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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

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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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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #5280 on: March 03, 2015, 04:06:08 AM »
If I have a 6 hour layover in LA what food do I pick up?

Fish grill grilled salmon sandwich.
La gandola egg rolls and burger.
Got kosher Memphis pulled beef.

Pats is closed sunday afternoon. I don't like cake donuts.

What else am I missing that I need to get? :)

Or should I risk missing my flight and just go to Tiera Sur?
I know that this has passed, however it is worth mentioning. Though the Got Kosher brisket is heavenly, it is incredibly messy and does not travel well.

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« Reply #5281 on: March 03, 2015, 06:02:30 AM »
Top 4 restaurants in LA right now? Hoping for 3 meat and a dairy - GO! (Lets exclude Tierra Sur for now - I'm too lazy to make that trek again).

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1. jeffs
2. Jeffs Gourmet
3. Jeff's Gourmet Sausages
4. Jeff's Gourmet Sausage Factory
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« Reply #5282 on: March 03, 2015, 06:22:48 AM »
Jeff's is the most overrated restaurant on the planet.

Don't get me wrong, it's fine fast food. But I'll never understand the cult following or why people would fly to LA for some Jeff's.
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« Reply #5283 on: March 03, 2015, 07:26:10 AM »
Jeff's is the most overrated restaurant on the planet.

Don't get me wrong, it's fine fast food. But I'll never understand the cult following or why people would fly to LA for some Jeff's.
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« Reply #5284 on: March 03, 2015, 08:51:13 AM »
Jeff's is the most overrated restaurant on the planet.
It really is.

The food is good though.

I know that this has passed, however it is worth mentioning. Though the Got Kosher brisket is heavenly, it is incredibly messy and does not travel well.
It wasn't as good as I remember. Maybe because I didn't have it hot, but I also don't think it had as much sauce. Anyway the steak sandwich from Jeff's was actually better 5 hours later than Memphis pulled beef.
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« Reply #5285 on: March 03, 2015, 10:00:54 AM »
It really is.

The food is good though.
 It wasn't as good as I remember. Maybe because I didn't have it hot, but I also don't think it had as much sauce. Anyway the steak sandwich from Jeff's was actually better 5 hours later than Memphis pulled beef.
Of course if you buy a steak sandwich for Jeff's you will think it is overrated. You need to buy their specials.
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« Reply #5286 on: March 03, 2015, 10:09:14 AM »
Of course if you buy a steak sandwich for Jeff's you will think it is overrated. You need to buy their specials.
Have you had their steak sandwich?

What specials are you talking about? I've eaten there a couple dozen times ftr.
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« Reply #5287 on: March 03, 2015, 10:20:14 AM »
Is LG open Sunday lunch these days?

btw also note that if you come at 5:00 sharp on sunday you will be waiting at least a half hr to 45 min to get a waiter to take your order IME.

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« Reply #5288 on: March 03, 2015, 12:30:33 PM »
What specials are you talking about? I've eaten there a couple dozen times ftr.
Pepper burger, Tunisian burger, City slicker dogs are all good.
But I would take a PKD burger over Jeff's any day. Jeff's wins at seasoned fries.

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« Reply #5289 on: March 03, 2015, 12:51:40 PM »
Pepper burger, Tunisian burger, City slicker dogs are all good.
But I would take a PKD burger over Jeff's any day. Jeff's wins at seasoned fries.
Exactly. And Amsterdam burger, Milt's burger (ClubHouse burger), are all better than PKD and Jeff's.

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« Reply #5290 on: March 03, 2015, 03:10:10 PM »
Exactly. And Amsterdam burger, Milt's burger (ClubHouse burger), are all better than PKD and Jeff's.

Try the burger at Got Kosher next time you're in LA.

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« Reply #5291 on: March 03, 2015, 09:57:39 PM »
Pepper burger, Tunisian burger, City slicker dogs are all good.
But I would take a PKD burger over Jeff's any day. Jeff's wins at seasoned fries.
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« Reply #5292 on: March 03, 2015, 10:00:12 PM »
Wild Western burger at Jeffs.

Not on the Menu IIRC.
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« Reply #5293 on: March 03, 2015, 10:03:02 PM »
Anything on the menu can be made "wild"  all it means is adding pastrami

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« Reply #5294 on: March 03, 2015, 10:03:36 PM »
Anything on the menu can be made "wild"  all it means is adding pastrami
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« Reply #5295 on: March 05, 2015, 03:48:16 PM »
What's my best bet for a low cost (in points), but still decent quality hotel - on the Westside?

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« Reply #5296 on: March 06, 2015, 02:53:29 AM »
What's my best bet for a low cost (in points), but still decent quality hotel - on the Westside?
What points? If SPG and not on Shabbat, Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City is a decent choice. Not luxury by any means, but fairly local.

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« Reply #5297 on: March 06, 2015, 09:24:40 AM »
What points? If SPG and not on Shabbat, Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City is a decent choice. Not luxury by any means, but fairly local.
Is the four points worth the 7K?

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Is the four points worth the 7K?

In CA, it's considered a good rate. Esp because the "W" in Westwood is 12K - 16K per night and the SPG is 20K per night.

I've done the downtown Sheraton LA for good pricing -- recently remodeled and not a far drive to La Brea/Pico. Got free parking due to plat SPG. Saves $39/night just on parking.
I liked the interior, the Club Lounge, and the service better than the Sheraton Gateway airport location.
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« Reply #5299 on: March 06, 2015, 09:55:58 AM »

I've done the downtown Sheraton LA for good pricing --
Looking for Westside..