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A Chow-worthy neighborhood to move to?

I am looking at buying a place in the near future, and was looking to CH to get some recs as to some good "chow-worthy" neighborhoods that would have good food close by, preferably walking distance (I enjoy walking, so, say within 1.5 miles or so). I currently live in WLA, and prefer to stay on the Westside, and preferably in SaMo (though North of Montana is out of the question).

Thanks!

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  1. I think a lot of it depends on what you favor, your average meal price range, etc., and what you define as Westside. To me, the Westside goes from LA 90045/Inglewood to Santa Monica/Brentwood/Bel Air (Pali and Malibu are kinda Westside but are more of a geographic subset), from the beach but its east border is very vague. Beverly Hills, Palms, the Robertson corridor and even parts of the Fairfax area kinda straddle Westside and midtown areas. I grew up reading the LA Times and received the "Westside" section every thursday, reading it extensively. Those areas that I mention were roughly the areas covered by the "Westside" section.

    You already live in an area that has quite a good selection of food choices. Why not stay in West LA? Pico Blvd, Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, Wilshire Blvd, Sawtelle Blvd, Westwood Blvd, La Cienega Blvd and San Vicente instantly come to mind as streets that have a fair amount of choices. Those areas around these streets have a great range of food choices.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      I know the "Westside" is loosely defined, and most have a different definition of where it ends, but typically, I think of it as West of the 405, but for this sake, let's assume West of Overland (give or take a few blocks) and North of Jefferson.

      I do like where I live now, and I am considering WLA as well, but was hoping to get some other viewpoints on other areas. Though I live blocks from Sawtelle, I rarely eat there, b/c most of the restaurants are Japanese or fish/seafood restaurants, and I don't care for Japanese (or Ramen or Pho) and I hate fish/seafood. I kinda like Tofu-Ya, but I always feel a bit disappointed b/c I know I can get much better food in K-Town for similar or cheaper prices.

      1. re: mdpilam

        I personally think that the further east you go in the Westside, the more options open up. Using West LA as a base, places that get Chow props are in within a 2-3 mile radius of Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd. If you go further east, you start getting into mid-city. And at this point, Downtown LA, Silverlake, etc. are a short drive off the 10 - SGV is another 15 minutes past DTLA. Koreatown and east Hollywood is tough from just about anywhere. Santa Monica eats are just a short drive to the west, Venice a little further to the south. I think the general South Bay area comes up a little harder for you, but you've already said you don't do Japanese or seafood. The Valley is dependent on traffic flow more so than just about anywhere since the Sepulveda Pass is really the only practical option from most parts of the Westside. Somewhere between Sawtelle and Overland, Pico and Santa Monica seems to be a good fit. Now if noise and air quality are an issue, stay as far away from the 10 as possible, and stay west of or further east of the 405. And speaking of traffic, that's the one thing I find constantly irritating about so much of the general West LA area - it sucks during so much of the day. :)

      1. I think the WLA stretches of Santa Monica Blvd. immediately east and west of the 405 are both very walkable and chow worthy. On the east side, there's Westwood Blvd, and to the west, you have Sawtelle. As a bonus, you have access to excellent public transportation, both local and express. The area around Olympic has two spots that host different trucks on regular basis. Plus, there's a Ralph's and Trader Joe's for shopping needs. There's even a small farmer's market by the library, and the SM one is a short bus or bike ride down SM Blvd.

        The other area I'd consider is Wilshire/26th in Santa Monica. You have a Whole Foods and some restaurants, including the Shack, Wilshire, and CCC right there. And the stuff on Montana is just a short walk away. Between the two, I'd pick WLA, but the SM option isn't too shabby either.

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        1. re: a_and_w

          Thanks, Wilshire/26th (Mid-City) is one of the areas I'm looking at.

        2. You may be interested to know about this thread...

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637266

          It's a good time to buy.

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          1. re: J.L.

            Interests rates are creeping up... Buy soon!

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