DansMeals: Los Angeles For The Kosher Traveler

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Previous trip reports with pictures:
-Trip Notes: Pesach in Palm Springs (2010)
-Trip Notes: Our SoCal Quasi-Mileage Run (2011) (Also includes Orange County and San Diego)
Trip Notes: SoCal Luscious Spring (2012) (Includes Palm Springs)
Trip Notes: Los Angeles (2013)
-And I still owe you guys a trip report from my trip last week…stay tuned 🙂

DDF forum threads:
Los Angeles Master Thread (With Wiki)
San Diego Master Thread (With Wiki)
-California Coast/PCH Master Thread
San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread (With Wiki)
Palm Springs, CA Master Thread (With Wiki)
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The number one destination that people booked with the Delta glitch was Los Angeles.  If people enjoy this post I can make similar quick guides to other places that people bought tickets to as well.  There’s more detail that can be found via the trip reports above, but this will give a quick overview of the options.

If you’re flying to LA on Delta glitch with your family you should look into the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express which gets a free checked bag (a $50 round-trip value per person per trip) for up to 9 people on an itinerary with the primary cardholder!

Here are some quick facts about LA for kosher travelers:

The LA jewish community has 2 main areas in the city itself, the Pico/Robertson neighborhood and the Beverly/La Brea neighborhood.  Traffic between the 2 can be heavy at times-it can take 5 minutes without traffic but up to 25 minutes with traffic.  Then there are tons of other communities spread throughout the Valley and beyond.

-Where to eat, LA kosher edition:
Meat:
-Tierra Sur At Herzog Winery (Oxnard): It’s well worth the shlep out to the finest kosher dining experience in North America.  The menu is constantly changing but just about everything they concoct will rock your world.  Buy this $40 Groupon and you’ll also get free wine tasting for 2.  While you’re out in Oxnard look into water activities or dive into retail therapy at the gargantuan Camarillo Premium Outlets (and don’t forget to signup here for a coupon for a free VIP coupon book).  You can take the 101 out here or drive up the ocean-hugging PCH for great views. If you take the PCH you can stop by the Getty Villa and Fish Grill along with hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
-La Gondola is an LA classic that lives up to the hype. It would be criminal to go without getting the Avocado Eggrolls. Duck eggrolls are also very good. The lunch special is a great deal for a Gondola Burger topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions or Steak Wrap with a soup or pasta included. Otherwise the ribs and Chai steak are famous as well.
-Beverly Hills Thai has lots of unique food that you won’t find elsewhere.
-Jeff’s has a cult following for their relatively inexpensive high quality fast food like a homemade polish dog, the off-menu wild western burger, and their delicious onion rings.
Mexikosher is another relatively inexpensive eatery with a cult following. Definitely worth a try, flavors that you’ll either love or hate.
-PKD (Pico Kosher Deli) has a classic deli menu with a hot pastrami and cole slaw that’s worthwhile for any deli fan.  The onion rings here are great as well.
-Shiloh’s and Pat’s are upscale steakhouses with mixed reviews, some people love ’em, others hate ’em.  At any rate the bread pudding dessert at Pat’s is famous.
Ditmas is brand new from the chef of La Seine. I was there on opening night so I’m hesitant to judge it based on the chaos of that night, but expect small portions and good flavors. Will review it further in my upcoming trip report.
-26 has converted over to a meat restaurant with a menu inspired by Todd Aarons of Tierra Sur fame. Decor is phenomenal but I was unimpressed by the food, full review to follow.
-Got Kosher? has got a mouth-watering Memphis style pulled BBQ beef sandwich that may just rock your world, full review to follow.

