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Any Chow-worthy lunch places around Slauson/405?

My company just moved down here, and there's chains and Westfield mall-food galore, but any good places for relatively interesting/inexpensive lunch in the area? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Mariscos Chente is not far and just up the hill is Pann's for fried chicken and wonderful patty melt's.

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    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Mariscos Chente
    4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    1. for tasty healthful food (i know, to some that is an oxymoron) go to the cafe in the spectrum health club at howard hughes .
      there is a parking structure next door to the club for which they will validate.

      6833 Park Terrace
      Los Angeles, CA 90045
      P 310-216-3060

      1. for cheap, but good mexican food (especially their tacos), across the street from mariscos chente (my favorite restaurant in the world) is tacqueria sanchez. there are actually two restaurants with the same name owned by the same folks within 3 blocks from each other. ( i recommend going to the one on centinela that provides tables and an indoor place to enjoy your food.)

        about 6 minutes from your office.

        1. Hey work neighbor!

          My lunch time faves in the area that others have not mentioned...

          Greenpeas in Culver City. I like better than the Cafe Spectrum (it's also cheaper)

          Go Veggie on Centinella, skip the salad bar, but their sandwiches and date shakes are so tasty!

          Mateos: Giant Tuna Sandwiches and Paletas are a great pick me up! :)

          If you have time to wander.... Pitfire Pizza just opened on Washington in Mar Vista (Super easy to get there from Centinela), Metro Cafe (again, on Washington but in Culver City) and Curious Palate on Venice near Inglewood is our local version of Huckleberry. :)

          Then going up Slauson... I like Simply Wholesome near La Brea and on Centinela past La Cienega is Philipes BBQ...

          --Dommy!

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            i forgot about simply wholesome.
            second this rec

            will try greenpeas on your recommendation, dommy.

            1. re: westsidegal

              We recently tried out Green Peas, and it was pretty good. I had the grilled chicken sandwich (w/ swiss and avocado on a baguette), wife had the Chinese tofu salad. You order off a big chalk-board type menu and they bring out your food. It's not worth a special trip, but was like being transported to a college town circa 1992. Hard to explain - just the vibe I got. I will go back though.

              I live just up the street from that intersection; lots of stuff up Sepulveda in Culver City, incl.:

              Sorrento's Italian market for sandwiches, pasta, etc. (only go if you have a lot of time - depending on who's working there it can be unbelievably slow. But then, where are you gonna find a capiccola and provolone on real Italian bread??).

              Swanya Thai just south of Culver is my pick for the best Thai in the area, but guess I haven't tried them all.

              For Mexican, the options are many and range from the really bad (Campos Tacos) to the mediocre (Viva Fresh) to the really good (Mariscos Chente, Tacomiendo - homemade tortillas!). I can't see driving farther than Mariscos Chente though.

              Oh yeah - welcome to the neighborhood!

            2. re: Dommy

              Dommy, can you recommend specific items @ Green Peas? I ordered a salad to go once and was underwhelmed (a bbq tofu one, IIRC). It was supposed to come with flatbread that was missing, I had expected the tofu to be cooked and it wasn't. I had gone at the super slow hour of 10am and was the only customer in sight. No excuse for them to have forgotten the bread. I had also asked plenty of questions before making my choice, so I did not expect to get a surprise when I sat down to lunch later. The raw tofu was very irritating. Ah well, but it is right on my way and I'd really like to give them another chance. So, please let me have your suggestions. Thanks!

              1. re: sweetTooth

                Sure! Generally I avoid their salad. They over dress them.. it's annoying... when I get a salad, I always ask for dressing on the side...

                I great enjoy their sandwiches, especially their Curry Chicken Salad... my favorite chicken salad EVER... I order it as a wrap because it's kinda messy in a sandwich. I also really enjoy their Chicken Sandwiches, especially on their pretzel bread... I like their pretzel bread better than Rockenwagner...

                http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                -Dommy!

                1. re: Dommy

                  Hey Dommy, I've tried two sandwiches at Green Peas since your rec and enjoyed both. It was a portobello mushroom sandwich on pretzel bread once and a turkey on ciabatta today. Both very good. I ordered the turkey today after I saw their claims of hormone-nitrite-etc-free meat. Got potatoes last time and chose cup of soup this time. A good value too! The pretzel bread was a little on the narrow side, but this ciabatta roll is huge. Thanks much for your rec! :)

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                  Green Peas
                  4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

                  1. re: sweetTooth

                    Glad you gave them another shot and that it was worth your while! :D I'm so glad to have the option so nearby. :)

                    --Dommy!

