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RESTAURANTS


Meat:

   [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!
Pico

Meatos - https://meatos.us/

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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


http://kosherconciergela.com/

HT: Dan

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #480 on: December 20, 2011, 01:32:04 PM »
i just came back from la traffic was not so bad at all .

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« Reply #481 on: December 20, 2011, 02:37:05 PM »
depends what where when and how

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« Reply #482 on: December 20, 2011, 03:34:12 PM »
yes traffic def depends!
its also been lighter these days bec schools are out.

however 5:15 am - 2:45 pm is not really the best time bec the bulk of the hours is before anything opens
before 7:30 u shouldnt bump into too much traffic and 1:30 heading back to the airport is the same.

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« Reply #483 on: December 21, 2011, 11:42:10 AM »
Worth going to La Brea for the cake and crumb ring donuts at elite cafe...

by the way just as an update schwartz bakery bought out cafe elite (though they still keep the store) but now they carry those crumb ring doughnuts in all the bakeries (pico + faifax+ valley ) and i think its also in glatt mart as well sooooo no more traffic :)

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« Reply #484 on: December 21, 2011, 11:58:57 AM »
by the way just as an update schwartz bakery bought out cafe elite (though they still keep the store) but now they carry those crumb ring doughnuts in all the bakeries (pico + faifax+ valley ) and i think its also in glatt mart as well sooooo no more traffic :)
It's actually pretty funny that they have the same things for different prices.

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« Reply #485 on: December 21, 2011, 12:24:19 PM »
Good to know!
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« Reply #486 on: December 21, 2011, 12:25:03 PM »
It's actually pretty funny that they have the same things for different prices.
i kid you not, ready prepared chanukah candles, eichlers 21.99; store in la $42!!!!! sick

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« Reply #487 on: December 21, 2011, 12:42:41 PM »
i kid you not, ready prepared chanukah candles, eichlers 21.99; store in la $42!!!!! sick

Supply and demand... in NYC there are tons of places to find candles. In LA we only have a handful of stores.

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« Reply #488 on: December 21, 2011, 12:48:01 PM »
Supply and demand... in NYC there are tons of places to find candles. In LA we only have a handful of stores.
its still highway robbery

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« Reply #489 on: December 21, 2011, 12:48:19 PM »
we are not living in hawaii

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« Reply #490 on: December 21, 2011, 12:49:56 PM »
its still highway robbery

we are not living in hawaii

True. I don't like paying the ridiculous premiums on these things either, but I'd rather be living in LA (wouldn't you?)  ;)

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« Reply #491 on: December 21, 2011, 12:55:25 PM »
True. I don't like paying the ridiculous premiums on these things either, but I'd rather be living in LA (wouldn't you?)  ;)
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« Reply #492 on: December 21, 2011, 01:03:01 PM »
It's sunny and 60 degrees outside right now (aberration, granted :) ) and the menorah lights at our handful of stores are $27.
And houses are $90,000 instead of $900,000 or more ;)

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« Reply #493 on: December 21, 2011, 01:08:09 PM »
It's sunny and 60 degrees outside right now (aberration, granted :) ) and the menorah lights at our handful of stores are $27.
And houses are $90,000 instead of $900,000 or more ;)

And what kind of delicious restaurant food do you have on tap this week? Anything like the Jeff's Channuka Special (as featured on Bobby Flay)?

Or perhaps some delicious freshly grilled fish while looking over the beach in Malibu?

Or even some amazingly juicy ribs from La Gondola?

I don't know... LA is still sounding pretty good to me.  ;D

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« Reply #494 on: December 21, 2011, 01:11:54 PM »
And what kind of delicious restaurant food do you have on tap this week? Anything like the Jeff's Channuka Special (as featured on Bobby Flay)?

Or perhaps some delicious freshly grilled fish while looking over the beach in Malibu?

Or even some amazingly juicy ribs from La Gondola?

I don't know... LA is still sounding pretty good to me.  ;D
Of course not.  Believe me I'm still jealous of LA.
Well not your chinnuch institutions, or how many kids turn out after going through it, or the cost of living, or the high taxes, or the traffic, or the curtness/rudeness of people, or the minority of english speakers, but at least of your weather and restaurants.

