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Aug 16, 2013 11:22 AM

Western & Washington lunch today

Any suggestions

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    1. re: Thor123


      It depends on how far you want to wander...

      That intersection is right near by is Blu Elfant Cafe, a neighborhood coffee shop that makes really good sandwiches with locally baked Bicycle Bread:

      We also really like Abby's Mariscos Stand near exposition. It has a SPOTLESS kitchen and their Mojara Asada is TOP NOTCH!

      Papa Cristos

      Is not far from that corner. As countless posts on this board will tell you, it's classic LA Greek!


      1. re: Thor123

        Not Helpful. As I said we live around this area and Dommy and I have be exploring bit by bit and finding things which are decent, nothing mind blowing however. We have yet to check out some of the Belizean and Salvadoran places which proliferate south of the 10 but we may find something worth noting there. mostly we have been using our closeness to DTLA and Koreatown to hang out there since formerly living on the westside it was harder to make it to those places on a regular basis.

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Another thing that we haven't tried but are generally well regarded are the ethopian places near the area as well...


        2. re: Thor123

          Why edit it?

          How about just coming out and saying what you're thinking about the area? Are there no good restaurants in the area? Is the area below westside standards?
          I, for one, would love to hear about establishments in the area....even though I live on the westside I'm east of La Cienega many times during the week and willing to try new places.
          More and more it seems there are many recommendations (not all of them chow worthy in my opinion) on the westside that continue to be placed in the top 10 favorites that get high marks over and over again.
          Isn't that what Chowhound is all about?....broadening horizons when it comes to food? Or is it just continual threads about the old standbys that everyone agrees to be 'stellar' and recommendation worthy?

        3. This is our new neighborhood and we have found a few things which Might work depending on how far you want to go:

          Blu Elephant Cafe which has sandwiches made on Bicycle Bread Co Bread.
          2024 W Washington Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90018

          Hongs Chinese Gourmet
          3087 W Pico Blvd Ste 9 [at Western]
          Los Angeles, CA 90006
          Not Bad but they do have an assortment of Dumplings.

          on Pico at Normandie is Papa Christos.

          If you expand your search north to Koreatown, your possibilities expand greatly

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          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            Haven't eaten there in a while, but there is a Oaxacan place called Gish Bac just east of Crenshaw on Washington.

            1. re: Feed_me

              Excellent suggestion! If you go there, be sure to go across the street to the Pacific French Bakery for their fresh baked bollios (NOT the ones by the door, but the ones you ask for behind the counter... just get in line... it moves fast) and a slab of their REALLY excellent flan...


              1. re: Dommy

                Right Dommy! I forgot about the bakery. I believe it's owned by some Vietnamese people, so there is some french influence and with "the locals" who live in the area it's become more of a panaderia. Thanks for reminding me of the bakery.

            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Tried Hongs, got the beef curry, white rice and the shumi. The shumi was good.

            3. Maybe too far (5 miles) but the Blue Star Cafe (which after it closes from the lunch hour morphs into a punk rock scene club) serves breakfast and lunch.

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              1. re: Servorg

                One other place that I have not tried, but looks interesting and I've heard good things about it is The Porter Junction Cafe which is also about 5 miles from the location you listed.

                1. re: Servorg

                  The Porter Junction Cafe is an oasis run by the Lopez family in this burgeoning arts district. Homemade cookies and tasty sandwiches highlight a short but effective menu. The PJC serves as the local polling place too and has become a neighborhood favorite hangout. There is jazz and blues music regularly and a piano in the cafe area that sees a lot of use. Very happy to see the PTC survive and thrive and be part of the revitalization of this part of town. Good call Servorg.

              2. Way too late but:
                Aunt Rosa Lee for wings, collards, cobbler. Not as good as Carolyn's, but still full of character.

                Natraliart is also close by, but it tastes mostly like disappointment when compared to other Jamaican heavy hitters further south, so visit at your own discretion.

                1. Also late, but my go-to spots in that area are both up on Pico, Expresion Oaxaquena and Papa Cristo's [oops - saw Matt. in LA mentions it too!]. Too intimidated to try other places, but that stretch of Pico is a rich zone for hole-in-the-wall, very uninviting spots that I'd love to hear about.