              2. re: Dommy

                tried grean peas today.
                food was REALLY good
                'my' type of food
                and, to top it off, it's closer to me than is sauce on hampton.

                gotta thank you dommy, it is a TERRIFIC find.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Hi Westsidegal,

                  I consider your tastebuds to be very discerning. However, I wasn't wowed by this place a few months ago. I only tried it once - it was on an early Friday night. I'd appreciate recs for this place because I really like supporting places like this. Thanks!

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Curry Chicken Salad in wrap form/pretzel bread form... any form actually....

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      i had their green peas sandwich.
                      what i liked about it was:
                      the great combination of flavors and textures, and high quality ingredients.
                      none of the ingredients were overpowered by any of the others.
                      also, every part of the sandwich was served at the right temperature:
                      the bread was WARM.
                      also, the sandwich was not at all greasy (a pet peeve of mine).

                      lastly, i was impressed that they chose to add a costly ingredient like sun dried tomatoes to a sandwich--most places would never consider going to that expense at this price point.

                      would love to try their breakfasts, but they stop serving them at 10:30 and i would never make it by then.

                      i don't see this place as dinner, though.
                      for dinner i prefer a higher calorie and higher protein meal.
                      for lunch, though, it's always been a struggle for me to find a well constructed dish that isn't a calorie bomb. it looks like this place has several options along these lines, and i'm looking forward to trying many of them.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        >>i don't see this place as dinner, though.
                        for dinner i prefer a higher calorie and higher protein meal.<<

                        Now that I think of it, that is where I felt short-changed. It is more of a lunch kinda menu. Will try your rec as well as Dommy's as well. Thanks to both of you.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          So glad you liked it. Yes, I also give Green Peas LOTS of credit for going the extra mile (nice ingredients - Mozz in my chicken sandwich was excellent and plentiful, their housemade soups are SO fresh tasting and have just the right amount of salt!) and keeping to good portion sizes with EXCELLENT price points. Nothing there is revolutionary, it's certainly not a destination restaurant... but an excellent option to have in the neighborhood...

                          --Dommy!

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                          Green Peas
                          4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Green peas has since remodled from this last post and it's still a great sandwich option, but their new dinner entrees have been a let down, also they still serve those awful pizzas (WHY?!). Overall though, still a great value for lunch, much better than the newly opened LA Spice in terms of value...

                            --Dommy!

                  2. I second Mariscos Chente, Pann's, and Tacqueria Sanchez. Mariscos Chente has a great langostino plate and marlin tacos.
                    A little further up Centinela is the Mitsuwa Japanese market. The little food court there has Santouka for great ramen noodles.
                    Downtown Westchester has a little Thai gem called Ayara. Maybe not as good as the ones in Thai Town, but probably the best Thai on the Westside. I usually get their drunken noodles.
                    Hidden away at 80th and Emerson is The Good Pizza, probably the best thin crust pizza in the area. Takeout only.
                    A bit farther away on Lincoln and Manchester is Thompkins Square, a gastro pub that serves up a nice hamburger.

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                    1. re: Ogawak

                      re: the good pizza
                      if you want to eat there, it's a better choice when the weather is good because most of their tables are on the sidewalk, outside the restaurant.
                      concur about the quality of the pizza.

                      i love ayara, but have been told that sometimes at lunch it's jammed, so leave yourself some time the first time you try it. when i eat there at night, sometimes i see the flight crews from Thai Airways having dinner there.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Just around the corner from Ayara is Truxton's (which they have self named an "American Bistro") which is, without being brilliant, worth checking out. We were just at Truxton's on Saturday night after dropping some friends at LAX and the joint was packed. Every seat at the bar was taken and we ended up waiting about 15 minutes for a table. I had their spicy and sweet shrimp tacos and my wife had the fish and chips. I have always liked their burgers and they do have a full bar if that's of interest.