Milk/Parve:
-Fish Grill is a classic and has locations on the main jewish drags of Beverly and Pico and as far out as picturesque Mailbu. My go to dish is the Grilled Salmon with Angel Hair Pasta and fries.
-Milky Way is run by Steven Spielberg’s mother. They make a great mix of food from mexican dishes like chimichangas and classic kosher foods like incredible homemade cheese blintzes. The restaurant hasn’t changed in decades. Luckily neither has their pricing which is now a bargain. Steven can often be found dining here and his mom loves to chat with everyone and show off his movie posters in back.
-Pizza Mayven has great plain pizza, the best in LA.
-Pizza Nosh is out in Agoura Hills, you can stop here for lunch when going out to Oxnard. Very good pizza and pasta dishes.
-Holy Cow is a new dairy place with ice cream sandwiched between delicious homemade cookies, onion soup in a bread bowl, and excellent paninis. More on this place when I write up a trip report from last week.
-Nagila Pizza has good stuffed-crust pizza.
-Meshuga for Sushi: Sushi has never been LA’s strong spot, only short-lived La Seine really excelled at it. It’s decent here but can’t compare to the goodies that can be found in Chicago, Miami, or Montreal.
Trattoria Natalie has the old menu from the dairy 26. I haven’t made it here yet, but reviews seem promising.

Breakfast/Bakery:
-Cafe Elite: Crumb ring cake donuts: ‘Nuff said.
-Schwartz Bakery/Circa NY: Don’t miss the crumb cheese danishes and try a personal sized caramel cake. The Circa location on Pico serves breakfast.
-Delice Bakery: French pastry heaven.
-La Brea Bagel has the best bagels in town.
-Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s only Cholov Yisroel location in the world is on Beverly. The Iced Vanilla Espresso is something to behold.

Shabbos Food:
-Abba’s on LaBrea offers good heimish shabbos food.
-PKD has decent shabbos take-out as well.
-Ralph’s supermarket on La Brea and 3rd has a massive kosher section with ready made food for sale like incredible succulent ribs you can buy over the counter. Wine is sold here as well.  (Ralph’s down south in La Jolla also has an amazing kosher setup)
-The new Western Kosher on Pico near La Brea has a shabbos menu that you can even order from online.
-Schwartz Bakery has lots of great varieties of Challah, from plain to chocolate chip to pretzel dough.
-La Break Bakery sells good challah as well.

Hotels:

-The SLS Beverly Hills is an SPG category 6 hotel (20-25K Starpoints per night or 16K-20K points per night on a 5 night redemption) and is fantastic with modern rooms and a rooftop pool. It’s within walking distance of shuls and is perfectly located within a few minutes drive to all of the kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express earns 10K bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and 15K bonus Starpoints for $5,000 in 6 months which would give you a total of 30,000 Starpoints.

-The Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood is currently a category 4 hotel (15K Hyatt or Chase points per night) if you book it by 01/06. Category 4 hotels can be had on the cheap thanks to anniversary nights. On 01/07 it shifts to category 5 and will cost 20K points/night or 10K points+$125 per night. It’s a hike to get to a shul though it’s just a short drive to them and kosher restaurants.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 40,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus points for spending $3,000 plus 5,000 points for adding a free additional user.  It offers 2.14 points per dollar on all travel and dining expenses and has no foreign exchange fees. The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold each earn 50,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 in 3 months, offer up to 5 points per dollar spent, have no foreign exchange fees, and come with free lounge passes . The Chase Freedom earns 20,000 points for spending $500 though that bonus will end very soon and go back down to 10,000.  It offers 5 point rotating categories and 10% more points if you also have a Chase checking account.  The Ink Cash card earns 20,000 points for spending $3,000.  Chase points can transfer into Hyatt points instantly at a 1:1 ratio if you or your spouse holds a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Card card.  Chase also has a Hyatt card which gives 2 free nights for spending $1,000 though the bonus categories on the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink are generally much more lucrative than the Hyatt card.  Bear in mind that Ultimate Rewards points don’t expire and are transferable while the Hyatt nights must be completed within 1 year and are officially non-transferrable.

