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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 Eater.com 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.

                            2. Great question, I've wondered something similar myself.

                              My pick would probably be Sawtelle where at the very least unlike say K-town there's a huge selection of restaurants with a pretty good variety (though all Asian slanted).

                              Some other ideas:

                              - Grand Central Market
                              - 3rd Street centered around Son of a Gun & Joans
                              - Downtown Culver - especially with the new wave coming in

                              If you extend the distances, I've always held that there's a stretch of Venice Blvd between Palms and Culver that had the best collection + variety of above average ethnic eats with the Cemitas truck, Tara's, Gloria's, Thai Boom, Sofra, Brazillan spots, Indian spots, etc. Not the "best" by any imagination but you could eat the world and do pretty ok in a fairly close radius.

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                              1. re: Discokill

                                really good thoughts!

                                i agree with sawtelle and grand central market whole heartedly. love son of a gun and like joans but feel although there's a bunch of other options right here there aren't many places i crave. downtown culver could turn the corner with the newcomers, and although i like the spirit of it, I don't love much of the food.

                              2. Around 4th and Main, downtown? Sushi Zo, Orso, Baco, etc.
                                Or, 5th and Figueroa? Drago Centro, Chaya, Pinot, Border Grill.
                                7th and Grand? Q, Sugarfish, Mo Chica, Bottega Louis (Maybe more scene than food for some with the last one.)

                                1. goldpackage, you left out Golden Mean on the block with Belcampo, Huckleberry, S.M. Seafood. Golden Mean is a Vegan restaurant with good service and good food. Soups are delicious. I first tried it when I wanted to go to Huckleberry or S.M. Seafood and the waits were too long. Went to Golden Mean and was happy I did.

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                                  1. re: maudies5

                                    interesting to hear, i have never been but walked past many times. i will try it!

                                    if only that flower store became a blue bottle, intelligentsia, or go get em tiger rather than a starbucks!

                                    1. re: goldpackage

                                      They make a great Yam/Coconut soup. Not available every day. I have had wonderful salads there, as well. It's a nice respite away from the noise and chaos of Huckleberry or SM Seafood at the height of lunch hour.

                                    2. re: maudies5

                                      I slightly disagree w/ Golden Mean. It's tasty enough, but, IMO, not on par w/ Huckleberry, SM Seafood, or (to compare to another vegan place) Cafe Gratitude. To be fair, I think all of these places are also more expensive. I like Golden Mean more than Veggie Grill, though.

                                    3. sawtelle, tsujita/ROC/blockheads. Probably even less than 100 yards.

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                                      1. re: ns1

                                        I would substitute ROC w/ Clusi Batusi and would add in Flores.

                                        1. re: ilysla

                                          I would wrap around the corner the other way and include Tomo in the mix.

                                      2. How about the hundred yards of park which separate Scarpetta and Bouchon? :)

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                                        1. re: maudies5

                                          interesting... if i'm not mistaken you'd also get mastro's, sugarfish (noted only for the back bar in the beverly hills location), e baldi and la scala...

                                        2. I don't think you guys realize how short 100 yards really is

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                                          1. re: TailbackU

                                            Has reality ever been a constraint on the imagination of Chowhounds? ;)

                                            1. re: TailbackU

                                              if we're being literal.... mastro's to sugarfish is 289 feet (or just shy of 100 yards). scarpetta and bouchon sit right in the middle of the two. so spago and e baldi would be out of range. but you could do spago to mastro's and get scarpetta and bouchon. not exactly an affordable 4-some but a valid contender and honestly not that far off in regards to the distance.

                                              1. re: TailbackU

                                                Better make this 100 meters or we are going backward into the future, once again...

                                              2. The Helms Bakery complex is pretty impressive. Father's Office, Lukshon, and Bucato. Plus such diversity!

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                                                1. re: set0312

                                                  "Soon" to be included among those Yards will be Sherry's new cafe:


                                                2. If you park your car (or bike) in the middle of the SOCO (south coast collection) parking lot, you have Taco Maria, Shuck and Portola Coffee Lab in 100 yards radius.
                                                  Also you have Arc, Iron Press, Greenleaf, Waiiha sushi and Surfas as added bonus.

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                                                  1. That corner of Highland and Melrose that houses:

                                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                    chi SPACCA

                                                    (And if your punter has a really strong leg, Hatfields down the street on one side and Trois Mec on a dog-leg opposite end).

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                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      That's a good one! I could live quite happily on that corner.

                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                          And that was before chi SPACCA and Trois Mec.

                                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                                          Yea but that all very similar food.....not very diverse.... Nor are the ones all in one neighborhood that only offer one type of cuisine (Thai, Indian, Italian, etc). Yeah, that's right, I'm picky like that.....

                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                            You want diverse?

                                                            You sure?

                                                            Let's say I offer you a pound of diamonds, would you in turn say, "no, I'd rather have a pound of diamonds mixed with some gravel and glass marbles because I want to be diverse"?

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                              Eh, I don't know about that. I'm sort of w/ Dirty on this one. I think it's more like saying, "I want a Picasso and a Rembrandt... and a Bugatti." ;)

                                                              1. re: ilysla

                                                                No thanks.

                                                                I'll just take 3 Pagani Huayras.

                                                                The silver lavender metallic paint on my current Huayra is fading a bit, as you can see below.

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                  Or to have a spare in case you crash one at the Nürburgring? ;)

                                                                  1. re: ilysla

                                                                    Nah, that's what my GT2 RS is for.

                                                            2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                              The label "one" type of cuisine for Indian or Chinese doesn't really apply, as those feature remarkably diverse regional styles. The stretch of Garvey TonyC suggested has Vietnamese, Burmese and a few diverse regional Chinese styles.

                                                              Now, if seeking out the most diverse 100 yards, that would be a different thing altogether.

                                                              1. re: JThur01

                                                                Fair enough. I guess my point is that I was thinking along a more multi-cultural line.... I realize there are many different Chinese cuisines, but a street that is all Chinese, or Thai, or Persian, or Mexican is just that, all Chinese, even if one place is Szechuan and another is Cantonese or Mandarin, for example. But whatever, the information is still beneficial.

                                                          2. I'm amending things a bit.... I don't think streets should count as distance traveled. so imagine la as a giant Tetris board that squeezed together sidewalk to sidewalk. a walkers paradise if you will. an area densely populated with good grub shouldn't be penalized because of excessively wide streets. feels like a good equalizer. might as well remove alleys while we're at it...