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Best of 3rd Street?

EarlyBird Aug 2, 2012 06:29 PM

Please help me come up with an eating itinerary for 3rd Street, between Fairfax and La Cienega. There are a lot of different places for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I would like to know what not to miss, and what to avoid. Has anyone tried Faux Pas Bistro yet?

Thanks.

  1. wienermobile Aug 2, 2012 06:42 PM

    My favorite is Son of A Gun. Wonderful seafood and more from the guys from Animal. Really liked their linguine and clams, uni aglio-olio, chili, breadcrumbs & also the brandade, soft egg, arugula, grainy mustard and don't forget that great fried chicken sandwitch too.
    http://sonofagunrestaurant.com

    For lunch there is a new Mendocino Farms for great sandwiches on the corner or 3rd and Fairfax.
    I love their Steak BLT with Carved steak, applewood smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, roasted tomatoes, herb aioli, caramelized onions on toasted rustic white bread + blue cheese crumbles
    http://mendocinofarms.com

    Great Burgers at Golden State (on Fairfax just north of Beverly Blvd. across the street from Animal). Beer floats with Scoops ice cream too.
    http://thegoldenstatecafe.com

    Good sausages at Curry Wurst on Fairfax.
    http://www.currywurstus.com

    and good pancakes and pie at Du-par's in Farmers Market. Open 24 hours.
    http://www.du-pars.com

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    1. re: wienermobile
      EarlyBird Aug 3, 2012 02:18 PM

      Weiner, thanks for the tip on Mendocino Farms. I've had a few of their sandwiches so far and all were quite good, but the Kurobata Pork Belly Ban Mi was outrageous. I'll have to try the Steak BLT.

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        Dirtywextraolives Aug 3, 2012 08:27 PM

        Those are both excellent.

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      LAgirl2 Aug 2, 2012 06:49 PM

      for breakfast (not a sit down, cooked food breakfast, but grab-n-go or grab and hang out)---short cake @ farmers market. i like their baked goods and they serve verve coffee.

      also in the quick/fast casual lunch vein---a mendocino farms just opened on 3rd & fairfax. very good sandwiches.

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        cincodemayo1 Aug 3, 2012 11:27 AM

        I agree with Son Of A Gun if you want a pricey but good dinner and Mendocino for lunch only though. But my favorite place is Robata Jinya (http://www.jinya-la.com/) - great Asian food and it won't break the bank. Also, Izakaya by Katsu-Ya is another great spot for some awesome Japanese.

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        cjla Aug 3, 2012 12:02 PM

        I've been to Faux Pas, which reminded me a little of a high end chain restaurant. Nothing that special.

        Mendo sandwiches and salads are really good, but it's hard to spend less than $10-15 for lunch.

        Son of a Gun was great, but too loud.

        1. Servorg Aug 3, 2012 12:39 PM

          While not paying strict attention to the geographic parameters as prescribed by the OP I would throw in Jar http://thejar.com/ just a little S on Beverly Blvd. and go a little outside the Fairfax as an eastern boundary (also on Beverly) to visit Angellini Osteria http://www.angeliniosteria.com/ as these are two fine restaurants within close proximity to the area requested.

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            EarlyBird Aug 3, 2012 02:05 PM

            I've been to Jar and it was excellent. Had the coq a vin once and another time a braised beef dish, both which blew me away. Thanks.

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            chewbacca Aug 3, 2012 12:45 PM

            For inexpensive Japanese food try Mishima. Their tofu salad is delicious. They offer complimentary toasted wheat tea. The buckwheat noodles are great too. Kaocha squash....udon, etc. Great place to take kids because the kids meals come in cute bento boxes.

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              Clyde Aug 3, 2012 04:22 PM

              SimpleThings sandwich and pie shop!!! get the avacado melt, especially if you're vegetarian, you will LOVE IT. great soups & Salads too.

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                JudiAU Aug 4, 2012 09:12 AM

                Mortadella sandwich at Joans on thIrd. I used to rec the chickpea salad but the last three times I've had it was like the Salton Sea. Plus peanut butter cupcake.

                Son of Gun

                The new Italian Gusto I think is supposed to be good.

                The service is terrible at Little Next Door but the food is often good. And the fois gras terrine was the best in the city. Boo hop.

                1. A5 KOBE Aug 4, 2012 09:24 AM

                  Definitely go to Magnolia's and grab a few banana puddings to go or eat there. Best I have ever had.

                  I also recommend Short Cake as posted above. Excellent coffee and great pastries. I love the almond croissant.

                  Also stop by Joan's on 3rd and get more desserts and pastries. They have breakfast but I have never been, lunch is average to good. I had a short rib sand at it was tasty but overly greasy.

                  1. Bob Brooks Aug 4, 2012 12:15 PM

                    Pizzeria Olio is great.

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