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                        Truxton's American Bistro
                        8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                      2. re: Ogawak

                        Update on Mitsuwa Market and Hannosuke for their Ten-don (Tempura Udon)
                        Humble Potato for great hamburgers

                        1. re: Ogawak

                          I like the salads at Humble Potato too! Another thing to note is that there IS parking in the back...

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            I've never seen the parking lot to the side (next to the ribs place) be completely full.

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              I've seen folks circle and circle... I think they think that the parking lot next to the Ribs place is just for the Ribs place. But there is parking DIRECTLY behind Humble Potato...

                              -Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                also
                                you can park on the east side of lincoln in the bristol farms parking lot.
                                there is a traffic light at the corner to facilitate crossing lincoln.

                                another easy alternative is parking on the south side of 83rd west of lincoln

                                1. re: Dommy

                                  As far as I know, that lot's for all those stores including Kanpai, the massage place, etc. I've parked there many times from Humble Potato. But it's good to know there's parking behind. More parking is always better! :-)

                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                    imho, i believe the parking across the street in the Bristol Farms lot and the street parking on 83rd st is easier and safer than negotiating that narrow, unlit, poorly paved, alley for the few tiny parking spots behind the restaurant.

                            2. re: Ogawak

                              if you go to humble potato, and if you like things that are spicy and crunchy, be sure to get the Yuzu slaw on your burger.

                              the Yuzu slaw is NOT the normal, wilted, mayonnaise soaked, insipid stuff that is served as slaw everywhere else.
                              this is FRESH, hand cut cabbage, FRESH sliced jalepeno, red onions, dressing (a citrusy vinaigrette) put on it just before it is put on your burger so that the cabbage and the jalepeno are CRISP.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                Your description of the slaw was great. Also my wife loves salads, so all good to know.

                                1. re: Ogawak

                                  be aware that the slaw, having lots of strong flavor, goes best on top of something else such as a salad or a burger or a sandwich.

                                  the slaw will punch up anything upon which you slather it.

                          2. I would add Dinah's but really more for the very enjoyable deep-dish pancakes (apple, German and banana-walnut) than the "famous" fried (actually broasted) chicken, which is not that good. Nichol's in the Marina is also pretty good. If you stick to the burger, Petrelli's is a reasonable choice. Roll and Rye on Jefferson serves decent deli. Reyhan, also on Jefferson, closer to the 405 provides fair Persian fare.

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                            1. re: New Trial

                              I thought Roll n Rye closed a while ago.

                              There supposed to be a really good falafel place on Berryman, just off of Jefferson, I think it's called King's. Haven't tried them yet.

                              I also like Mi Ranchirito for standard mex-gringo fare. On Washington.

                              And I think it's in the area - Tubb's fine chili. Decent chili, all kinds of flavors, tiny inside.

                              1. re: Phurstluv

                                respectfully disagree with both these recommendations.

                                if you're talking about the falafel place on sawtelle near jefferson, imho, the so-called food they serve there is AWFUL.
                                imho, tubbs serves very mediocre chili, however the people who own the place are extremely nice. yes, it is tiny, so tiny that if you want to use a restroom you are on your own. (at roughly $8 for a bowl of chili, i like restaurants to at least offer a place to wash hands .)

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  Not sure what your beef is with Tubbs fine chili - I think it's much better than mediocre. Suppose it depends what you consider good chili. Their pork and black eyed pea was sweet and smokey; their roadhouse which is made with ground beef was hearty and tasty; their steak chili was also quite good with smokey notes and hunks of beef. They also have chicken chili and a vegetarian chili, both of which I did not try. I had a hard time deciding, and then opted to take two bowls, one of the pork, and one roadhouse. They have an oil you can add to spice it up, I did not get any, I was fine with it not being real spicy.

                                  And yes the place is tiny, no doubt it doesn't have a public restroom, not all restaurants do. I bring purell or some wet ones wipes for my hands when I find myself at an establishment too small for public restrooms. I think the prices are fair, I had plenty leftover for another meal.

                                2. re: Phurstluv

                                  Haven't been to Roll 'n Rye in over a year so can't vouch whether it is or isn't open but the website at least is still active: http://www.rollnrye.com/

                                  1. re: New Trial

                                    It was open the last time I walked by It a few days ago on my way to Pavilions

                                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                      My mistake. It's just that everytime I go by there, including this past Monday, the place is dark.

