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Jun 29, 2007 09:03 PM

3 days in LA


We are a New York City family going to LA for three days, looking at colleges: Occidental & Pitzer. My gourmet son wants to go to Spago one night, but everything else is wide open. I would like to keep the other evenings moderate to budget range and am interested in great mexican food - more difficult to find in NYC. Any other suggestions are much appreciated. We will be staying in Silver Lake and arriving about 7:30 on a Sunday night, so probaby should eat in the area that evening. Also, any suggestions for lunch near Occidental or Pitzer would be wonderful.


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  1. Silverlake is really close to Korea Town where you can find Guelaguetza, an authentic Oaxacan restaurant. Go with the moles. They are incredibly good and each one is unique. Much better than anything else on the menu.

    1. This map can be your friend:
      Unfortunately, it doesn't show any Claremont pics but I recall there was a Claremont thread a day or 2 ago. Not too far from Silver Lake, I'd recommend Cha Cha Cha at Virgil & Melrose.

      1. You might want to try La Flor de Yucatan for breakfast or lunch... a bakery but not like any you'd probably be familiar with... Yucatecan cuisine with the highest ratings from one of our favorite and highly respected Chowhounds, Dommy!... And everyone concurs...

        1. Babita in San Gabriel for Mexican.
          (Do a search on these boards and you'll see the virtues of Babita)

          Also, if you have the time, I would suggest a trip to the Getty Center and either doing a picnic on the museum grounds or dining at the Cafe or Restaurant. The view of LA is spectacular and the museum is worth a visit on its own.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I truly enjoy the Getty... hard to take it all in on one visit, but well worth the trip...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              If they will be checking out Occidental and Pitzer, the Getty may be a little out of their way, and do you still need to make reservations to visit the Getty?

              Claremont Village is a five or ten minute walk from the Pitzer campus, there will be a lot of places to check out there for lunch.

              This link will take you to Claremont Village's web site with maps showing every store and dining establishment in the village:

              1. re: ChinoWayne

                We went last month and we were surprised that reservations weren't required when we called to do so... but I would still call first... the Getty fills up fast on the weekends...

                1. re: ChinoWayne

                  The Getty might be out of the way, but the Huntington Library won't be that much of a schlep. And if you go to the Huntington -- a very worthwhile endeavor, especially if you love old books (they have a Gutenberg bible and Shakespeare first folio right out there on display! Dang!) -- you're not far from good places to eat in Pasadena.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  Definitely Babita.
                  1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA, (626) 288-7265

                3. Lunch: Senor Fish, on Eagle Rock Blvd., near Occidental
         Great scallop burritos, fish tacos.

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                  1. re: Local

                    I always bring my home-peeps (NY) to Senor Fish...they love it. Especialy those scallop burrotos and the seafood quesidilla.