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   [th]RESTAURANT NAME[/th]
   [th]Rating[/th]
   [th]Description[/th]
   [th]Area - Address [/th]
   [th]Supervision[/th]
Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard 5/5 stars-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.
Oxnard -

   
La Gondola4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for (I had it and I didn't like it
 I can't eat Avocado when it's warm, I'm sure others can't too-Sillypainter).  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house(agree-Sillypainter) Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce and arguably the best kosher ribs out there.   I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!
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Shiloh's4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a number of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.
Beverly Hills Thai4/5 stars-It can get very crowded so it's best to make a reservation in advance.
Jeff's 3.5/5 stars-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.
PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings. No Reservations, but rarely more than a few minute wait. closes at 9 PM.
Pat's3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!
Shanghai2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.
Harissa4/5 stars-Home of the LA-famous pretzle challah! They offer Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/North African cuisine.  They have lots of seating and long hours.


1. Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery in Oxnard
5/5 stars
-The menu here is constantly changing but is always amazing.  The flavors you will try here are unlike any you will get at another kosher restaurant in the world.

2. La Gondola
4.5/5 stars
-Avocado eggrolls to die for (I had it and I didn't like it
 I can't eat Avocado when it's warm, I'm sure others can't too-Sillypainter).  Great Bread with garlic margarine on the house(agree-Sillypainter) Great Gondola Burger special for lunch with excellent pasta or a soup.  And the Chai Steak with Carmelized Steak Sauce and arguably the best kosher ribs out there.   I'm getting hungry thinking about this place!

3. Shiloh's
4/5 stars
-Great baby back ribs and peppercorn steak.  They serve steaks with a number of dipping sauces which is pretty cool.  Also had some delicious key lime pie.
I did have a bad experience here with really bad food though...and service can be poor here as well.

4. Beverly Hills Thai
4/5 stars
-It can get very crowded so it's best to make a reservation in advance.

5. Jeff's
3.5/5 stars
-Homemade onion rings, homemade sausages, Steak Sandwich, Western burger, lots of good and greasy stuff here.

6. PKD (Pico Kosher Deli)
3.5/5 stars
-Excellent Deli-style food along with equally good homemade onion rings. No Reservations, but rarely more than a few minute wait. closes at 9 PM.

7. Pat's
3/5 stars
-Either you love this upscale steakhouse or you hate it.  I used to hate it until my brother became good friends with the bartender.  Now when I go back with him we're treated to a feast for a king! Don't miss the bread pudding dessert!

8. Shanghai
2.5/5 stars
-LA hasn't had very good Chinese since Sholom Cuisine closed.  This place is decent though.

9. Harissa
4/5 stars
-Home of the LA-famous pretzle challah! They offer Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/North African cuisine.  They have lots of seating and long hours.

Milk/Parve:

1. Fish Grill
4.5/5 stars
-The best fish you'll ever have, period.  I'm not such a fish person, but their Grilled Salmon on Angel Hair Pasta with a huge order of well-seasoned fries...YUM! Get the grilled salmon sandwich.

2. Milky Way Reopened, brand new place worth a visit
4/5 stars
-Steven Spielberg's adorable mom will come shmooze with you and show you his movie posters in the back.  Cheeze blintzes and lemon tart are awesome. Chimichangas, potato latkes, and more all at prices that haven't been raised in decades.

3. Pizza Nosh (Agoura Hills)
4/5 stars
-Excellent pizza and Eggplant Parmesean, worth a stop if you're in the area.

4. Pizza Mayven
4/5 stars
-Good plain pizza and excellent fries, and that's about it.

5. Nagila Pizza
3/5 stars
-Good but pricey stuffed crust pizza, and that's about it. There are some big fans of their Naco's out there as well.

6. Trattoria Natalie
4.5/5 stars
-A trattoria is translated from Italian as a tavern, and that's what this restaurant feels like.  They have a cool on-table feature: its a paging device with three bottons.  One botton calls for water, the other for the bill, the last for a waiter.  The food is very good and prices not too expensive.

7. Meshuga for Sushi/Meshuga for Sushi 2
4/5
-With 3 locations (one in La Brea, one in Pico, and one in the valley), they offer great sushi at reasonable prices.  They have some space to eat in the restaurant.  They have long hours and a decent lunch menu.


IF you eat non-CY:
-Sweet Rose Creamery, on Beverly is Kosher and considered some of the best ice cream in LA by foodies http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com/, usually have 4 or 5 non dairy flavors
-Toppings Frozen Yogurt 349 S Robertson Blvd, good frozen yogurt, usually have a non dairy flavor or two


If you eat CY:
-Milky's at 1429 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 recently became kosher and is cholov yisrael.