-The Sheraton Gateway LAX is a better than average airport hotel and is an SPG category 3 property (7K Starpoints per night or 5.6K per night on a 5 night reservation). Figure on a 20 to 30 minute drive to most shuls and kosher restaurants. Nice perk: You can often find free street parking behind the hotel on 98th street.
-The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is a category 5 hotel (18K Hyatt or Chase points per night if you lock it in by 01/06, otherwise 20K points/night or 10K points+$125 per night) It’s walkable to the Westwood Kehilla shul and a short drive to kosher restaurants.
-The W Westwood is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s walkable to Chabad of Westwood and is a short drive to kosher restaurants.
-The W Hollywood is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s a hike to get to a shul though it’s just a short drive to them and kosher restaurants.
-Other hotels near shuls and kosher restaurants include Mr. C , Residence Inn by Marriott , Crowne Plaza, Best Western Plus Carlyle Inn, and Intercontinental Century City.
-The Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is an SPG category 5 property (12K-16K Starpoints per night or 9.6K-12.8K per night on a 5 night reservation). It’s located near the beach and Santa Monica activities. It’s also walkable to Chabad of Simcha Monica. Without traffic it’s not too bad to kosher eateries though with traffic it can be a shlep.
-You can always use Hotwire or Priceline to bid on hotels in areas like Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, or the airport.  I’ve nabbed the Sheraton Gateway LAX, Westin LAX, and Crowne Plaza LAX for $50 or less in the past.

Activities:
-Theme parks (Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, etc)
-The Grove is a fantastic outdoor mall with great shopping, celebrity spotting, and a train ride that runs through it. Parking is free for an hour even if you don’t buy anything or for 2 hours with FlashPark.
-The Beverly Center is an indoor shopping mall located next to the SLS Hotel.
-Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade, the pier offers ocean-front rides, arcades, and walking paths. The Promenade offers pedestrian only streets of shopping.
-Hollywood & Highland is LA’s answer to Times Square. Doesn’t quite compare but you’ll bump into lots of characters and be able to follow the stars on the street.
-The Getty Center offers grand views of LA even if you’re not an art buff.
-The Getty Villa is equally impressive in its grandeur and architecture.
-There are lots of TV show filmings that you can be a part of, check out www.tvtix.com
-Beaches (Not really my thing in LA, but via the DDF Wiki: Malibu and Santa Monica are very popular, Hermosa and Manhattan are the prettiest, Marina del Rey is the emptiest as it’s in a residential area.  Further south are great beaches in Orange county like Laguna Beach among many others).
-There are a plethora of hikes and drives you can take up the mountain for stunning views of the city.
-There are lots of Sporting events to attend even though LA has no NFL team. The Clippers, Lakers, and Kings all play in the Staples Center downtown. Have a Platinum Card® from American Express? You can even get free lounge access at a game!
-Taking the PCH down from San Francisco to LA is recommended because you get to hug the coast, but it’s still an amazing experience to drive up as well. Or you can use just 4,500 BA Avios to fly one-way from LA to San Francisco and drive down one-way. There are hotels like the highly regarded category 6 Hyatt Carmel Highlands that you can stay in along the way.

Of course you don’t have to stay in smog-filled LA:
-Serene Palm Springs is 2 hours east.  Breathtaking mountains surround you and Joshua Tree national park is nearby.  The Hyatt Palm Springs is just a category 3 hotel and the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort is a category 5 property. The Westin Mission Hills Resort is an SPG category 5 hotel. Every Thursday night is a lively street fair.  There are also lots of fantastic homes with amazing pools for rent that can be found on sites like VRBO.com If you’re staying for shabbos stay in the Twin Palms or Deepwell sections of Palm Springs and you’ll be able to walk to the local Chabad house.
-The Hyatt Huntington Beach drops from a category 6 to category 5 on 01/07 and is on the beach in Orange County an hour south of LA.
-Further south is the category 5 Park Hyatt Aviara about 2 hours of LA and 30 minutes north of San Diego.
-San Diego is about 2 hours south of LA and has tons of hotels, SeaWorld, LegoLand, their famous zoo, and have a couple kosher options as well.
-Santa Barbara is about 2 hours north of LA.
-Big Bear skiing is 2 hours east.
-Las Vegas is a 4 hour drive.
-Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands can be reached by ferry.

With thanks to Yehoshua for his contributions to the DDF Wiki on LA.

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mark

Does the delta card need to be active to get free baggage? I cancelled it a few months ago.

avner

Next for Las Vegas please

Moshe

WOW thanks I love these posts, just in time for my trip booked in business with the Delta glitch, and I got my infant a seat too for $136.00

Amazing!! Thanks

If you purchase the groupon with Chase SP do you get the bonus points for dining?

benz

Dan u r the “MAN”!! thanks to u and to delta alot of ppl were able to travel for very cheap rates… we want moshiach NOW!!!
what about Hawai for the kosher traveler?

sruli

How about Honolulu???

