so many choices, so little time. 24 hours in LA
Driving from SF so will have a car. Staying on Fairfax near the Farmers Market. Not interested in high-end spots, but all other suggestions appreciated-especially stuff that I can't get in the Bay Area. Folks on this site came through with several great suggestions for my last trip including a small Yemenese? place on Fairfax. Arriving Saturday, midday and departing same time on Sunday. How much can I pack in?
I may disagree w/ young chower about Tito's taco (although I don't recommend tranewreck drive all the way to Culver City to try em), I do agree that mc michael gives sum pretty good advice.
If you haven't been to the Getty Center- Go (it's free except $7 parking). Langer's is good but Canter's Jewish deli is on Fairfax just N of Beverly (very near Farmer's Market), besides great variety of deli foods/meats they have a very good bakery. Pick up sumthin to nosh later- eat on drive back.
If you do head over to the westside, I strongly recomend the burger at Father's Office on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. Great beer and wine selection. I also love the cheeseplate and sweet potato fries; their salads are impeccable. Get there early, 5 PMish because it fills up fast.
I really like Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Venice for brunch.
Santa Monica Seafood (1205 Colorado Avenue, SM) has amazing candied salmon, sweet, salty, and savory. Great for a snack.
Those are some of the places I make a point of going to when I'm visiting from NorCal.
Don't eat on the plane. First, run over to Langer's at 7th & Alvarado, across from MacArthur Park (it's only open till 4 pm). Get the HAND CUT pastrami on rye (skip the cole slaw, etc., you just want rye, pastrami and either of the 2 mustards) and a Dr. Brown's cream soda or black cherry.
Next to Phillippe's at 1001 N. Alameda on the edge of downtown across from Union Station and near Olvera Street. Get the French Dip sandwich double dipped with lamb and blue cheese if you like that. Good cheap selection of wines by the glass if interested. If your sinuses are clogged slather some of the hot mustard you'll find on the table onto your sandwich.
Next to Yai at 5757 Hollywood Blvd. Get the fried cubed ham and broccoli.
While in the area, head over to Ruen Pair at 5257 Hollywood Blvd. for some fried morning glory stems (guaranteed to give you colorful dreams).
Now back to the Farmer's Market. Get a couple of pounds of English Toffee at Littlejohn's (don't start eating it yet). Instead mosey over to Loteria Grill and have some tacos with great fillings and maybe explore what's on special, wash down with horchata or aqua fresca.
This should hold you for the first day.
Next morning get back downtown to The Pantry at 877 Figueroa (note cash only, but cheap). Get a modest breakfast, maybe a #5. Be sure and get sourdough toast, lots of that. Want salsa on your egg, just ask. Now might be a good time to consider if you'd like to repeat any of the stuff you had the day before.
If not, go to Grand Central Market between Broadway & Hill Streets at Third Street. On the Broadway side, note the Bradbury Building across the street. This is worth a look and an elevator ride. On the Hill side take note of the Angel's Flight funicular presently being restored. Might open by year's end. At the Market, look around but I'd suggest tacos, gorditas, tortas at either Roast To Go or Ana Maria's. Note the different kinds of fillings like tongue, brains, etc.
If you feel like some culture, you can head up to Grand Avenue and see the Rauschenberg Combines and other exhibits at MOCA. Don't eat at the cafe here as it's too dainty and a little pricey for your purposes. Heading North on Grand, you'll come to the Disney Concert Hall (where's the camera?). Still further North on Grand at Temple is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (sometimes called the yellow armadillo). Worth a look from an architectural and artistic perspective.
Other eating options would be La Luz del Dia at Olvera Street a short hike away, or you could drive over to Zankou at Sunset & Normandie for some chicken, garlic paste and pickled turnips all wrapped up and ready to eat.
Enjoy your visit.
also close-ish....is El Gran Burrito on Santa Monica/Vermont. Open really late...its like eating at a roadside taco place in mexico.....fun stuff. cheap burritos and tacos they have a few agua frescas....
Gueleguetza is nearby too.....go for some oaxacan food if you've never had.
I love the gumbo pot. Good gumbo.
Thai town (which is a district, not a restaurant) is not too far. It's on Hollywood blvd. between Western and Normandie. I like Ruen Pair in thai town. It's very good, cheap, authentic, and closes at 4 in the morning. I would get papaya salad, pad thai, etc... the usual suspects.
Zankou is not to far from thai town, it's on the corner of sunset and normandi. Get shawerma sandwich or some chicken with the orgasmic garlic sauce. It's a MUST
Roscoe's chicken n' waffles is a fairly unique experience. They are close to the Sunset and Gower st. on Gower. You obviously get the chicken and waffles. The waffles are really incredible. Maybe the best in town.
I was recently introduced to Shamshiri Grill in Westwood and if you're into ethnic food (Persian), I think this would be a great spot for lunch. They give you a LOT of food and the prices are decent. (http://www.shamshiri.com/)
Then since you're already in the area, maybe you could go to Didi Reese for a delicious ice cream cookie sandwich. For $1.25, that's not a bad deal either though parking is a pain.
Farmer's market...you've strolled around there right? Popular are Singapore's Banana Leaf, The Gumbo Pot, and the donut place.
Also, go to Zankou chicken...love that place...there's one on Sunset. Armenian chicken.....great garlic paste sauce.
Hit up Thai town.....I think you should hit up Palms Thai....see the singing elvis! they have a very adventerous menu there.