Breakfast/Bakery:
1. Cafe Elite
4.5/5 stars
-Amazing cake/crumb donuts along with your usual breakfast food.

2. Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY
4/5 stars
-A great but expensive bakery.  The crumb cheese danish is a personal favorite, as is their wonderful Caramel cake and "kit kat" chocolate rice crispy bars.
They also now serve breakfast in their Pico and Fairfax location.  I had the combo Pancake+Waffle+Franch Toast meal with fruit salad that was very good.
On friday's only they sell raspberry cheese pockets - they always sell out of them early.

3. La Brea Bagel
3/5 stars
-Very good bagels with all kinds of toppings and other breakfast food.

4. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - 7235 Beverly Blvd
4/5 stars
-The only coffee bean in LA that has Cholov Yisroel upon request and offers 3 Pas Yisroel bakery items from Delice; Chocolate Almond croissant, Custard twist, and chocolate croissant - also upon request.


SHABBOS TAKE OUT OPTIONS

1. Ralph's - both the Pico and La Brea locations have a kosher section with takeout
2. PKD: http://www.pkdla.com/soon.htm
3. Western Kosher on Pico: http://www.orderstart.com/westernkosher
4. Lieders La Brea: 129 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
5. Lieders Takeout, 8721 W. Pico Blvd, supposed to be excellent, check FB page for hours, (Shabbos Food LA: http://www.shabbosfoodla.com/)
6. Ariel's glatt has a nice selection - NE corner of La Brea and Beverly
7. Got Kosher has very ethnic style shabbat take out- lots of Moroccan food.
8. Elite Cuisine on La Brea/Detroit and Beverly has some nice options and the staff is really nice.


ATTRACTIONS

Attractions for the first time visitor (in no particular order):

1. Santa Monica (Pier, 3rd St. Promenade)
2. Hiking (Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills)(list of hikes sortable by distance)
3. Theme parks (Universal, Disneyland, Knotts, Six Flags Magic Mountain)
4. Beaches (Venice and Santa Monica are the most popular; Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it's in a residential area)
5. City Sites (The Grove, Hollywood & Highland Blvd, Rodeo Dr/Beverly Hills, Beverly Center)
6. Segway tours with www.segwow.com (tours are available in various locations)
7. TV Show Filmings (get free tickets to local TV shows being filmed) www.tvtix.com
8. Getty Center and Getty Villa.
9. Warner Bros Studio Tour
10. Mulholland Drive in Burbank (view of LA and the Hollywood sign)
11. Marina Del Ray Sportfishing or Whale watching (sometimes on groupon)
12. Griffith Observatory- Driveable Scenic View
13. LA Zoo

Attractions for the experienced visitor:

1. Santa Barbara, 2 hours north (40 min from Tierra Sur)
2. San Diego/ Coronado, 2 hours south
3. Big Bear/ Lake Arrowhead, 2 hours east
4. Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
5. Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming- check out the book
6. Hollywood Bowl
7. Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library and Gardens
8. Calico ghost town, 2 hours east
9. OC County fair (July 12-Aug 11 2013)
10. Adamson House in Malibu
11. Griffith Park - Merry-go-round, Pony Rides, & wagon rides for kids, Horseback Riding for older children.
12. The Queen Mary. Out of commission passenger and WWII ship. Is currently a museum, and a hotel. You can explore the ship or stroll along the empty decks at midnight (closed to tours at night, but open to hotel guests) with a great view of the Long Beach Harbor. 45 minutes south of L.A.

This is a general list.  I can go into specifics if you're interested. HT: Yehoshua

Hotels within walking distance of shuls (under 2 mi.)

Pico
1. Mr. C (closest YOLA)
2. SLS
3. Residence Inn by Marriott (closest to Adas Torah or YICC)
4. Beverly Hills Marriott (closest to Adas Torah or YICC)
5. Best Western Plus Carlyle Inn (closest to Torat Chaim or Anshe Emes)
6. Intercontinental Century City (closest to YOLA)

Hancock Park
116northfuller.com
116northfuller.com - in the heart of Hancock Park / La Brea area. 5 minute walk to many shuls. 4 bedroom house with full kosher kitchen, hot plate, everything you need for shabbos.

Other areas
1. Andaz West Hollywood
2. W Westwood
3. Four Seasons, Beverly Hills
4. L'Ermitage


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HT: Dan

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« Reply #2880 on: February 06, 2014, 09:26:26 PM »
Not familiar with Hotel award booking, how many miles would that be? And what kind of points?

