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The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by driveslowk, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Spencer

    Spencer Well-Known Member

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    i'm down for sure.

    I think there's better spots on Ventura East of the 405, but some decent spots out this way. Haven't been, but heard that Gasolina on Ventura in Woodland Hills is a solid fast spot.
     
  2. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Well-Known Member

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    Fking Broadway and main closed today for movie shooting.

    Do we have a 'why I hate LA thread'?
     
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  3. brooks23

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    Broadway has already been a shit show this weekend with the Dew Tour, not looking forward to an even harder fight for a parking spot today.
     
  4. venividivicibj

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    And sunset was crap because of some 'echo rising' party
     
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    Awesome. I can usually do weekends. Not sure about others. I'm not picky on places ether. I just don't care for uncooked meats and fish.
     
  6. erictheobscure

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    Huh, this photo brings back blurry memories of a night a few years ago when my friend and I went drinking all over L.A. and ended up at Tiki Ti. I think I sat next to and talked to a guy who looked like Marilyn Manson and worked in some sort of technical/digital function in entertainment. He smelled awful but was pretty chill.

    I then proceeded to eat two Fatburgers down the street.
     
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    If we're using this as the LA traffic bitching thread: had to back-and-forth multiple times over the weekend between Pacific Palisades and Hermosa Beach. Of course, the city thought a weekend in the height of summer would be the perfect time to close Sunset west of the 405 for two days, forcing me and a bunch of other assholes to forego the 405 for the coast route, along with 88 kajillion beachgoers, who are inarguably the shittiest drivers ever.
     
  10. SirGrotius

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    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.
     
  11. winston86dit

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    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.
     
  12. venividivicibj

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

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    Heard it's excellent, but Mozza is better for pizza
     
  14. SirGrotius

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
  16. Roycru

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

    http://dailybruin.com/2010/09/19/af...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.
     
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  17. LA Guy

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    @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.
     
  18. venividivicibj

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

    Diddy riese though... Drool for days
     
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  19. lawyerdad

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    Really, it all goes back to Gene Bartow. :)


    Stan's Donuts doesn't suck, either.
     
  20. AloysiusSF

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    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.

    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
     
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