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Old 07-06-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Least Favorite: I have no idea. Why would I go anywhere bad?
Because you've never been there, never read about it or heard about it from friends and had no clue what the level of quality is until you tried it? That's the way I discover the places with crappy food. Be adventurous!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Three of the most historic restaurants in L.A. have amongst the worst food in L.A.: the Pantry, Clifton's, and El Coyote.The Campos' chain is particularly wretched.
I can't agree with Clifton's. It's a cafeteria, and serves about what one should expect. My last meal there was excellent for that type of food, especially the burrito-sized enchilada. The only surprise was the price. A bit on the high side for a cafeteria.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Broadway Deli on the 3rd Street Promenade, now closed, was widely considered by most locals to be the worst restaurant in the Westside.

Personally I've always despised Border Grill.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Border Grill is pretty bad. Probably the worst chain mexican food I've had.....fast food mexican can be worse(J&S in Montebello).

I also despise Macaroni Grill. Saltiest food I've ever had and thats saying a LOT.

Pantry is awful. I have no idea why people line up there. I walk a couple blocks to the Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live for a much healthier and better tasting breakfast. More expensive, but more than worth it.

Places I love.....Theres a small Korean BBQ place on 2nd st in Little Toyko that never disappoints...simply called "Korean BBQ". Nothing over $10, tastes good, and you get the whole 6 different sides with it or whatever.

I also love Fishermans Outlet on 5th/Central. Limited hours, very long lunchtime lines(go before 11:30, or after 1:30), expensive, but some of the very best, freshest grilled fish you can get. Also delicious shrimp cocktails and lobster bisque. The fried plates are actually well priced, but I don't eat fried stuff anymore.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I agree Clifton's is awful too. Dolores is pretty darn bad though. Pantry and El Coyote aren't good, but I definitely wouldn't consider them among the worst.
I haven't eaten at any of those for years, but it is hard for me to think of Pantry as awful. It was always just the standard meal especially for breakfast and of course is a landmark just like Cliftons. Even as a kid I wasn't a huge fan of Cliftons but lots of my friends had their first jobs working there.
I really don't think it was ever awful and probably isn't now; it is a cafeteria, like most cafeterias, it isn't gourmet or even meant to be 3 star quality.

I think it would be almost impossible to list the best, remember food is so subjective.

Nita
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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Clifton's is a throwback. It's like eating a LAUSD lunch.

My favorite restaurant is probably the Pacific Dining Car. Downtown is the best, but Santa Monica is a close second. It's about as old LA as it gets and never disappoints.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Broadway Deli on the 3rd Street Promenade, now closed, was widely considered by most locals to be the worst restaurant in the Westside.
You don't remember Mort's, I take it? Which is funny because you said you actually lived in the Palisades at one point. In general the Palisades was a wasteland for eating. The lack of competition and the restrictions on liquor sales made it restaurant hell. (As if people who could afford to live there needed yet another reason why not to move there....) Mort's sticks out in my mind as particularly awful.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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Of course I know Mort's, I'm not particularly fond of it either, but it doesn't jump out as one of the worst.

Maybe Jerry's Deli is.

And yes, I would never go out to eat in the Palisades.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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LOL about Cliftons being like an LAUSD lunch. It reminded me of eating at a hospital.

What about best restaurants with an ocean view, like in malibu or marina del rey?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Of course I know Mort's, I'm not particularly fond of it either, but it doesn't jump out as one of the worst.

Maybe Jerry's Deli is.

And yes, I would never go out to eat in the Palisades.
Mort's was really, really awful. Perhaps because the Palisades' Jewish population is smaller than Santa Monica's or Brentwood's. But the only good Jewish deli west of the 405 is Fromin's. I read about a Montreal style deli that existed in Brentwood for awhile, but never was there. By the time I heard about it, it was out of business.

The only Jerry's I've ever been to is the one in the Valley. I've never been to the Westwood, West Hollywood, or MDR Jerry's locations. Jerry's is pretty bad.
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