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My Eating Itinerary for weekend LA trip

DavidB Apr 14, 2008 01:30 PM

I'm heading down to LA from SF in two weeks for the weekend and have a general eating itinerary while I'm there. I would like any advice on the places I'm heading to.

Friday night, around 10pm : Musha Torrance....Should I call and make reservations if its for 4 people? Will it be very crowded? What to Order

Saturday Lunch: LAnger's for PAstrami

Saturday Dinner: I have reservations at AOC. What to order?

Sunday lunch/brunch: Gardena Ramen or Shinsengumi Yakitori?

Thanks in advance.

  1. Foodandwine Apr 14, 2008 01:52 PM

    Reservations at Musha are always honored. I have found myself waiting for 5 minutes or so on busy nights when I had reservations, while others just sat in the bullpen.. They even brought us two draft beers on the house and said thanks for waiting. The specials page which is the first two in the menu thed to have good things... Have a nice dinner..

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      Ogawak Apr 14, 2008 02:09 PM

      Re: Gardena Ramen. I would recommend Santouka a mile or so down the street on Western.

      Re: Langer's. Get the hand cut pastrami. Langer's is a one-trick pony, but the pastrami is excellent. Parking is diffidult, but the Metro line stops there.

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      1. re: Ogawak
        Frommtron Apr 14, 2008 03:04 PM

        Agree. The #19 gets raves but I don't want anything in the way of my Langer's Pastrami and their beautiful rye bread.

        As a heads up, you can order the pastrami "lean" if that's preferable.

        1. re: Ogawak
          New Trial Apr 14, 2008 03:19 PM

          There is a lot that accepts Langer's validations just a block to the East and across the street (7th).

          1. re: Ogawak
            mpken Apr 14, 2008 10:22 PM

            Be ready for the "Honey, everything is hand cut" reply from the surly waitress when you ask for a hand cut sandwich.

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              nosh Apr 15, 2008 03:16 PM

              Most of the disappointments about Langer's pastrami for me, and on this board, are that the thick succulent slices might be a bit dry. I always tell the waitress that I'm not afraid of fat and to serve my sandwich untrimmed and leave the fatty, crusty edges on.

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            whatsfordinner Apr 14, 2008 02:34 PM

            At Musha, the marinated mackerel that's seared at the table and the braised pork belly are must orders.

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            1. re: whatsfordinner
              mollyomormon Apr 14, 2008 04:05 PM

              I also love the cheese tofu and the kobocha croquettes.

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                Bria Silbert Apr 14, 2008 04:55 PM

                AOC has so many lovely dishes - I adore their cauliflower especially (I know that sounds boring but it really is layered is so many levels of flavor). There's very little that I have not liked there. Plus I find the atmosphere conducive to talking (at least the time we were there) and the waitstaff to be professional, knowledgeable and very accommodating.

                1. re: Bria Silbert
                  lotta_cox Apr 14, 2008 07:26 PM

                  that cauliflower is orgasmic.

            2. SauceSupreme Apr 14, 2008 05:45 PM

              A must-order at AOC are the bacon-wrapped dates. I also enjoy the arroz negro, and I can't remember I had chicken-liver crostini there or at Lucques.

              At SSG Yaki -- I wholeheartedly recommend the chicken thigh skewers. Order like three or four of them.

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                exilekiss Apr 14, 2008 06:51 PM

                Hi DavidB,

                Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori doesn't open for Lunch on Sunday (I just called to confirm). :( They are a great experience for you to try at least once, perhaps next time?

                1. mpken Apr 14, 2008 10:24 PM

                  You can go to the Marukai in Pacific Square and have Shinsengumi ramen and some yakitori in one trip. Shinsengumi offers both in the food court inside the market.

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                  1. re: mpken
                    exilekiss Apr 14, 2008 10:42 PM

                    Good point mpken.

                    Although I think the OP is going to miss out on the quintessential Shinsengumi experience you can only get by walking into their Gardena or Fountain Valley Robata-yaki branches at night and hear the Waitresses and Chefs shouting out greetings, thank you's, kanpai's, etc. It's definitely an awesome experience they should see/hear once at least. :)

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