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Please help create a must-eat list for last 3 weeks in LA (long)

Dear Hounds,
This board has been an enormous pleasure and resource for me since I discovered it about a year ago. Now I'd like to call on you one last time to help me create a must-eat list for my last remaining weeks in LA. We will be moving soon, and to a less chow friendly environment I am afraid. I guess it will be my motivation to cook more. But in the meantime, if you only had a few remaining weeks in this grand eating city, and you did not know how often you would be returning, where would you stop to eat one last time?

There are no limits on cuisine, although I'd like to keep the price in check to some extent. High end, casual ethnic, moving target (i.e., truck), temple/fair food, bakeries, ice creameries, etc. It doesn't need to be quintessential LA either - just places that you would sorely miss being able to visit. Our base is the Westside, but if I can (temperaments of babies and packing schedules permitting), I will travel. Thank you, and I will do my best to explore our new little nook in the Pacific Northwest so that I can provide suggestions if you visit.

Among the places we have loved in LA: AOC, Parkway Grill, Zankou, Asahi, Kiriko, Abbotts Pizza, Wed Farmers Market, Europane, Bombay Cafe, Triumphal Palace, Mandarin Deli, Wat Thai, Taqueria Sanchez, Malibu Seafood, 21 Choices Yogurt (Pasadena).

Places we have recently tried based on your suggestions: Langers, Triumphal Palace, Krua Thai, Wat Thai, Malan Noodles, Sushi Zo, Casa Bianca, Il Cono Gelateria, Banana Leaf/Gumbo Pot, Amandine, Beard Papa, TacoMiendo, Tacos Por Favor, Lucques, Massimos, Al Gelato, Chabuya, Ramen-ya.

Best,
Sasha

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  1. Awww, which city are you moving to?

    Anyways, the things that came into my mind are Campanile's (esp. for Monday prix fixe or Thursday grilled cheese), Jin Patisserie, Susina's Bakery, Azami Sushi Cafe, Clementine (on weekends), JiRaffe, Joan's on Third, and Julienne's/Marston's if you happen to be in Pasadena.

    Lemme know if you need webbie for any of these places.

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    1. re: AquaW

      Agree with JiRaffe and Julienne--love those places.

      One Pico in Santa Monica for breakfast is superb--with fantastic views.

      My favorite bakery is Amandine--great croissants. I also love the Emmenthaler rolls from Breadbar (slathered with Plugra).

      Roscoe's for chicken and waffles--serious comfort food.

      Since you plan to cook more at your new residence, I would go to Surfas to pick up supplies, and go to Penzey's for spices.

      1. re: AquaW

        I knew I would forget places! I had a wonderful time at Grilled Cheese/Campanile a few months back, although I have yet to convince my husband to go (not a huge cheese fan - I don't know why I married him!). We've also been to Jin and Joan's from recs on this board, and really liked Joans. In fact, I'd love to open up my own version up north (Bellingham, Wa btw). Clementine is a favorite (we always get very excited when work meetings have their catering instead of the lousy sandwich place in the century plaza towers), and my mom discoverred Julienne's in San Marino a while back, being a sweets and b'fast fan.

        Susina is on my list though. Absolutely. Jiraffe will be a date night, if there are any of those left. Amazing how 2 small kids can interfere with a nice dinner :)

        Thank you :)

        1. re: sasha1

          JiRaffe has an excellent Monday Night prix-fixe.... 3-courses for $33 (though on our night out the chef surprised us with an extra gastrique at the end of our meal.)

          and LOL @ "[husband's] not a huge cheese fan - I don't know why I married him!"

      2. I don't know if you have been following this thread but it seems to sum up alot of classic and recent "bests" here abouts.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        Bon Voyage!

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          I've read the whole thing and taken notes. Thank you for alerting me to it. I haven't been browsing the boards much lately as I try to pack up the office and house.

        2. I'd hit:
          a few more of the serious Chinese places particularly in the SGV; Ocean Star, Mission 261, NBC, and Empress Pavilion come to mind.
          If you're going where there's not much Indian subcontinent food to be had, a pilgrimage to Pioneeer Bl in Artesia, and maybe Al Noor or AlWatan in Hawthorne would be in order.

