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Jan 6, 2013 10:29 AM

west hollywood inxexpesive eats

My 21 year old son will be staying in west hollywood for school/work for 4 months. He will be staying in the Hollywood Blvd and Fairfax area. I would be grateful for some guidance in terms of where to shop for basic grocery needs, good reasonbly price prepared foods and recomended inexpensive sit down or take out. He leans towards sandwhiches, middle eastern, barbeque, burgers and the like but some healthier options are necessary too. He is not keen on oriental (his loss). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. One of the best burgers in town is at Golden State right on Fairfax. Highly recommended. Good Fish & Chips on Friday's there too.
    426 N. Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036.

    For Burgers I also like Burger Lounge made with grass feed beef. This months special burger is Smokey Wild Boar Burger - $9.95
    8539 West Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Good roast chicken and etc at the new location of Zankou Chicken on Sunset and Fairfax. I love their tasty Shawerma.
    7851 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, 90046

    Really great sandwiches at Mendocino Farms on Fairfax at 3rd St. across the street from LA's Original Farmers Market
    175 S. Fairfax Ave Suite B
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Canter's Deli & Du-par's Coffee Shop, both on Fairfax are open 24 every day.

    For shopping Trader Joe's is nearby at Sunset & Crescent Heights
    Trader Joe's Los Angeles
    8000 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I second Golden State. After burgers and beers (or a good root beer, if you choose), don't forget to try the Scoops ice cream at the counter. Can't go wrong with some Brown Bread ice cream.


        Adjacent to the CVS on Santa Monica & La Cienega
        Corner Holloway & La Cienega, with parking in CVS lot for free.
        Really good food, with a bit of a French focus.

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        1. re: carter

          Great suggestions. Exactly the kind of info we are looking for. Looking forward to more recs and to trying the ones already recommended.

        2. I've had really good salads, sandwiches & breakfasts here:

          1. Are you saying he is staying at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Fairfax (which, by the way, is not actually West Hollywood) or in the Fairfax area AND in the Hollywood Blvd area? These areas can be rather distant, depending on what part of Hollywood Blvd we are talking about. It certainly will make a difference where he goes for basic grocery needs if not restaurants.

            That said, he could consider:
            Griddle Cafe for gargantuan breakfasts and hipster watching
            Pinches Taco, and/or Ricky's Fish Tacos.
            HoyKa for Thai Noodle soup (if he will consider such a thing despite his anti-Asain lunacy)
            Vito's Pizza for a classic NY/NJ style slice
            Olio or Mother Dough for wood-burning oven Neopolitan pies
            Pollo a la Brasa
            Dino's Burgers (but for their amazing chicken, not the burgers)

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Thanks. He is staying between between Hollywood
              Blvd and Sunset near Fairfax. We will be down there later this week and look forward to trying out some of the recs.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                BTW, thanks for the fish taco/taco recs. We are from the Toronto area which has lots of great international cuisines done well but the Mexican cuisine is still in its infancy here although that is now changing. Would love to try the tacos and any other Mexican offerings, especially carnitas....
                . This part of it is not about my son. It's about me...this may be my chance to expose him to Mexican and for me to indulge. Any further recomendations are welcome.

                1. re: LJS2

                  Marix Tex Mex at happy hour.....starts at 3pm! Is very inexpensive and good too. Their short rib quesadilla is delicious as are the tacos.

                  Pink taco also is good....I like their tortilla soup.

                  1. re: LJS2

                    Good to know.
                    I picked Ricky's and Pinches because they are both quite good, un-gringo-ized (unlike the recommendations for Marix and Pink Taco, both of which are about as Mexican as Smirinoff vodka) and close to your son's temporary digs. Another hound - did someone say Servorg? - will hopefully provide you with an amazingly exhaustive link to a previous thread on LA's Mexican scene for your visit.
                    Nearby, there is Loteria Grill which should satisfy your carnitas craving (and teach you a thing or two about cochinita pibil if you've never had Yucatecan "carnitas”).
                    If you want to travel a bit to get greatness consider Marisco's Chentes/Coni's seafood.
                    Other contenders: Guisado's and Guelaguetza.