                                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                          Aaahhh! You so smaht!!! That would explain it!

                                3. re: New Trial

                                  the problem with having those addictive deep dish (baked) pancakes at lunchtime is that they take at least twenty minutes to make. if you have a one hour lunch hour and need to drive there and park, you may run out of time to actually eat the pancake. (and since i order the LARGE german pancake, i need a bit of time to properly polish that thing off).

                                4. Speaking of Westfield mall food, has anyone been to the new Manna BBQ restaurant there? (Can see it pretty clearly from the 405) Any thoughts on how it compares to the original on Olympic in Ktown?

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                                  1. re: Bradbury

                                    Nope! Although I will say the Kyo-Chon hey have in there is very tasty and the Red Ribbon Bakery Empanda thingies taste better than they look... Looking forward to the addition of the Vietnamese place... if they do decent Bahn Mi I will be in heaven...

                                    --Dommy!

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      I'm glad for your reports on Kyochon and Red Ribbon. This is good news for Westsiders, as I like both. Hopeful for the Vietnamese place as well.

                                      Manna is an AYCE Korean BBQ with average reviews. But as there isn't much on the Westside for Korean BBQ, it might be a plus.

                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        Just a little update: The Saigon Express place has since opened and Bahn mi was a bit of a let down. It just didn't have the right accouterments and it just came in Chicken. I much prefer Phamish Truck's Bahn Mi. However, they do have a pretty decent Chicken Pho. The broth is very flavorful and the noodles are don well. It's a great option when I want something 'different'.

                                        --Dommy!

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                                        Saigon Express
                                        4501 E Carson St Ste 110, Long Beach, CA 90808

                                    2. Thanks for all the nummy-looking recommendations...keep 'em coming! (My co-workers are loving them!)

                                      1. What's the 411 on M&M Soul Food on Centinela? I've driven past several times, and yet I've never stopped to try it.

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                                        1. re: Professor Salt

                                          M & M’s Soul Food
                                          5496 W. Centinela Ave.
                                          Los Angeles, CA 90045
                                          (310) 215-8186

                                          SoCal soul food mecca. Superior fried chicken. Awesome fried catfish, oxtails, short ribs, pork chops, candied yams, black-eyed peas, red beans & rice, collard greens, etc. Serious mac ‘n cheese. Delicious cornbread. Can’t get enough of that sweet iced tea. Yes, they serve chitterlings but Bertha’s Soul Food’s are better. Multiple Southland locations. This is one of the best ones.

                                          1. re: degustateur

                                            And they have a great smothered chicken dish, which is not something you find on a lot of menus around town.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              How would you guys rate M & M vs. Flossie's in Gardena? Sorry for the hijack, but Flossie's is my high water mark for meat n' three restaurants in L.A.

                                              1. re: Professor Salt

                                                Well, Professor, that’s a tough one. I find them pretty darn close. I might give the edge to Flossie’s fried chicken. But, overall, it’s like comparing Princeton to Yale.

                                                1. re: degustateur

                                                  Then I'd feel good about bellying up at either place. Thanks for the feedback

                                                  1. re: Professor Salt

                                                    The Professor should also give Bertha’s Soul Food an audition. I’d be interested in your evaluative cross-comparison. For years, I've respected your opinions.

                                                    Bertha’s Soul Food Café
                                                    1714 W. Century Boulevard
                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90047
                                                    (323) 777-3373

                                                    http://www.berthasoulfood.com/

                                                    1. re: degustateur

                                                      Bertha's has the best fried chicken that I have had in LA; will have to try Flossie's

                                              2. re: Servorg

                                                That baked chicken at M&M is good. Excellent choice on a day you are not counting calories.

                                            2. re: Professor Salt

                                              I MUCH perfer Philips up the street to M&Ms...

                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                The Phillips Barbeque II on Centinela is one of four in the Southland and, perhaps, not the best of the bunch. That accolade is reserved for the original on Leimert Blvd. (about 5 mi. from you) and the newest one in Chino. Still, this one is excellent. Please note that both the Centinela and Leimert locations are take-out only.

                                                Go for the rib tips, small ends, brisket and beef hot links. The BBQ chicken is good as well. Optionally, a small or large tray will serve you and your co-workers very well at a real deal of a price.

