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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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« Reply #700 on: June 21, 2012, 12:09:35 AM »
Maybe Pizza Station?
They are closed. We are looking for tomorrow evening and probably should have worked on this a little earlier as we are flying much of tomorrow.

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« Reply #701 on: June 21, 2012, 01:19:20 AM »
They are closed. We are looking for tomorrow evening and probably should have worked on this a little earlier as we are flying much of tomorrow.
If you tell me the time I can ask my friend at Pizza station (the owner) if he can deliver it. Assuming it's a decent size order or your willing to pay delivery fee...
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« Reply #702 on: July 06, 2012, 11:01:27 AM »
Planning a family trip ;) to la, arriving Monday afternoon and staying through shabbos. Trying to plan how to spend the time. One day in Disney. Plan on visiting the crazies on Venice beach, The grove, maybe go on a hike (recommendations?).
What else should we do?
Worth a trip out to Oxnard with 2 little ones?
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« Reply #703 on: July 06, 2012, 12:10:11 PM »
Don't do Oxnard with little ones. The wine tour isn't that  exciting for them, and they can't do wine tasting etc.
Maybe try boating on Marina  Del rey.
How old are the kids?

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« Reply #704 on: July 06, 2012, 12:10:39 PM »
Hike to the Hollywood sign

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Hike to the fence around the Hollywood sign
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The California science center is really cool for kids, and free. Imax theater inside charges but worth it.

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« Reply #707 on: July 06, 2012, 12:13:54 PM »
2.5 and 7 months
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« Reply #708 on: July 06, 2012, 12:15:04 PM »
The California science center is really cool for kids, and free. Imax theater inside charges but worth it.
Any dead bodies (or body parts/mummies it anything of the sort for, I am of the priestly tribe)
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« Reply #709 on: July 06, 2012, 12:15:27 PM »
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Thanks.
The beauty of that hike is that there are stunning views of La on a clear day. You can even see my house from there!

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« Reply #710 on: July 06, 2012, 12:18:18 PM »
Any dead bodies (or body parts/mummies it anything of the sort for, I am of the priestly tribe)
Call and ask. They had an exhibit like that a few years ago. They do have human embryos throughout the gestation period, but don't think there's a tumah problem there

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« Reply #711 on: July 06, 2012, 12:19:29 PM »
They do have human embryos throughout the gestation period, but don't think there's a tumah problem there
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I just remembered. There's also a human intestine in the digestion exhibit. Ask about that too

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« Reply #714 on: July 06, 2012, 12:37:56 PM »
Hiking to the Hollywood sign isn't what it used to be.  Solstice Canyon in Malibu has an easy 'hike' you could do with little kids (most of it is even stroller accessible.  There are 2 ways to go on that hike: one easy and one medium (it's not hard), but that one is not very stroller friendly nor good for kids.

There are lots of hikes in the Santa Monica mountains that are good in addition to Solstice canyon.  There's another hike in Thousand Oaks called
Eagle Point Loop - Wildwood Park that's pretty kid friendly.

Both hikes have water falls.

Check out http://thishikingtrail.com/ for more LA hikes.

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« Reply #715 on: July 06, 2012, 12:40:39 PM »
Thanks for the info. Don't really need kid friendly hikes, have a carrier and a hiking knapsack. Although lugging then around on my back, the hike can't be too difficult but definitely don't want something stroller accessible
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« Reply #716 on: July 06, 2012, 01:33:25 PM »
In that case, I can recommend a few more hikes:

In the Santa Monica Mountains:
1) Eagle Rock (from the Trippit Ranch parking lot).  On a clear day, this hike has amazing views of both the valley and the beach. (I went on the 4th and it was so foggy You couldn't see 100 feet ahead of you)
2) Escondido falls.  This hike starts from the parking lot right off of PCH in Malibu.  You start walking on a paved road for a bit, but the hike gets harder as you go.  After the paved road it turns to dirt requiring you cross a few streams (in the summer there might not be any water in them).  When you get to the lower falls, you have the option of going to the upper falls, but it is near impossible with a child backpack for hiking.  It's really steep with lots of climbing over boulders and the like. However, the upper falls are absolutely gorgeous.
3) Temescal Canyon. This hike also has a falls, but it totally doable with a child carrier.  There are two ways to do this hike as well.  One way starts of extremely steep and has a slower gradual decent (this is the 'harder'/ or 'backwards' way) but it is closer to the parking lot.  Pass this point and go the other way for an easier hike.  You will hit the water fall by the bridge (there won't be too much water in the summer) towards the beginning of the hike with the steep downhill at the end.

In the Hollywood Hills:
4) Runyon Canyon is very close the La Brea Jewish community.  There are 3 ways to do this hike: easy (middle path), medium (right/ eastern path), and hard (left/ western path).  All hikes eventually merge near the top with the last portion of the hike being the same for all.  There are no waterfalls here, but there is an amazing view of the city from the top.  On a clear day you can see from the beach to downtown and beyond.
5) Franklin Canyon has a few nice hikes around the reservoir (some are shady)
6) Tree People Park/ Fryman Canyon has nice hikes with different difficulties

Keep in mind while hiking in LA:  Many hikes do not have shade!! If you want to hike on a sunny day, I would advise not hiking between 11am-4pm when the sun is the strongest.  If you have cloudy mornings like we've been having the past few weeks it will make it easier but might block the views.

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« Reply #717 on: July 06, 2012, 02:22:25 PM »
Thanks for all your help?
From your summaries it seems like option 3 is the best idea for us. Would you concur?
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« Reply #718 on: July 06, 2012, 03:12:33 PM »
Option #3 is amazing, however, there is virtually no shade for much of the hike.  There is an ocean view when going down the hard way.

In my opinion, options 1, 2, or 3 would be just great for you, with option 2 having the most shade and 1 & 3 having about the same amount of shade.

http://www.localhikes.com/msa/msa_4472.asp gives you descriptions and rating of different hikes as well.

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« Reply #719 on: July 06, 2012, 03:37:17 PM »
Love that Web site. Really a great resource for the whole country
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