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Boston Chowhound in LA...what not to miss?

I'm visiting a friend in LA (Pasadena to be exact) next weekend for 4 days and I'm really excited to try all the food LA has to offer. My friend plans to take me to Thai Town and Little Ethiopia and I've already decided to have sushi at Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo (please don't give me any more sushi suggestion...I've already changed my mind about 50 times! see post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424201). I'm pretty adventurous and would really like to try things that are unique to LA or that you feel LA does better than Boston. I know I want to try some Mexican (Boston lacks this) but my friend doesn't know where to go, any suggestions? What other cuisines/restaurants shouldn't be missed during my trip? Please keep in mind that I will only be there for 4 days and there is only so much food I can eat! Also, I would like to steer clear of fine dining restaurants and mostly hit up ethnic cuisine/LA specialities that I cannot get at home. One last request (am I pushing it?): I'm not familiar with LA so it'd be great if you could provide me with either the addresses or neighborhoods of your recommendations. Thanks in advance!

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  1. One of our most revered Mexican food items are fish tacos. Here is an excellent thread to give you something to "chew on."

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422859

    For gourmet / high end Mexican there have been many excellent posts for Babita (I still have not been) over the years with a few very vocal dissenters who abhor paying big bucks for this genre of food.

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    Babita
    1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    1. I'm not too familiar with Boston -- what cuisines do you feel Boston does well? LA's a veeery diverse city, and you're already doing well by hitting up Thai Town and Little Ethiopia.

      If you're really adventurous, perhaps you should visit The Prince in Koreatown.

      http://www.deependdining.com/2005/07/...

      All kidding aside, I would recommend going somewhere in Koreatown. You can even hit two birds with one stone by stopping into Guelaguetza for great Oaxacan.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Korean is an excellent idea. If the OP is up for something he definitely won't be finding in Boston he might head over to O Dae San for a nice bowl of Al Bap. While this place can be really $$$$ the Al Bap is only about $15. Here is link to Jonathan Gold's review and, more importantly, a great description of what Al Bap consists of.

        http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...

        O-Dae San
        2889 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90006
        Btwn Fedora St & S Kenmore Ave
        Phone: 213-383-9800

        1. re: Servorg

          al bap and hwe do bap oh my god those are sooo good. I am going this weeknd I forgot all about that and in the summer months very refreshing lunch..

          1. re: Foodandwine

            yes yes! O-Dae San is AMAZING!

            I gotta go again soon!

        2. re: SauceSupreme

          Boston does do some cuisines well. We have some great burgers, ice cream, Portuguese food, seafood, pizza, Italian, and the best cheese shop ever! We definitely lack when it comes to Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, sushi (although there is one great sushi restaurant).

        3. Hope your visit involves a trip to Jitlada for Thai! and if not, read below...you may want to rethink your plans ;-)
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414265

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            1. King's Taco by the 710 FWY and Atlantic Blvd.

              Din Tai Fung in Arcadia off of Baldwin Ave or Mei Long Village or J&J on Valley Blvd by Del Mar Ave and New Ave for soup dumplings (xiao long bao).

              For Korean, Young Dong in Arcadia off of Huntington Ave by Santa Anita Ave does a good job with soon tofu.

              Grab some dim sum at Sea Harbour on Rosemead Blvd by Valley or 888 on Valley Blvd for some Chinese.