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vegetarian friend visiting - inexpensive restaurant near westwood/hollywood?

I have a vegetarian friend visiting for the weekend (I'm not vegetarian) so we're looking for a relatively inexpensive restaurant that's vegetarian-friendly near Westwood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, or Mid-Wilshire. We're students so we have cheap budgets...but still love good food! Likes: sushi, Thai, neopolitan pizza, tapas. Thanks!

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    1. re: wienermobile

      re: 800 degrees

      i've never encountered a line on the weekends at 11:30AM.
      i've never encountered a line on the weekdays at 11:30AM nor at 3:00PM.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Yes 800 degrees can get busy, but it's worth the wait (and a great deal). They are also open till 2am nightly

        1. re: wienermobile

          i completely agree that it's worth the wait.
          i'm nuts about the place.

    2. dunno how adventurous you and your friend are, but if you are willing to try something totally different:
      rahel restaurant on fairfax (south of olympic, north of pico) served an all-you-can-eat vegan ethiopian lunch that is under $10/pp. they serve an assortment of foods, and if you want more of any of them you can specify which one(s) you'd like.

      the foods are eaten by scooping them up a sourdough-like pancake called injera.

      1. just thought of two additional places that might work for lunch:
        1) the hokkaido seafood buffet in the westside pavilion mall. entrance is on Pico.
        they have several vegetarian options and it, too, is all-you-can-eat , about $11/pp iirc.

        mostly asian food. the cheapest edible sushi you'll find anywhere.
        all sorts of made-to-order stir-fy dishes too.
        fresh fruit
        ice cream
        it is more expensive at dinner-time, so, for budgetary purposes, i'd fill up at lunch.
        free parking

        2) for indian food at lunch, Jaipur on pico offers a buffet (all-you-can-eat) with several vegetarian options. under $10/pp iirc

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        1. re: westsidegal

          just went to hokkaido seafood for lunch today.
          i hereby withdraw my earlier recommendation.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Taking one for the team is always appreciated WSG, along with your unfailing honesty.

        2. It's not the cheapest but Real Food Daily has some really good stuff.

          1. Since you're not vegetarian, you shouldn't have to eat that way if you don't like, so a good compromise is Tender Greens, they have wonderful salads that you can add meat or fish too, and reasonably priced for high quality food.

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              i've always felt that the price:quantity ratio at tender greens is lacking.
              i've left that restaurant hungry every time.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Sorry, but respectfully disagree with your assessment, I feel the quality to price ratio is decent for this side of town. They source vegetables & other ingredients from farmers & local markets, and though the portions are not as large as I would make at home, I certainly don't find them lacking. If you are still hungry after eating here, perhaps you are not eating enough protein with your choices.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  i eat one entree salad with fish as the protein.
                  not enough for me.

                  the quantity of protein served per salad is less than that served with the entree salads at 26 beach restaurant which is enough satisfy me.

                  not only are the price/quality/quantity relationships at 26 beach superior to me, but at 26 beach you can make a reservation, it is NOT self serve (they have servers), and it is a prettier restaurant.

                  if given the choice, don't understand why anyone would want to carry their food on a tray to the table and to get a skimpy portion to boot. if i'm going to carry my salad on a tray to the table, i'd prefer to do it at lemonade which is much more generous with their portions.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    I agree, fish and greens don't really fill me up either.... I usually make that for dinner for myself, but like to eat heartier at lunchtime.

                    Agree w your assessment of table service over self service, but these are college kids after all, they are probably used to self service more, and it does help the resto keep costs down. Plus factoring in the cost of gas to drive to Venice from the mid-Wilshire area, find parking on Washington, and driving back, would make that lunch at 26 Beach a bit more costly....

            2. Lots to eat at all the food stalls of The Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax including a location of The Veggie Grill and a Mendocino Farms just across the street.

              1. Simple Things Sandwich and Pie Shop on W 3rd.
                Very veggie friendly and they have a FANTASTIC brunch (I will never understand the line of folks for mediocre omelets at Toast up the street when Simple Things is usually empty).
                Their veggie benedict is particularly awesome; and they have an avocado melt on brioche that's pretty killer too.
                Not much is more than $10 on the menu.

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                1. re: unagithefish

                  I've been wanting to try Simple Things, thanks for your assessment.

                2. if you are open to middle eastern food the best deals can be found on the "lunch special" menu available weekdays at shamshiri grill.
                  virtually everything they serve at dinner is served at lunch for less money. the lunch portions are smaller than the gargantuan portions served at dinner (i.e. the lunch portions are about amount of food a "normal" person would eat).
                  there is a whole section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes and almost all of their large selection of appetizers will be vegetarian.
                  for the meat eater their are kebabs of all sorts: beef, lamb, poultry, fish.
                  terrific value.
                  imho a destination restaurant.

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                  1. re: westsidegal

                    thanks for all your recommendations! we're going to dinner, so no lunch specials. 800 degrees was on my list before this so maybe we'll give that a try.

                    for thai food, can anyone recommend jitlada or sia laa?

                    1. re: katealexa

                      be aware that jitlada is not necessarily going to be a budget meal.
                      when i was there and just ordered what they suggested, the tab, with all of us drinking water, was above $40/pp BEFORE tax and tip.
                      after tax and tip, food only (i.e. no beverages other than tap water) for 4 people was about $220 or so.
                      food was great, but at that price, i would expect that it would be great.

                      shamshiri grill, even at their regular dinner prices, would cost far less.

                      1. re: katealexa

                        Love Jitlada. But if you're on a budget, decide what you are going to order beforehand and don't waver when you get there. It's all about a degree of discipline, and I do it often, its not that hard. Just consider drinks, tax and tip when you go. But it is totally worth it to go there, even if it is considered a splurge....