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Aug 2, 2012 06:29 PM

Best of 3rd Street?

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?


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  1. 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.

    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

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

    Good sausages at Curry Wurst on Fairfax.

    and good pancakes and pie at Du-par's in Farmers Market. Open 24 hours.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: LAgirl2

        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 ( - great Asian food and it won't break the bank. Also, Izakaya by Katsu-Ya is another great spot for some awesome Japanese.

      2. 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. While not paying strict attention to the geographic parameters as prescribed by the OP I would throw in Jar 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 as these are two fine restaurants within close proximity to the area requested.

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          1. re: Servorg

            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.

          2. 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.