Fave ethnic restaurants along Venice Boulevard (west of Sawtelle)?
Once a week, I drive on Venice Boulevard heading towards Lincoln, and go by all these little ethnic restaurants featuring cuisines I've never tried but am dying to investigate. A few have been mentioned on Chowhound (Bamboo, Katmandu), but since I don't have a point of reference to know what is a good and/or authentic, I was hoping to get some recommendations on which are real Chowish gems? I personally prefer eating what regular people eat every day vs. the fancy tourist versions, so these seem ideal and ripe for the discovering.
I like most ethnic cuisine (except for Ethiopian, which I found disappointing). I regularly dip into Indian, Oaxacan, Salvadoran, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese. I already frequent Versailles and Gloria's on Venice but want more more more! LA is such a melting pot of cultures that it seems a shame not to sample the world's cuisines when they're all on one street. :)
Please help, won't you? A fave restaurant plus a rec for a representative dish would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Since you ask for information, not just recommendations, I hope this is helpful: I'm a fan of Bamboo, but it doesn't fit what you are looking for. Not only is it east of Sawtelle, but it isn't "authentic" regular ethnic people cuisine.
That's about all I can offer. If you drop down a block to Washington, you could stop in at Tacqueria Sanchez on Centinela (sit down) or Inglewood (take-out stand).
i wholeheartedly agree with the taqueria sanchez recommendation. i like the one on centinela and the dishes that i love are: shrimp tacos, shrimp tostada, and mojarra fritta. probably there are many others that are great, but i like these so much that i've never gotten past them.
if you are willing to go a little east of sepulveda, be sure to go to Thai Boom, 10863 west venice blvd. although i'm not a fan of their pad thai, i adore their pla prik pao and their som tum thai green papaya salad.
katmandu is a favorite for their lunch buffet.
for southern indian, go a little south to samosa house (formerly called bharat bazaar). this is a restaurant/market so they close early (they open at 11am) they have fantastic prepared foods, sort of like india's sweets and spices. i used to prefer iss, but now samosa house, imho, is far superior.
Bharat Bazaar and Samosa House
11510 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Thanks for the recs so far, but already go to Samosa House and Taqueria Sanchez (I live in Venice and am heading there via Culver City). I guess I wasn't specific....there seem to be Malaysian and African, Argentinian and other unusual ethnic eateries all in a row on THIS particular stretch of Venice Boulevard, and that's what I'm trying to figure out. :)