Odd, Unique and Weird
I am the editor of a travel magazine and just posted an article about unique dining experiences in San Francisco.
I am curious to know what spots in Los Angeles would fall into this category. What L.A. restaurants would you recommend as a 'different' or unusual?
Tokyo Delve's-bad 80's music, games, dancing on Barstools, Sushi
any HK cafe
Follow your Heart-one of the last remaining 70's heath food hippie joints
The Dresden Room-two olsters croon golden oldies
The Palms Thai- Thai Elvis, no kidding
Scoops-odd flavors of Ice cream, yes even Foie Gras and Nicotine mint
there's a place somewhere where you grill your own steak...where is that, gang?
That odd Korean Pizza joint, Mr Pizza Factory. Sweet Potato on Pizza? Dessert crust? Yes!
Bahooka, tiki to the max!
Caioti pizza with a salad the makes overdue women deliver, how can you go wrong!
Pink's-it sucks, hot dog wise, but the lines go forever. Why the Hell is that?
Hurry Curry: i know, it ain't that odd, but japanese curry just seems weird to me.
there's somewhere you can eat sushi off a lady..where is that? (like I'd ever go)
tranquility Base Space themed high end food. Sort of like Tang made by Crystal?
The Magic Castle-magic with mediocre food, They DID pull off a whopper of sleight of hand-in the kithcen and at the register!
For sheer weirdness of concept, any Clearman's North Woods Inn - the food is ordinary, but the sight of a rustic timber lodge with frost on the windows and snow on the roof on a blazing-hot LA day is at least worth a mention. The effect is much better when the "snow" has been washed recently...
LA is of course the birthplace of the classic midcentury "Googie" drive-in diners, several of which are still functioning. The original Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake/Burbank, the Parasol in Seal Beach (which may or may not still be in existence; it was being threatened when we were there a couple of years ago), and Pann's, just off the western edge of Inglewood, are all sterling examples. Pann's is the best choice for both food and undiminished authenticity, having been under essentially the same management since it opened in '58. Amazing fried chicken wings, not only delicious but bigger than the Colonel's drumsticks!
The San Gabriel Valley has hundreds of excellent Chinese and other Asian restaurants, an increasing number of them specializing in specific Chinese cuisines, and most offering very good food at prices San Franciscans can only dream about. If you search this website you'll find many, many threads about these places.
Opaque - dining in the dark
Mouns of Tunis or Dar Maghreb - Moroccan eat with your hands feasts
Palms Thai - the Thai Elvis
Mashti Malone's - rosewater ice cream and other Persian treats
The Griddle Cafe - the largest collection of decadent breakfast feasts many the size of your head
Saddle Peak Lodge - the location and variety of meats on the menu
Urasawa - the most insanely wonderful expensive omakase in LA
Shabu Shabu places