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Im moving to a place just off of San Vicente and Montana. Can anyone suggest some places near by. Ive never really hung out on the Westside so Im pretty much clueless. Ive searched some threads but theres nothing really specifically on the San Vicente Area. thanks

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  1. Hope you like Italian!

    There's a plethor of Italian restaurants - not a dog in the bunch. Vicente is the best and most expensive. A good place to go solo and eat at the bar too. Pecorino is my second fav. Kind of a toss up for the rest. I like the feel of the tiny Pizzicotto. But I've had decent meals at all of them. And all are on San Vicente. There's also a very good sushi restaurant - Takao. And across the street and upstairs you'll find Taikao - also quite decent. (kind of a family sushi place). The Daily Grill - in the same bulding as Taiko - is like upscale coffee shop food - very solid simple food done well. All within walking distance.

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    Taiko Restaurant
    11677 San Vicente Blvd Ste 302, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Pecorino Restaurant
    11604 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Takao
    11656 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Pizzicotto
    11758 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    1. Welcome to the neighborhood. Lot's of choices from expensive to casual. My faves:
      Great Sushi at Sugarfish by Nozowa. The same strip has a good breakfast place- New York Bagel.
      Good casual burgers at Barney's. The Tavern is a relatively expensive place but very good.
      There is great takeout chicken in the country mart on 26th and SV. (Barney's and a good taco stand is there too.)
      Famous and famously expensive chain Katsuya is two blocks west. Try it at least once.

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      Katsuya Hollywood
      6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      New York Bagel & Cafe
      14423 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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      1. re: levlovesfood

        Welcome to my neighborhood. Here are some of my recommendations:
        -Quick, reasonably priced breakfast or lunch -- La Provence on the 3 rd floor of Brentwood Gardens.
        Good variety of fresh salads, egg dishes and sandwiches. Delicious coffee.
        -La Scala on San Vicente for their famous chopped salad and comfortable booths.
        -Vicente Foods Market @ San Vicente and Bundy. Great selection, excellent butcher and fine produce.
        -The Larder @ Tavern The Larder's entrance is on San Vicente and Darlington. The Larder offers delicious bakery items and excellent take out items, including salads, sandwiches and main dishes. A good place to stop for a cup of coffee or tea and have a delicious homemade pastry. One can also eat breakfast lunch and dinner (until 8) in the Larder. Very casual. Tavern. which is part of the Larder offers a more upscale menu @ dinner and lunch and would be considered fine dining. The bar is excellent and we often elect to eat in the bar where we can order from both the bar menu and the dining room menu. Also a couple of big flat screen TV's for the sports fans. Happy hour from 3-6 except weekends. Brunch is superb on Sat and Sun, from 10-2:30.
        -Toscana: My favorite Italian restaurant in this "little Italy" section of Brentwood. It is expensive but costs can be controlled by sticking to their delicious pasta dishes and avoiding the very expensive seafood or steak. Delicious thin crust pizza. If dining alone or even with another, a nice option, if no seating available is to sit at the counter.
        -Bar Toscana: The new kid on the block: Just across the lobby from Toscana is a gorgeous new stand-alone bar offering little plates of delicious Italian fare and creative drinks. A great place to go while waiting for your table at Toscana or for an after dinner drink.
        (Toscana, The Larder/Tavern, Bar Toscana are all on the corner of San Vicente and Darlington directly across the street from each other.
        -Harry's Wine and Spirits: This was formerly Briggs @ 26th and San Vicente. Very nice owners, they deliver, prices are fair, parking good and they are next to Baja Fresh.
        -SusieCakes: Lucky you..you will be within walking distance of one of the great bakeries. Susiecakes makes heavenly cupcakes, pies, birthday cakes, cakes cookies. Sweet staff.
        -I'll second the recommendation for Sugarfish.Quick, casual, tasty and won't break the bank. Great parking is a plus for Sugarfish, as well as Larder/Tavern.
        Not personally crazy about NY Bagel. I prefer to drive an extra 5 minutes to Western Bagel on Santa Monica and Barry (1 block east of Barrington).

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        Toscana Restaurant
        11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        1. re: maudies5

          i never knew Toscana had good thin crust Neapolitan pizzas. as well as didn't know ther's a larder to get a coffee and pastry at Tavern. good to know.

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          Toscana Restaurant
          11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          1. re: kevin

            The breads and pastries are made fresh daily in-house at TheLarder. . Delicious coffee as well as good, strong iced tea . Chocolate chip cookies are great; choice of crispy or chewy. Not unusual for me to pop in in the middle of the afternoon for some tea and a pastry and a look at the NY Times. Both Toscana and The Larder are true neighborhood Brentwood spots.
            Toscana's thin-crust pizza is a wonderful. It is also available to go. They 'll probably pop it into the pizza oven when you arrive, so that it is nice and hot when you get home.

