emilia

                              Check the web and sign up at a few places. I think I saw Angelli either at Groupon or Blackboard Eats a while back...