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May 3, 2012 10:27 PM

The Nook

Realized that we hadn't been to The Nook in a could of years so we went there tonight. Excellent food, big portions, outstanding service and reasonable cost. And they told us that they soon they will be getting a full liquor license. This is just the type of restaurant that we should keep in business. Don't think that we have ever had a bad meal there but we, like many others, get caught up in chasing the new kid on the block. We all screwed up by not patronizing Angeli on a regular basis. Let's not let another gem slip away.

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  1. I've only been to The Nook twice, and like you have not been in several years. Both meals were delicious. First time we even went with kids, not knowing that it wasn't "kid-friendly" (with big "air quotes") but they treated us well, even the kids, who I admit were well behaved (for once!) and luckily like real food (read: not crappy kid-menu meals), so everyone had a good time. Maybe we should revisit as well.

    1. Very underrated burger.

      1. I live very close to The Nook. I have found the food to be good - never fantastic. I have also found the owner to be quite rude. I am not overly sensitive and typicaly do not even notice things like that but the owner of the restaurant acts as if he is doing you a big favor.

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        1. re: flowergirl

          I am overly sensitive to attitude and rude behavior, and I can't tell you how many restaurants we have crossed off our list because of this (e.g., Fraiche, Buchon, etc.). However, we have never received anything but a very warm welcome from the owner. He usually stops by to chat and see if everything is OK, and we certainly are not regulars. I don't doubt what you say that you experienced, and I would be hesitant to go to a restaurant that receives this kind of feedback. However, our experience has been very different. Maybe something else was going on at the time.

          1. re: flowergirl

            I agree, flowergirl. I've dined there perhaps half a dozen times, and the owner has always treated my dining companions and me with such indifference and haughtiness, I've stopped going just to avoid feeling as if I've done something wrong by showing up at the restaurant on time and with a reservation! The food is decent, but not worth the attitude.

            1. re: annie

              Hey Annie- I hope this doesn't sound snippy....I am genuinely curious....why would you return to a restaurant so many times when you were treated so poorly? Was the food terrific, justifying poor service?

              1. re: running pig

                RP - I was at UCLA at the time. There were not too many dining options that worked for my dining companions and me. I may be a glutton for punishment when it comes to seeking out good food, but after time, it seemed that the food started to become pedestrian and the attitude really began to grate on us. Perhaps the food seemed to decline because we were tired of the attitude, or perhaps it really did start to go downhill; I'm not wont to give it another try to really find out after all this time, especially when there are so many other tills in this town waiting for me to open my wallet.

                That said, I did return to Nozawa incessantly, and would still were he still in business.

          2. imho, Angeli was a profound loss: excellent food, nice people, good prices.

            imho, though, nook and angeli should not even be mentioned in the same breath.
            nook doesn't compete in the same league.

            once a restaurant serves fish to me that was so old it should have been discarded, as nook did, it loses me forever.
            i don't care how well they do "comfort food" after such an experience.
            in terms of their attitude, there is no amount of "good attitude" that can offset the horrid food that they placed in front of me and my date.
            after the first bite, both my date and i just moved the rest of odiferous stuff around on our plates for the rest of the meal.

            i know that others on this board like nook, mostly citing their "comfort food" entrees as being good.
            since i'm not a "comfort food" kind of eater, whatever skill they have in that area is lost on me.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              I've never had a problem with the freshness of food at Nook. It is a good place and reasonably priced, especially for the Westside

            2. I went about a week ago, with a friend and two older folks to celebrate a birthday. I hadn't been for about a year. I've always found it to be good. Not a food destination, but a good neighborhood place with solid food and service. I haven't crossed paths with the owner in a long time, but I must saw the staff was very kind and patient with the older folks. I'll go back.

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              1. re: perk

                for the sort of occasion you describe, i'd probably opt for Metro Cafe.
                very lovely people and consistently very good food.
                also, very easy to access for those using walkers.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Not quite sure where the "access for those using walkers" entered the conversation. Did I miss something?

                  1. re: maudies5

                    I think it was in response to my comments about how nice the staff at Nook was to my dinner companions there recently. They were older folks.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      perk mentioned that his guests were "older folks."
                      of the three "older folks" that i normally dine with, two use walkers.
                      i made an assumption that it was possible that pert's guest (s) might also use one.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Perhaps, I should start a new Thread re restaurants which are friendly to disabled folks. I had recent knee surgery, thus am quite sensitive to those who may use canes and walkers.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          most of the high-end restaurants are pretty accessible, it gets more difficult in the mid to lower-priced portion of the restaurant market because so many of them don't have valet or other easy parking options.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            I have discovered that there are so many parking options available to those who have a Disabled Placard. Lot behind S.M. Seafood and Huckleberry has 3 handicapped spaces, is only one example. I have not found parking more difficult in non-valet venues.

                          2. re: maudies5

                            A couple of years ago I was on a walker recovering from a fractured spine. The only time I got out was when I went to the doctor's office....and would treat my friend who was driving me to lunch. It's certainly not "hound worthy"....but we went to Tam O' Shanter a lot. My friend likes the prime rib, and they've got LOTS of folks with walkers. We also did Blair's for lunch a lot, but they've now closed during the day.