Most of the food at Little Hong Kong Cafe doesn't really impress me. There aren't many Chinese options in the area though, so I'm just glad to have something. You can ask for any dish to be made without MSG, which I like. Take-out orders tend to take about 10 minutes to prepare. The ma-po tofu and tangerine chicken are consistently good (and cheap), but the eggrolls, hot and sour soup, and noodle dishes are on the bland side. I also don't recommend the boba tea--there are much better options for that on Sawtelle.
The atmosphere at Mizu 212 leaves nothing unconsidered. The music is pleasant and unobtrusive, and the design is sleek and aesthetically pleasing. Plates of fresh veggies and raw meat are well-presented, and all or most of the food is organic/free range. I recommend the beef shabu shabu. Note that this restaurant only serves shabu shabu, so the menu is pretty brief. Vegetarians can be accomodated, but won't have a very tasty meal.
I just love Kiriko. The dark wood tables and generally quiet atmosphere create great ambience. The waitstaff is exceptional--so rare in a reasonably priced restaurant. Here, you can generally get market priced sushi for only $5--quite a steal compared to the $10 you will pay at lesser quality places. Don't miss their unusual tamago and delicious saltwater eel. In addition, there are a number of excellent hot dishes.
The food here is good enough, but the flavors aren't anything exciting. The menu is small and does not cater well to vegetarians. Self-parking is difficult, but free valet makes parking a snap. The wine list is solid, and they offer a $35 prix fixe dinner and daily specials. The atmosphere is elegant but not pretentious, and both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Not being a hardcore gamer, I don?t really know how well EBX steps up for the needs of the die-hard fan. However, they seem to have everything in stock and would order whatever you need. EBX is a goldmine for the casual gamer, though, as they have a large inventory of previously owned games for sale. The prices for the used games are often exceptionally low, especially if the game is more than six months old. You can get great year-old games for as low as under $10. The best part is that all the used games are guaranteed; if they don?t work for some reason, EBX will exchange them with a new copy of the game. The salespeople there are consistently friendly and helpful without being obtrusive, and they always seem to know their stuff. Ask about their discount card program.
PROS: Great selection, low prices on used games
FYE is one of those music stores that assumes you have no idea how much a cd costs these days. The only way their prices are competitive is if the item you want happens to be on sale, and even then you could probably find a better price with some diligent searching. Aside from the occasional difficult-to-find album that shows up in their bins, the best thing about this store is that they have several listening stations and you can hear samples of almost all their stock. This becomes particularly handy when exploring new music (although Amazon does the same thing with better prices). I recommend going there to listen to the music and then buying it elsewhere.
Papyrus doesn?t have a lot to offer except overpriced, uninteresting journals and gaudy, expensive wrapping paper. I went in there to get a gift bag for an emergency present that I was giving within the hour, and I honestly can?t imagine any other reason to shop there. The selection of paper and wrapping items leaves a lot to be desired, and the service, while adequate, isn?t overly helpful. Worst of all, the prices seem like airport prices?way too high if you have another viable option.
Like any bookstore, Brentanos? prices can be beat online. However, there is a certain charm to browsing through a bookstore, looking through shelves of books and flipping through them. You can?t really sample-read online, but you can at a bookstore. Brentanos, while a small store, doesn?t discourage browsing. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to hole yourself up and page through a tome before deciding to buy it. You can easily spend a couple of hours in Brentanos without staff bothering you. However, it should be pointed out that the staff always seem eager to please and help.
I tried Post Net because I was so fed up with the long lines and lack of service at Kinko's (Wilshire and 6th). I was very pleased with the level of service and rapid turnaround time of the copying job I needed (20 min. v. 24 hours at Kinko's). Post Net seemed very interested in having me as a customer, which is rare these days. They offer essentially the same services as Kinko's, including computer and internet access, but I believe they have more mailing and shipping capabilities since they are not partnered with Fedex.
I am very happy with Home Grocer. Their employees are genuinely friendly. My orders always arrive incredibly quickly (within their 30 minute window). Also, while you might worry about ordering produce that you can't examine yourself, I've always found the produce to be of a high quality. There is a $4 delivery fee unless you order over $75 worth of groceries, and a $15 minimum order, plus tips are appreciated, and the prices are a bit high to begin with. However, I think it is worth it, on occasion, to pay more and avoid the stress of going to the store. I especially like to use this service for large orders of heavy items like soda and milk.
PROS: Good selection, great service.
CONS: More expensive than going to the store yourself.