My husband and I decided to grab a bite to eat in Westwood, while we were in the area. After walking around and becoming ravenous, we decided to go into Damon & Pythias since there were a lot of people there - usually a good sign.
I almost wanted to look for something else after glimpsing the cafeteria style atmosphere - orders are taken over the counter and brought to tables. But after seeing the menu - updated versions of comfort food - we decided to stay. I was told the L.A. Cheese-steak is popular, so decided to try that, with some onion rings, while my husband went for a half-rack of Tropical Mojito Ribs.
We got the best table in the place: outside, closest to the sidewalk with a great view of the Fox Theater just down the street - where the premiere for the movie "Robots" was taking place. I would've been happy to sit a while and people watch, but our food came so soon I barely had a chance... not that I'm complaining.
My L.A. cheese-steak sandwich, marinated and thinly sliced steak, grilled onions, roma tomatoes and baby greens on grilled foccacia bread, was one of the most flavorful sandwiches I've had in a long time. It came with a really tasty garlic-bluecheese dressing, which I dipped my onion rings into. Of course I had to try my husband's tropical mojito ribs, which were probably some of the best I've had in a while - tasty and tender enough to fall off the bone; his meal came with enough garlic-curly fries to feed UCLA's entire Sigma-Chi house. (Please excuse the gnawed bone in the rib photo; my husband was too hungry to wait and is getting sick of me taking photos of his food)
The entire meal with two drinks came to $24.00 and change - a great deal, especially considering the quality and amount of the food, as well as the speed in which it arrived.
Damon & Pythias - 1061 Broxton Avenue, Westwood, 310-824-8777
Walking around Westwood we spotted numerous empty storefronts with "For Lease" signs in their windows, which is hard to understand when the quaint village is so close to U.C.L.A. and still has those great movie theaters - where, unlike the huge cineplexes, crowds actuallly line the streets on weekend evenings to buy tickets. The movie goers aside, the sidewalks aren't crowded the way they were back in the '80s when Westwood sidewalks were filled with nightlife.
Over the years, many neigbhorhoods in Los Angeles tend to come and go in popularity, so I'm hoping Westwood has another chance to come alive once again.