Dinner around the world - help!
I'm on a quest to eat a representative meal from every country in the world. Of course, most I'll have to make myself, but whenever possible I want to eat the real deal at restaurants.
I'm from Texas, coming to Anaheim for a conference at the end of October. Will be in the area for 7 days, and I'd like to have 7 great lunches and an equal number of great dinners - from as many countries as possible. I've had the basics - Thai, Chinese, French, etc.
What would really please me would be some not-so-basics. How about Tunisian food? Cambodian? Bangladeshi? Nicaraguan? You get the idea - things I'd not easily find anywhere but in a place like LA.
So, can you help out this ambitious taste-bud-traveler?
Cambodian is easy. Long Beach actually has a designated Cambodia Town. Two restaurants that have both received good reviews here are:
1. Monorom 2150 East Anaheim Street Long Beach (562) 987-0130
2, Siem Reap 1810-1812 East Anaheim Street Long Beach (562) 591-7414
I'm sure you will be getting more recommendations for other places to try to complete your "trip"
For a start, take advantage of L.A.'s vast Central American and South American communities and have food from El Salvador, Columbia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador. Don't have time to list them all but search the L.A. board under these countries and you'll find plenty of choices.
Also, Long Beach for Cambodian, Hollywood and North Hollywood for the best Thai.
Well, immediately adjacent to Anaheim is Orange County's Little Saigon -- you can definitely get Vietnamese food there. You can have Indonesian in Rowland Heights (in Yes Plaza at the corner of Colima and Fullerton Rd). Anaheim has an Eritrean restaurant called Merhaba at the corner of Ball Rd and Dale St and an Ethiopian place (honestly, the food is identical) called Tana on La Palma Avenue. Palestine is represented by Anaheim's Little Gaza, near the intersection of Ball and Brookhurst, Lebanon by Zena's Lebanese on Tustin Street in the city of Orange. There's North Korean in LA's Koreatown, though I disremember the name of the restaurant -- someone will chime in, it's the dongchimi place where they won't let you take the leftovers.
There are Pakistani restaurants in Artesia, about a 30 minute drive from Anaheim, and an Uzbek restaurant (Uzbekistan) in Hollywood. Burmese food can be had in Whittier (Golden Triangle); Laotian can be had in Long Beach, but no specific restaurant names spring to mind.
We have Turner New Zealand in Costa Mesa, and Springbok Bar & Grill in Long Beach for South African; Kabo Cafe in Long Beach has Belgian, American and Congolese food. (OK, it has like two Congolese dishes, but still... where are you going to get a Congolese restaurant anywhere??) There's Kalesa Grill in Anaheim which will give you Filipino food and Dunarea, also in Anaheim, has Romanian food despite describing itself as "European cuisine".
Further afield is a Bolivian restaurant in North Hollywood's arts district; more Guatemalan bakeries than you can shake a stick at in the San Fernando Valley; a Colombian restaurant that's technically in Burbank; a bunch of Jamaican places in Inglewood.
Warszawa (or Polka ) for Polish
Los Balcones de Peru or Qusqo for Peruvian
Chibcha for Colombian
Derrick's for Jamaican
Aristo Cafe (or Sofra) for Turkish
Manila Sunrise (or Aristocrat) for Filipino
Tigeorges' Kitchen for Haitian
El Asador for Nicaraguan
Uzbekistan for Uzbek
Csardas for Hungarian
Vienna Cafe for Austrian
Selamat Detang (or Belacan Grill) for Malaysian
Indo Cafe (or Ramayani) for Indonesian
Tagine or Mouns of Tunis or Katoubia for Moroccan
Rinconcito Ecuatoriano for Ecuadorian
Los Chorros for El Salvadorean
How far are you willing to drive? While OC has many choices like Vietnamese, Korean, etc, your options expand immensely if you expand your driving radius. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you're attending a conference, you might not have time to drive out to all these recommendations and then come back for the afternoon session. Thrown in the Orange Crush factor and it's conceivable that you end up spending more time in a car than you will in a restaurant.
Your point about drive time is well taken. I'm willing to drive far for the unusual. How far? 90 minutes I guess.
However, given my parameters (in Anaheim for a conference), part of what's great about this board and the input I've had is that I can start mapping out what could be reached for lunch and what would need to wait until dinner. I'll also stay 1.5 days after the conference for fun and have more time/space at my disposal.
These suggestions are fantastic! I'm most grateful.