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latindancer Jan 1, 2009 05:32 PM

La Taquiza, Manas, La Barca....
These restaurants have been a good place to go for a quick bite around the Exposition Park/USC area.
However it's a new year and I'm hoping there are places in the area described that I haven't been to before.
Are there suggestions?
Anything will do as long as it's around the same price range and has great food.

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    pharmnerd RE: latindancer Jan 2, 2009 07:38 AM

    Try the indoor markets @ Mercado La Paloma, just on other side of 110. Chichen Itza for Yucatan food or Vista Hermosa for the al pastor.

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      JAB RE: pharmnerd Jan 2, 2009 08:02 AM

      I 2nd the above and also rec Kenny's / Serree's Coffee Shop

      Seree's Coffee Shop
      2800 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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        latindancer RE: pharmnerd Jan 4, 2009 06:28 PM

        I love the indoor markets...thanks

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          JAB RE: pharmnerd Jan 5, 2009 02:53 PM

          Today was my 3rd visit to Vista Hermosa for their Al Pastor and sadly it's been worse and worse each time. So much potential. Oh well, back to King Taco for my Al Pastor fixes.

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            pharmnerd RE: JAB Jan 6, 2009 12:49 PM

            That's too bad. At least you can just jump next door to Chichen Itza.

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          nosh RE: latindancer Jan 2, 2009 09:57 AM

          Head to Dino's, on the N/W corner of Pico at Berendo, two blocks west of Vermont. Huge pastrami sandwiches, good burgers, a fine carne asada plate, but almost everyone will be ordering the crazy chicken special -- a marinated half-bird, flame-grilled, in a garlicky tangy vinegary turmeric sauce, served over a huge mound of fries with coleslaw and tortillas for about $5.

          If you like the decent but small-portioned and high-priced fare at La Taquiza, head up Hoover and try the real stuff at El Parian or El Taurino.

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            pharmnerd RE: nosh Jan 2, 2009 10:51 AM

            Dino's sounds like my kinda place. Gonna have to try it some day. Thx.

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              westsidegal RE: pharmnerd Jun 24, 2009 08:41 PM

              absolutely GET THE CHICKEN.
              the prices are so low that actually you can probably afford to get everything, but you won't be able to finish it all.

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              latindancer RE: nosh Jan 4, 2009 06:27 PM

              I'm definately going to try out El Parian and El Taurino.

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                pharmnerd RE: latindancer Jan 6, 2009 12:53 PM

                El Parian's worth the short drive (carne asada & birria). Waiting to try El Taurino's al pastor.

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                  JAB RE: pharmnerd Jan 6, 2009 03:01 PM

                  Re: El Taurino's Al Pastor, if you've had King Taco's then you've had El Taurino's. Not that that's a bad thing.

            3. fgrade RE: latindancer Jan 2, 2009 11:06 AM

              pasta roma on figueroa, it's fast italian....sort of, they have daily specials, you will be surprised at how good this place is. also, try mr. sippies on 11th. st. just west of the harbor fwy. broasted chicken and potatoes, two pieces of chicken and a heap of potatoes for like three bucks, it's an arco gas station with a kitchen, the enormous bbq beef ribs are good too, you will not be disappointed

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                latindancer RE: fgrade Jan 4, 2009 06:25 PM

                I'm very intrigued by the arco gas station...will definately try it.
                Also Pasta Roma...thanks

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                sobriquet RE: latindancer Jan 2, 2009 11:30 PM

                Don't forget the classic El Cholo on Western. It's obviously a little bit farther, but a classic USC student hangout. You're also not too far from Chinatown. I used to pick up food from Yang Chow when there wasn't too much traffic.

                Other classics are Philippe's for french dip, Langer's Deli, and for those late night grub runs, The Original Pantry.

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                  latindancer RE: sobriquet Jan 4, 2009 06:24 PM

                  Thanks for these recommendations everyone....
                  It's a new year and I'll be trying them all.

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                  hungryrunner RE: latindancer Jan 5, 2009 01:02 PM

                  This is a great post. Every summer, I take my daughter up to the museums and rose garden and the only place we can find to eat (we don't like the museum fare) are the stupid indoor depressing eateries on campus.

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                    megs8 RE: latindancer Jan 5, 2009 01:27 PM

                    bacaro's l.a. -- on hoover and union. it's a little wine bar with pretty good food and cheese. the pour is a little small for the price so I don't frequent it, but it has a great atmosphere, nice staff and a happy hour special for small plates.

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                      socaljane RE: megs8 Jun 24, 2009 02:04 PM

                      Yea bocaro's l.a. is a great place to go fro some wine and chesse. Also there is the rgazzi room, great place to hang out and get some cofffee. The foood there is good too, The selction is goood

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                      1. hppzz RE: latindancer Jun 24, 2009 04:07 PM

                        Great Peruvian in the Mercado la Paloma on s. grand st. :

                        Mo-chica, great ceviches and lomo saltado...

                        Review here http://ravenouscouple.blogspot.com/20...

                        Plus Chitzen itza also has a branch there.

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