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Apr 3, 2014 07:08 AM

best 100 yards of food in LA

curious what many of you will say. with the soon to be opened Santa Monica branch of belcampo meat co expected to open in a month or so it got me thinking... with melisse, belcampo, huckleberry and Santa Monica seafood all within a stretch on wilshire that a pro punter could kick a football (and let's not forget rustic canyon because these Santa Monica blocks are much shorter than in many parts of the city) I couldn't think of another stretch this short with this level of food. there's a place or two downtown and I can obviously see making a case for good food truck lineup but for anyone familiar with how short this block is it's pretty amazing that 5 or so years ago melisse was the only one here....

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  1. Gosh, when I read the subject line I was thinking of a huge shopping mall buffet restaurant with the main counter 100 yards long.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      So....which mall has the best 100 yards of food?

      1. re: jessejames

        so what's a better 100 yard stretch?

        1. re: goldpackage

          there are many -- santa monica doesn't float my boat but im glad you love it there.

          1. re: jessejames

            you don't like santa monica. ok, got it!

            1. re: goldpackage

              Well, that's not really fair to you or me...i just live a lot more than 100 yards from it and don't often brave the traffic...i guess i like a bit more grit and ethnic type stuff...i would be more than happy tho in front of a platter of oysters from samonica seafood...

            2. re: goldpackage

              100 yards of Artesia, Valley Blvd, Wesminster, Ktown, Thai Town.

              Sanamluang to Ganda (RIP) vs that stretch of SaMo? Thai Town by a furlong.

              1. re: TonyC

                It'd be nice & helpful to know the restaurants you're referring to in Artesia, on Valley Blvd, in Westminster, KTown & Thai town, for those of us that travel often to sports events for our kids.....

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Thai Town (cuz it's my fave stretch)
                  West to East starting @ New Hollywood Plaza: Pa Ord, Ruen Pair, Crispy Pork and Gang, Hollywood Thai, Harvard & Stone, Sapp, Sanamluang, Lacha (is there a better Issan Thai restaurant in LA right now? I don't know of one). Jumbo's. (bikini bar, but.. in case your kids are 18+), Golden State Bakery, Krung Tedd.

                  Technically 2 blocks, but that's 11 joints, with 1 token Armenian one. Divide up the block as you wish to meet OP's parameters. For actual 100 yards, drive (because we don't walk in LA) Ruen Pair to Sapp, or Sapp to Jumbo's, at midnight. Belcampo won't be even open at midnight, nor Rustic.

                  Artesia, same sitch on Pioneer. Start at Rajdhani, cruise South down to Jay Bharat, eat for days (Rasraj, Udupi, Surati Farsan, Bombay sweets, Etc.).

                  Ktown, even easier. Vermont and Western, Wilshire/Alexander, surrounding Chapman Plaza, any stretch of Western or Vermont. Yada yada yada. Pick a corner.

                  Valley Blvd: I think there are 2 ladies, 1 column and 9 LA chowhounders dedicated to running a train on West SGV so...

                    1. re: TonyC

                      Thank you very much, I get over to No. Hollywood now & then, as well as OC for my sons travel teams, so this list is very helpful.

                      1. re: TonyC

                        Not a big fan of Thai, but I did dig both that Armenian place and Sanamluang, the latter particularly for its nocturnal tendencies.

                    2. re: TonyC

                      I'd agree with you, but the parameters are really tight. 100 yards is pretty small.

                      Westminster is out because you'd probably hit the 100 yard limit traversing the parking lot of your first stop.

                      Crossing Valley Blvd. by foot probably gets you over that hump.

                      That strip of Thai Town and Artesia Blvd. don't fit in 100 yards either, but I think it's close enough.

                      Melissa and Rustic Canyon are just really good. Just those two make it a tough stretch of real estate to beat.

                      That said, it's not even close to the best bang for your buck block. And I'd trade living near that block in SM for Artesia or, especially, Thai Town in a heartbeat.

                      1. re: cacio e pepe

                        Westminster is out because you'd probably hit the 100 yard limit traversing the parking lot of your first stop.

