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14 weeks left -- what do I have to try?

Rangers4me Apr 24, 2009 07:53 AM

I have 14 weeks before I am moving to Boston, so I wanted to turn to the experts. I would like to try as many "must have" places in Los Angeles. These can be fancy restaurants, food trucks, brunch places, or holes in the wall.

I am based in Santa Monica, but am fine traveling to where I need to go.

Of the popular upscale restaurants I've already been to Spago, Cut, Osteria Mozza, the Bazaar, Rustic Canyon, Koi, Patina.

Off of the top of my head, the well-known "best of" places I've been to Langers, Phillpes, Father's Office, Urth Caffe, Sprinkles, Diddy Reese.

So if you had 14 weeks to - where would you be going!

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    paprkutr Apr 26, 2009 05:59 PM

    El Tepyac for their machaca and side order of taquitos with lots of guacamole
    La Casita Mexicana
    La Serenata de Garibaldi original one
    Senor Fish shrimp burritos and scallop tacos
    Carnival on Woodman for middle eastern
    Phillips BBQ

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      Selter Head Apr 26, 2009 05:50 PM

      Din Tai Fung.

      1. ipsedixit Apr 24, 2009 11:55 PM

        In N Out. That way you can compare it to Five Guys when you're on the east coast.

        Even though you've been to Osteria, I wouldn't pass up a chance to go to Pizzeria Mozza (which I consider to be one of the 3 best pizza joints in the nation -- the other 2 being Pizzeria Bianco and Una).

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          JeetJet Apr 24, 2009 05:27 PM

          Boston has some really good food but you still need to enjoy what LA has like no other city -- donuts, fish shrimp tacos.., See my reply (and others) here, “goodbye goodbye goodbye!!!! dining around west la

          See also,
          What foods do you miss most when leaving LA?

          The Last LA meal

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          1. re: JeetJet
            imhungry_gene Apr 24, 2009 07:45 PM

            TITO S IN EL MONTE the best argentine deli ever subs, empanadas,milanesa, other sandwiches also,

          2. westsidegal Apr 24, 2009 04:55 PM

            mariscos chente for seafood in the style of sinaloa and nayarit.

            1. Steve2 in LA Apr 24, 2009 12:04 PM

              I didn't see "Animal", "AOC", "The Hat" or "The Oinkster" listed. I'd hit those.

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                mc michael Apr 24, 2009 11:50 AM

                It seems there are several ways to approach this: 1) places that evoke or represent LA (that is covered by lists that you have here); 2) really fine high end spots that don't exist in Boston (ditto); 3) drilling down on particular foods that you won't find or won't find at the same level in Beantown. In the latter regard, if I were in your shoes, I would really drill down on East LA and the SGV and explore varieties of Chinese and Mexican food at various levels. This will take some work on your part but the dividends will be great. Just sayin'. And enjoy the seafood in Boston!

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                  kotatsu Apr 24, 2009 10:55 AM

                  Have to get yourself some Mexican food. When I moved away from LA for 3 years, it was probably the thing that I missed the most. Tacos Tumbras a Tomas & Ana Maria in Grand Central Market (downtown) serve some mighty fine Mexican food. I'm sure others will suggest their faves.

                  How about the Vietnamese sandwiches at Mr. Baguette? Prolly don't got those in Boston.

                  Maybe the Hat? Not because they serve the best pastrami, or the best onion rings, but goodness gracious do I love having that every 6 months or so.

                  Some good Hawaiian food. Prolly don't have that in Boston, either. I'd recommend the Loft, but I have been a little unhappy with my last 2 meals there.

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                  1. re: kotatsu
                    Burger Boy Apr 24, 2009 11:16 AM

                    Shakas & Rutt's Hut should satisfy the hawaiian. forgot about Maria's Roast to go, my bad!

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                      Burger Boy Apr 24, 2009 08:57 AM

                      Shakas in Alhambra(not Monterey Park)-Bacon fried rice
                      Donut Man Strawberry Donut
                      Scoops for creative gelatos
                      Fosselmans for old time ice cream
                      Masti Malones for Middle Eastern Ice Cream
                      Partamians for the best lahmajune every, very old school quality (Adams, east of Fairfax)
                      Big Mista BBQ at one of the Farmers Markets
                      26 Beach for the best burger in LA, they make their own buns Also amazing french toasts
                      Original Bill's Taco House-very different taco http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/10...

                      El Tepeyac-Machaca Plate/Dinner
                      Nickel Diner=Biscuits & Gravy
                      Panns- Andouille sausage & eggs with a side of biscuits
                      Spoon House- Japanese/Italian fusion- real good, get coffee jelly and the coffee ice with ice cream for dessert

                      Taco table on Vermont just north of Washington- Al pastor taco and chorizo taco
                      Vito's Pizza-vegetarian slice
                      Nicky D's- Clam and bacon pizza
                      Tam O'Shanter Inn-Welsh Rarebit, Toad in the Hole & CC Browns Hot Fudge Sundae
                      Carousel or Elenas or Hermitage for Armenain/Middle Eastern
                      Rutt's Hut for anything Hawaiian I like the bacon fried rice at Shakas better
                      Ciros for flautas/rolled tacos
                      Blue Moon Cafe for Mac & Cheese
                      Flossie's for Fried Chicken and fixins
                      Griddle Cafe-pancakes
                      Tropical Cafe -cuban sandwich, guava cream cheese pie & cafe con leche
                      Fab for hot dogs
                      Pinks for a jalapeno sausage dog with mustard and onions only!
                      J&J Burgers & BBQ- rib tips, smoked chicken wings, potatoe salad, get sauce 1/2 & 1/2
                      Cube @ Divine Pasta- small plates of salumi, cheese & wine......amazing
                      Gen Mi-Sushi (in Honda Plaza Little Tokyo) get there 20 minutes before they open
                      101 Noodle House- Beef Roll and some dumplings (Valley Blvd near New) hard to see
                      Sahags Basturma-Basturma or Soujuk Sandwich
                      Sweets for the Soul- amazing Valrhona Brownies The Obama Brownie
                      Langer's-Best pastrami in the country get the #19
                      Pacific Dining Car-Breakfast, banana walnut pancakes, house sausage and fresh OJ
                      Oki Dog on Fairfax-the special burrito with everything, nothing like it in the whole country
                      Cobbler Lady-Cherry cobbler, only on certain days
                      Fish Taco place in East LA, i forget the name, great fried fish tacos

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                        ozhead Apr 24, 2009 08:53 AM

                        Saddle Peak Lodge
                        Monte Alban

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