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Must Eats Before I go??

I have lived in LA for four years and tried to hit lots of great restaurants. I will be moving in about a year and want to hit the rest of the hot spots from cheap to expensive. Please help me start my list!!

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  1. Langer's for pastrami sandwich
    Sushi Gen for sashimi lunch
    Din Tai Fung for soup dumplings: yes, there are mixed reviews on this, but this is the only location in the entire U.S., so it is worth a try if you haven't been
    Sea Harbour for dim sum lunch

    Other, more general eats:
    Really good Mexican restaurant
    Korean restaurant (BBQ and soon tofu places)
    Thai food

    1. Where will you be moving to? I recommend you get your fill of great Mexican food, because most other places don't have good Mexican at all. Whenever I go out of town, I always can't wait to eat a big fat burrito as soon as I get back to LA. I love El Compadre on Sunset and especially La Paz in El Segundo. Some people like La Parilla downtown, but I'm not personally a big fan of it. There's also Tito's Tacos, and a multitude of taco trucks - http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/

      Dan Tana's - great food; fun old-school Hollywood vibe

      Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel - also old Hollywood, but fancier, I had the best breakfast ever here

      Roscoe's - for the ingenious combination of fried chicken and waffles! and it's very inexpensive, like $9 I think for the combo. I like the location on Pico west of La Brea best.

      maybe Pink's for the experience - the hot dogs are good too, I hate that long line though

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      1. re: LisaStitch

        I couldn't agree with you more about Mexican. I will miss that the most (and probably sushi too). I will be moving to Chicago. But I still have a year to enjoy all that LA has to offer. I've started making a list already!!

        1. re: novice16

          If you're moving to Chicago, then focus on getting your fill of Korean (Sa Rit Gol, Soot Bull Jeep), sushi (Sushi Zo, Sushi Sasabune, Kiriko), Indian (Woodlands, Annapurna), Mexican (Monte Alban, Tacos Baja Ensenada, Taco Nazo, La Playita), Persian (Shamshiri), Lebanese (Sunnin), dim sum (Ocean Star), dumplings (Mei Long Village, J&J, Din Tai Fung), and cheese (Beverly Hills Cheese Store).

        2. re: LisaStitch

          dan Tana's totally!! The Chicken Marsala is the BEST in the country! Oh, and while you are there, ask Michael the bartender for a shot of Schlivovich, it's a life changer!

          1. re: sdwineman

            Sljivovica is indeed great stuff (though the spelling varies wildly, especially after several shots - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slivovitz ).

            But you'll be able to find it in Chicago - any Polish or Serbian or Bosnian bar will have it (or Croatian, or Bulgarian, or Czech, or ...). These places probably don't have the best Chicken Marsala in the country, but there is great Polish food in Chicago.

            Eat tons of Mexican and Chinese food while you're still in LA.

            Anne

          2. re: LisaStitch

            Lisa, I'm from Chicago, and I also lived in LA for 3 1/2 yrs. There are places in LA that I miss (Roscoes, In N'Out, The Kitchen, etc) but no worries..chicago has a lot to offer in the food dept. there aren't TONS of korean, but great mexican, sushi, pizza (obv) indian, Ethiopian, Persian, thai, etc etc. lots to choose from. I'd say if anything, go up to San Fran and have some chinese before you go. We've got it, but that's the best.

          3. My expensive must list: Spago, Chinoise, Saddle Peak Lodge, Valentino, Melisse, Ritz Carlton (for dinner & brunch), and grilled veggie salad/chocolate chip cookies at The Ivy.

            My moderate-priced must list: Dan Tana's, Dar Maghreb, Crustacean, Il Moro, Pinot Bistro.

            My cheap must list: French Dip at Philippe's, Apple Pan, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, Zankou Chicken, a good Mexican restaurant--lot's to choose from (e.g., Sol y Luna, Border Grill, Lucy's El Adobe, El Cholo, La Serenata, Loteria, etc.)

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            1. re: brandygirl

              There are Ritz Carltons everywhere, so I wouldn't necessarily say it's a place one must dine at before leaving LA. I've eaten at at least 5 different Ritz's and there aren't many differences.

              The Ivy though - gotta love that huge salad. Go to the Robertson location for a weekday lunch and sit on the patio - it's so 'LA.'

              1. re: LisaStitch

                Good point on The Ivy--Robertson is much better than Ivy on the Shore.

                1. re: brandygirl

                  That's not saying much.

            2. laconda venetta - i love it for italian food in LA