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Restaurant somewhat near Geffen Playhouse in Westwood for Sunday Night

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dgusanz Dec 29, 2012 12:04 PM

We need this for tmrw night. Have a 4:30 PM performance and want to dine later but driving from there to dinner is not a problem - even less so if going back towards Santa Monica. Altho, this is an opportunity for us to dine east of the 405. TIA

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    New Trial RE: dgusanz Dec 29, 2012 12:06 PM

    Tavern on San Vicente in Brentwood is a good option. Or, if you want more casual, Milo & Olive on Wilshire near 26th.

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      ipsedixit RE: New Trial Dec 29, 2012 12:21 PM

      Tavern is west of the 405. :-)

      (Per the OP: "Altho, this is an opportunity for us to dine east of the 405.")

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        New Trial RE: ipsedixit Dec 29, 2012 04:32 PM

        Yes it is (but not very); however, the sentence before the one you quoted stated: "but driving from there to dinner is not a problem - even less so if going back towards Santa Monica." Like Horace Greeley, my advice was to "Go West."

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      maudies5 RE: dgusanz Dec 29, 2012 12:09 PM

      Tanino would be my first choice in Westwood. Good, solid Italian food and the chef/owner is one of the Drago Brothers. Lovely ambiance, as well.

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        nosh RE: dgusanz Dec 29, 2012 04:07 PM

        If you haven't been, Nook Bistro is a very solid, great value little gem hidden in the back of the minimall on the S/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington. They have been doing a special Sunday night dinner:

        http://www.nookbistro.com/

        I second Tanino, in the former Alice's Restaurant space on the west side of Westwood Blvd, a truly beautiful building.

        If you want something less expensive but civilized, my go-to recommendation in Westwood Village is Thai House, on the west side of Gayley across from Whole Foods. Tables with tablecloths, carpeting, real glassware, good service, and no more expensive than the dingy Thai places. Be sure to order the mee krob.

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          westsidegal RE: nosh Dec 31, 2012 10:05 AM

          respectfully disagree with the recommendation of nook.

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          spoonlicker RE: dgusanz Dec 29, 2012 04:21 PM

          Perhaps Westside Tavern? It's a straight shot down Westwood Blvd., and is east of the 405.

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            john gonzales RE: dgusanz Dec 30, 2012 10:13 AM

            Upstairs 2, Plan Check, 2117, Tavern

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              magiccat RE: john gonzales Jan 1, 2013 12:51 AM

              I would never choose Upstairs 2; I have eaten lots of restaurant meals in many places and they served the worst one I have ever had. It was a Thanksgiving dinner reserved well in advance but they clearly had no idea what to do. Suffice to say, astonishing as this sounds, we were served other tables' leftovers, as they had run out of food but wouldn't admit it or resolve the problem. How they thought we would not notice being served a turkey carcass I have no idea. Needless to say, no server would come near us, although we were friendly, so there was no more water, no more bread.... How they could act like that with people in their 90's in the party amazes me.

              Had we not had a couple of older people with us (let me not discuss the seating), the restaurant would have heard from me. As it was, I tried to make the best of things for the family members while someone else dealt with the restaurant. Whoever was manager at that time lucked out. I am still angry at the treatment we received.

            2. wienermobile RE: dgusanz Dec 30, 2012 10:15 AM

              Fundmental LA
              Tiny place- wonderful food.
              http://www.fundamental-la.com

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                dgusanz RE: dgusanz Dec 30, 2012 02:43 PM

                We decided on Plan Check as we have wanted to go there for a while.

                Tanino sounded good but is not open on Sunday.

                Some of the other recomenndations were new to us and we will get to them - Nook Bistro, Fundamental LA, Upstairs 2 and 2117. We have been meaning to try Westside Tavern but have not made it yet.

                Tavern and Milo and Olive are familiar to us so did not make the cut for tonight.

                Thank you all for your help.

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                  wienermobile RE: dgusanz Dec 30, 2012 02:45 PM

                  @ Plan Check both the fried chicken plate (SMOKEY FRIED CHICKEN
                  jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra)
                  and the fried chicken sandwich (SOUTHERN FRY smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles)
                  are wonderful.

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                    john gonzales RE: wienermobile Dec 30, 2012 02:58 PM

                    Yep, both very tasty.

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                      wienermobile RE: john gonzales Dec 30, 2012 03:15 PM

                      & save room for their CRULLER DONUTS
                      cooked to order and served hot with cream and bananas. Yum.

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Dec 30, 2012 07:09 PM

                      And that pastrami nosh sandwich..... And the pastrami poutine..... And the butter lettuce salad that I must order now anytime I go.....

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                      spoonlicker RE: dgusanz Dec 30, 2012 04:06 PM

                      Plan Check is really fun -- good choice. I can vouch for the Southern Fry, accompanied by their unusually tasty iced tea.

                      Enjoy! I hope you'll report back and let us know what you ate.

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                      dgusanz RE: dgusanz Dec 31, 2012 07:59 AM

                      Had an excellent dinner at Plan Check. Shared the fried chicken sandwich, Plan Check Burger, Fries with gravy and Pastrami and Birthday Crullers. Also had Little Osaka and Ronin cocktails. Enjoyed it all muchly. Our waiter talked us into the B'day crullers (with icing and colored sprinkles) over the ones with bananas and cream. I think that was a mistake and the cruller was not warm so did not seem prepared to order. But it was still very yummy. Will definitely go back. Thanks for all the good recommendations!

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