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What places should ever person dine at in Southern California ?

yville53 Mar 17, 2007 04:45 PM

I may be moving away from Southern California soon,what places MUST I try before leaving ?

Thanks for your advice.

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    daveg456 Mar 18, 2007 01:33 PM

    El Gallo Giro. Definitely have to try the Torta Cubana.


    1. SauceSupreme Mar 18, 2007 12:49 PM

      I would also add a good Thai (like a Ruen Pair for a restaurant, or the Wat Thai Temple for an open-air market) as well as good Korean.

      1. brekkie_fan Mar 18, 2007 10:51 AM

        since i don't know where you're moving to....i'll agree with others and go with good Mexican, good seafood (if you're moving inland), good sushi, and good Thai. Also, if there is a chain that's only based down here, go for it! I just discovered Taco Mesa, and am already plotting my next visit.

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          WHills Mar 17, 2007 09:00 PM

          Langer's Deli for pastrami
          Din Tai Fung for xiao long bao/soup dumplings (only location in America is in Arcadia)
          Good Mexican place
          Good sushi place

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            will_forfood Mar 17, 2007 05:20 PM

            i suggest the restaurants that helped put l.a. on the map. for example, spago and in 'n out.

            spago helped launch wolfgang puck's career as a celebrity chef but it also helped put, not just la but, california cuisine on the map. spago is no longer at its original location where its interior design was also innovative (putting its kitchen on display and in plain view of the dining area), but it's still an important restaurant, culinarily speaking.

            in 'n out also put la on the map for being a fast food restaurant that provides high quality, fresh ingredients.

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              yville53 Mar 17, 2007 05:06 PM

              Good tip ,which place would you recommend I try this weekend ?

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              1. re: yville53
                tony michaels Mar 17, 2007 05:15 PM

                What's your favorite type of food or what country does it originate from?

              2. tony michaels Mar 17, 2007 04:59 PM

                Have you looked through this thread? If not it should give you some good ideas.


                1. hrhboo Mar 17, 2007 04:51 PM

                  If I were leaving LA (and presumably not moving to Oaxaca) I would eat at Guelaguetza.

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                    mc michael Mar 17, 2007 04:49 PM

                    Look at last year's untimate resto list. But really, isn't the point that everyone has different taste so no two should walk lock step into all the same exact joints?

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