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Oct 28, 2010 07:11 AM

Same style as Gjelina but in West Hollywood ?

Question for L.A foodies: I am visiting L.A. briefly and have to find a restaurant for tonight in West Hollywood, in the Standard hotel area. Loved loved loved Gjelina in Venice on Abbott Kinney when I last ate there. Is there something similar in Hollywood ?

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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  1. Have you read anything about Animal? We like Gjelina, but we love Animal. Read this post/thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620960 and check out some of the other write up's at the place link below.

    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

    1. It's not West Hollywood but close - AOC. Like Gjelina, AOC offers mostly small plates and very interesting combinations of unusual ingredients. Unlike Gjelina, AOC also offers excellent cheese and charcuterie. In atmosphere they are somewhat different - AOC is not steampunk, more just regular restaurant chic - which is what you would expect in that area, versus Venice. I'm a big fan of the patio on the 2nd Floor.

      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

      1. Both Animal and AOC are great recommendations, and may be about as close as you're gonna get, though still pretty different.

        A.O.C. is closer in menu but a little more upscale, as aching perfectly describes. Though as they said, the upstairs patio takes that down a notch and puts you closer to a Gjelina vibe.

        Animal's menu is not quite as akin to Gjelina's, but it's damn good, and the vibe is a little more casual, if starker and more N.Y. urban than Gjelina's.

        Take a look at both menus online, though Animal's will vary slightly each night. But can't really go wrong with either. Unfortunately, there's not much to point to right up on the Sunset Strip. So a short cab ride will be in order.

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        1. re: wutzizname

          Seems quite hard to get a reservation at Animal for tonight. Too short notice. I did get one downtown at Church and State. What do you guys think ?

          1. re: mcLo

            If you are a party of one or two then you can eat at the bar at Animal (just walk in). Church and State seems to have a lot a little bit of it's luster on this board since Walter Manzke took off.

              1. re: Servorg

                I vote Ammo.

                (no idea why it's listed as a caterer)

                Ammo Restaurant
                1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

                1. re: Discokill

                  Oh, Ammo is a great call! I had a fantastic brunch there a couple of weekends ago.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    Agree with mollyo, Ammo's brunch is pretty good. I had a delicious wood fired apple pancake there last weekend! But their pastries were a tad disappointing.

        2. it's on the east end of Hollywood, but District has a similar style - local, seasonal, small plate or entree size - and my last few meals there have been phenomenal. not as "rustic' as gjelina, and more global influences, but delicious.


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          1. re: tastycakes

            I also like District, but Kris Morningstar, the chef, left within the past two weeks so not sure whether the food will continue to be great...

            1. re: mollyomormon

              i have great faith in kevin, the chef de cuisine...kris was never behind the stoves when i've eaten there, i suspect he hadn't been in a while, and the food has still been consistent. the foie gras parfait and truffled pasta i ate a few weeks ago rivaled any high end restaurant in town. and the coffee toffee dessert!! drool.....

              1. re: tastycakes

                hmmm...interesting. kris was definitely behind the stoves when i was in.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Going to District for the first time this week -- any recent reports now that Kris M has been gone awhile? Who replaced him? The sample menu on their site right now has a lot less offal than I thought I'd see.

          2. Thank you everyone for your advice. I was finally able to make a reservation at Animal and we went there and had a blast. The food was indeed very flavorful. Lots of variety. Lots of depth. We tried the poutine, a funny thing since i am from Quebec. Not like the original thing but I loved how their fries stay crispy. Nice idea to bring back maybe. Loved the fried quails, loved the toffee dessert. Thanks again.