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Tak Jul 26, 2005 11:33 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations for dinner in Westwood? Preferabely somwhere reasonably priced (under $25 per person) would be great. Also, if you have any specific dishes that you suggest, that would be a big help as well.

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    glutton Feb 22, 2007 04:27 PM

    Nobody mentioned Sunnin in this thread, so I'll put that into play. They serve very good shawarma and other lebanese dishes. The falafel are not that great, so I'd avoid that. It's definitely cheap, it's definitely in Westwood, and it definitely serves dinner. That would seem to cover all of the OP's criteria.

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    1. re: glutton
      hungrygirl106 Feb 22, 2007 04:45 PM

      People love Sunnin, but I find the food to be overrated and the setting depressing. If you go, know that you're not getting ambience.

      Also, Tengu is repulsive. I cannot figure out why people love that place.

      1. re: hungrygirl106
        westsidegal Feb 22, 2007 04:58 PM

        not to mention that at sunnin they microwave their falafal.. . .

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      Gourmand Jul 27, 2005 07:42 PM

      I've tried most of the Persian restaurants in Westwood and the standout for me without a doubt is OAHAM GRILL. It's located in a strip mall on Santa Monica at the corner of Sepulveda where the Coffee Bean is. They give you a wonderful complimentary humus with pita to start. I always wind up with the Cornish Hen which is absolutly delicious! Entrees come with rice and salad all for under $15 dollars. The owners are very friendly and it's quick take out too.

      1. j
        JL Jul 27, 2005 01:30 AM

        Skip Eurochow and Palomino altogether.

        Cheap and good dinners:
        Saks Teriyaki on Glendon
        Noodle Planet on Westwood
        Lamonica's New York Pizza on Gayley
        Mongols BBQ next to Lamonica's

        Medium price range:
        Moustache Cafe on Glendon
        Tanino on Westwood
        Napa Valley Grille on Glendon

        Nine Thirty at the W Hotel
        Tengu Sushi on Lindbrook

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        1. re: JL
          chica Feb 22, 2007 04:52 PM

          On the contrary, I'd choose Palomino over Tengu anyday. It's different food, but quality is nothing in comparison. Besides, Palomino has an extensive happy hour before and after dinner, and a great deal for the first seating -- $20 for a prixe fixe of 3 dishes.

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          Jerome Jul 26, 2005 03:13 PM

          I like Pomodoro's (not the chain). It's on WEstwood boulevard next to another Italian place, Sprazzo's. I prefer Pomodoro. Excellent small pizze, risotto, the pasta dishes are quite good. The ossobuco is decent, a little rich - (I like a lot of gremolata in mine) and it has a lovely ambience. Averages about $20 a head including tax and tip.

          Down the street, Shahrzad is my fave Iranian. Don't know how many in your party - I'd suggest ordering the kashk-e bademjan appetizer, a shirazi salad (everybody shares these) and then a fesenjan and a polo, my fave is the estamboli polo, but the zereshk and albaloo polos are very good (I think there's also a shirin polo). Also, ask for onions and butter with the house bread straight from the tandur.
          For dessert consider the faloodieh or persian ice cream.

          1393 WESTWOOD BLVD
          LOS ANGELES

          1422 WESTWOOD BLVD
          LOS ANGELES

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            WLA Jul 26, 2005 11:43 AM

            If you don't mind a casual place, (open until 10 P.M.) Damon and Pythias, (see link to their web site) has just had some really good reviews on this board, (http://www.chowhound.com/california/boards/losangeles/messages/170709.html).

            Link: http://www.damonandpythias.com/about/...

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              the delicious life Jul 26, 2005 11:42 AM

              if you're looking specifically in westwood village, i would say perhaps tanino (italian). the other "nicer" restaurants (eurochow, palomino, tengu, napa valley grille etc.) in westwood village are *eh*

              if you can venture down westwood bouelvard, try shamshiri grill. i love it!

              Link: http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com

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              1. re: the delicious life
                Das Ubergeek Jul 26, 2005 02:16 PM

                I concur with the Tanino rec if you're limited to Westwood Village.

                That said, Tengu, Palmoino and Napa Valley Grille are all just *eh*. Eurochow is the most egregious waste of real-estate I've seen in a long time.

                I personally go for the Dinner of Champions: kimchi burrito at Jose Bernstein's, and then across the street to Diddy Riese for a huge $1 ice cream sandwich.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                  Zoe Jul 26, 2005 02:20 PM

                  South of Wilshire for restaurants are far better bets than the Village - either side of the street down to SM Blvd are Italian, Greek, French, Persian, Indonesian and now 3 Indian restaurants.

                  We're off to Shamshiri tonight for my favorite Tues. special, lamb shank with dilled fava beans (can't remember the Persian name but its plate licking its so good - however you can't make it down to the plate on one sitting because the portions are so huge).

                  1. re: Zoe
                    katkoupai Feb 22, 2007 05:02 PM

                    Baghali polo (lima bean rice with dill weed) ba maheecheh (with lamb shank). :)

                    Yum. :) Shamshiri Grill is my favorite too, besides Raffi's in Glendale.

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek
                    the delicious life Jul 26, 2005 02:24 PM

                    KIMCHI BURRITO?!?!?

                    please elaborate - LOL!

                    1. re: the delicious life
                      Das Ubergeek Jul 26, 2005 04:17 PM

                      At Jose Bernstein's on Broxton (open until 3 AM on weekends) you can get a kimchi burrito -- exactly what it sounds like, a tortilla, beans, white rice, kimchi and (optional) bulgogi.

                      Best post-drinking food ever.

                  3. re: the delicious life
                    westsidegal Feb 22, 2007 04:57 PM

                    i whole-heartedly concur with shamshiri grill.
                    the food is very good, and the quantity/quality/price ratios are EXCELLENT.
                    it also helps that they have a section of their menu devoted to vegetarian offerings so that there is plenty to chose from if your party that includes vegetarians and meat-eaters.

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