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Jul 10, 2008 05:36 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Maybe Ondal 2? Redondo lost it's chow raison d'etre (other than Quality) when Bincho closed due to a case of very bad exhaustion. ;-D

    2. 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.

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      1. re: nosh

        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...

        1. re: glutton

          Last time out, after a Dodgers game, we stopped by Tommy's for a chili dog. IF I were a native (local post), I'm sure I'd catch shit
          (and let's not talk about Pinks, where the highlight was a drive-by heckler: "RU fuckn nutz?")
          ... but hey, say, Cliftons was a total trip me!

      2. 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.

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Shin Sen Gumi (be sure it's the yakitori-ya on Western in Gardena) is much friendlier, less cliquish and a fraction of the price of Kokkekoko and the food is just as good.

          Mr Taster

        2. All "feedback" is noted and will be put to good use, many thanks!
          On another note, I've heard Reed avocados deserve their rep, true?.
          I don't believe I've seen these out east.
          Is it too early in the summer to be scoping these out further south - road-side?

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          1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

            Reed avocados are in abundance at the local farmers markets right now, they're very good and enormous. There's a farmer's market each day of the week, in different areas, but the one in Santa Monica on Wed and Sat is famous.

            1. re: yogachik

              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.

          2. for 'traditional' sushi, my recommendations are:
            sushi zo in palms on national (only go here if you are planning to get the omakase; also be sure to make reservations, i've seen the restaurant be completely full on a tuesday night.)
            sushi sushi on beverly in beverly hills.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              Mori and Zo keep coming up in the LA area .. the field narrows.