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            Toscana Restaurant
            11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            1. re: maudies5

              Sounds awesome. Always was under this preconceived notion that it was like an Italian version of The Ivy.

              1. re: kevin

                Not even close. Toscana does get its fair share of celebrities, but one will not see paparazzi lurking outside. Moreover, on Sunday nights those household names will likely be with their families. Toscana is very family-friendly. BTW, it is a great place to dine alone. Everyone is treated with respect. There is no "Siberia" at Toscana.

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                Toscana Restaurant
                11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      2. Be sure to try Sor Tino @ SV and Barrington. Osteria Latini is also pretty special, though a little crampted on occassion. And don't miss good old Chin Chin.

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        Osteria Latini
        11712 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        1. in addition to the places mentioned already, you've also got Brentwood Country Mart down at San Vicente & 26th which houses Nagao - consistently good, moderately priced sushi & salads; A Votre Sante - light, healthy, eclectic fare; Reddi Chick - BBQ chicken; and the newly opened Farm Shop which is generating a lot of discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753008

          oh, and right near you, on the same block as Brentwood Gardens is Coral Tree Cafe for mostly organic, healthy Cal cuisine.

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          Reddi Chick BBQ
          225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA

          Nagao
          13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          A Votre Sante
          13016 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Coral Tree Cafe
          11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Farm Shop at Brentwood Country Mart
          225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

          1. For ice cream I really like Sweet Rose Creamery in the Brentwood mart. All homemade. I love their Fresh Mint with Homemade Chocolate Chips flavor.
            http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com/

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            Sweet Rose Creamery
            225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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            1. re: wienermobile

              Oh my, how could I have omitted Sweet Rose Creamery? Went there last night for the Fresh Mint with Choc chips. Heaven! Lots of free parking, which is another plus. Actually, Brentwood around San Vicente is very parking-friendly.

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              Sweet Rose Creamery
              225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

              1. re: wienermobile

                There are days when I will daydream about Sweet Rose's peanut butter ice cream that I seriously wonder if the SGV got the raw end of the ice cream deal with Fosselman's.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  for the sake of my waistline, i'm glad i don't live in Brentwood anymore :)

              2. Taiko for soba - a Brentwood staple

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                Taiko Restaurant
                11677 San Vicente Blvd Ste 302, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                1. re: OC Mutt

                  Thanks for all the great rec everyone!!!! So excited to start trying these places

                2. Allow me to add one more: Nook, nestled in an unassuming mini-mall down on Santa Monica Blvd. near Federal. Great little American Bistro, nice beer and wine selections, often has some sort of special going on: http://www.nookbistro.com/

                  1. If you're looking for some good cheap eats (in between visits to the various great Brentwood Italians), and don't mind a quick jaunt south to Santa Monica Blvd., Juquila has perhaps the best Oaxacan moles between the beach and K-town.

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                    Juquila
                    11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                    1. re: Bradbury

                      Of course, living in Brentwood means easy access to "Little Osaka", Sawtelle Blvd. Great sushi and ramen and robata to be found there along with Japanese markets.
                      I am particularly fond of Robata-Ya. Delicious ramen and robata. They are closed on Mondays and closed for lunch on weekends. Ten minute drive from San Vicente and Montana.

                      1. re: maudies5

                        So I was in the mood for Toscana's (off-menu) grilled shrimp salad.
                        After a good workout today, I went to Toscana and sat at the counter Although, it was miserable outside, inside was quite warm and cozy. Every table was full.
                        Sitting at the Toscana counter is great entertainment. Watching the prep-line>saute>pizza>amazing salad preparers makes me appreciate, even more, the cooking and quality at Toscana. Really loved seeing the cooks prepare one of today's specials , which was sauteed Dover sole served with grilled baby artichokes and grilled tomatoes. Beautifully prepared and presented.

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                        Toscana Restaurant
                        11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                        1. re: maudies5

                          Now I definitely got to go here for a pizza and maybe a tiramisu for dessert.

                    2. Tavern on San Vicente/Barrington. They have a brisket hash that is amazing! As is the fritatta. Fantastic each time!!!

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                      1. re: loreeLB

                        LoreeLB, I agree that the brisket hash is amazing, It should be noted that the hash is only served during weekend brunch -(10-2:30) Also, when I was there for brunch a few weeks ago, the brisket had been replaced with duck hash. Haven't tried that, but I'll bet it's great. Eager to try it. I was all over the lemon ricotta pancakes and my husband's pumpkin waffle. Damn, they were good.

                      2. We second the reco for La Provence Patisserie. The curry chicken panini is to die for. Seriously, the best panini we've ever had. The cakes are incredible as well. You won't be disappointed!

                        http://gourmetmiser.blogspot.com

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                        La Provence Patisserie
                        11677 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA