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Jan 16, 2008 04:52 PM


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.

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    1. Whatever else you do, make sure you have a car.

      1. Head east on Valley Blvd. from Alhambra to Rosemead and you'll hit dozens of Bahn Mi joints.

        1. 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?

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            1. re: chinaboy

              Star Restaurant Supply on Sepulveda (between Burbank and Victory) in Van Nuys is good for kitchen supplies and knives. It is probably cheaper than Surfas, which is great for high-end food stuff.

              1. re: Jwsel

                Agree totally -- Star is where we went for stuff, but then to Surfas for speciality items. And you can go get bo bay mon (beef seven ways) at Pho So 1 next to the 99 Ranch afterwards.

              2. re: chinaboy

                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.

                Charlie's Fixtures
                2251 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                Alpine Fixtures & Sheet Metal
                2378 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                1. re: chinaboy

                  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.

                  Action Sales
                  415 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                  1. re: chinaboy

                    There is a supply co. in Monterey Park, I think it's called Atlas supplies. So when you hit the San Gabriel Valley you can just drive down Atlantic Blvd, it's south of the Atlantic Blvd. and Garvey intersection. Wish I had the exact address . . . maybe some here does.

                  2. Ursawa for sushi
                    Providence for great seafood
                    Valentino for high end italian