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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 TEMP CLOSED
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 #8760 on: February 28, 2017, 03:20:33 PM »
would you prefer also the hilton anaheim? or have no preference of either?
you could prob get a room for $100 or less
nope I need hyatt nights

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #8761 on: March 02, 2017, 01:06:22 PM »
Potential LA Itinerary for July

Please let me know what you think:

Sat night leave nyc arrive 1:55 in LA Sunday morning sleep at hyatt regency LAX

Sunday wake up late drive to LA to get food for the next two days and then drive to hyatt regency orange county spend the day by the pools (or maybe there is some activity that can be done from 2-5 PM?)

Monday spend the day at one of the disney parks (I have a 4 and 3 year old which one is best?)

Tuesday morning drive to ritz laguna and stay there until friday morning (get food from OC kosher)

Friday morning drive back to LA spend shabbat in the waldorf beverly hills

Can stay there until monday which is when my flight back is scheduled or switch to andaz west hollywood for one night or maybe sls as I want to try them out

Any thoughts?
bump can any LA experts offer any tips or advice

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #8762 on: March 02, 2017, 01:40:40 PM »
Potential LA Itinerary for July

Please let me know what you think:

Sat night leave nyc arrive 1:55 in LA Sunday morning sleep at hyatt regency LAX

Sunday wake up late drive to LA to get food for the next two days and then drive to hyatt regency orange county spend the day by the pools (or maybe there is some activity that can be done from 2-5 PM?)

Monday spend the day at one of the disney parks (I have a 4 and 3 year old which one is best?)

Tuesday morning drive to ritz laguna and stay there until friday morning (get food from OC kosher)

Friday morning drive back to LA spend shabbat in the waldorf beverly hills

Can stay there until monday which is when my flight back is scheduled or switch to andaz west hollywood for one night or maybe sls as I want to try them out

Any thoughts?

It shouldn't take you all Sunday to shop for food and drive to the hotel. Maybe go check out Huntington Beach and pier for a little once you've settled in the hotel.

With kids that age, I would recommend Disneyland.

What are you planning on doing in Laguna for that long? What about the rest of the days?

Overall your itinerary is pretty bare, which is probably why no one commented yet.

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #8763 on: March 02, 2017, 02:07:15 PM »
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« Reply #8764 on: March 02, 2017, 02:08:26 PM »
It shouldn't take you all Sunday to shop for food and drive to the hotel. Maybe go check out Huntington Beach and pier for a little once you've settled in the hotel. sounds like a good idea anything specific to do there

With kids that age, I would recommend Disneyland. thanks

What are you planning on doing in Laguna for that long? my wife and kids love the pool and beach last year we spent 4 days in koh samui doing that and 5 in st. john so 3 days in laguna should be fine for them

 What about the rest of the days? all days are covered except the final Sunday, I will probably do some touristy LA stuff with the kids

Overall your itinerary is pretty bare thats why I'm looking for help!

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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #8765 on: March 02, 2017, 08:49:24 PM »
Those are all great hotels, but i wouldn't spend 30k SPG just to spend Motzei Shabbos at the SLS.

It's worth visiting the place by walking in and then you can ask to take a look at a guest room. (They are nice, but they are sort of annoying and dark to stay in small dark bathroom and shower. Not great with kids, in my opinion. The main benefit is if you need to be in that specific location near Beverly Center and the Pico retaurants, however your Waldorf BH for Shabbos takes care of that. I'd just stay there straight through Sunday.)

imo, instead, check out the SLS for 10 minutes and then spend the time/money at Ditmas for great cocktails and appetizers and enjoy your Motzei Shabbos out on the town. Pack your Sunday with a full day of activities instead of needing to switch hotels in the middle.
When you're all packed on Sunday night, just go to the Westin LAX to spend the night and then you are ready for your flight the next day.
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« Reply #8766 on: March 03, 2017, 03:12:18 PM »
Those are all great hotels, but i wouldn't spend 30k SPG just to spend Motzei Shabbos at the SLS.

It's worth visiting the place by walking in and then you can ask to take a look at a guest room. (They are nice, but they are sort of annoying and dark to stay in small dark bathroom and shower. Not great with kids, in my opinion. The main benefit is if you need to be in that specific location near Beverly Center and the Pico retaurants, however your Waldorf BH for Shabbos takes care of that. I'd just stay there straight through Sunday.)

imo, instead, check out the SLS for 10 minutes and then spend the time/money at Ditmas for great cocktails and appetizers and enjoy your Motzei Shabbos out on the town. Pack your Sunday with a full day of activities instead of needing to switch hotels in the middle.
When you're all packed on Sunday night, just go to the Westin LAX to spend the night and then you are ready for your flight the next day.
SLS would be Sunday night so we can spend some time there Sunday and its only 20K a night if that changes anything. But that is a good idea to stay near the airport as our flight is 8:30 AM

Is there any reason to pick westin over the hyatt regency if I am chasing hyatt nights?

Will definitely put ditmas on my list!

Sunday is our only day for LA activities I'm thinking Griffith park, how long do we need to spend there?


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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« Reply #8767 on: March 03, 2017, 03:20:21 PM »
Is there any reason to pick westin over the hyatt regency if I am chasing hyatt nights?
HR is still undergoing a renovation, so it could be noisy/dirty/not quite finished (especially in the pool area). The HR is the closest to the terminals if you were walking (which you most likely aren't).

The Westin is a bit farther but both have shuttles. If you're going for Hyatt nights just go for the HR.

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« Reply #8768 on: March 03, 2017, 03:22:03 PM »
HR is still undergoing a renovation, so it could be noisy/dirty/not quite finished (especially in the pool area). The HR is the closest to the terminals if you were walking (which you most likely aren't).

The Westin is a bit farther but both have shuttles. If you're going for Hyatt nights just go for the HR.
thanks I'm not gonna be using the pool just using it to sleep. I would do late checkout from the Waldorf then leave my stuff there go to dinner and then go to the Hyatt by the airport

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« Reply #8769 on: March 03, 2017, 03:27:40 PM »
thanks I'm not gonna be using the pool just using it to sleep. I would do late checkout from the Waldorf then leave my stuff there go to dinner and then go to the Hyatt by the airport
Why not take your stuff with you so you don't have to backtrack to the WA on the way to the airport? It's not the RTH; you can leave your stuff in the car and it's perfectly safe.

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« Reply #8770 on: March 03, 2017, 03:32:19 PM »
Why not take your stuff with you so you don't have to backtrack to the WA on the way to the airport? It's not the RTH; you can leave your stuff in the car and it's perfectly safe.
not sure I will have a car. I will probably be using Uber. But if I do than yea I would take my stuff with me.

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« Reply #8771 on: March 03, 2017, 03:34:46 PM »
not sure I will have a car. I will probably be using Uber. But if I do than yea I would take my stuff with me.
Why can't you bring it to the airport and leave it there? Is it a lot of stuff? I've brought carry ons to restaurants before and just put them on the side.

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« Reply #8772 on: March 03, 2017, 03:37:08 PM »
Why can't you bring it to the airport and leave it there? Is it a lot of stuff? I've brought carry ons to restaurants before and just put them on the side.
traveling with kids so we will have a lot of stuff. We will probably go to dinner near the Waldorf so no sense of going all the way to the airport to drop my stuff

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« Reply #8773 on: March 03, 2017, 03:42:46 PM »
traveling with kids so we will have a lot of stuff. We will probably go to dinner near the Waldorf so no sense of going all the way to the airport to drop my stuff
Most of the restaurants are on Pico and not far from the WA. Maybe have the hotel put your stuff in an Uber to meet you at the restaurant and take you to the airport hotel? That way you don't need to  pay as much.

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« Reply #8774 on: March 03, 2017, 03:44:46 PM »
Most of the restaurants are on Pico and not far from the WA. Maybe have the hotel put your stuff in an Uber to meet you at the restaurant and take you to the airport hotel? That way you don't need to  pay as much.
not a bad idea! Thanks