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vivinator Sep 2, 2008 08:16 PM

these groups aren't big in the Southland . well I know there is a Brazilian, ethiopean, eritrean corridor but what else? indonesian in west covina where else? I wonder if LA is really the 2nd most diverse metro area after nyc?

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    vivinator Sep 4, 2008 03:43 PM

    thanks for the responses. hmm singaporean. sounds awesome. a good %age of the population is Indian (particularly Tamil descendants) like Malaysia. went to Elmo's blog and found an Indonesian place in Garden Grove. Mexicans make up a large %age of LA's diversity which is why I asked if it's really the 2nd most diverse area compared to NYC. I guess there are enough sheer #'s of other groups, so this is the case. I wonder where Chicago and Miami would stack up.

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    1. re: vivinator
      Das Ubergeek Sep 4, 2008 09:46 PM

      Chicago would have a huge number of Mexicans, not quite as many Central Americans, and a hell of a lot more Eastern Europeans (Czechs, Polish, Greeks, etc.) than LA, but nowhere near the number of Asians.

      Miami to me is all about immigration from Latinoamérica, Africa and Long Island but I haven't been in years so maybe I'm wrong.

    2. Servorg Sep 3, 2008 04:38 PM

      And, so far, no one has even begun listing the Cambodian food places down in the Long Beach area, (just to add a little to the diversity rating of LA - even though I recognize it wasn't a geographic area asked about by the OP).

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      1. re: Servorg
        slacker Sep 3, 2008 04:46 PM

        Don't have to go down to Long Beach:
        1806 S San Gabriel Blvd
        San Gabriel

        Not really my thing, but there it is.

        1. re: Servorg
          justagthing Sep 3, 2008 04:48 PM

          Just cruise down Anaheim Blvd and you will hit many of them. Also, my favorite, Sophy's is moving to a larger location on PCH, west of Redondo.

          1. re: Servorg
            bulavinaka Sep 3, 2008 04:52 PM

            Throw in the loooooong list of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Mexican dining options and I think our NYC board will cower in fear... The last time I checked, the southland includes the OC and SGV... The OP wants to know what other corridors of ethnicity there are and how diverse the Southland really is... Little Armenia, Tehrangeles, Little Saigon, Koreatown, ThaiTown, East LA,...

            1. re: bulavinaka
              noahbites Sep 3, 2008 07:00 PM

              Where can someone get Iraqi food in LA?

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            slacker Sep 3, 2008 02:46 PM

            I think we're more diverse than nyc.


            Indo Cafe (Culver City)

            Grand Casino (Culver City)
            Empanada's Place (Culver City)

            East African:
            Industry Cafe (Culver City)

            Guelaguetza (Palms, L.A.)

            Chichen Itza (LA)

            I love Culver City for being the united nations of food. Except for Chinese food.

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            1. re: slacker
              burumun Sep 3, 2008 04:24 PM

              slacker: Are you referring to Indo Cafe on National Blvd, right across from Simpang Asia?

              Because if so,I think they're closed now, it's always pitch dark whenever I drive by ... (probably lost all their customers to Simpang)

              If not ... did they open another location ?_? Where in Culver City is it?


              1. re: burumun
                slacker Sep 3, 2008 04:31 PM

                oh no! Yes, I'm referring to that Indo Cafe. I was at Simpang about a month ago, but didn't notice that Indo was dark.

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                  Outerspace Sep 3, 2008 04:33 PM

                  Last time I was at Simpang, the front of Indo Cafe was boarded up with plywood. I was told they had a fire.

                  1. re: Outerspace
                    estone888 May 14, 2010 12:39 PM

                    It's reopened and is as good, if not even better, than it used to be.

                    My favorite Indonesian food is on Saturdays from about 11am to 2pm in the parking lot beind the Duarte Inn, on Foothill Blvd., in Duarte. A group of what are essentially warung.

                    As for Argentinian, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Mercado Buenos Aires on Sepulveda in Van Nuys.