                        Brookhurst between Hazard and up to Vien Dong: Pho 79, Hoa Binh, Van Bakery, Pho Vinh ky, Com Tam Thuan Kieu, Vien Dong, My Nguyen. Much more if you do the entire block from Hazzard to Westminster.

                        1. re: Porthos

                          I agree, but that's way more than 100 yards. 100 yards is really a small radius.

                          1. re: cacio e pepe

                            Google Mapped it. 100 yards crossing the street gets you Com Tam Thuan Kieu, Vien Dong, My Nguyen :-)

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Touché. :D

                              I'm still taking Rustic Cayon and Melisse . . . assuming someone else is paying!

                              1. re: cacio e pepe

                                If someone else is paying, I'm pretty sure Urasawa and Cut are within 100 yards of each other too. Just sayin'. ;-)

                                  1. re: Porthos

                                    Nope, not quite. 101 yards. (as the crow flies). Rules are rules!

                                    Grill on the Alley? 105 yards (from Urasawa).

                                    Spago. Over 300 yards.

                                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                      157 feet according to Google maps. Slightly more than 50 yards. About 40 yards plus change to spare.

                                      1. re: Porthos

                                        I was using Microsoft's Streets & Maps.

                                        Close enough.

                          2. re: cacio e pepe

                            Crossing Valley Blvd. by foot probably gets you over that [100 yard] hump.
                            True, but you just need to stay in a plaza. Pick a plaza, any plaza. Alternatively, Garvey instead of Valley. Yoma to Wok BBQ. Yoma, or Huckleberry. Yoma, or Bouchon.

                            1. re: TonyC

                              I learned a lot here, like Valley Blvd. is 100 yards wide. I guess to non-walkers, it seems huge :)

                              +1 on that stretch of Garvey.

                              1. re: JThur01

                                Oy vey! We have a literalist here.

                                My point being that 100 yards gets you nearly nowhere.

                                Now the best "walkable" radius with the highest concentration of good eating? Entirely different question as the radius expands dramatically.

                                1. re: cacio e pepe

                                  Literalist? I'm not the one who wrote: "Crossing Valley Blvd. by foot probably gets you over that hump." :)

                                  Valley Blvd. is eminently walkable. One could pick nearly any mini-mall/strip mall along it and find several restaurants within that distance. It would literally apply :)

                    3. ps - this was intended to be written more as a question of what is the best concentrated block or 100 yards of food in the city with the idea that this area in Santa Monica might be a surprisingly strong contender. pre coffee 7am mobile device posts don't always convey ideas as clearly as one would like.
                      with that in mind, any other nominations?

                      1. Santa Monica is a separate city from Los Angeles, so the geographic parameters of your post are confusing.

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                        1. re: Ernie

                          i knew it was only a matter of time... how about 15 miles in any direction from the 10 freeway and la brea?

                          1. re: Ernie

                            even better... let's go crazy here... how about 25 miles from Beverly hills... this what is la debate has been going on for ages, not trying to form a consensus or be limiting here... was just hoping for some fun healthy debate.

                            1. re: goldpackage

                              West Valley Boulevard in Alhambra

                              Chengdu Taste, Boiling Crab, Savoy Kitchen, The Hat, Tasty Garden, Bánh Mì My-Tho, Pepe's, Sam Woo . . .

                              1. re: Ernie

                                You just compared the slop from Tasty Garden, Pepe's & The Hat to the ilk of Rustic Canyon/Belcampo. Right.

                                1. re: TonyC

                                  That's fucking right I did. You have a problem with that?

                          2. Abbott Kinney....especially when Spotted Pig comes to town....

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                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              so many good spots here but the distance between lemonade and axe is approx 6/10's of a mile. which block or 100 yards? btw - thx for actually posting a comment!!!

                              1. re: goldpackage

                                Oh i don't know all the addresses, but with Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen, Willie Jane, Saltair, Pork Belly's and Local 1205 which is where I think Spotted Pig is slated to go, that's a couple of blocks of great food.

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  I was gonna say AK, too. Even if the "grubiron" is more than 100 yards long.