                                                Importantly, order the hot sauce on the side – it’s really not that hot. The mild sauce lacks the necessary punch and depth of flavor. They do offer a mixed version; it works. Do not get the mild! Never order any BBQ anywhere with the sauce already on it! I typically use it as a dipping and sipping sauce.

                                                Make sure to order some of the mac ‘n cheese and the collard greens –wonderful! Recommended desserts include the 7-up cake, sock-it-to-me cake and the peach cobbler – all delicious.

                                                Phillips Barbeque II
                                                1517 Centinela Ave.
                                                Inglewood, CA 90302
                                                (310) 412-7135

                                                Phillips Barbeque –The Original
                                                4307 Leimert Blvd.
                                                Los Angeles, CA 90008
                                                (323) 292-7613

                                                1. re: degustateur

                                                  Thanks for the instruction! I usually get the BBQ Chicken Sandwich order... SO GOOD!!

                                                  Also, I've never tried their desserts as the reason why I am in the shopping center is usually to pick up a Cheesecake from Harriets next door... The best!!

                                                  --Dommy!

                                            3. One other thought. Not to far up Sepulveda in Westchester is a very good Swiss Restaurant that serves both Italian and German food. Opens at 11 AM and runs right through dinner.

                                              http://www.chaletedelweiss.us/

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                                              Chalet Edelweiss
                                              8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                              1. Some Culver City options:

                                                PhoShow on Sepulveda, just south of Culver, next to Big 5
                                                4349 Sepulveda Blvd
                                                Culver City, CA 90232
                                                (310) 398-5200
                                                I like their fish pho; haven't tried too many other things since they were just OK and didn't make me want to explore the menu. It's always been very busy every time I've been.

                                                Jasmine, also on Sepulveda, just south of Washington Blvd, next to RadioShack, serves South Asian and Burmese food
                                                4135 1/2 Sepulveda Blvd
                                                Culver City, CA 90230
                                                (310) 313-3767

                                                I like: aloo puri, keema curry, dal goash curry

                                                Pampas Grill in the Culver Center, down the same side as Bally's, across the parking lot from Starbucks
                                                3857 Overland Ave
                                                Culver City, CA 90232
                                                (310) 836-0080
                                                www.pampas-grill.com

                                                They offer a wide variety of buffet items a la "por kilo" style, where you get charged for the weight of your food and you have the option to get a variety of meats from the churrasqueira. I like their pao de queijo and fried plantains.

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                                                1. re: condementia

                                                  I dunno why I had resisted Jasmine for so long. But I'm glad I broke down this year and tried their Veggie Special. For 4 bucks you get wonderful Lentils and a rich veggie curry with rice and a super fresh yummy naan! I also adore their Samusas... they use a THIN wraper and are so crunchy and flavorful! :)

                                                  --Dommy!

                                                2. I like Reyhan Persian Grill located just west of the 405 on Jefferson. They have lunch specials. I like the chicken kebob which comes with a side of basmati rice and a little salad. It also comes with an appetizer of delicious hummus.

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                                                  1. re: jojoma

                                                    The last couple of times I had hummus at Reyhan it was grainy. I prefer smoother hummus. The dishes were good though, I just can't recommend the hummus.

                                                  2. Metro Diner at Washington Place and Sepulveda - Great Serbian food.

                                                    Tacomiendo - Inglewood Blvd and Culver. - great for tacos and burritos. They use fresh homemade tortillas which is a plus.

                                                    Sakura on Centinela near Short (across the street from Mariscos Chente), is good when you have a sushi craving at lunch time. It can get too crowded for dinner.

                                                    Father's Office in the Helm's district when you are in the mood for a $10 burger and a glass of Belgian ale.

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                                                    1. re: annapurna7

                                                      Please note that FO is open at 12p ONLY on Friday...

                                                      --Dommy!

                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                        ...and Saturday and Sunday (for those that work weekends!)

                                                      2. re: annapurna7

                                                        metro diner serves mostly continental food with a few serbian dishes thrown in.
                                                        practically everything they serve is excellent, but with that said, my favorite dish there is the burrata starter.

                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                          Enthusiastic second for the burrata starter!

