Korean and Mexican Food Tour
Hey LA Hounds,
I'll be spending one day noshing around L.A., I'd like to focus on Mexican and Korean mid range to hole in the wall type places. I am from SF and will get a car at LAX and spend the day driving around eating. Based on previous threads, here are some ideas on my itinerary so far:
Dan Sung SA
Beverly Soon Tofu
Antequera de Oaxaca
P. Mozza - an add on
Please let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations for quick non-sit down type places. For Mexican I'm interested in taco stands/trucks, particularly seafood type stands or others that I don't get in SF. For Korean, I'm interested in cold noodles, stews and seafood. (To save some stomach room, I probably will skip bbq on this trip). I'm also trying to find a good Korean restaurant for having one casual dinner with friends.
Any of your help and expertise would be much appreciated.
If you're doing Beverly Soon Tofu, right across the street is its rival (and my preferred soon dubu spot) Sokongdong.
I like the Shrimp Tacos at Best Tacos in Baja Ensenada, as well as the Scallop Tacos at Maria's in the Grand Central Market.
You might also consider Guelaguetza for Oaxacan in Koreatown.
That's going to be a really filling day!
I wish I had the opportunity and stomach capacity to do what you're going to do. I was down in LA in early April and the LA Ch'rs helped a lot:
This includes a recommendation on the same Oaxacan restaurant SauceSupreme recommends in this thread.
There are a lot of good recommendations in other threads on the LA board as well. While you're down there try to get into Kyochon Chicken on W. 6th a few blocks east of Western. When I told my first gen Korean friends I went there, they were really envious. They all miss Kyochon.
You should also check out El Taurino on Hoover and Olympic...they have awesome carne asada tacos, but be ready to wait for a little while b/c they're always crowded!!
I would definitely say try Babita. But make a reservation--the place is teeny and I've seen them turn people away.
Please don't go to Carnitas Michoacan... its nothing special... I don't want to insult anything... but stop with the insanity already! Taqueria Sanchez is marginally chow-recable... I would suggest the Lomo Taco & a Nopales Gordita...
Forget Babita... not because it isnt great... I think you have waaaay too much on your plate timewise & foodwise... instead I would recommend Birrieria La Barca... Birria tacos, Camarones a al Diabla (that will blow you away)... the amazing Mayocoba beans (de la Olla)... Molcajete with Shrimp, Nopal, Beef, Chicken & Chorizo.... the Cornish Game hens... all praise worthy.
For Seafood Cocktails.... there is no other truck than the busy truck at Arroyo Seco park on Figueroa in Highland Park (you will know which one of the two... as you will be in line for 30 minutes)... I like the Shrimp & Octopus the best.