Best Thai on the west side. They are on Santa Monica Blvd in the 600 block. It's probably not "authentic" but it tastes good to me. Kind of small and the service has been lacking. I think they need one or two more people but definitely a place to check out.
I'm not sure if that's the "official" name of this area but on Sawtelle just north of Olympic there are about 3 or 4 blocks of Japanese stores. It seems alot more lively than Little Tokyo in downtown L.A even if it is really small. I've heard it called Little Osaka and also L.A. city had flags up calling it just Sawtelle.
Marukai is a store similar to Mitsuwa. I'm not sure if they are also a chain. As for food they have more selection than the Costa Mesa Mitsuwa and they have better prices. They require a $10 membership but generally you'll save more than $10 over Mitsuwa on your first trip.
They also have some Hawaiian foods although they are all frozen. They have pork, chicken and fish lau−laus and they have kalua pork and kalua chicken as well as some poke mix and laup−chong (a sweet sausage that Hawaiians like especially in fried rice)
What are the two best things about this place? (1) It's open till 3 or 4 am. (2) you get crayons to draw on your paper table cover with.
The food's just okay. Nothing to really special but it's alot more interesting than Denny's for that late night thing.
Horray! Vietnamese food on the west side. Pho, Charbroiled Pork, Vietnamese style eggrolls. Yummy.
Acutally it's not great but it's not bad either. Perfect when you have a craving but you can't make it down to Orange County. Very inexpensive too.
On Santa Monica West of the 405 just before Barrington.
I don't really know what to recommend here. It's not bad, it's not great, it's just a place we used to go because generally there wasn't a long wait and it was convenient. It's on Beverly just east of La Cienega at the corner of Beverly and King's Road. Hence the name 😉
I don't know what to say about Johnnies. I was just driving around and I saw this. It's on Sepulevda south between the two Washingtons. The claim famous French Dip and Pastrami sandwiches. I tried it out and it was pretty good. It's a small place but it looks like it either gets very crowed or used to get very crowed because there are lots of tables outside.
Not to be confused with Johnnies. You can't eat here as it's out of business. Instead it's rent out as a location for movies. It's on Wilshire Blvd near the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). It's been in quite a few movies. Miracle Mile comes to mind