JayG

Any hotel suggestions for families – suites/hotels with adjoining rooms?

Bert

Yes, Hawaii for the kosher traveller would be great!

Yoel

I booked Deta to Vegas. Everytime i go i’m confused by the restaurant situation(open/closed, kosher/not kosher anymore) Please do one on Vegas eateries!

LA local

My 2 cents:
People need to understand that at Tierra Sur they’ll be paying upward of $150 for a meal for 2 when all is said and done (lunch menu is a bit less expensive, but still no bargain). In my opinion, it doesn’t live IP to it’s price and reputation.
La gondola is second to none. Awesome food and service here every time (been many times). In my opinion, pat’s does not come close and its a similar price range.
Otherwise I agree with most of what toy wrote.

Million Miler

i think it is worthwhile to note that any business elite tickets booked have 3x 70 lb bag allowance

Ari

@JayG:
Yes, some tips on suite availability, especially for SPG would be greatly appreciated!
A lot of the SPG hotels list suites, but it’s not clear what points options are available for these.

mark

thanks dan,
if anyone comes across any living social or groupons (kosher restuarants/food, things to do, places to stay), in LA area, please post. Thanks

Eli

Dan
Can we get a thread for kosher in Hawaii 🙂

Michael

@LA local agree about Tierra Sur. It is no bargain and a long ride to get to. Disappoints for the price.

al

@dan: you mentioned that with the delta card, you get free luggage. what if i booked it on my starwoods card? can i just show my delta card and that will get me free luggage? also if im flying to hawaii and one leg in each direction is either BC or FC, do economy or BC luggage rules apply?

jg

kinda surprised you didn’t put milk n honey on the list.

Granted, its closing and revamping as a meat restaurant as of January 1st, but it was one of my favorite dairy places

Yehoshua

No direct link to the Los Angeles Master Thread on DDF?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=302.0

runnergirl

Great LA round-up! Thanks!

LA Natives

You forgot about Mexi-kosher – amazing, unique food from Food Network’s Chopped champion winner and ex-Shiloh chef. Definitely a must-try.

Can you do a Maui post as well?

Mordy

Please post a thread for Vegas.

love to travel

If u look for kosher food anywhere on the continent there’s a website for this http://www.shamash.org/kosher and you can search where and what you want also the addresses and phone numbers and hasgucha

EC

Anyone know what there is to do in LA with an almost 2 year old? Thanks

moe

any shuls in west hollywood?

Ber

You missed out Pizza Station. Besides for their pizza, They also have great Mexican food.

annon

Any suggestions on cab/ shuttle services from LAX. We are staying in the Loews hotel and I want to figure out transportation to and from LAX

restaurants in vegas

some people want to know about vegas
been there a few times, so IMHO this is the food situation
check http://www.chabadlv.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/466213/jewish/Las-Vegas-Visitors-Guide.htm for a listing

closest to strip: Jerusalem Grill
stay away from: Haifa – overpriced, food eh…
Best dairy: Panini
Great cheap food: Sababa
Smith’s & Albersons have an expanded kosher section and u can get hot food. IMHO smith’s is better and worth the drive

Chaim

Any beach resort options near LA with minyan and kosher food access for Shabbos?

thanks Dan

A

Pico Cafe is really great too! On the same block as Jeff’s and Bibi’s, it’s dairy, decently priced and freshly made!

Dan

@mark:
You may be able to show it to a checkin agent and have them waive fees, YMMV.

@Amazing!! Thanks:
Not for the amount paid to Groupon.

@JayG:
Many hotels have adjoining rooms, just call and ask for one.
Suites are usually twice the amount of points with SPG or 50% more points with Hyatt.
SPG also has cash and points for suites that have to booked over the phone.

@LA local:
@Michael:
I’d have to strongly disagree about Tierra Sur, I don’t think you can get a finer meal anywhere in the USA.
I’m hardly the only one who feels that way.

Then again their menu is constantly changing so it’s hard to compare one nights experience to the next.

I don’t think it’s any more expensive than upscale LA city
eateries and their wine list is of course exceptional and well priced.

@Ari:
You have to call.

