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bashbro Jan 4, 2011 01:06 PM

Hi all,

I am visiting LA in a week and my purpose of the trip is to go restaurant hopping and check out different restaurant concepts, mainly sushi and fast-casual ones.

I know of Fresh East, Salad Bowl Cafe, and The Counter...

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Places I must visit?

Thanks.

  1. LaPomme Jan 5, 2011 05:13 PM

    The Newsroom Cafe on Robertson seems to fit your bill. And you may also be interested in Literati 2 on Wilshire and Bundy.

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    Literati 2
    12081 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      AAQjr Jan 5, 2011 11:21 AM

      Sunnin Lebonnese cafe in westwood

      Tender Greens in Culver City

      Can you be more specific about the sushi you are looking for?

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      Tender Greens
      9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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        bashbro Jan 7, 2011 10:30 AM

        For sushi, I need it to be better quality and great taste. Anywhere that I shouldn't leave LA without having visited...

        Thanks for the input so far!

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          Servorg Jan 7, 2011 10:35 AM

          For highest quality, traditional sushi either Sushi Zo or Mori Sushi and for great sushi with other interesting and delicious cooked dishes, Kiriko.

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          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          Kiriko
          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Mori Sushi
          11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      2. wienermobile Jan 5, 2011 09:57 AM

        I am a big fan of the Veggie Grill.
        http://www.veggiegrill.com/

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        Veggie Grill
        720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

        1. Servorg Jan 5, 2011 08:51 AM

          Another (non chain) thought would be Chego in Palms for really unique and casual food.

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          Chego
          3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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            Phurstluv Jan 5, 2011 05:00 PM

            Dinner only at Chego, FYI.

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            Chego
            3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          2. ElsieDee Jan 4, 2011 09:59 PM

            I'd suggest, if the idea of "Slow Fast Food" appeals, you check out The Oinkster in Eagle Rock: http://www.theoinkster.com/ .

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            Oinkster
            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

            1. wienermobile Jan 4, 2011 01:43 PM

              I also like Umami Burger. Some very creative and tasty burgers.
              http://www.umamiburger.com/

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              Umami Burger
              850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Umami Burger
              4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              1. Servorg Jan 4, 2011 01:25 PM

                Sounds like you would enjoy the California Chicken Cafe (more than one location - see their website) and Mendocino Farms (also more than one location - see their website too). For sushi we have a wide range of choices. Are you looking for budget minded places or?

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                Mendocino Farms
                300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                California Chicken Cafe
                2401 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA

                Mendocino Farms
                444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                  wienermobile Jan 4, 2011 01:39 PM

                  Another big vote for Mendocino Farms. Some great sandwiches here. The sandwitch of the month is a Steak & Gruyere Melt hand carved steak with Gruyere and smoked gouda fondue, roasted mushrooms, balsamic onions, sauteed winter greens, and tomatoes on panini grilled dolce forno pretzel roll, served with a side of horseradish crema is great. The Marina Del Rey location is open until 9pm.
                  http://mendocinofarms.com/

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                    bashbro Jan 4, 2011 03:24 PM

                    Thanks for the info. I will definitely check these places out.

                    As for sushi, budget doesn't matter. Just trying to visit all the "must see" places etc.

                    Thanks again.

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                      carter Jan 5, 2011 08:43 AM

                      Might try SugarFish by Nozawa, with several locations now open, including downtown LA and Brentwood.

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