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Nuart Theatre - Sawtelle - casual, cheap-ish, open for lunch


Title pretty much says it all...
going to the Nuart Theatre in the Sawtelle district, and looking for a casual, not too expensive place that is open for lunch and thereafter.

One or 1.5 mile radius (walking distance for us) preferred.


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    1. re: Servorg

      100% agree with Plan Checkā€¦ 5 minute walk right around the corner...

    2. Love Flores on Sawtelle - great for lunch and dinner

      1. Zankou Chicken on Sepulveda . Garlic sauce and walkable.

        1. Here are 3 nearby diners with decent and very reasonably priced food.

          Cafe 50s in WLA on Santa Monica Blvd.

          Teddy's Cafe on Pico at Bundy

          Rae's, also on Pico but about a mile west.

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          1. re: Sam D.

            I think Rae's is more like 2.5 miles from the Nuart.

            1. re: Sam D.

              Teddy's might be outside the radius.

              1. re: Sam D.

                But are any of them 'good' food? I've read some bad reviews here of at least Rae's & Teddy's......

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  I kind of dislike both.

                  But Teddy's is seriously dirt cheap. Think eggs pancakes and potatoes for 4 bucks in a sit down cafe.

              2. Endless choices on Sawtelle, Plan Check at the top of the list.

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                1. re: yogachik

                  Or Kiriko for great sush just a few blocks away.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Bar Hayama on Sawtelle is the perfect place to go, after the movie. Sit by the fire.

                    1. re: yogachik

                      It may not fit into "not too expensive" category though.

                  1. Shin Sen Gumi on Sawtelle and Massachusetts.
                    Siam Chan on Colby and SMB is good.
                    Clusi Batusi serves lunch each day but Sunday, and I've heard consistently strong things.
                    Tapenade serves lunch Mon-Fri--it's good but the price point might be a little higher than you want.

                    I don't like Plan Check--I've been given the ungracious upsell each time I'm there.

                    Zankou is good, but I hate crossing the 405 entrance on foot.

                      1. I don't know if this is too Casual but my rec would be Seoul Sausage on Mississippi at Sawtelle. and if you go in addition to getting the sausage get a fried rice ball. The Galbi Fries ain't bad either.


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                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                          Do love Seoul Sausage especially their Spicy Pork: Handmade Korean BBQ pork sausage with apple cabbage cole slaw served on a toasted soft roll. That cabbage is great on everything.

                          1. Is Churros Calientes (up the street near the other theater) still open? They serve sandwiches, in addition to the aforementioned churros.

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                            1. re: ilysla

                              And their churros and coffee are great.

                              And it weirdly doesn't feel like LA inside this joint.

                              1. re: ilysla

                                Yes, to my surprise it is still open. When I tried them -- probably a couple years ago -- the thin churros were delicious, hot, crispy. Thought they were a bit expensive at over $3 for six thin churros.

                                1. re: nosh

                                  It's now close to 4 bucks. But some think the cup of ultra-rich hot chocolate on the side is even better.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    imho, not only istheir food well worth the money, it is well worth the calories involved.
                                    not too many places can meet both bars.
                                    it's a quality thing.. . . . .

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      WG, is your sentiments in regards to Churros Caliente ? or kiriko ?????


                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        Agreed. The place is not cheap (though hardly horribly expensive), but the food is very satisfying.

                                2. I would check to see if Sawtelle is open over the holidays. Last year -- or maybe the year before -- we went and could hear our voices echoing in the streets...almost everything was closed.

                                  1. went to kirikatsu yesterday in the shopping center with hurry curry and it was "OK" ... the layers of pork as opposed to the big cutlet at wako katsu (which is about 1/2 the price too) made it a bit drier -- i didn't get any additional filling, ie garlic, plum pickle. The breading was dynamite tho and the fried shrimps were huge and very well done. the katsu sauce is better than wako, but it is missing the sesame mortar and pestle thing which kicks it up a notch. still, id go back -- i nice addition to the hood and some hearty winter food.

