Taco's Baja Ensenada, Park's BBQ, Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa, Jitlada, etc. Yet another nyc hound looking for advice
I’ll spend the next two of weekend in LA. I searched the board and came up with this list of must try places. Are there any specialties I should order there or times I should avoid them (because of long lines etc)?
Taco's Baja Ensenada
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Seafood Village Restaurant
(or Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant instead)
Diddy Riese Cookies
Taco's Baja Ensenada ... fish tacos
Park's BBQ ... get the Pork X
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa ... what else but nem nuong rolls
Seafood Village ... get the house special crab and fish soup
Sea Harbour ... geoduck, shark's fin soup, and abalone are all good choices
Milk ... bon bons
Diddy Riese is not worth a special trip unless you happen to be walking around Westwood anyway and need a cookie. I'd rather have a peanut butter chocolate doughnut from Stan's though if I was in Westwood. But first I would hit Falafel King.
Anyway, I highly recommend Sea Harbour for dim sum in addition to the dinner dishes described by ipsedixit. Try anything that's a departure from the standard dim sum fare. I think you can make a reservation, even.
I like Diddy Riese... especially the cheap ice cream sandwiches with the scoop of ice cream and the two cookies of your choice (used to be $1, I hear it went up).
Tacos Baja Ensenada... fish tacos, shrimp ceviche tostada, and those wonderful chiles gueros.
Park's BBQ -- get the prime beef kalbi. It's like the bone and a ROLL of unbelievably good beef.
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa -- get the hamburger. Just kidding. What else would you get there?? But nem nuong does not a meal make... you could get banh mi or pho or banh xeo (is there still a Brodard in Rosemead?) at other places.
Seafood Village -- ong choy with dried tofu, house special crab, and chiu chow jook.
Sea Harbour -- go for dim sum!!
taco's baja ensenada tacos are only 99cents on wednesdays (might want to confirm thats still the case) i normally only order it with one tortilla so i can eat more tacos... its actually not too far from monterey park chinese food so you could conceivably make a day trip out of it... (el taco nazo has its supporters too but i think TBE is better)
i'd also suggest going to the mercadito on first and lorena for some snacks like churros or cactus fruit or a crazy diabolito shaved ice with tamarind and spicy chili powder, and then go upstairs for a beer and listen to mariachi... one of the raddest places in la.
the food at sea harbor seafood is much more refined and also more expensive than seafood village... its good for both dim sum and a fine cantonese seafood dinner.
however if you are itching for chiu chow food then hit seafood village... the lines here are longer. (its pretty low priced in general so the crowds will come)
diddy reese you get the ice cream sandwich.
Seafood Village also has some interesting Abalone dishes. I enjoy their French style beef and also they have a tofu dish that has fermented shrimp on top that is quite enjoyable if you like to expand your horizons.