Informal Los Angeles Area "Must Order" List
Because I'm tired of waiting for the Chowhound engineers to finally release their local wiki upgrade, I decided to start a thread that I hope would contain what are considered "must orders". Cuisine, cost, availability, etc, not withstanding.
This is not a best-of each food type, meaning that it shouldn't be limited to one burger or one pizza entry (lord knows we don't have a consensus in that regard). It's more meant to be a best-of each restaurant.
Please post whatever you feel is appropriate. By the time the local wiki shows up, we can just copy and paste.
1. Nem nuong cuon (spring rolls) - Brodard (Garden Grove)
2. Chorizo and cheese taco - Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica)
3. Shio ramen - Santouka (Los Angeles/Torrance)
4. Mole negro - Guelagetza (Los Angeles)
5. Mole negro - Monte Alban (Los Angeles)
6. Seasonal Strawberry/Peach Donut - Donut Man (Glendora)
7. Hand-cut pastrami - Langers (Los Angeles)
Filet Mignon--Ruth Chris's
Soy bean milk and fried Chinese donut--Yung Ho (Rosemead)
Pastrami--Langer's (Los Angeles)
Beef Noodle Soup & Scallion pancakes--Dumpling House (Rosemead)
Chicken chili verde tamale - Gallego's Mexican Deli
Juicy pork dumplings - Din Tai Fung
Roasted dates with bacon and parmesan - A.O.C.
Ahi tuna, pine nuts, cucumber, toast appetizer (off menu) - Orris
Porridge - Doughboy's
Pan fried catfish - 5'0" (Laguna Beach)
Homemade flour tortillas - Paco's
Lemon hazelnut merengue torte - Rose Cafe
Gigi salad - The Palm
Corned beef - Magee's (3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market)
Mashed potatoes - Melisse
Original Royale (char sui/portugese sausage omlette on rice)- Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
With some sushi from Sushi Zo those would also be my "deserted island" choices.
Hudade Combo_ Rahel in Fairfax
Chanpon- Kyushu Ramen in Van Nuys
Fried Cauliflower thingy disn(not the name, I forget what)- Woodlands Pure in Artesia or Chatsworth
Chocolate chip cookie- Leda's bake Shop
Nan sampler -Gungadin
Potent Sweet Potato- Hugo's Riverside or West Hollywood
Special Gnocci of the day, pizza bread -Angeli Caffe in West Hollywood.
Ginger Rosewater Ice Cream - Mashti Malone's Glendale or Hollywood
Any pizza on Friday Pizza Night- Follow Your Heart in Caonga Park
#13 Salad - O Dae San in Koreatown
Stuffed Tomato or Orange (not really and orange or tomato-refers to fish color)- Sushi House of Taka in Sherman Oaks
Biscuits and Lemon Curd Pancakes (any pancake really)- John O' Groats