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Best take-out in Studio City?

talaria Apr 12, 2013 11:33 AM

Preferably for dinner!

Also accepting take-out suggestions for West Hollywood..

  1. Servorg Apr 12, 2013 12:15 PM

    One must try http://joesfalafel.net/

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    1. re: Servorg
      ns1 Apr 12, 2013 01:26 PM

      don't get the gyro though.

      1. re: ns1
        Servorg Apr 12, 2013 01:27 PM

        I laffa at the gyro! http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

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          ns1 Apr 12, 2013 01:30 PM

          chicken wrap in laffa bread - this is definitely the thing to get at Joe's. far superior to their falafel IMO

          and get lots of hot sauce. crack, crack hot sauce.

          1. re: ns1
            linus Apr 12, 2013 02:04 PM

            i thought the falafels were pretty good at joe's. they fry them fresh.
            at least they're better than the ones at the car wash on magnolia, although, those, too, are fried fresh.
            that hot sauce is great. i wish they wouldn't deal it out by the thimbleful.
            next time, i'll try the chicken.

            1. re: linus
              ns1 Apr 12, 2013 02:07 PM

              i think the falafel are fine, but the tahini to me is watered down crap.

              1. re: ns1
                linus Apr 13, 2013 09:29 AM

                uh, o.k. but is that like eating a hamburger and moaning about the ketchup?
                or more accurately maybe, considering the number of ingredients in tahini, the...lettuce?
                i didnt notice the tahini being crap myself. on the other hand, im not sure theres a difference between crap tahini and good tahini.

                1. re: linus
                  ns1 Apr 13, 2013 01:47 PM

                  agree to disagree; i find the tahini sauce crucial to my enjoyment of falafel, and joe's doesn't do it for me. YMMV.

                  1. re: ns1
                    linus Apr 13, 2013 04:35 PM

                    you might drive a little further west down the road and try amir's falafel at ventura and colfax.
                    the falafels are smaller than joe's. the bread is not near as good; i usually get the plate, because their salads are,pretty good.

                    1. re: linus
                      chris1621 Apr 15, 2013 10:02 AM

                      I really like the falafel at Al Amir's Lebanese Cuisine at Laurel Canyon and Magnolia. Great tahini and garlic sauce too.

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      Jwsel Apr 12, 2013 12:54 PM

      Just slightly north of Studio City, but Sri Siam Cafe at Vanowen and Coldwater is a fantastic option for Thai.

      Get the crispy rice salad with sour sausage, the whole fish with Thai herbs and chilies, and the O-Lou (an egg and shrimp pancake).



      This recent thread also discusses Sri Siam, and also has a couple of Studio City places, though mostly sit-down options: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893768

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        ns1 Apr 12, 2013 01:26 PM

        daichan in studio city for poke/izakaya type food

        ramen jinya for takeout ramen/curry

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          cincodemayo1 Apr 12, 2013 02:31 PM

          I second Ramen Jinya and Sri Siam for Thai take-out or delivery.

          Also adding Take A Bao (take-out) and Golden Apple if you're looking for great Chinese (take-out or delivery).

          Shish near Ventura/Vineland also has some pretty good Mediterranean take-out/delivery.

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          1. re: cincodemayo1
            ns1 Apr 12, 2013 02:56 PM

            how is take a bao (dine in)?

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              cincodemayo1 Apr 12, 2013 03:04 PM

              Great spot. It's pretty casual in a moderny-upscale setting. You order at a counter, get a number, and then food is delivered to your table. But everything I've tried is very tasty, drinks are good, service is great too. Highly recommend it.

              1. re: ns1
                soniabegonia Apr 12, 2013 03:20 PM

                take a bao is the mcdonald's of asian food, which is to say that it is wretched.

                1. re: soniabegonia
                  ns1 Apr 12, 2013 03:36 PM

                  these 2 replies could not have been farther apart LOL

                  $7 for a bao and beer looks mighty tempting.

                  1. re: ns1
                    cincodemayo1 Apr 12, 2013 03:40 PM

                    Haha, well I wouldn't say it's the McDonald's of asian food. It's far from Panda Express and even notches above P.F. Chang's. It's definitely not authentic, but they use fresh ingredients and everything I've tried is tasty. The 4 stars on Yelp seem to agree. And as the title of this thread asks for, it's good take-out.

                    If you're looking for authentic asian, I'm sure we can start a whole other post. But if you want some flavorful take-out (or casual dine-in), give it a try.

                    1. re: cincodemayo1
                      ns1 Apr 12, 2013 04:02 PM

                      I'm really just looking for asian food and beer in the 818 area.

            2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 12, 2013 03:13 PM

              Any thoughts on DarbinZ Kebab on Ventura? It gets nearly all 5-star reviews on Yelp but I've never seen it mentioned on CH. I drive past it every day and wonder...

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                ns1 Jun 2, 2013 07:39 PM

                bump, same question.

                1. re: ns1
                  Schlissel Oct 19, 2013 10:02 PM

                  If you haven't tried it yet, I can recommend it. I've had the shwarma plate which is flavorful. Try the lentil soup, they often offer it while you wait.

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                ebethsdad Apr 12, 2013 08:02 PM

                A third for Ramen Jinya. Caioti on Tujunga still has good pizza even though Ed LaDou is sorely missed. If you don't mind going a little north Lola's Peruvian chicken on Kester and Victory has very good wood-roasted chicken.

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                  Thor123 Apr 13, 2013 10:06 AM

                  On weekends the BBQ at Hardy's at Coldwater and Moorpark is great.

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                    carter Jun 2, 2013 09:00 PM

                    Kung Pao Bistro at Ventura & Tujunga, adjacent to Reno's Pizza & not far from Video West - same center.
                    Do NOT get it delivered, but pick it up.
                    You will be so thankful.
                    Chinese food does not travel well, meaning more than around 5 minutes, but if you do not know how long the driver has had to wait to pick up your delivery, well...
                    The food is very good, very fresh, no MSG nonsense.
                    A favorite dish of mine is a combination of eggplant, string beans, with protein of choice, accompanied by a Szechuan Hot Garlic sauce and jalapenos.
                    My preferred protein is their soft-custard tofu, btw., although lamb and shrimp also work very well.
                    Truly fabulous. Had it probably 10-15 times.

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                      Galen Oct 19, 2013 11:24 PM

                      I like California Chicken Cafe in Encino for takeout. Yummy salads.

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