A mini-Westside empire (with a location in Silver Lake too), Samosa House is our go-to for a casual vegetarian lunch or dinner. Walk in, head to the counter, and ask for the three-item combo. You get naan, rice, and your choice of three constantly changing entrees. If the smoky cauliflower curry is present, do not pass go without it.
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Mao’s is as close to a reliable, neighborhood Chinese spot as we have on the Westside.
Mtn on Abbot Kinney in Venice is the casual but pricey Japanese izakaya from the people behind Gjelina and Gjusta.
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Bibi Ji isn’t just one of the best Indian restaurants in Santa Barbara, it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Southern California.
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Parus has a whole lot of vegetarian south Indian classics in a tiny spot in East Hollywood.
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Jimmy’s is a sports bar mini-chain with locations in Santa Monica and Woodland Hills.
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