But hey, that's why I live in CLE and vacation in LA several times per year!
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« Reply #495 on: December 21, 2011, 01:13:45 PM »
Of course not.  Believe me I'm still jealous of LA.
Well not your chinnuch institutions or how many kids turn out after going through it or the cost of living or the high taxes, but of your weather and restaurants.

But hey, that's why I vacation there several times per year!

Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?

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« Reply #496 on: December 21, 2011, 01:27:10 PM »
Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?
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i agree, the numbers actuall show that proportionally kids come out much better than those of the east coast, and believe me i would love to build a mansion for 230k but LA's not that bad ;)

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« Reply #497 on: December 21, 2011, 01:31:28 PM »
Fair enough. Although, I don't think all the kids turn out bad. Every city turns up with some bad apples sometimes.

Weren't you educated here for some amount of time?
I was in LA post high-school for 3 years, but I'm talking more about the formative education years.
The entire group of kids who went through the LA system were all thrown out of the yeshiva as they were considered a bad influence on us out-of towners...

Small sample size I know, but many LA people admit that raising kids to be frum (let alone innocent) is difficult to say the least.

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i agree, the numbers actuall show that proportionally kids come out much better than those of the east coast, and believe me i would love to build a mansion for 230k but LA's not that bad ;)
NYC is no haven either...that's why I'm a midwest kind of guy :)
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« Reply #498 on: December 21, 2011, 01:33:00 PM »
but where do you eat?

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« Reply #499 on: December 21, 2011, 01:36:19 PM »
but where do you eat?

Hmm...might go for some Avocado egg rolls from LG as well in that case :D

Cleveland food highlights:
-Steak Au Poivre from Contempo Cuisine ($34) along with their Soup du jour ($5)
-The Bagel Shoope makes top-notch bagels (.95 or 12/$10).  Garlic and Jalapeno are both excellent.  Cookies (.95) are also good.  Eli is quite the fan so bring some his way. :)
-Sweet & Sour Chicken or Sesame Chicken ($14) with Fried Rice ($1) from Jerusalem Grill.
-An excellent pie of plain Pizza can be had at Kinneret ($16.50) along with authentic Sushi ($6-$8) on select nights of the week.  Spicy Fries ($1.95), homemade onion rings ($2.75), fried cauliflower ($3.25) and the eggplant parm ($6.50) are good choices as well.
-Top It Off specializes in pizza ($14) with a great variety of toppings ($1 each or 3 for $2.50).  Did you know corn, felafel, and onions go together pretty well on a pie of pizza?  They also specialize in incompetence at times so check your bill and your order before you leave.  Take out only.
-Beef or Turkey Shwarma in a laffa from Sababa ($9) along with some Tropical Sushi ($6.50, Mango, Kiwi, Avocado) if you're feeling like Israel, Japan, and Hawaii.  Decent homemade onion rings ($5) too.
-If Chef Dave at Young Israel is doing one of his buffet meals (1-2 times per month) then you're in for a real treat.
-Issi's Pizza can be good at rare times but is usually nothing to write home about.
-Subway is subway.  Meatball Marinara on Italian Herb with Mozzerella parve cheese (I was scared at first too, but it's good!) and sweet onion sauce is my usual but I'll go for Pepper Steak if they're out.  On select days it's $5.99 for a 6" meal deal, on others it's $8 for a 12" meal deal, on others $8.50 for just the 12" sub and $2 extra for the soda+2 cookies meal deal.
-There's a kosher hot dog/sausage stand at Indians games ($5)
-Chocolate Emporium has CY and non-CY chocolates and Ice Cream.  AFAIK, Cold Stone Creamery, Menchies Yogurt, and Yogurt Vi are kosher, non CY.
-Ungers bakery has great parve donuts.  Cinnamon (.95) and Custard ($1.35) are great.  Amy Joy has non-CY donuts.
-Abba's, Empire, Ruchama's, and Yacov's are all long gone unfortunately.

I'll make a post on some stuff to do soon, but when is this trip for?

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