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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!
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 #5300 on: March 06, 2015, 10:27:13 AM »
Looking for Westside..

then that is the cheapest SPG in that area -- Santa Monica costs more and West Hollywood costs much more. The 2 airport locations are close to Westside. However, Westside looks like a better choice -- great pool, etc...  surprising that they also charge for parking.....
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« Reply #5301 on: March 06, 2015, 10:48:57 AM »
Doubletree in Santa Monica is 60k Hilton points,  which is relatively reasonable,  and a decent hotel

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« Reply #5302 on: March 06, 2015, 01:53:08 PM »
then that is the cheapest SPG in that area -- Santa Monica costs more and West Hollywood costs much more. The 2 airport locations are close to Westside. However, Westside looks like a better choice -- great pool, etc...  surprising that they also charge for parking.....
You can see the map view here: https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/search/results/map.html?departureDate=03/17/2015&searchType=location&complexSearchField=Culver%20City,%20California,%20United%20States&propertyIds=&arrivalDate=03/16/2015&localeCode=en_US&numberOfRooms=1&numberOfAdults=1&skinCode=SPG&iATANumber=&numberOfChildren=0
If you want to risk it, there is a Westfield shopping center across the street that has free parking. During the day, you should just park there. I'm not sure about parking enforcement overnight in the lot though- you may be able to get away with it.

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« Reply #5303 on: March 06, 2015, 02:26:00 PM »
If you want to risk it, there is a Westfield shopping center across the street that has free parking. During the day, you should just park there. I'm not sure about parking enforcement overnight in the lot though- you may be able to get away with it.
If you're staying overnight, you just pay a daily rate at the hotel. I don't see a benefit of parking at the mall during the day then at the hotel at night.

Having said that, I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago for 2 nights and wasnt charged for parking. YMMV
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« Reply #5304 on: March 06, 2015, 03:20:32 PM »
If you're staying overnight, you just pay a daily rate at the hotel. I don't see a benefit of parking at the mall during the day then at the hotel at night.

Having said that, I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago for 2 nights and wasnt charged for parking. YMMV
That's what I meant- I wasn't clear enough. The parking is in and out privileges.

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« Reply #5305 on: March 06, 2015, 03:41:39 PM »
If you're staying overnight, you just pay a daily rate at the hotel. I don't see a benefit of parking at the mall during the day then at the hotel at night.

Having said that, I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago for 2 nights and wasnt charged for parking. YMMV
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« Reply #5306 on: March 08, 2015, 06:15:20 PM »
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.
I know there aren't any SPG hotels on the beach.
However maybe you could help me with this. Im looking for a hotel (resort would be awesome), preferrably on the beach. But if not, any hotel in/near LA that's decent pricing (I have many different reward points), that's just for my wife and I.
I guess Something that has a resort feel would be great.
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« Reply #5307 on: March 08, 2015, 07:05:08 PM »
If you're staying overnight, you just pay a daily rate at the hotel. I don't see a benefit of parking at the mall during the day then at the hotel at night.

Having said that, I stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago for 2 nights and wasnt charged for parking. YMMV

Was just there last month. Guy at the nite shift gave me free parking pass for my stay. It is nothing special and rooms are not large. For 7k points I was ok with it. The pool was empty bec Noone in LA goes swimming in 70 degree weather. Too cold for them.

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« Reply #5308 on: March 08, 2015, 07:06:44 PM »
Was just there last month. Guy at the nite shift gave me free parking pass for my stay. It is nothing special and rooms are not large. For 7k points I was ok with it. The pool was empty bec Noone in LA goes swimming in 70 degree weather. Too cold for them.

is the pool heated?
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« Reply #5309 on: March 08, 2015, 07:07:53 PM »
is the pool heated?

Yes. About 82 degrees.

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« Reply #5310 on: March 08, 2015, 07:10:33 PM »
Yes. About 82 degrees.

perfect. If culver city is empty, even better... Some hotel pools in Miami were heated and some weren't. We preferred the heated ones in Jan/Feb. (Tower 41 is closer to 85-90 degrees?)
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« Reply #5311 on: March 08, 2015, 07:11:26 PM »
How did you like it?
Ive stayed there a few times before and always adequate.

Nothing too fancy, but always clean and decent.

And free coffee in the lobby in the morning is nice too.