@al:
You should be able to show your card for free luggage.
I would assume that if any leg is in first you should get free bags anyway though.

@jg:
Loved Milk & Honey, excellent eggplant parm!
Then again I also loved La Seine, but what’s the point of writing about places that are closed?

Enjoy the last night there tonight!

@Yehoshua:
Added.

@runnergirl:
YW!

@LA Natives:
Added.

@EC:
Find a babysitter and eat out 😀
Go to a beach?

@Ber:
Also didn’t list many other places, just focused on some of the many.
Pizza World also has mexican food.

@annon:
Rent a car.

@Chaim:
Added to the post 🙂

@A:
Never been, what’s good there?

itsyehuda

Great post.

Dan

@itsyehuda:
Thanks.

I guess I’ll make one for Hawaii next.

al

“@al:
You should be able to show your card for free luggage.
I would assume that if any leg is in first you should get free bags anyway though.”

even if its officially an economy ticket? when i booked it, it was the default option on priceline. happens to be i got one leg each way in BC

PinJo

I second A’s about Pico Cafe. I eat there almost EVERY morning when I visit.

The fresh veggie/fruit juices (the green ones especially) are excellent.

I usually order the breakfast special of 2 eggs, bagel with butter, coffee (unlimited refills), house salad, and hash browns. It’s really a great deal. The eggs I order scrambled not well done and it tastes like homemade.

The gourmet salads are also really good there.

My friends love the mushroom crepes with creamy dill sauce.

Harris

Thanks Dan….
What’re your thoughts on Mexi-kosher?

moshe

dan, you are an amazing yid! god bless you! getting around between honolulu and the other islands?

Dan1

@Dan
y don’t u post the brg and let people get free hotel nights?

palm springs

can anyone give some ideas where stay what to do in palm springs?

Ari N.

Dan,

Do you have such a thread for Israel?

Thank you

Sushi in LA

Dan,

LA has awesome sushi! You just need to head out the valley but it’s well worth it. Le Sushi (north hollywood) and Sassi sushi (Encino) both are unbelievable and have some of the freshest kosher raw fish I’ve ever had, plus great tempura rolls and other dishes. They are old school delicious classic spots. Ask around and check them out on your next trip. They won’t disappoint.

Chossid

@Sushi in LA I am pretty sure they closed down due to a death in the family.

Cg

Is the SLS an option for Shabbats? What do u ppl do about electron doors etc….

Anonymous

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Heshy

Dan, If only one of the 2 return legs are in 1st class should i be able to get away with luggage fees on the way there as well or only on return?

Gevaldig

@CG duck tape the tongue of the door. Put “do not disturb” sign on door.

Darren

You missed Pizza World on Fairfax, previously mentioned in your blog for Restaurant.com coupons. Best Mexican Food!!!

Jay

Any places to eat on shabbos in la?

BB

Need similar trip posts for Orlando and Vegas
Thanks Dan

Anonymous

@Michael:
I fully agree.

A

@Dan: Lived in L.A. for 18 years…Pico Cafe is wonderful and family friendly. From smoothies to all sorts of hot drinks…paninis, sandwhiches, pasta dishes, pizza, salads, breakfasts..you name it pretty much. We loved going there as a family…many great breakfasts and lunches with family and friends and the price was great!

Steven

What shul us closest to sls?

love la

Atleast you got pizza mayven as best pizza. But still soooo much more you are missing

T Liff

@dan any rental car deals?

E

thanx, i also read the ddf thread and checked on VRBO for a house in Palm Springs. The prices are very expensive. Im staying 6 nights and the cheapest decent house is abt $2100. Any ideas what to do? I even tried negotiating with the owners but since its peak season i cant seem to find something reasonable.

kitchen

@love la: please fill in what we are missing….

Gil

@Gevaldig:
Taping the tongue is not the best idea since the tongue constantly pushes on the tape, and it shows from the outside.

Here’s how I tape a hotel door and can still lock it:

1) Take one of the room keycards or get a small piece of cardboard from the back of the pad you will find in the room.
2) Use the card to cover the hole for the doorknob latch (usually the bottom hole). No tape on the door itself.
3) Duct tape the card to the doorjamb covering only the doorknob hole with the card. Do not cover the deadbolt part of the jamb with the card.
4) Cut the hole in the duct tape for the deadbolt.
When you are inside the room you can lock it with the deadbolt.

