EATathon PART 2 - LA DESTRUCTION
My girlfriend and I live in Shanghai. When we come back to the states we eat destructively trying to down anything in our path that we cannot get in China. A few months ago in NYC we managed 11 meals in 60 hours ranging from Banh Mi, Pizza, Oysters, BBQ, Sushi, Middle Eastern, Tapas, and a little fine dining thrown in (Madison Square Park). I am a cook and must eat everything and my girlfriend, well she just loves food.
Anyways, we are coming to LA in a few weeks for about the same time, and would pretty much like to do the same thing. I am open to all suggestions from anything from the low end (yes, taco trucks...actually please, taco trucks) to Banh Mi (my favorite sandwich in the world) to high end to best sushi to burgers to korean and on and on..My stomach awaits.
Thank you for the reccomendations....I forgot that I am also a chef and unfamiliar with Chef Supply stores in LA. Can anyone fill me in on where to go to get the good stuff....Like in NY they have JB Prince, Bridge Kitchenware, and Broadway Panhandler as well as Bowery Kitchen Supply.....Is there anything comparable in LA?
Surfas is great. Definitely stop by while you're in town.
The gritty underbelly of the restaurant supply business lies along Washington Blvd. between Western Ave and Crenshaw Blvd (roughly) were there are no-nonsense, commercial fixture fabricators and equipment dealers.
What the Bowery is to NYC's restaurant supply industry, Washington Blvd is to L.A.
Here's a couple off the top of my head. B&B is somewhere on that stretch too, but I don't have an address for you.
2251 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Alpine Fixtures & Sheet Metal
2378 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
There isn't an area like in NY with a whole lot of kitchen supply stores on one block. I'm partial to Action Sales in Monterey Park. Not super high end, so I guess it depends what you're looking for, but their prices are quite good.
Surfa's is great too, but it's much pricier overall. Lots of good specialty food ingredients there, though.
415 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
For banh mi, try Banh Mi Cho Cu. The most revelatory banh mi experience for me since I discovered banh mi in the first place, in Laos. I had the "xiu mai" banh mi (not what you might think it is, coming from China!)
I first read about it here:
The guy who wrote the post is a really good source for info on all kinds of eating.
For sushi, check out Mori, Zo and Kiriko. Urasawa is supposed to be amazing, but it's very expensive. There's a place in OC, a father-son operation, that's supposed to have excellent sushi, very inexpensive, but the name is escaping me.
Looks like people are weighing in on Mexican food and tacos... Sabor a Mexico is a great taco place. But Mexican food isn't just street stuff... try Babita or La Casita or La Huasteca for upscale but authentic cooking.
For Korean, lots of people have recs on beef BBQ, but it's not my favorite thing. Honey Pig has excellent pork bbq... you cook it on more of a griddle than a grill, though. The "griddle" is actually an iron lid for one of the old-fashioned rice cookers. Make sure to get the top grade of pork belly. You get mushrooms and other stuff to throw on the griddle, too... I think kimchi even enters the picture at some point. Mmm. Really nice ambience, the modern and the traditional combined throughout.
Also, check out Korean fried chicken at Kyochon. There's one in LA in Koreatown, and another in Torrance. Really amazing stuff... my husband is addicted and even I feel a twinge when I drive by and don't pull in.
Sorry, no time to post addresses!
Ethiopian (Rahel is my fave, though it's vegetarian) on Fairfax
Jitlada Thai for southern thai; Sanam Luang for Thai
Tacos Por Favor or Tacomiendo or for high end Babita
second the rec for Urasawa if you can afford it; also really like Tama, Zo,
for Japanese, Musha is good in Santa Monica
go to San Gabriel for Dim Sum
for a decadent breakfast/brunch, The Griddle Cafe
for tapas, Tasca or for small plates, Lou on Vine or Cube, or Hungry Cat
for Peruvian, Los Balcones de Peru or Mario's Peruvian
for Italian, so many suggestions, but Via Veneto is one of my faves in Santa Monica, or Angelli Cafe near Cedars-Sinai
for sandwiches, Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica for the Godfather
burgers provide a debate, but Father's Office is definitely an LA thing
for pastrami, Langer's
for Polish, Warszawa
for Pizza (...), Joe's, Vito
for Persian, Shamshiri; for Lebanese, Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
for fried chicken and southern soul food, Aunt Kizzy's
for high end, concur w/ Providence; also, Jiraffe, Grace, Josie, Melisse, AOC, Lucques (Sunday Supper), Jar (Mozzarella Monday or Sunday Brunch), Campanile (if you're here for grilled cheese thursdays)
The HAT! IS THE FIRST place you guys should hit!
A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ORIGINAL!
Alhambra Ca. the intersection of Valley Blvd. and Garfield Blvd. which is the original location for this SUPERB chain.
Order two Pastami's Double Beef and one order of Chile Cheese fries and two medium cokes. American food at it's FINEST.
If you two can finish this meal and HAVE room for ANY of the other wonderful restaurants in Alhambra you are truly a WORLD class eater!
In addition to the above,
King Taco for tacos...its an LA classic.
Kiriko in for sushi....I second that...I am there at least weekly.
Grub LA in Hollywood for weekend breakfast or lunch any day.
I think Star Restaurant Supply in Van Nuys as mentioned above...is better for "basics." But Surfas is also worth a trip.
Pure Luck (a vegetarian restaurant in east Hollywood / bike district area) sometimes has Pozole (red) as a special, and I think their take is quite tasty, but I don't know if it's "authentic" or not. I've also had it at Ciudad downtown, but I don't know if they still have it on the menu all the time.
chinaboy -hope you will be so kind as to provide a nice write up of your experience and maybe, just maybe do a ny v. la comparison of the various cuisines you partake in - 11 meals in 60 hours...come on you're a chef...you can do better then that !!! LOL
LA's a good city for certain types of ethnic food (those with large populations here, mostly). Mexican (of course, some good recommendations above) - try some Oaxacan food as well as the standard tacos / burritos. Definitely try some Persian food at Shamshiri. Korean BBQ in Koreatown (I'm vegetarian, but the gf recommends Mu Dung San), Indian food in Cerritos, maybe Ethiopian food on Fairfax at Nayala or Meals by Genet. If you like Pho, try Golden Deli or Pho 79. I suggest Palms Thai on the weekend if only to see Thai Elvis (the food is pretty good too).
I'd skip the pizza in LA, esp. since you just got back from NY, though maybe give Mozza a try for a good (and very different) experience. Make reservations if you can, or just show up and sit at the bar.
My gf's from Shanghai (though she's lived here since she was 4), and we had a very hospitable reception when we visited a few months ago; we'd be very happy to go out for dinner or drinks with you guys while you're here if you want. My website (linked from my profile) has a contact email address. Oh, and if you bring me a lot of those small walnut snacks in a package, I'll be your best friend for life.
Can anyone recommend a place for oyster? You think, China, yeah, near the Pacific..there should be oysters. But China is funny. There are crazy huge oysters that they BBQ but are not that great and then there are $7 kumamotos at nice western places...Where can I slurp down a ton of good oyster in LA?
Tyr in n out burgers, get the double double animal style. They are all over LA. Another burger spot is Tommys burgers, get the double chili cheeseburger with extra chili and onions. Titos tacos in culver city is also good for tacos and burritos.