8393 Beverly Blvd., Los Angelels
With 24 different noodle dishes and 13 rice dishes to choose from, stop here and enjoy the best of Asian delights! Begin your journey in Japan, with the soba crepe appetizer ($4.50). Next, let your taste buds travel to Vietnam with pho tai nam (Vietnamese rice noodles in clear soup with beef, bean sprouts and green chile, $5.50). China is just an order away with four to five different types of mein served, including zha-zha mein ($5.50). Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. No alcohol; takeout; delivery (lunch only); parking. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
12223 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles
If it is Mexican Vera Cruz–style cuisine you are after, then Mi Ranchito is your hot spot. Specializing in creative seafood entrées and authentic Mexican food delights, the menu is as extensive as they come. While enjoying the "best margaritas in town," start with the coctel de abulon (abalone cocktail, $7.95). Then go for the camarones endiablados (deviled shrimp, $8.95) or langosta a la Veracruzana (half a lobster, Vera Cruz style, market price). Breakfast Sat. and Sun. Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; parking. AE, DIS, MC, V.
655 W. Cahuenga Blvd., Universal City
1646 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood
The classic Hollywood location is the city's oldest Italian restaurant, while the sister location in the Valley is legendary in itself! They both offer 11 types of delicious pizzas that simply can't be missed! Try the shrimp and garlic pizza or the veggie house (mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and black olives). But the pies aren't the only goodies offered here. Try the sausage scaloppine, the spaghetti and meatballs, or keep things light with the excellent caesar salad and, of course, a glass of your favorite vino. Don't miss the live entertainment at the Hollywood location (comedy, pianists, live singers, etc.). Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; catering; parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
11819 Wilshire Blvd., #106A, Los Angeles
This little Japanese noodle restaurant is bustling with goodness. Most notably, the noodle dishes themselves are quite delicious. Whether it is soba (thin buckwheat noodles) or udon (thick white flour noodles) —served hot or cold, Mishima's touch is guaranteed to raise a smile. Give the kitsune with fried soybean curd a try ($5.95), or the tori nanban with chicken ($6.25). All the rice dishes are equally tasty, in particular the tanin don with beaten egg ($6.25) is a crowd-pleaser. Cap it all off with a zenzai, toasted rice cake in a hot red-bean sauce ($3.50). Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; parking. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
2000 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A.
Shabu shabu translates as "swish swish," the sound made when a diner dips paper-thin pieces of beef, chicken or veggies in a pot of boiling water. Japanese goma (sweet sesame) or ponzu (citrus soy) sauces and a heaping bowl of steamed rice accompany the main course. The lunch menu offers a choice of beef or chicken ($9.95) or vegetarian shabu shabu ($7.95). Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and sake; free parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
11927 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.
If it is tasty Oaxacan food that you crave, look no further than Monte Alban, with its authentic cuisine from southeast Mexico! Known for its exotic flavors and wholesome portions, this hot spot is considered one of West L.A.'s best. For breakfast, try huevos a la Oaxaqueña (scrambled eggs with green beans, chopped tomato, onions and jalapeño pepper, $4). For lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong with estofado de pollo (chicken breast covered with tomato mole made with raisins, olives, sesame seeds and served with rice, $6.75). Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; parking availablet. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
After pounding the pavement on trendy Melrose, rest your tired feet and revive your dulled senses with Mumtaz's complex Indian spices. Start off with curried mussels in garlic sauce ($5.50) or, for the more adventurous, there's tandoori quail ($4.95). All tandoori dishes (dinners of lamb tikka or fish tikka include soup, rice, naan and rice pudding for $10.95–$12.95) are marinated in yogurt and spices for a full day before being cooked to tender perfection in the traditional clay over. Specialties for two, like the King Prawn Masala dinner, start with samosas and onion pakoras, then finish up with dessert and coffee — all for $28.95. Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; delivery; catering; parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
1110½ Gayley Ave., Westwood