Drive Down Sunset for Spectacular Food Choices: Thai Vegan III, Fiesta Feast and Rocco’s Cucina


When Thai Vegan III opened last year in the mini-mall on Sunset, just below Fire Station 29 at Los Liones Drive, it instantly received rave reviews.

Many people who live on the other side of town (from Temescal over to the Riviera) may not think about driving there for food, but now is the perfect time, since one’s car provides the perfect isolation chamber from the coronavirus.

Known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes, Thai Vegan uses only high-quality fresh ingredients, and there are lots of choices—all keeping with a meatless meal.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Going vegetarian for one day a week is a small change in your diet that can improve your health and the environment. Going light on meat was the norm a few generations ago when meat often was consumed as a side dish, while nutrient-rich beans and lentils, vegetables and whole grains took center stage.”

The cafe’s choices include sweet and sour shrimp, made with soy shrimp, carrot, squash and tomato ($13); wonton soup — wonton, tofu, snow peas, bok choy, soy shrimp and dry garlic ($10); yellow curry with  potato, carrot and Kabocha squash ($10); larb salad  made with ground soy chicken, cilantro, carrot and lime dressing $12) and papaya salad — papaya, tomato, green bean, garlic, peanut and lime dressing ($10).

If you didn’t know that we now have a Thai restaurant in the Palisades, now’s the time to try it. (Visit: or call (310) 230-1411)


This eatery has been a mainstay in Pacific Palisades for years. Whenever there was a swim-team celebration dinner (for the YMCA and Palisades High School teams), the parents usually hired Fiesta Feast to cater it.

The restaurant offers a tempting selection of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine.

Let’s just say that the nacho fries with black beans, Jade and Colby cheese, green onions, sour cream, guacamole and chicken ($10.45), were always gone before the adults made it through the line. A choice of taquitos ($7.95), quesadilla ($5.95), burritos ($8.75) and sides such as chips and salsa ($3.75) kept everyone happy.

People who like hummus/tabbouleh and falafel ($10.75), spinach pie ($10.25) and gyros ($9.75) have found this to be the only location that offers Mediterranean food in the Palisades.

For the picky, there are a few classic American specials such as hamburgers ($8.45) and a charbroiled chicken breast sandwich with grilled onions ($10.45).

Visit: or call (310) 459-7380.


Straight from the Heart of the Bronx, this cafe is a find. Frankie Rocco moved to Los Angeles after working in his mother’s pizzeria in the Bronx, so his pizza recipe has been passed down three generations.

Although people can create their own recipe, there are five pizza specialties worth mentioning: Rocco’s Combo (olives, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoni, sausage and meatballs); BBQ Chicken (with red onions); and Chicken Hunter (chicken, mushrooms and roasted peppers), all $19.95; or the Gladiator (sausage, meatballs, pepperoni) and the Tip of the Boot (olives, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant), which are $18.95.

There are meatball, sausage, eggplant and chicken parmigiana sandwiches ($9.95) and the entrees include a wide variety of typical Italian dishes such as fettuccini Alfredo ($9.95), lasagna ($8.95), penne pesto with chicken ($14.95) and pasta with meatballs ($9.95).

One resident wrote: “This place is actually really good, I love their lasagna the most. I’ve ordered from here dozens of times and the service and food are consistently good.”

(Visit: or call 310-573-3727)

In addition to these three independent eateries, there is also a Subway (310) 573-7338 in the mini-mall that used to house Kentucky Fried Chicken and K Bakery.

The merchants promise that if you call and place an order or need drop-off, everything will be brought to your car. This also insures that you’ll keep your social distancing.

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One Response to Drive Down Sunset for Spectacular Food Choices: Thai Vegan III, Fiesta Feast and Rocco’s Cucina

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