                                                      3. i worked in that area about 10 years ago and ever since i've been missing Go Veggie on centinela just off the 90. it's less than 5 minutes away by car. The salad itself at the salad bar is worth skipping unless you are in the mood for salad, however the deli-case type items which are at the salad bar are AMAZING. my all time favorite which i've unsuccessfully tried to recreate is the tofu marinated with soy sauce/lemon juice/garlic. it's incredible. i also love the roasted vegetables, the pasta salads (some have a bit of a kick, but i think they let you know which are spicy), and well, back to that incredible tofu. enjoy!

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                                                        1. re: Clyde

                                                          I live in Culver City and drive anywhere for food, so I'm going to give some ideas and comment on others already posted. I found this thread because I was looking up Truxton's. Thanks for the information.

                                                          I recently tried Santouka, due to many recommendations on Chow. I thought it was the worst ramen I ever had - I couldn't even finish it.

                                                          I also just recently ate lunch at M&M. Very good chicken and exceptional corn bread and cornbread dressing. More visits coming up, but I tried Flossie's due to recommendations on Chow, just recently, too. Great fried chicken but didn't like having to order whole meals and not being able to order extra chicken. Sides were not as good as M&M.

                                                          Tried Roll&Rye when we first moved here in 1993. Never went back.

                                                          "But then, where are you gonna find a capiccola and provolone on real Italian bread?" Try Bay Cities on Lincoln. You'll thank me and all the others who know it's superior to Sorrento's.

                                                          For a cafeteria type of Mexican food, El Abajeno, across the street from Tacomiendo, can be very good.

                                                            1. re: mollyomormon

                                                              I know this is ridiculous but I never noticed your question before. Believe me, I'm not a ramen expert like so many seem to be on Chowhound but my favorite is Ramenya, on Olympic. Have not been to any of the places in the far reaches of Los Angeles. I was told many years ago that Asahi, on Sawtelle, was better but never thought so.

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                                                              Ramenya
                                                              11555 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                            2. re: mopeyboy

                                                              Mopeyboy - I'm not saying Sorrento's is great - it is what it is. The OP was looking for lunch near Slauson, so I figured SM was a long drive, no? Anyway - was always curious about El Abajeno. What's good there? Is it all warming dishes?

                                                              1. re: cant talk...eating

                                                                I like the chile relleno burrito with meat sauce on top. Their taquitos are good as well.

                                                                1. re: cant talk...eating

                                                                  Yes, answering this after all this time! I have to say I had a problem with Sorrento's for personal reasons and non-food issues. Anyway, I still like El Abajeno. Warming dishes, yes, but many of my Latina y Latino friends think it's good, especially the frijoles, arroz, gorditas de carnitas, and tacos dorados de carne asada.

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                                                                  El Abajeno
                                                                  4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                                                            3. Try a gyro and some falafel at Kings Kabab. The gyros are very good and one of the best in all of LA. The falafel are hit or miss but worth a try/ My co-workers really like the mousaka although it may not be the most traditional. They only have outdoor seating which is very limited. Go on a nice day. The service isn't the fastest but worth a try.

                                                              It's right on the corner of Sawtelle and Sepulveda
                                                              5500 Sawtelle Boulevard, Culver City
                                                              (310) 390-1599

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                                                              1. re: js76wisco

                                                                Westsidegal, post from 2/23 up above, panned that place. I still have not been.

                                                                1. re: Phurstluv

                                                                  We've eaten there before - it doesn't seem so so bad to us. Just don't expect Alcazar.

                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                    Yeah, no, I just can't do it. I hate their humus, watery terrible thing. When you have the choice of Petit Cafe, in El Segundo, TECHNICALLY not being that far away (just get off the end of the 105)... I'd choose them 10000x over Kings.... 1 million times actually...

                                                                    --Dommy!

                                                                    1. re: Dommy

                                                                      AND top add insult to injury, they slather that awful excuse for hummus on their falafal instead of using tahini. the falafal would have been just terrible without the addition; with the addition it's so much worse.
                                                                      yuuuccckkk

                                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                                        OK, two on one - time out! :) My tastebuds obviously are collectively a blunt instrument - I still don't see it as being so awful. We've gotten falafal with tahini and while no fireworks, we didn't find them objectionable either. I don't recall the hummus to be honest, but I don't recall chic pea milk either. We've eaten there on and off for about a decade, and my one consistent irritant there is how long they can take to prepare food. It has been about 1 1/2 years that I last recall eating there, and on that cold night, it felt like we were about to order our third cuppa joe next door at the coffee shop when our order finally came around, and I think there was only one customer ahead of us. Again, no fireworks, but I've had worse and have had better as well. I guess YMMV.