          Sushi Gen (or Shibucho (OC) or Saito) for sushi and Kokekoko (sp?) or Shinsengumi for yakitori.

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          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            What are your favorite Indian stops on Pioneer?

            1. re: sasha1

              Give Woodlands, on Pioneer, a try for Southern Indian (vegetarian) food. The cheese adverse will find plenty to try. Dosas (huge crispy crepes filled with different things like curried potatoes), lentil pancakes, and a fried cauliflower dish, whose name escapes me (it's one of the house specials) are quite fine. Though it may not be your favorite style of Indian food, it's very interesting and will be much harder to come by in cities with a smaller Indian population.

              It's a very casual place, at least on weeknights, and I don't think anyone would be bothered by your chowpups. The owners' kids are usually around when I've been there.

              Good luck in your new life!

              1. re: Mrs Fang

                Thank you - how does it compare to Annapurna? We tried that a while back and weren't thrilled (that puts us in the minority I guess). Maybe I just love the meats too much to go without. I wasn't crazy about the spring veggie dosa I had at Annapurna, and neither of us liked the all deep fried appetizer platter.

                1. re: sasha1

                  Sounds like southern Indian may not be your cup of tea. In addition to Modernist's idea, below, I also like Ashoka the Great for northern Indian (meaty) food. Very reasonable prices.

                  Pioneer Boulevard is worth the trip, in my opinion, just to walk around the shops, and have a snack.

                  1. re: sasha1

                    I second Ashoka the Great for reasonably-priced good food. There's also a cute Dutch bakery nearby (the cheese doughnut/pastry I had there.... YUM!!!)

                2. re: sasha1

                  while southern indian veggie/dosa specialty places are super awesome, and i love both woodlands and udupi, the real gem for me is surati farsan just around the corner from udupi.

                  they are a chaat specialty place (street/snack foods). serving dozens if not hundreds of little snacks. different poori's etc. you can snack on tons of little things. its really fun.

                  i think a decent veggie/dosa joint will be there for a community with some indians or savy chowers but a full on chaat house will only be in a place like pioneer or other community with a big indian population.

              2. Spend the day in the general South Bay area (as I'm going to do today), and go to: Spoon House, Musha, and Chantilly (hence, the general).

                Have you tried Firefly's market Thursday dinner? I sure haven't. It sounds good though, no?

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                1. re: PseudoNerd

                  Musha in Santa Monica is much closer - is the quality different?

                  1. re: sasha1

                    Oh, my God, don't even get me started.

                2. Jin Patisserie

                  Chantilly

                  Dai Ho

                  Urasawa

                  One Pico

                  Spago

                  Dumpling 10053

                  Vietnam House

                  Pho 97 (nee Pho 79)

                  Babita

                  Yuca

                  SinBaLa

                  Pacific Dining Car

                  Saddle Peak Lodge

                  Madeo

                  Indo Kitchen

                  Heavy Noodling

                  Best of luck to you in your new endeavors and do come back and visit (both on the board and physically) ...

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Urusawa, sigh. We are taking a salary hit by moving, so I don't think that's in the picture. Besides, I don't think I am worthy at this point. As far as sushi goes, I am still rather a cautious consumer. I have made it quite a distance past spicy tuna (which I still love), but only recently tried (and didn't like) uni.

                    On the other hand, what is Chantilly? I've never heard of it and now it's been recommended twice as a place not to leave LA without trying. You've peaked my interest!

                    1. re: sasha1

                      Azami's a must-try then for omakase... it's rather affordable ($35-$45 pp) and you get good sushi and great service. I'm curious about Chantilly too.

                      1. re: sasha1

                        Chantilly is a Japanese bakery in Lomita specializing in cream puffs and cheesecakes ... kicks the ass out of anything that the more acclaimed Beard Papa can put out.

                        Try it, well, actually don't, cuz you if you do try it you might not want to leave LA ... LOL.

                        Chantilly,
                        2383 Lomita Blvd. No. 104,
                        Lomita,
                        (310) 257-9454.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I already don't want to leave LA - the cheese-ambivalent husband is dragging me away.