For 7k SPG, a very nice value in the area.
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« Reply #5312 on: March 08, 2015, 07:14:39 PM »
Anyone ever stay at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles before?

I never noticed it until I was there a few weeks ago- it doesn't come up in LAX searches but it's also close to the airport.

Also 7k SPG- I may try it out next time I go.
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« Reply #5313 on: March 08, 2015, 08:46:53 PM »
Anyone ever stay at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles before?

I never noticed it until I was there a few weeks ago- it doesn't come up in LAX searches but it's also close to the airport.

Also 7k SPG- I may try it out next time I go.

I've been there -- rooms seem slightly older than the typical Sheraton -- it has decent workspace areas in the larger rooms with SPG plat, and Dan has mentioned the free parking option in the lot next door.
Proximity to the airport is great if your flight is the next day (Westin has an LAX shuttle too and a nicer newer interior but it costs 10K points/nt.)

For the same 7K points as the Gateway I prefer the downtown Sheraton, the newly renovated rooms and the Club Lounge is much larger/nicer.
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« Reply #5314 on: March 08, 2015, 09:23:01 PM »
I know there aren't any SPG hotels on the beach.
However maybe you could help me with this. Im looking for a hotel (resort would be awesome), preferrably on the beach. But if not, any hotel in/near LA that's decent pricing (I have many different reward points), that's just for my wife and I.
I guess Something that has a resort feel would be great.
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On the beach you can try the Sheraton Santa Monica or the Marriott Marina Del Rey. You don't really get much of a resort feel in LA- you're in the middle of the city. There are a few resort-type properties on points in Orange County, but that's about 45 minutes at least, without traffic, away from the Jewish areas.

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« Reply #5315 on: March 08, 2015, 10:21:53 PM »
On the beach you can try the Sheraton Santa Monica or the Marriott Marina Del Rey. You don't really get much of a resort feel in LA- you're in the middle of the city. There are a few resort-type properties on points in Orange County, but that's about 45 minutes at least, without traffic, away from the Jewish areas.
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Which of these two would you recommend. Sheraton (now called "Le Meridien Delfina") santa monica, or The W Hollywood?

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« Reply #5316 on: March 08, 2015, 10:26:42 PM »
Thanks.
Which of these two would you recommend. Sheraton (now called "Le Meridien Delfina") santa monica, or The W Hollywood?

those are 2 entirely different hotels and locations -- over 45 minutes apart from each other. One is 1-2 blocks from the water and on is in the middle of a bustling urban area. One has free parking and one does not.
What are your priorities with your trip? The water or closer to the main city/Kosher restaurants, kid-friendly, etc...
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« Reply #5317 on: March 08, 2015, 10:29:42 PM »
Thanks.
Which of these two would you recommend. Sheraton (now called "Le Meridien Delfina") santa monica, or The W Hollywood?
It really depends what you're looking for. The W Hollywood is definitely more of an urban feel, both in location and the aesthetics of the hotel. The Le Meridien is more quiet, laid back. I think they are both good options based on your needs. Personally, although I like the W hotel property, I really dislike that area. I find it dirty and sleazy. Le Meridien is a bit less touristy.

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« Reply #5318 on: March 08, 2015, 11:11:35 PM »
Thanks.
Which of these two would you recommend. Sheraton (now called "Le Meridien Delfina") santa monica, or The W Hollywood?

W Westwood is a good option.

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« Reply #5319 on: March 09, 2015, 11:13:56 AM »
It really depends what you're looking for. The W Hollywood is definitely more of an urban feel, both in location and the aesthetics of the hotel. The Le Meridien is more quiet, laid back. I think they are both good options based on your needs. Personally, although I like the W hotel property, I really dislike that area. I find it dirty and sleazy. Le Meridien is a bit less touristy.
those are 2 entirely different hotels and locations -- over 45 minutes apart from each other. One is 1-2 blocks from the water and on is in the middle of a bustling urban area. One has free parking and one does not.
What are your priorities with your trip? The water or closer to the main city/Kosher restaurants, kid-friendly, etc...
I'm looking for a place just for my wife and I. A place that's relaxing, nice pool, not too far from the LA food scene, and on the beach is a huge plus. I know that LA doesn't really have that.
So maybe le maridien is the better option from those two.
What about outside of LA? Any places you guys could reccomend, like Manhattan beach, rodando beach, San pedro? Any hotel/resorts there that has the vibe I'm looking for?
Thanks