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Jul 12, 2012 11:42 PM

Sawtwlle blvd restaurants

Can someone enlighten me about some good restaurants on Sawtelle Blvd and some oftheir good dishes?

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    1. Plan Check and their Pastrami Nosh (double smoked pastrami, melty swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, sunny fried egg) and their smokey fried chicken ( jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra) ...... So good.

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      1. re: wienermobile


        Short Rib Pot Roast, Sweet potato waffle fries and the delectable Cruller Donuts.

        1. re: latindancer

          +1 for the fried chicken, especially with a High 'n' Low cocktail. Then walk down the street to Yogurtland for dessert.

          The Japanese curry places on the western side of the street just off of Olympic are also good.

          1. re: medrite

            +2 and the butter lettuce salad is killer.

        2. re: wienermobile

          I agree wm about the pastrami.

          But, I have to say, it's by far the best thing I've eaten or tasted there. Much better than the burger, which was sort of middle of the road for a gastropub burger.

          I need to try the chicken, I guess, because I was starting to think that PC was (for me) a one dish restaurant. I do crave that pastrami sandwich though.

          I would like to know the best way to eat it. The sunny side egg makes it tough to eat like a sandwich. Once I even flipped over the bread to get the egg inside, but then I had to deal with that mustard on my fingers. It's really a knife and fork sandwich.

          1. re: PaulF

            <I need to try the chicken>

            IMO some of the best chicken I've tried anywhere in LA....order it with the Butter Lettuce Salad.
            Very unique & delicious. The portion sizes are what keeps me coming back, along with the taste of the food.

            1. re: latindancer

              " some of the best chicken I've tried anywhere in LA."

              It's true.

        3. We really like Blue Marlin. My two kids really dig it and we had the 16 year olds birthday celebration there this year.

          It's an Japanese Italian restaurant. Very casual. Typically crowded, mostly younger Japanese clientele as far as I can tell.

          Everyone in the family loves the various omrice dishes. I also like a spicy pork cutlet dish that's sort of a cross between katsudon and a parmagiana-type dish.

          The pasta dishes are quite good as well, sort of Japanese takes on what you'd find in a typical Italian-American restaurant. This is not Spoon House, for what it's worth, at least I haven't come across that sort of watery red sauced spaghetti that Spoon House serves.

          It's in the strip mall across the street from Nigjiya/Beard Papa.

          Here is a link to the menu:

          Note, this is NOT the menu:

          1. Norm's on Pico Blvd right off Sawtelle! NORM'S

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            1. re: Big N Fat

              Norm's by Veteran on Pico, not near Sawtelle, and while it has it's place (great at 3 AM after a poker game), I wouldn't call it a "good" restaurant. ;-)

            2. I'll support the Plan Check recommendations. It's hard to go wrong there. I'll also throw my hat in the ring and suggest Nong La which has Vietnamese food. Some might find their pho bland but I think it has a very clean, beef-y essence that I prefer in my pho. The specialty is actually the chicken pho but I haven't tried it yet.

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              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                Yeah the broth at Nong La can be considered relatively "bland," but it's a gift to Viet food seekers in WLA.

                1. re: chrishei

                  I say skip the Pho at Nong La... but get the crispy pork chop with an egg. The flavors, the quality. It's Chego, deconstructed. Wonderful!