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Feb 18, 2010 03:21 PM

Where to eat near Kaiser-Permanente on Sunset & Vermont

East-Coast Chowhound here. I'll be in LA visiting Kaiser-Permanente's Medical Center on Sunset from 2/23/10 to 2/28. My mother's very sick and she's not going to be with us much longer. I found out yesterday so I haven't had much time to plan.

I don't know exactly where I'll be staying yet, but would like to know where 'hounds go in this neighborhood. I'm trying to avoid renting a car because it'd be an extravagance, particularly with the difficult parking in the area. I will be walking the neighborhood extensively, however, as I walk at least a mile a day (usually many more) for exercise.

I'm not terribly picky and love all sorts of food. I've not been to LA in many, many years so I'm completely clueless about the neighborhood.

A great breakfast place is essential. Lunch needs to be nearer to the hospital than other meals. For dinner I'd like to avoid the vegetarian restaurants that dot the landscape in that neck of the woods. My diet is meat, starch and precious few veggies. I love Italian food and find it very comforting. A good steak for two or three of the nights would be ideal.

Respectfully submitted,


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  1. You might really enjoy Umami Burger on Hollywood Blvd. Not too far from your location. Some good burgers. Good luck to you during this tough time.

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    1. If you like Thai, Jitlada at 5233 W Sunset is very popular among CHers.
      Be strong for your Mom.

      1. Zankou Chicken is short walk.

        Zankou Chicken
        5065 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        1. For breakfast try Square One on Fountain. Really good and close to your location.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Lunch is good too, especially since they still serve breakfast items. My favorite is the house-cured salmon "Benedict", served on a crunchy shredded potato cake with poached egg, hollandaise and frisée, which you can get with either grits or a good green salad on the side.

          2. Not too far a walk is Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. Great fish or shrimp tacos that's all they serve. 1650 Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles (NE of Kaiser and not too far a walk)

            If you don't get a car there's a Metro Red Line station next to Kaiser on the corner of Vermont/Sunset which can get you to places around LA that are chow worthy like Korea Town, Hollywood, Downtown, Universal City and N. Hollywood.

            No worthwhile steaks in the area. There's a Morton's steakhouse almost across the street from the 7th St. Downtown Metro Red line station.

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            1. re: monku

              The Metro Red Line is an excellent suggestion to broaden your search options in LA..