If needed, add an extra layer or 2 of duct tape to jam the door shut so it requires some force to open. This keeps the door from opening by itself when you’re not in.

Gil

I have a reserved apartment in LaBrea (close to the Beverlywood area) that I will not be using from 1/20-1/22 (check out 1/23) because i’m now going to Hawaii instead of Disneyland [Thanks Dan!]. Sleeps up to 6. I will be staying there until 1/20 in the morning.
Anyone interested email me at smcdg@evopo.com

Levi

SHULS not far from the SLS:
Chabadsola.com about a 30 min walk. a great new Shul with people from all walks of life, Rabbi is one of a kind! full sit down kiddish available . definitely worth the walk.
Chabadmm.com about 10 min walk.
SHABBOS take-out food:
Shabbosfoodla.com by far the best Shabbos food take out. many shuls, Chabad houses etc use them. very good food and even better prices.

JMK

@Dan When I search on chase ultimate rewards it tells me that the avg points needed per night at Andaz is 25K. Is there another method or place I should be looking to book this hotel?

Dan

@al:
You should, but write to them and ask.

@Harris:
Was interesting but nothing I felt the urge to run back again to. Though there are plenty that make this their go-to place.

@Dan1:
Got enough death threats earlier this year, I’m done blogging about BRGs.

@palm springs:

Stay at the Hyatt Indian Wells
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6652
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/21098

@Ari N.:
This is the 1st post in a series.

@Cg:
Yes.
Tape.

@Darren:
Pizza isn’t good but mexican there is decent.

@love la:
Such as?

@E:
There should be dozens of houses, find someone negotiable.

@JMK:
You need to transfer the points to Hyatt.

Ken

You forgot the best kosher bagel place in LA and better than any bagel place I’ve tried in NYC-The Bagel Factory. It’s located in the Pico area.

Dan

@Ken:
Never heard of it.

Heshy

Dan, If only one of the 2 return legs are in 1st class should i be able to get away with luggage fees on the way there as well or only on return??

JMK

@DAN Then I would book from my Hyatt Gold Passport account once transferred?

Maya

three restaurants we loved: orange (its really yummy and not too pricey), we also went to an israeli restaurant motzei shabbat with live music (dont recall the name- a little pricey but such a fun atmosphere) lastly and the place we go to every single time we are in la- a french bistro- Delice bakery. Hands down best food you will ever have and their pastries would make any human salivate. enjoy!

ST

To go to and from the airport you can call
HAIMISHE EXPRESS 323 842-3666
why not give a frum person the business.
I live in L.A. for over 50 years and his service is
reliable.

Information

Anybody knows a Shul in Los Angeles with a lot minyonem like Shomer Shabos in notice park , with address ?

Levi

@Information:
http://www.chabadofla.com/ usually have a Shachris Minyon until 11-12am

A

@Ken: Yes! The Bagel Factory on Robertson Boulevard is spectacular! They have fresh soups in a variety of flavors and they are usually amazing…the bagels are great and they make all kinds of sandwich’s, cold and hot…also sell fresh baked huge muffins, regular and cinnamon soft pretzels, delicious challah, bread…great place!

Sol

Thanks Dan for my weed trio to San Diego, I was here 5 years ago, had more option for kosher now there is only

North Park Produce
Produce, Butcher, Bakery, Grocery, Restaurant
4220 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
Tel: 858.810.8228
Grade food: 5 star
——
The Grille Restaurant & Emet Kosher Market
6548 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
888-418-1437
http://www.thegrillesd.com
Grade food: 2 star (had in the fridge expired sabra products as chumus and other food for sale- Store loooks empty)
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Great place to visit with kids…
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Sol

@Dan: you meant la brea bagel, on the corner… was there Sunday very good food

Dan Bee

I’m surprised that you didn’t list Kosher Pizza Station on this list. I’ve been to the other kosher pizza joints and they’re just not as good tasting. And if you’re into healthy eating or simply just vegetarian like me, it’s a great place. When you were here, did you find any shuls particularly nice?

stg

Dan, if you end up doing a similar post for Hawaii, please, please, please finish your write up of your last trip, I’d love to hear more from you about Maui.

