For $2.50 a plate, you can't get anything better than sushi mac. There are pictures for everything, and service is quick. The only caveats are that it is relatively small so you may have to wait to be seated, they close relatively early (9 or 9:30), and it is not good for large groups because seating is centered around the sushi making area. Therefore, takeout is the next best option. Either way, it's good cheap sushi. There is plently of free parking at the sawtelle location.
I was introduced to this place my last year of college, and that same week my roommate and I went 4 times. We had never had such good tasting tacos! We gone back many times since and even though we are always faced with the same problem (no parking until you are really lucky) we are still willing to wait in line for 30 minutes for one taco. The meat is really tender, and you always get free chips and amazingly delicious salsa with every order. The other items on the menu are also great- enchiladas, tamales, and burritos, but my personal favorite is the taco. Of course it is dirt cheap and great tasting, that's why UCLA students are willing to drive out there and back just for one taco!
I've been to quite a few bars and clubs, but nothing quite compared to Zanzibar. It has the distinction of being roomy and cozy at the same time. When I went it wasn't packed at all, but it was a good enough crowd. (It was still happening even though it was 11pm on a sunday night!) The music played is fun to dance too, and people are respectful of your dancing space. The bartenders were really nice and the enviroment had a nice ambiance. The admission price wasn't ridiculous either, it ranges from 5-15 bucks, depending on the night. If you attend UCLA and are sick of Century, then go to Zanzibar!
I've been to a few steak houses here and there, and I would have to say that Nick and Stefs is one of the best. The appetizers were delicious, especially the cocktail shrimp. The desserts were also very yummy. My steak was done exactly like how I wanted it. The service was also fantastic. It was pretty pricey, for two people the bill came to be over 120, and that was before tip. However, we did have two kinds of appetizers, two main courses, dessert, and wine, so it all added up. The restaurant itself is nice and cozy, a great place to bring a special someone! Parking was not a problem. The bad thing was making circles around downtown LA and its one way streets trying to locate the restaurant.
Every single time my friends and I would walk by this pho restaurant, there would ALWAYS be a line. And since each time we were so hungry and couldn't wait, we always ate somewhere else. But finally, we decided that we simply had to wait it out and try To Chau, and needless to say, it was worth it! Though it is not the best, it does rival some of the better pho places that I've had in LA, SF, and Toronto. And it is definitely better than anywhere else in Hawai'i. The prices are very cheap and the service is fast. The only negative thing is the wait, but that is because it is so good, everyone wants to eat there!
I went to this club with 3 girls and 2 guys, and we left within the half hour. First off, the drinks were incredibly watered down and terrible (we should have known it was so cheap to begin with). There was so much smoke in the club, and there was a terrible ratio of 9:1 guys to girls. As soon as us girls hit the dance floor we would get swarmed by annoying guys. So we'd run away from them, and another group would come near us. Our guy friends couldnt hold them off, so we got frustrated and left. Being that it was 18+ there were many annoying and immature people there. The dance music also sucked. We are never coming back again!
CONS: bad crowd! bad drinks!
The concept of this bar is very cool, except that it can get so packed that it is hard to chill and enjoy the moment. Parking in the area sucks, that is a given. Also, you have to be agressive to make your way to the bar. The 80s music played is refreshing, especially when one is sick of mainstream hiphop and rap. There are more females than males there, and the crowd is older (24+) so that is a plus. The only problem is, it is pretty small, so it's a good place for bar hopping, just to get a taste of the LA bar scene.
This cafe was introduced to me by a friend and I am definitely coming back! The service was decent and the waiters weren't rude, even when we pointed out to them that they messed up our order. I had the korean short ribs and chicken steak, which I definitely recommend. Even though I ate the whole thing in one sitting, I was so satisfied and full that I skipped dinner that night. There is plenty of seating and the restaurant is roomy. It was definitely affordable.
In my quest for great brows, I did much research online before I picked the Anastasia salon. The waiting list for Anastasia herself spans months, so instead I opted for Jasmine Kim. This lady is amazing! She did such an amazing job, that I definitely would go back to her. The process itself is quick and has relatively little pain, although any type of hair removal in a sensitive area won't be 100% painless. I only had to wait a week to see Jasmine, but I would call early and book ahead just in case. Though I was on a poor college student's budget, I was willing to splurge and spend the $50 or so (with tip) for my brows. Prices vary depending on who your appointment is with, so be sure to ask!
If you are craving lobster done the Vietnamese/Chinese way, this is definitely the place to go to. The house lobster is their #1 specialty. The chicken feet salad is delicious, and so is the black pepper steak dish. Plan ahead though, because this place will get packed all day, especially on weekends. Parking can also be a problem, but street parking is generally available. Prices are decent, you get what you pay for, and more. I definitely would recommend this place.