"The Sheraton Gateway LAX is a better than average airport hotel and is an SPG category 3 property (7K Starpoints per night or 5.6K per night on a 5 night reservation). Figure on a 20 to 30 minute drive to most shuls and kosher restaurants. Nice perk: You can often find free street parking behind the hotel on 98th street."

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« Reply #2881 on: February 06, 2014, 10:23:20 PM »
Not familiar with Hotel award booking, how many miles would that be? And what kind of points?
it's usually done on spg.com. available rates, Cash & Points, and free nights will show up in range of options in the city that you search for..
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I am going to LAX for a 1 day business trip, and going to be there my self, what is the best, cheapest option? I am not looking now for anything special, just a decent bad etc......

I also have a brother that is SPG Gold if this helps for anything.

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Also, an upgraded room, often on a better (quieter) floor, and sometimes an earlier check-in, and you can ask for free wifi as a Gold Amenity.
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« Reply #2883 on: February 06, 2014, 10:41:50 PM »
yes - SPG Gold will automatically get you 4:00 check out the next day - Very helpful!
Also, an upgraded room, often on a better (quieter) floor, and sometimes an earlier check-in, and you can ask for free wifi as a Gold Amenity.
Even I am not gold, just my brother, and he is booking for me out of his account will I get the gold benefits?
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« Reply #2884 on: February 06, 2014, 10:48:35 PM »
Even I am not gold, just my brother, and he is booking for me out of his account will I get the gold benefits?
yes. As long as he has the points to cover it will work.
If done it often, but I've had both my name and my brother's name on the reservation.
When you show up you can show them your ID. You will get his Gold because he is booking the room in his name and in your's.
He'll get credit for a night stay towards next year's gold/platinum status. And, you'll get the wifi and 4:00 check-out amenities.

(I've even booked my married bro and sis-in-law as an anniversary gift. I first booked the room online
and then I called the hotel to say that they were coming in and what their names are.... They loved it!)
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But when you go with your bro they wonna see his ID, now I am going my self with out my bro so he cant put both of us on the reservation they will wanna see HIS ID, can he book the room just on my name?
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Also, how do you get elite status for an award booking?
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Also, how do you get elite status for an award booking?

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« Reply #2888 on: February 07, 2014, 01:27:14 AM »
But when you go with your bro they wonna see his ID, now I am going my self with out my bro so he cant put both of us on the reservation they will wanna see HIS ID, can he book the room just on my name?
Don't have experience, but you can try asking them to put both names on the reservation... just tell them you'll be the one checking in first (they don't have to know that your brother isn't actually staying)...

FYI, I stayed at the Hyatt LAX and had a very nice experience there (although its not "very fancy")... I used UR points, they transfer instantly.
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« Reply #2889 on: February 07, 2014, 01:32:13 AM »
Don't have experience, but you can try asking them to put both names on the reservation... just tell them you'll be the one checking in first (they don't have to know that your brother isn't actually staying)...

FYI, I stayed at the Hyatt LAX and had a very nice experience there (although its not "very fancy")... I used UR points, they transfer instantly.
You paid 18K Hyatt  per night?
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« Reply #2890 on: February 07, 2014, 01:33:02 AM »
I am going to LAX for a 1 day business trip, and going to be there my self, what is the best, cheapest option? I am not looking now for anything special, just a decent bad etc......

I also have a brother that is SPG Gold if this helps for anything.

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Looking for something in the Beverly hills/Century City area.
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You paid 18K Hyatt  per night?
No! 12k...
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« Reply #2892 on: February 07, 2014, 01:34:13 AM »
Looking for something in the Beverly hills/Century City area.
Why not just do Priceline?

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Crowne plaza or residence inn? They're right outside Beverly Hills so not too pricey

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Crowne plaza or residence inn? They're right outside Beverly Hills so not too pricey
Cheaper yet is the Carlyle Inn on Robertson Blvd.

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« Reply #2895 on: February 07, 2014, 01:35:39 AM »
Why not just do Priceline?
They have some Hotels in the 3 star category that looks like some shiedim run there.....
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« Reply #2896 on: February 07, 2014, 01:36:13 AM »

Cheaper yet is the Carlyle Inn on Robertson Blvd.

+1 and then you're as close as can get to all the food :)

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« Reply #2897 on: February 07, 2014, 01:36:22 AM »
Cheaper yet is the Carlyle Inn on Robertson Blvd.
How much would that be?
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« Reply #2898 on: February 07, 2014, 01:37:44 AM »
How much would that be?
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« Reply #2899 on: February 07, 2014, 01:38:12 AM »
They have some Hotels in the 3 star category that looks like some shiedim run there.....
That's why you do 4* only. ;-)