                    Mercado Buenos Aires
                    7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

                    Duarte Inn
                    1200 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA

            2. Das Ubergeek Sep 3, 2008 09:17 AM

              Well, four replies to the troll (seriously, find me another American metro area that's a better candidate for the title)... and a huge list for you. Here's a few more:

              Malaysian - Tropika, in Tustin
              Peruvian - just drive down Sherman Way (Las Quenas, El Hatuchay, etc.)
              Argentine - Lala's (WeHo and Studio City), Mercado Buenos Aires (Van Nuys), El Morfi (Glendale) -- there's also an Argentine-Italian place on Chapman east of the 55 that I can never remember the name of.

              1. westsidegal Sep 2, 2008 10:51 PM

                puro sabor in van nuys
                la perla de pacifico (north hollywood)

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                  noahbites Sep 2, 2008 10:41 PM

                  Here's a nice big list to prove how awesome LA is.

                  Penang in West Covina
                  Belacan Grill in Redondo Beach
                  Selamat Detang in Torrance

                  Simpang Asia in West LA/Culver City area

                  Carlitos Gardel in West Hollywood

                  Pelican around Inglewood
                  Brothers Belizean in South Gate
                  Little Belize in Inglewood
                  Nell and John's near USC

                  El Parron in Van Nuys
                  Rincon Chileno in Wilshire Center

                  Antojitos Latinos in Van Nuys
                  Mesón Criollo in Van Nuys
                  Mi Ama in Lawndale
                  La Maria North Hollywood
                  Chibcha near Echo Park

                  Costa Rica:
                  Costa Rica Restaurant in Anaheim

                  Havana Mania in Redondo Beach
                  Felix in Orange
                  Portos Bakery in Glendale

                  El Caserio in Orange

                  El Salvador:
                  La Caravana in Pasedena
                  Los Chorros in Inglewood

                  Paseo Chapin in Downtown
                  Guatemalteca in Hollywood

                  El Katracho in Sherman Oaks

                  El Gallo Pinto in Azusa
                  El Asador in South LA

                  Los Balcones del Peru in the Vine/Mid-Wilshire area
                  Mario's Peruvian in the Vine/Mid-Wilshire ara
                  Puro Sabor in Van Nuys
                  Pollo a la Brasa in Koreatown

                  Puerto Rico:
                  Señor Big Ed in Cypress

                  Copa Café in Beverly Hills (more of a coffee place)

                  Lagos Café in Gardena
                  Saaris in Inglewood

                  Ngoma in Wilshire/LaBrea area

                  South Africa
                  Spring Bok in Van Nuys

                  Los Balcones Del Peru
                  1360 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                  Pollo A La Brasa Western
                  764 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA

                  Belacan Grill
                  2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                  Mi Ama Restaurant
                  14605 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

                  Porto's Bakery
                  315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                  El Caserio Restaurant
                  309 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                  Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
                  5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                  Havana Mania
                  3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                  Simpang Asia
                  10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                  La Maria
                  10516 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                  Chibcha Colombian Restaurant
                  2619 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                  Springbok Bar & Grill
                  16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

                  Carlitos Gardel
                  7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

                  5358 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                  Los Chorros
                  4693 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304

                  El Katracho Restaurant
                  14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

                  Rincon Chileno
                  4354 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                  Felix Continental Cafe
                  36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866

                  307 E Hillcrest Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

                  Puro Sabor
                  6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                  Penang Malaysian Cuisine
                  987 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

                  Selamat Detang
                  2701 190th St, Torrance, CA

                  Pelican Belizean Cuisine
                  4254 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037

                  Brothers Belizean Restaurant
                  11313 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90061

                  Little Belize
                  217 E Nutwood St, Inglewood, CA 90301

                  Nel & John's Belizean
                  3567 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

                  El Parron
                  Van Nuys, CA, Van Nuys, CA

                  Antojitos Latinos
                  14909 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

                  Meson Criollo Grill
                  15713 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91406

                  Costa Rica Restaurant
                  2500 W Lincoln Ave # 5, Anaheim, CA

                  La Caravana Restaurante Salvadoreno
                  1306 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                  Guatemalteca Bakery
                  4770 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                  El Asador Restaurant
                  1225 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                  Senor Big Ed
                  5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

                  Copa Café
                  Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hills, CA

                  El Gallo Pinto Restaurant
                  5559 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

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                  1. re: noahbites
                    JBC Sep 3, 2008 08:51 AM

                    Nice List ~ Here are a few more:

                    Uncle Al's Seafood - Long Beach ~ (African/Cajun).

