My boyfriend and I went into the the store wanting components for a wireless internet system. We needed something for a PC. We found something in the Mac section that worked for PCs and Macs (we also have a Mac) but wanted a store clerk to explain the differences of a couple of things to us. The first person we spoke to told us nothing of any use and told us the item that works for both only works on Macs (later disproved by my Mac savy friend) told us to go to aisle 19 and walked away. Aisle 19 was no less confusing and there was no one around to help so we wandered to customer service. The two girls there knew nothing and directed us to a man and the end of the aisly. He was extrememly rude and would give no further help than to vaguely gesture at a couple of boxes while saying you need this for a laptop and the other for a desktop, all the while looking in a different direction. He hurridly left before any of our questions were answered. So we went back to 19, then 13. I went through 3 people in
PROS: - decent prices
CONS: - the worst, most uninformed, unhelpful customer service staff I have ever encountered. EVER!
LuLu's is open usually until 11pm and is a good alternative if you just can't stand another night at Denny's, but all in all is not that great of a diner. They have you standard diner food plus some ethnic standards, but the food is generally about a dollar or two overpriced for the type of restaurant without offering any cuilinary justification.
The waitstaff is hit and miss, with some very good servers and some who are unattentive with remarkably bad attitudes. To make matters worse, they often have some sort of lounge act going in the patio, which you have to walk through to get inside.
Two things worth going to LuLu's for are the French Onion Soup, smothered in more cheese than your average pizza, and the best strawberry lemonade in town. Beware though, when you ask for the strawberry lemonade many of the servers will say they don't carry it. Politely ask them to mix strawberries with their lemonade, one of the senior servers can probably tell them how, since they've been making it for regulars
PROS: - Strawberry Lemonade
- Open fairly late
- has a bar
CONS: - horrible singers being egged on by drunks at the front entrance
- spotty service
- average food, slightly overpriced
Grocery store rotisserie chicken has nothing on this place. Zankou is really nothing more than a fastfood kabob restaurant. They have a tiny parking lot that is almost impossible to see if don't know to look for it. I think I went there three times before I even knew it was there. There menu is limited but really you only go there for three things anyway. Fabulous, falling off the bones chicken, smothered in riduculously bad for you lard based garlic sauce and the hummas. This hummas is so far beyond the horrible Athenos brand you often see in the grocery store. It's so smooth and rich that you'd swear you were eating something cheesy and sinful. I could easily make a meal of just the hummas and pita bread.
PROS: - great hummas and chicken
- open until 10pm every day
- sells a tacky Zankou T-shirt, a must have!
CONS: - parking so-so
- not so great atmosphere
- rumors of shooting involving previous owner
I love this restaurant. If you are a dim sum fan you must go here for lunch. CBS is always packed, so reservations are a good idea and they don't necessarily guaruntee you no wait. They have been voted Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles and for good reason. A wide array of carts roll by you table carrying bountiful amounts of har gow, shumai, steamed and baked pork buns, fried shrimp, squid, you name it. If you love shrimp this place is ideal, as almost every dumpling has good sized shrimp inside. Often I find the shrimp at a chinese restaurant somehow disturbing and unsatisfying but that is definately not the case here.
Beside the great dim sum, CBS is also a great deal. Four people could have an overly filling lunch for under $25.00.
It's insane! Definately a must try.
PROS: - Really good food for really low price
- take out counter is even cheaper
- constantly keeps your teapot filled
CONS: - chinese speakers have a definate advantage
- have to be outspoken to get what you want
- located in Chinatown, they have a parking lot, but it is ususally full at lunch
East West Sandwich is a fairly new place that has sort of attached itself to Boba World. They serve the entire Boba World Menu along with a variety of Asian style sandwiches. The cultures represented are Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Phillipino, and Vegan.
The sandwiches feature traditional asian dishes, such as pork adobo or chicken in yellow curry, stuffed inside a crusty loaf of french bread. All sandwiches are made to order and at least a foot long. My personal favorite is the lemongrass beef. for a mere $3.95 I get a giant sandwich filled with tons of meat, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers and fresh jalapenos. Friends of mine, already in the know about vietnamese sandwiches deemed the ones from East West as more substantial than your average Vietnamese Sandwich.
I beg you to give them your business so that they stay in business a long time.
PROS: - giant tasty sandwiches at rock bottom price
- wide array of asian coolers and boba drinks
CONS: - services is not the best
- parking, as always in Westwood is a bit of a problem
Italian Express is a small restaurant off the beaten path in UCLA's Westwood Community. The restuarant offers an unusual romantic setting, mixing hawaiin decorations with rich woods in an almost wherehouse-like space.
The lunch specials offer large portions and a very reasonable price. $7.50 will buy you a dinner sized entre, refillable drink, and huge plate to take to the salad bar. Their marinara sauce, which adorns many of the pasta dishes is very tasty. Between myself and my companions, we sampled all three lasagnas (vegetable, spinich, and meat), and everyone was more than pleased with their dish.
Italian Express also offers great pizzas, complete with deliver service. A 20" cheese pizza is a mere $11.99 and they don't skimp on the toppings.
Overall the value of this restaurant is very good, both for the quality and quantity of the food, as well as the atmosphere. It certainly isn't the bad mall italian that one would expect from a place with Express in the name.
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PROS: -Affordable prices
- healthy portions
- nearby street parking is a possibility, unlike most other places in Westwood
- nice atmosphere
CONS: - really slow to cook your food, a definate problem if you are on a strict lunch schedule
- I have heard that they quite often mess up orders for delivery