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SPOTLIGHT ON S. CALIFORNIA
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Welcome to California!

A Hotbed of Kosher Restaurants

 

While I have traveled to many kosher restaurants in cities throughout the world, I believe Los Angeles is the one city where you will find the most consecutive restaurants on one long avenue.  There are over 40 kosher restaurants in less than a mile on West Pico Blvd, in what should be the new Restaurant Row.  With absolutely no exaggeration necessary, I can tell you that I went up and down Pico over 50 times during my 5 days there. And the variety of restaurants on this strip is fantastic.  From American to Thai to Chinese to Persian to Italian to French to Israeli to Asian (not to mention all the burger, schnitzel and sushi joints) it is quite marvelous.

 

And of course, not every restaurant can be on Pico. There another dozen or so restaurants scattered around the LA area and dozens more in the valley. Although, one thing that did surprise me was that there haven't really been any new restaurants openings for a quite a while. The restaurant life is a cycle, and while there have been just a few closings, not many people are opening here either. But here is some breaking news: The dairy restaurant Twenty Six, will be turning meat in a month or so and the owners have plans to open a dairy restaurant just a block over in the near future.

 

But it seems the Doheny Kosher Market scandal has hit some of the restaurants hard, with some even switching supervisions and others contemplating it.  I was surprised that the store's name is still in large letters. I would have thought the community would not have wanted to be reminded every time they drove by.  In a weird kind of way, I almost think it's becoming a photo opp for a tourist to show his/her friends back home, that this is the market that...at least I think that, since I took a picture of it myself.

 

Anyway, I had a great time visiting and dining at all the restaurants, schmoozing with the owners and hearing how they are doing.  Like all kosher restaurants around the country, it's not easy, there are daily struggles and issues, but they are trying hard. So if you currently live in the L.A. vicinity or will be visiting soon, be sure to check out our Southern California section on our website here for photos, menus and all the details. The discount certificates for the So. Cal restaurants are available, so check our California Deals Section.

Let us know what you think about the L.A. restaurant scene.

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