                    Ivory Coast:
                    Sweet African Fast Food - Inglewood

                    Dar Maghreb - Hollywood

                    Mozambique - Laguna Beach

                    Ngoma - Mid Wilshire
                    (Already mentioned above; however, they bill themselves as Pan-African dividing their menu between Central West African & Central East African [i.e. Kenya] ).

                    Bistro 4040 - Baldwin Hills

                    Moun of Tunis - Hollywood

                    La Kantuta - North Hollywood

                    Haiti :
                    Tigeorge's Chicken - Downtown-ish

                    Trinidad & Tobago:
                    Caribbean Treehouse - Inglewood

                    Singapore (right in the middle of Malaysia & Indonesia):
                    Banana Leaf - West Hollywood

                    1. re: JBC
                      mbh65 Aug 1, 2009 09:02 AM

                      I am pretty sure that Mozambique is South African (ironically), but pretty good food. :-)

                      1. re: JBC
                        WildSwede Jul 21, 2010 01:20 PM

                        Do you know if the Banana Leaf you mention is related to the ones in Vancouver? Had a great meal there a couple of months ago. Thanks!

                        1. re: WildSwede
                          JBC Jul 22, 2010 08:18 AM

                          I personally don't know; however, the Vancouver Banana Leaf's website describes itself as "Malaysian Cuisine" with 3 locations in Vancouver. So I strongly doubt it.

                          1. re: JBC
                            WildSwede Jul 22, 2010 11:01 AM

                            That makes me sad since the meal was phenomenal and I wish I could have it down here.

                      2. re: noahbites
                        burumun Sep 3, 2008 12:06 PM

                        To add to the Indonesian list:
                        Ramayani on Westwood Blvd
                        It's more expensive than Simpang Asia ... but they do offer more variety and some of the dishes are better here than at Simpang
                        I think the Gudeg is better at Simpang but soto betawi at Ramayani is pretty good!

                        Ramayani Westwood
                        1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                        1. re: burumun
                          bulavinaka Sep 3, 2008 12:11 PM

                          My father-in-law (Malaysian-Chinese) also enjoyed Ramayani's soto kambing as well... It's been a while since we've been, but they also had a stewed dish with oxtails - can't remember the name, but it was quite nice as well...

                          1. re: burumun
                            tdo Sep 3, 2008 10:31 PM

                            I loved the Indonesian food that I had in Singapore but IMHO, Ramayani was nothing to close to that goodness.

                            1. re: tdo
                              bulavinaka Sep 3, 2008 10:52 PM

                              Everyone says that about food in Singapore - you've been there so you know it's an island full of Chowhound-able eaters. IMHO, they set a high bar, it's a totally different climate, many exotic indigenous ingredients, etc, which all plays like an alchemist's secret formula that is nearly impossible to duplicate here. I'm thankful that we can even get renditions of cuisines from that part of the world here in the Westside and the South Bay with relative ease...

                          2. re: noahbites
                            BobMack Sep 3, 2008 01:47 PM

                            Do you have any more info on this place?

                            Selamat Detang in Torrance

                            I looked it up on the internet but only found an address that I can't find (when driving by) and a phone number and menu that corresponds to Belacan Grill. I hope this place exists since it's right around the corner from me.

                            1. re: BobMack
                              bulavinaka Sep 3, 2008 02:14 PM

                              Just found them on losangeles.menupages.com under Torrance - clicked their online menu and the items looked like pretty standard but familiar... looked up the address, and it's the same as Belacan Grill... my gut tells me that the greeting, "Selamat Detang" (or selemat dAtang - welcome), must have gotten mislabeled somehow as a restaurant name...

                              1. re: bulavinaka
                                noahbites Sep 3, 2008 02:23 PM

                                Hmm. I think you're right. Good detective work.

                                1. re: bulavinaka
                                  zruilong Jul 22, 2010 11:26 AM

                                  I think Selmat Detang was the name of the restaurant before it became Belecan Grill. That location went through many different owners, style changes, etc. Belacan Grill is one of the longest tenents there. It is good food, just never "crowded."

                                  Belacan Grill
                                  2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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                              Outerspace Sep 2, 2008 09:02 PM

                              Great Indonesian food at Simpang Asia on National Blvd. just west of Motor. Very plain and small room, but very good food.

                              Simpang Asia
                              10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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