In LA next weekend
I'm travelling to LA next Friday evening to meet my wife following her business trip. We are returning home to Seattle on Sunday. I am flying in and out of Burbank, most likely. We would appreciate any advice on essential restaurants for a weekend visit, with logistical considerations in mind.
I read J. Gold's columns pretty regularly, and his top 99 lists. I also looked at the recent poll of favorites on this board.
I was thinking maybe one dinner in the higher end category, with the rest of the meals in the cheap to moderate range. I am a huge fan of regional cuisine, and I was thinking initially visiting Babita, along with an excellent Thai and Korean BBQ. Maybe a Persian and some exceptional tacos too. For the higher end, I'm really open to suggestion, and would probably go to a place somewhat convenient to evening activities. We haven't decided yet where to stay or what to do (other than eat!)
Since you're going to be in the Burbank area to catch your plane, might want to consdier Palate in nearby Glendale (about 10 minutes away). http://www.palatefoodwine.com/
For Thai, you can't go wrong with Jitlada in Hollywood (also pretty convenient from Burbank airport).
For Korean BBQ, my top two recs would be Park's or Soot Bull Jeep (in that order).
if food is a focus of your visit, i would try to stay in some area of town OTHER than the burbank area.
I'd skip the Persian, stay in Studio City or Hollywood, and go to Jitlada, Babita, Park's BBQ and then hit up your choice of taco trucks from Bandini's Taco Hunt blog. If the Tacos La Fonda truck is still around on Vanowen and Vineland (I moved from the area two years ago) it is probably your best stop.
There is also great and cheap Thai in North Hollywood, just west of the Burbank airport, along Sherman Way from the 170 to Woodman... Krua, Sunshine, Bua Siam and Swan would be my choices there.
And on the way back out, stop in Burbank at Porto's Bakery and get stuff to take with you. :)
re: Das Ubergeek
Thanks so much for the thoughtful advice.
We are planning to go to Soot Bull Jeep friday night (it's open later than Park's), and then drive up to Hollywood or vicinity and stay there for two nights. Probably hit Jitalda for lunch Sat or Sun, with Bandini-approved tacos for the other lunch, depending on what else we do (Griffith Park, the Getty, or Malibu maybe).
Is there a choice place for Saturday night dinner in the Hollywood vicinity, either regional Mexican or something more unique and higher end? Babita seems a long drive out east - am I wrong?
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Griffith Park serviceable lunch at the Golf Courses - Wilson/Harding, but not for foodies, I guess - clubhouse rebuilt in 1934 by WPA after burning down. If you go, say hi to Rosie and Robbie Lee, servers. Sentimental favorite.