                                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                          I don't think I've ever had their hummus so can't really speak to that. I can only vouch for their gyros which are good and especially in the area. Whenever I order the falafel it definitely comes with tahini on the side - serving falafel with watery hummus sounds pretty awful.

                                                                          Dommy if you're driving to Petit Cafe go a little further and try Hummus Factory if you already haven't. I think they have better hummus, great chicken kebabs and fresher ingredients. It's in the mall off Main St in DT El Segundo with the Rite Aid.

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                                                                          The Hummus Factory
                                                                          204 E Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

                                                                          Rite Aid
                                                                          5575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                          Main St Cafe
                                                                          450 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                                                                          1. re: js76wisco

                                                                            Wow! I've actually never heard of Hummus Factory! I'll be sure to give it a shot, although after having the Humus from Hayat's this weekend, it'll be hard to go back to the 'regular' stuff... LOL!

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                                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                                            The Hummus Factory
                                                                            204 E Grand Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

                                                                            1. re: Dommy

                                                                              Hayat's looks very good. The falafel looks very similar to Alcazar. Will have to give it a shot.

                                                                              1. re: Dommy

                                                                                Okay, not long after your post, I checked out the Humus Factory and honestly was not impressed. It seemed pretty standard for the type of cuisine with a "meh" Kibbeh and darn right leaden falafel. They irony of the thing was that recently they opened a mini outpost in the HH Center which is walkable for me for lunch. Sadly they also serve those bricks of Falafel and their lentil soup tasted like dish washer soap... Shame. :(

                                                                                --Dommy!

                                                                    2. re: Phurstluv

                                                                      I've eaten at King's Kabab pretty frequently when I have a gyro craving and it's always been reasonably decent. No idea how their falafel is, though, since I've never had it. I wouldn't travel far to go there, but it's a nice local place, no complaints. Be sure to order over the phone for pick-up, otherwise the wait can chew up your whole lunch hour.

                                                                  2. Anna - a little more information to help you in your food quest can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6996...

                                                                    We all hope you'll check back at some point and let us know if you try any of these recommendations and how you find them as you try them.

                                                                    1. I'm way late on this post, but Mike's Deli at Slauson and Fairfax (NE corner) is an easy drive from Slauson and the 405 (I work by the mall) and has delicious sandwiches...

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                                                                      Mike's Deli
                                                                      4859 W Slauson Ave Ste B, Los Angeles, CA 90056

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                                                                      1. re: nkedoldguy

                                                                        LOVE Mikes... :) You are going to be hearing about them from me soon! :D

                                                                        Another BRAND new Option is Hangar 19, a Cafe in the new Playa Vista. A well thought out menu, high quality ingredients with a great choice in sodas as well...

                                                                        I LOVE their Tofu and Grilled Veggie Plate (But get the sauce on the SIDE!! They are proud of their 'sauce' concept and just drown the veggies in it!)

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                                                                        And they also have interesting specials and sides. I love this Tuna Burger and orecchiette salad. It made a better meal than than some fancy dinner I've had recently!!

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                                                                        Also in the new coffee shop in the complex called the "Hub". They sell sandwiches and salads but nothing that has really impressed me. Still, I go there WAY more often than I care to admit because they serve LA Mill Coffee, one of the few Westside places that do.... They fresh brew their iced coffee and do it RIGHT. OMG. It's what's helped me survive these last crazy few months...

                                                                        --Dommy!

                                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                                          The Hub has closed and since has become Big Mango Cafe. They no longer serve LA Mill coffee... but I LOVE their Pad Thai Tofu Salad.

                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                      2. Roll and Rye, in mall at Jefferson and Sepulveda. As of a month ago, they were still open.

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                                                                        1. re: oldusedcop

                                                                          Oh yeah, I don't think they'll ever close... I walk by it weekly... always plenty of bubbies there...

                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                        2. Try the Farmers Market on Slauson and Hannum. Saturdays Only :-(