Yeah, another NYer
Babita ... still worth the haul .. say from mid-Wilshire mid-week? Any seasonal recs?
Definitely be downtown at some point; where would you stop off in the GCM?
Been to Phillipe's many times for the French dip ... is Coles an alternative?
(Gonna step aside of the Langers/Katz brouhaha ;-) )
Is Parks in KTown worth a visit or would you direct an out-of-towner elsewhere ... say kkot gae rang agu rang on Olympic and Harvard... Ham Ji Park: 6th and Catalina?
Where would you send a friend who enjoyed "traditional" sushi?
Probably (finally, embarrassingly) get a chance to check out Rodia's Towers, recs?
I have leads in the SGV, but any note of a recent/timely standout would be appreciated.
Redondo ... love Quality Seafood (steamed Santa Barbara crabs).
Is the yakitori out on the pier *that* good?
Laguna ... any and all rec appreciated ... as well as any other hails along the SD/LA traverse.
Not much west of the Watts Towers, but just east in Lynwood is La Huasteca -- excellent Mexican food (a competitor of Babita) and you can wander the plaza and soak in Mexican culture.
Park's is definitely worth the trip.
Follow your Chowsense in the Grand Central Market -- there's nothing bad in there.
Coles is not an alternative, it has been closed for awhile. There has been talk of its renovation as a higher-class place, but nothing yet. I'm not a big fan of Phillipe's except for the historic, kitsch factor, and you stand in enough lines in NYC. Their sandwiches keep getting smaller, more presliced, and more expensive. Love Langer's, though, for pastrami on the best twice-baked rye.
Grand Central Market is fun and a scene. There are three stands that serve outstanding huge tacos for about $2 -- Ana Maria's, Roast2Go, and one whose name I forget. The meat to get is the carnitas -- succulent, tender, crispy edges, rich. But if I were visiting the downtown area, I'd go in the opposite direction for my favorite taco stand in all of L.A. -- the branch of Carnitas Michaocan above Chinatown at 19th. Good carne asada, but even better al pastor, sliced off of a rotisserie spit. But what makes the place special is their salsa roja -- brickred, complex, thin, spicy, hot, smoky -- fantastic stuff. Burritos are about $5. Order at one window, pick up at another, covered patio seating. Was Bandini's (The Great Taco Hunt) top choice a year ago.
I disagree on Phillippe's. I go there fairly often because it's convenient, especially before a Dodger game. In the grand scheme of Phillippe's, I'm probably still a newbie, an interloper -- I've been going for seven years. In that time, I have seen no change in the size, quality, preparation, or anything else with their sandwiches. Prices may have increased in that time -- I haven't really kept close tabs on that, especially since it's still such a cheap meal in the grand scheme of things. They continue to slice the meat at the counter right in front of me, they will take requests (lean meat for my wife, for example), and I have not found the lines to be horrible. In fact, if you go for dinner on a weeknight when the Dodgers aren't playing, you might have a line of two or three people in front of you. That's just enough time to make up your mind and test your self-control as you eye all the pies in the cold case...
Ham Ji Park is amazing at the things they do well...if you've never been go and get the pork ribs and pork neck/potato soup.
I would tell a friend who wanted fanatstic trad sushi to go to Sushi Zo,or Jinpachi (criminally over-looked excellent place in WeHo), or Mori Sushi, or The Hump.
The yakitori on the pier is not open. Shin Sen Gumi or Kokekoko are -- and are good.
Thanks for that pick-up; I'm looking forward to trying these.
I've just noticed a varietal out here coming up from Florida I've never seen before ... Quite large, shaped like a Pinkerton, but the skin goes red with ripeness.
A recent addition ... still have to try these ... will post if of note.
Some feedback ...
Encinitas ... Kaito sushi ...
The imported kamasu and sazae as sashimi were stand-outs ...
mind you, plain-plain-jane front ... but .. (how often do you leave a sushi-ya feeling, "this was a blast"? ... great people here).
Laguna ... Crab Zone (B'way/PCH)
shrimp toast, sweet and sour tamarind dungeness crab & garlic noodles, cassava/sherry bundt cake ... uh, yeah, stop here.
LA ... I'm a sucker.
Mexican ... catch as catch can ... as a native NYer this has never disappointed.
Susihi Zo ... clean cut/good variety ... very "Yasuda"-like in "philosophy"/format.
Torino on Beverly ... porcini ravioli with foie and black truffle coupled with a barolo, decent bang.
Wa, black truffle infused mirin over plump, firm, cool uni gunkan ... wow ... nice.
Larchmont maket for the Reeds.
Shanghainese - San Gabriel (Commercial Ctr) - Shanghai Restaurant
What was that semi-sweet, congee-like dessert with the black sesame sticky rice balls flocked with "golden" petals, damn?
Thanks again for all insights.