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                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      and you skipped on Shunji's ????

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        been 4X in december. felt like something hot yesterday, and not 150pp. ill be back soon. he's the king.

                                    2. JBinOC, Where did you end up going? Chowhounder's need to know.

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                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Please don't hate, everyone, but with Plan Check and some other places closed on Jan. 1, and with the evening chill emerging as the sun began to set, we ended up at Curry House. We almost went to Seoul Tofu (also not mentioned here), but my friend was more in the mood for curry, and as an OC resident I was familiar with Curry House from occasional visits to its Cypress location. Though arguably unremarkable, it hit the spot as an after-movie hangout with solid quality and attentive service (and as a quieter place to duck into with the foodie masses crowding the few other places that were open on the holiday).

                                        Looking forward to the next visit to this eclectic hub, which as of the past couple of years now has some brick-and-mortar food truck fare (Seoul Sausage, Slice Truck, to name two) -- suitable for solo dining -- in the mix.

                                        1. re: JBinOC

                                          I actually like Curry House a lot. Oddly enough, though, I like the non-curry items (e.g., anything involving the meat sauce) better than the curry dishes (but I really like the Keema curry).

                                          I've never been to Seoul Tofu, but the place seems consistently swamped. I'm thinking it must be pretty good w/ the crowd (given that it's on the pricey side for the area), but does anyone been there?

                                          1. re: ilysla

                                            Having been to both Seoul Tofu and Tofu-ya, I personally prefer the older Tofu-Ya, but both are decent in my book.

                                            Curry House does hit the spot on a cold evening.

                                            1. re: Ogawak

                                              i find hurry curry across the street to be much better than curry house ... to me, their sauce is better and not just like those cubes in the store. I also find the cutlets bigger, better breaded and juicier...plus they have this hot oil stuff you can ask for to add in to the pot of sauce which comes on the side...HC has declined somewhat over the years, but give it a shot if you haven't if you like curry house.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                Do agree that Hurry Curry has significantly better curry. They also have great fried chicken.

                                                1. re: ilysla

                                                  At Curry House, my two favorite items are "Tofu & Ground Chicken Curry" [served with spinach rice] and Keema Curry, which ilysla cited above. Both are on the "Special Curries" part of the menu...no cutlets involved.

                                                  If Hurry Curry has similar dishes...bring it on!

                                                  1. re: JBinOC

                                                    My fav pork cutlet (since I refuse to eat the one Curry House) is at one of the food stalls in the Torrance Mitsuwa market. Can't remember the name, unfortunately (it's the stall next to the hallway leading to the restrooms, I think), but the older man does a great job frying them (light, crispy, and not too oily). Haven't been in a long while, though, so don't know if they're as good. He also *doesn't* serve them w/ curry (I love the miso dipping sauce).

                                                    Will try the Kimukatsu (or however it's spelled) place on Sawtelle in the next few wks/months, hopefully, but the menu outside looked confusing....

                                                    1. re: ilysla

                                                      i thought kimikatsu was just ok -- a bit dry due to the way they make it with the thin layers...also about 2X more expensive than it should be if u ask me...you might enjoy the two wako katsu locations in ktown...really big and nice and served with the katsu sauce and u get to grind sesame with the mortor and pestle and mix it in...i think u can get curry sauce there too....

                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                        Hmmm.... The K-town place sounds good. Maybe will try that instead of Kimukastsu (but first must try Road to Seoul, which I'm doing next wk).

                                      2. Flame on the corner, a block from Sawtelle, cheek to jowl with Nanbakan, which is definitely closed for lunch service.

                                        1. Lollicup would be inexpensive and casual but you'd still be able to grab a seat. On Sawtelle just south of Olympic

                                          1. I like Restaurant 2117 on Sawtelle for Asian fusion. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday