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post #2551 of 2563
Anyone try Jon & Vinny's yet? Every time I feel the want for pizza and decide to drop in or call, it's just slammed. I love their other spots and just ate again at Son of a Gun but I'm just struggling to make a reservation to eat pizza.
post #2552 of 2563
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post

Speaking of LA traffic, I was in Westwood recently and drove into the downtown to check out Q! Sushi. The traffic was so bad that I got carsick and lost my appetite. Fortunately the nigiri was so good that it reawakened my sushi cravings. Great place. As good as Mori? No, Maru-san is still the master, but it's about tied for second with Shunji. Go to Shunji for the more eclectic cuisine and hipster vibe. Q is for nigiri purists. Tsujiki for a good deal.

Westwood has been really declining recently. Tons of vacant storefronts.

post #2553 of 2563
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Originally Posted by winston86dit View Post

Anyone try Jon & Vinny's yet? Every time I feel the want for pizza and decide to drop in or call, it's just slammed. I love their other spots and just ate again at Son of a Gun but I'm just struggling to make a reservation to eat pizza.

Heard it's excellent, but Mozza is better for pizza
post #2554 of 2563
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Westwood has been really declining recently. Tons of vacant storefronts.

I noticed. It seems the past couple times I've been (late 2014, and last month) there seems to be a quiet vibe in the air. I stay at the W Westwood, which was even rebranded to the W West Hollywood. I guess that says something!

Any reason why re: the decline?
post #2555 of 2563
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post

I noticed. It seems the past couple times I've been (late 2014, and last month) there seems to be a quiet vibe in the air. I stay at the W Westwood, which was even rebranded to the W West Hollywood. I guess that says something!

Any reason why re: the decline?

I think it's a combination of: (1) Westwood used to be something of a hotspot largely because it was the place on the westside to go see first run movies. Over the years, movie theaters have become less the obvious date night or family night out destination outing, plus the old Westwood theaters can't compete with the bigger, fancier theaters that have been built or renovated more recently. (They recently got an iPic theater, which people seem to like. Not sure if it's too little, too late to make a difference). (2) It's not a dense, walkable neighborhood with a real core like WeHo or Los Feliz, for example. That, combined with the fact that it's hard to get to and park in (like 75% of LA) make it hard to build a solid core of "neighborhood" places. (3) Neighborhood competition. You're close to Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and just over the hill from the Valley. Each of those places has a scene of its own, so they're drawing (or keeping) traffic that probably used to go to Westwood.
Finally, any discussion of Westwood's downward trend would be incomplete without blaming Steve Lavin in some fashion.
post #2556 of 2563

For those who haven't lived here long enough to know what went wrong in Westwood Village.......

http://dailybruin.com/2010/09/19/after_decades_of_economic_decline_hopeful_signs_for_westwoods_recovery/

......I usually walk to Westwood (unless it's raining).  I walked up to Westwood today to go to UCLA Med Center (which, being an old person, is a fairly frequent destination for me).

There are still hordes of retail and restaurant vacancies, which is why almost all of the recent developments have been residential, often replacing former commercial structures.

Since this is the Shopping+Dining thread, I usually stop at Whole Foods on my way home from the doctor and get something to eat. Today I got $7.10 worth of stuff at the Salad Bar.

I once saw a Cardiovascular Surgeon at UCLA Med Center who asked me if I could walk twenty feet.  I told her that I had walked there from my house, which took a little over an hour, and then I walked up the stairs six floors to her office, and afterwards I was going to walk back down the stairs, stop at Diddy Riese (the 35 cent cookie store), buy an oatmeal raisin cookie, and then walk back home.

post #2557 of 2563

@Synthese is going to eat at Pie 'n' Burger, which was often where I got a self-congratulatory post workout meal when I was in grad school.  

 

Get the patty melt - a lot of places do it, few do it right.  Also, a shake.  And then round it off with a coffee and some pie.

post #2558 of 2563
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Finally, any discussion of Westwood's downward trend would be incomplete without blaming Steve Lavin in some fashion.

LOLOL. Lavin or Guerrero, scapegoats for the past 10 years.

Diddy riese though... Drool for days
post #2559 of 2563
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

LOLOL. Lavin or Guerrero, scapegoats for the past 10 years.

Diddy riese though... Drool for days

Really, it all goes back to Gene Bartow. smile.gif


Stan's Donuts doesn't suck, either.
post #2560 of 2563
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post

Speaking of LA traffic, I was in Westwood recently and drove into the downtown to check out Q! Sushi. The traffic was so bad that I got carsick and lost my appetite. Fortunately the nigiri was so good that it reawakened my sushi cravings. Great place. As good as Mori? No, Maru-san is still the master, but it's about tied for second with Shunji. Go to Shunji for the more eclectic cuisine and hipster vibe. Q is for nigiri purists. Tsujiki for a good deal.

 

Shunji for hipster vibe?  I just went there last night, GF took me out for bday dinner...  if anything, I'd say Shunji is a more rustic/Japanese vibe and not hipster at all.  (Perhaps you mean "Japanese hipster"?  That is not something i'm familiar with...)

 

Regardless of vibe... the Shunji Omakase is excellent (both cooked foods and the fish) -- highly, highly recommend.  The service is also fantastic and it was a great experience overall (was my 2nd time going, 1st time was very good as well).  Prefer Shunji over Sushi Zo as a barometer, although it is very close.

 

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Damnit. That sucks.

Try Giamelas if you haven't. Totally different sandwhich but the Steak is good.

 

I think it's the same ownership, but I have only been to the one in Atwater Village on Los Feliz Boulevard.  I like the Steak and Peppers, and the Pastrami.   For deli sandwiches generally though, on East Side I like Mario's in Glendale, and West Side of course Bay Cities.

 

Anyone got any good deli recs?  Asking as a Northern Jersey born and bred person who loves a great Italian deli sandwich 

post #2561 of 2563
Anybody tried Dune in Atwater Village for falafel, lamb, house made pita, etc. Tiny little sandwich spot, it's great.
post #2562 of 2563

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dune-los-angeles

 

http://dune.kitchen

 

Wow, some strong Yelp reviews and awesome menu, definitely going to check this out.  Thanks for bringing it up here

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Adventures on the 8400 blocks of Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue......


When we are on Melrose Place, we usually eat at Fig & Olive.  We went there again today.  I always have Provence Roasted Chicken and my friend always has one of the fish things,  Today she had Salad Riviera.  The bread comes with three types of olive oil, on the off chance that someone wants to put olive oil on their bread and then hopes that it doesn't drip onto them.

The wine list has almost entirely French wines, so since I couldn't do my patriotic duty and order California champagne, we had Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.  We were having so much fun with our champagne (although not as much fun as we have with California champagne) that I forgot to take a picture of our food before we had started eating it, so you get more food than in this picture........


There is a shoe store, The Left Shoe Company, on the 8400 block of Melrose Avenue that makes made to measure shoes using a computer to measure your feet.  You put on socks with a pattern like graph paper for the computer to measure your feet.  I am standing next to the thing that you stand on to get your feet measured.  There are thousands of options and hundreds of shoes on display. I am thinking about getting a pair of tweed and suede Spectator shoes made.


There are several mens stores on Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place such as Diesel and Marc Jacobs, but most of the stores are ladies stores. Since we usually go out for lunch rather than for dinner, all of the stores are open wherever we go, and we look around to see what's happening.

Just before Valentine's Day, we got invited to a pre-Valentine fashion show at Kiki De Montparnasse, a ladies underwear store on the 8400 block of Melrose Place. (There are several ladies underwear stores in the area.) I posted a picture from the fashion show in the Classic Menswear WAYWT thread.  Since some of you may only look at the Streetwear And Denim posts, here's the picture that I posted over in Classic Menswear.......


Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue are interesting places to go for lunch with someone who likes looking at clothing (there is also DASH, the store owned by the Kardassians for people who like the Kardassians) and for extra amusement, you can try to figure out who all the paparazzi are trying to take pictures of.

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