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Jun 10, 2008 02:32 PM

E.Coast Chefs in LA for 3 days- end of june

We're two east coast chefs en route to Sonoma and and then LA for a week. We're in LA from Sunday the 29th of June to the 2nd of July. We're into the whole gastropub movement and would love some suggestions. But anything flies for us-- fancy to diners. sushi to burgers. we plan on eating out for every meal.


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  1. I don't know about gastropubs but you should have Mexican (Babita, La Casita, La Huasteca) while you're here, and Vietnamese (suck it up and come on down to Little Saigon), and Korean (Koreatown, naturally).

    1. I would start with this (recent) thread. It's the definitive Where to Eat in LA thread.

      1. abattoir,

        To help us out a bit, you might begin by telling us where you'll be staying.

        LA is sort of a big place and gas ain't cheap ...

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Regardless of how expensive gas is, I'm stating the obvious - the OP needs to spend at least a day in the San Gabriel Valley.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            we're splitting our time between santa monica and los feliz, have rented a hybrid (v. la, we hear), but not entirely worried about carbon footprint on this trip.

            definitely have heard of father's office, and a friend mentioned the hump. can someone expand on the san gabriel valley and anywhere else that is notable?

            thx in advance.

            1. re: abattoir

              In san Gabriel, go for a dim sum lunch. Search "dim sum" on here for the faves.

              IF you want the best selection of Belgian Beer in the area, go to Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Food is OK, but the beer selection is amazing.

              The Gastropub selection in LA is just not like in SF or Portland, sad to say. As BBQ "gastropub" Bistro that I love is Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks. Fabulous beer and amazing food, both from the BBQ and the Bistro side of the menu:

              The Hump is good for sushi, but there is better. Asanebo in Studio City is amazing. If you had the $$$$$, I'd say go to Urasawa. You won't regret it.

              For Gastorpubs, I actually enjoyed the VIllage IDiot and Third Stop both pretty well. LEss of a hassle than FO.

              For a sort of "diner/gastropub" you may want to try Lucky Devil's in Hollywood.

              Fancy Dinners? I send everyone who asks me to Providence and tell them to get the chef's tasting menu. It'll blow your mind. (They are also good for lunch on Friday!


              You should hit Little Ethiopia on Fairfax for ethiopian. Gotta try it!

              Village Idiot
              7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              Meals By Genet
              1053 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

              3rd Stop
              8636 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Lucky Devils
              6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Boneyard Bistro
              13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

              Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
              1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

              Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
              1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

              Lucky Baldwins
              17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

              1. re: Diana

                I usually like yore recommendations but Lucky Baldwin's? The worst steak & mushroom pie I ever had was at LB. Watery gravey and limp pastry. It was the worst birthday dinner I ever had. :-(

                1. re: SeaCook

                  Well, I never order that, see. There is this amazing goopy french fry thing, pretty good burgers, a nice cheese plate and a few other things.

                  For pies, like steak and kidney pud, I go to the Robin Hood only.

                  Plus, the beer selection at Lucky B's can't be beat.

                  1. re: Diana

                    I would suggest the LB in Sierra Madre instead of Pasadena, not so gross and the fish and chips are decent.

              2. re: abattoir


                As a former east coaster (New York, to be exact), this is where I would go re: San Gabriel Valley.

                Some background on San Gabriel Valley (or the SGV for short). In many ways, the SGV is unrivaled in its depth and variety of Chinese cuisines. There might be cities with better Hong Kong cuisine (e.g. Vancouver) but few cities in the Western Hemisphere (yes, this part of the globe) that has as much variety and depth of serious Chinese cooking -- from Szechuan, to Beijing, to Hunan, to Chiu Chow, to Taiwanese, to even esoteric cuisines like Liuzhou (e.g. NRN Noodle Shop).

                Given your limited time in LA (basically 3 days) you're not going to be able to really sample all of the SGV during your stay, so I would suggest these three places to highlight some of the more unique and tasty offerings of SGV. In no particular order.

                Macau Street -- nouveau Hong Kong cafe style food, think of them as sort of an updated classic American Diner serving Chinese food made with a bunch of line cooks all disciples of Ferran AdriĆ 

                Din Tai Fung -- an enormously popular place for xiao long baos (with other locations in Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and China); while I'm not part of this group, many do consider this place to serve the best xiao long bao in the United States, so if you are in LA it's worth stopping by just to see what the fuss is all about.

                Sea Harbour or Elite -- for either dim sum or a more traditional sit down dinner; both places offer some of the more innovative dim sum offerings outsie of Vancouver and Hong Kong, as well as a panoply of fresh seafood offerings.

                Hope this helps and enjoy your stay.

                Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                Elite Restaurant
                700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                Macau Street Restaurant
                429 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

              1. Hey abattoir,

                The link that yogachik posted is a good starting point (the past few months have had a slew of "Where are some Must Eats in LA?" / "I'm visiting, what should I try?" threads).

                That being said, to answer your questions about the SGV and other recs:

                1. The San Gabriel Valley is just east of Downtown L.A. proper. It is home to the highest concentration of authentic Chinese Restaurants in L.A. (just take the 10 Freeway East, and take any exit from Atlantic Blvd. all the way through Rosemead (and beyond) to find all sorts of Chinese eateries (the other big portion of Chinese restaurants is further east off the 60 Freeway in the Hacienda Heights / Rowland Heights / Diamond Bar area).

                If you're in the mood for Dim Sum, I'd recommend Sea Harbour, considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best in L.A. Here's a review and some pics:

                If you want a specific type of authentic Chinese food, let us know so we can help :). Do you crave Northern / Shanghai / Jiang Zhe / Szechuan / Hunan / Cantonese / Taiwanese / Dumplings / Chinese Handmade Noodle Houses, etc.?

                2. The Hump is a pretty, fancy Sushi bar in L.A. Not bad, but if you want to sample the best Sushi / Kaiseki restaurant in L.A. and money is no object, you must try Urasawa. Here's my review of Urasawa w/ Pics:

                3. I second Das Ubergeek's recommendation on trying out the great Mexican, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine as well. :) Some great stuff out here.

                4. We've recently gained an amazing Japanese Yakitori master / eatery here in L.A.: Yakitori Bincho in Redondo Beach. Highly recommended (fun, simple food).


                Urasawa Restaurant
                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Izakaya Bincho
                112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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                1. re: exilekiss

                  Everyone seems to rave over Father's Office. Other gastropubs: Bowery, Ford's Filling Station, The York.