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jdwdeville Jan 29, 2009 03:42 PM

So, inspired by a recent post about Tito's mentioning "LA Institutions", and by the fact that I'm new to this city (and a food freak), I thought maybe we could come up with a list.
what is everybody's absolutely iconic LA eateries? any cusine, any price, so long as it typifies what makes LA unique.

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    jessejames Jan 30, 2009 09:17 AM

    Lawry's...with "Beef Bowl" competitions between Rose Bowl squads going back half a century or more!

    1. Emme Jan 29, 2009 11:52 PM

      Spago
      Moonshadows/Geoffrey's (somewhere on the beach)
      Yamashiro (for drinks - the iconic view)
      Monte Alban/Tlapazola Grill/Gilbert's El Indio
      Donut Man/Primo's/Stan's in Westwood
      Urasawa/Katsuya/Tama
      Saddle Peak Lodge
      Dim Sum in SGV - Elite/Mission 261
      Monte Alban
      Dan Tana's
      Bay Cities Deli
      Cynthia's (for the cobbler)
      Pann's
      Josie's for the farmers' market menu
      Jitlada
      Hungry Cat/Hatfield's/AOC/Providence
      Park's BBQ/Soot Bull Jeep
      Chung KIng - very spicy
      The Griddle Cafe
      Mashti Malone's for rosewater ice cream
      Campanile's Grilled Cheese Thursday's
      The Ivy/La Scala/Barney Greengrass/Polo Lounge
      The Farmers' markets - any of them
      Langer's
      Daikokuya

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      1. re: Emme
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        jdwdeville Jan 30, 2009 10:05 AM

        Bay Cities certainly is addicting, and Monte Alban is next on our Mexican Adventure list--
        how does Daikokuya compare to the ramen place inside Mitsuwa Market?

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        Adsvino Jan 29, 2009 04:47 PM

        Ten LA Classics:

        Apple Pan, Pinks, Tito's Taco’s, Zankou, Philippe’s,
        Langers, Mario's Peruvian, Musso & Frank, Sasabune, In-n-Out

        1. Chowpatty Jan 29, 2009 03:57 PM

          A thread on classic old LA restaurants:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/342786
          Here's one on "Foodiest spots in L.A."
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/516232
          And here's one for L.A. newbies:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/525469

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