Malky H

what about options for shabbos with food?

Yitzy

@Information:

Bais yehudah on Labrea corner of Oakwood

Yitzy

@Sol:

Ralphs has a very large beautiful kosher experience section with hot fresh food (and priced well)

Rose

You forgot Bocca in The valley an excellent steakhouse. The 2 nicest hotels nearby but not in LA are the Terrenea Resort (about 45 min away) and the St. Regis in Laguna Nigel/Dana Point about an hr south in Orange County.

Yossi

Taeem grill on Melrose is a must go. It’s like being in heaven. The Shawarma Laffa is possibly the best in the USA!

E

what is the nicest hotel walking distance to chabad in Palm Springs? I would book the Hyatt during the week but is it walking distance to chabad?

yitzy

@dan .. im confused bud im trying to take my kids to disney in california and i also wana stay close to a shul .. food isnt a real problem we always bring our ouwn but i dont know how to search for a hotel next a shul thats not to pricey .. ill be renting a car so not to worried about geting to disney .. just need to be close to a shul for shabbos … please let me know and thanx for the help

isaac

i need a hotel next to a shul pleaseee but not to pricy ….
food not to worried about bec we bring our own but please someone give me a hotel so we could stay for shabbos …
were renting a car to drive to disney …

isaac

also is there any shul’s next to disney in california ?

Levi

@Malky H:
Chabadsola.com has Shabbos meals available.
Shabbosfoodla.com amazing Shabbos food delivered to your hotel etc.

Levi

@isaac:
You can search for Hotels/Motels in the 90035 and 90036 zip codes. those are the main Jewish areas
or http://www.chabad.org/centers/default.asp?qry=90035+-+Los+Angeles%2C+California+USA

Chana

Thanks Dan!! Besides for allowing us the opportunity to fly to LA, this post is so incredibly helpful.

c

can you write trip notes on florida/ miami for a first time trip there

Boruch D

Great Shabbos Takeout, reminds a bit like Dovid Malkas, called http://www.ShabbosFoodLA.com – ordered online, and they delivered to my hotel on the beach a full shabbos, and a hotplate rental aswell.
Would use them again.

Pearl

Hi dan!

Im lookin to rent a car in los angeles… Im 19 years old. Any advice/ideas how i can do that?

La foodie

Trattoria Natalie’s menu is impressive but the actual food, faaar from impressive. Just saying

jb

How much of the Herzog/Tierra experience can be with kids under 21 years old?

brooke

@al Delta confirmed with me via twitter text that they would only allow free luggage on the journey that you are actually flying business class

CR

hi Dan.
we have tix to LA thanks to you. about to book hotels. I have avios points, chase sapphire and citi thank you points. which do you suggest would be the smartest to use for hotel and car rental?
we originally got the Avios points (before it switched to Avios) with trips to England in mind, but since that doesn’t make sense anymore, do you suggest we use them for these hotels and car or is there a better idea that you could suggest?
thanks.

TGM

Looking fwd on hearing about your trip now to LA, since we are going this week and would love to hear recommendations on where to go.
Thank You!

Naftali

I booked the Crowne Plaza in Beverly Hills for 4 nights. Should’ve costed $830 and it’s not refundable but by the reservations there’s an option to book with Entertainment Card. Total was $691 and it is refundable. The Entertainment Card costs $20/year.

Ccfr

@Sol:
We just came back from the grille and the food was absolutely delicious!!!!!!!

sam

@naftali where can I get this entertainment card for the hotel

sam

Dan please help us more with places for shabus!!!!

Brach

Dan,Just wanted to let you know that we got back from LA. We went to alot of the restaurants that you recommended. The place was flooded with East Coast people and everyone said to each other…Dan’s Deals..It was funny..Tierra Sur rocked and Beverly Hills Thai was awesome. We tried the Fish Grill in Malibu and LA..Great fast food…and LA Gondola took some of your records and you were on the mark for everything..Thanks again for your great work.

Izzy

Dan we are still waiting for the latest la trip notes, including got kosher and holy cow. Thanks 😉

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