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lunch and dinner options within a 10 minute drive/30 minute walk of the Grove

Especially interested in Mexican, Latin American, Russian, Japanese, Thai or Persian restaurants. I realize the best Mexican is further afield, but I'm happy enough with fair-good quality that's within a 10 minute drive.

Not very interested in French/bistros/Italian/standard Continental, but open to other suggestions.

Should I go to Loteria Grill? I realize several Chowhounds consider it to be watered-down and/or mediocre. Am I better off with Tex Mex at Marix? Are there any other sitdown Mexican or Tex Mex restaurants nearby that you like better?

Has anyone been to Hirozen since the change in management? Is it still open? The old website link doesn't seem to work.

I have Traktir on my list for a Russian option that isn't too far away. Are there any others you'd recommend?

For a Thai option, I have Joom on my list. What dishes does Joom do best?

Would prefer places that are relatively hype-free, and places where a solo diner wouldn't feel awkward.

Would like to keep prices to under $30 per main, under $15 for starters.

Thanks for any of your suggestions or comments.

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Traktir
8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Loteria Grill
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hirozen
8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Marix L. A. Cuisine
8350 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Joom
7825 Beverly Blvd Ste 2, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    Red O
    8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    1. That was a joke, as is Red O.

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      Red O
      8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        Thanks for letting me know it was a joke ;-)

        Good way to test whether I'm doing thorough chow research ;-) Found your review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7119...
        Although, sounds like some Chowhounds actually like Red O ;-): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7133...

      2. Seriously:
        Mexican: Pinches Tacos on Sunset, Tere's Mexican Grill, Loteria
        Thai: Thaitown, might be a 20 min drive mid-day - Jitlada, Palin, Nadpob Thai Cafe, Sapp Coffee Shop, Spicy BBQ
        Peruvian: Mario's Peruvian Seafood, Los Balcones del Peru

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        Jitlada
        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Tere's Mexican Grill
        5870 Melrose Ave Ste 1, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Sapp Coffee Shop
        5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Spicy BBQ
        5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        Nadpob Thai Cafe
        4321 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

        Pinches Tacos
        8200 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Awesome, thanks Ciao Bob. I love good Peruvian food, so happy you mentioned those Mario's & Los Balcones del Peru.

          Thanks for the other Mexican & Thai recs, they're on my list!

        2. Yes, definitely definitely do Loteria. Forget all the naysayers, it's still one of the best and most unique in town for that kind of food. My recommended order of five tacos: one chicken mole, one chicken tinga, one meatball, one cochinita pibil, and one potato. Just do it!

          Grab a burger at Golden State, chased with some scoops of Scoops ice cream. Search the forum if you need more info on GS. Again -- don't think, just do it! GS isn't hype free necessarily, but it's never crowded in a way that makes it feel hyped. Sometimes all the tables are taken but I've never waited more than a few minutes. And the vast majority of time it's very chill and there are free tables.

          For an interesting Japanese experience, check out Sake House on La Brea. It's not really a sushi place, it's more like an old 60's style izakaya with Godzilla posters and a pachinko machine. One of my favorite understated places in the area.

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          Sake House Miro
          809 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          The Golden State
          426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: QualityMart

            Thanks for the recommended order at Loteria, QualityMart ;-) I'll give Loteria at try. I've never had meatball tacos or potato tacos before.

            Thanks also for the Golden State, Scoops and Sake House suggestions.

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            The Golden State
            426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

          2. How about Ethiopian?

            A couple of blocks south on Fairfax from the Grove are Meals by Genet and Rahel, both are great, with Rahel being Vegetarian (and Vegan maybe?).

            Meals by Genet http://www.mealsbygenet.com/
            Rahel: http://www.rahelveggiecuisine.com/

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I'd like to throw Merkado into the mix for Ethiopian (just a few minutes south on Fairfax). Yum!

              1. re: WildSwede

                Sure, Ethiopian would work ;-) Looks like I've got lots of good options nearby.

                Are there particular dishes you'd recommend at Meals by Genet, Rahel or Merkado?

                1. re: phoenikia

                  I prefer Meals by Genet to Rahel (never been to Merkado).

                  At Genet, try the Ktifo or the Beef Tibs. I hear the lamb is good as well, but have not tried it yet.

                  If you go, you might just want to walk around that area, affectionately known as "LIttle Ethiopia," because it has lots of nooks and crannies worth exploring, both for buying food products and for dining.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Only reason we haven't been to Genet is it's not open for lunch. We've been to the one directly across the street from it - Rosamond's? - twice, once with great service and food, second time with curt service and stuff that had been sitting too long. Of course that second time we'd brought friends, to show off our new find ;-)

                      These are more than just a couple of blocks south from the Grove! Wilshire is half a mile south, and Little Ethiopia is maybe another mile south from there.

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                      Little Ethiopia Restaurant
                      1048 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I think you mean Rosalind's.

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                        Rosalind's Ethiopian
                        1044 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                        1. re: New Trial

                          Yes I did. I knew it was Rosa-something...

                          By the way, could someone tell me how to pronounce "Genet"? I assume it's Ethiopian, not French, but I see that and feel compelled to say "Zhenay".

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              One of the scientists at my office who is Ethiopian told me it is Genet - just as written. Not Jeanette (as I used to say). G sound like in garnet - as New Trial's link says.

                      2. re: phoenikia

                        I have been to Genet and a few others in Little Ethiopia. Merkado is my most favorite - seems more flavorful. My standard is the fried whole fish and the Vegetarian Sampler. I also like the Yedoro Wot (#11). The Sambusas are also very good. If you can, get a glass of their delicious honey wine.

                        http://ethiopianmerkato.com/

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      if you decide on meals by genet, be aware that they are closed on mondays and tuesdays.