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

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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  1. Saddle Peak Lodge
    Monte Alban

    1. 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

        1. 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

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

          2. 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!

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

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

                1. 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
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4443...

                  See also,
                  What foods do you miss most when leaving LA?
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3709...

                  The Last LA meal
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5031...

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                  1. re: JeetJet

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

                  2. 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).

                      1. 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