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Again last night this charming man made us feel like honored guests as he welcomed us into his humble establishment. DH loves his lamb tagine, and although my diet is tied to the avoidance of a huge number of allergy provoking substances, Simon accommodated us both. The food is delicious, consistent and fresh, the prices are excellent and everything appears to be homemade.

After "dining" (I use that word loosely) at a number of the regular mediocre chain restaurants with our kids and grands, I have to ask why isn't Simon's packed with guests?

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  1. Its location does it no favors. Out of sight, out of mind, and the parking and access leave a bunch to be desired as well.

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    1. re: carter

      They actually have a relatively big parking lot in the back - which runs alongside the 405/101 Interchange - (go west on Dickens across Sepulveda and then turn S into the lot which runs behind that little stretch of shops).

      1. re: Servorg

        i like this place a lot.

        amazing merguez, falafel is possibly some of the fluffiest best, i've ever had, now i really want to go there.

        i've got a serious craving now.

        it's a little hidden just off the freeway, but it does have ample parking in the back.
        and it's not cheap at all, but prices are reasonable for the great cooking and high quality.

        and that eggplant in ginger sauce dessert is quite interesting and addictive.

        1. re: Servorg

          btw, i really like this place but for some reason i don't seem to get over there often enough, from the westside.

          1. re: Servorg

            While I realize the parking in back, you really do have to think about it before passing the place if driving south on Sepulveda. And just its being in that stretch of Sepulveda has never been kind to virtually any restaurants over the years, before or after the freeway construction project of a few years ago.
            I like the kind of food a lot, yet still have not been.
            I do occasionally shop at WFM across the street, and have eaten at Blue Dog Tavern nearby, and even the Indian restaurant in that row of eateries (lunch buffet - not memorable).
            Maybe one of these days.

            1. re: carter

              "While I realize the parking in back, you really do have to think about it before passing the place if driving south on Sepulveda. And just its being in that stretch of Sepulveda has never been kind to virtually any restaurants over the years, before or after the freeway construction project of a few years ago."

              Carter, are we Chowhounds or Chickens? ;-D> A voyage into the heart of the Amazonian rain forest this is not. And if you do like this type of food then you owe it to yourself to take the plunge and go...

        2. I happened to be going right after the LA Times did a writeup of Simon's, and it was insanely busy. I'd been a few times before, and it seemed so empty. I went a couple months ago, and it seemed empty yet again.

          I can't fault his food at all (love his Lamb Tagine and Couscous platter), or his hospitality. I just can't afford to pay that much for dinner often. I'm not saying it's not good value... just more than I normally pay.

          LAT story: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jan/...

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          1. re: hhewitt

            true, the entrees are like 16 to 20 bucks, and if you get that plus even a shared appetizer and a drink or dessert, it'll still come out to at least 35 to 40 per.

            i like that he did a half portion of merguez last time i was there, so i could get that an order of falafel, and dessert and soda for like 26 bucks. still not cheap obviously. oh, and the chocolate mousse is pretty good, but too bad, he does not whip up some fresh whip cream for it a la the applen pan and other places.