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3 days in LA- best street food, Asian food, Mexican?

bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 10:38 AM

Hi all

I've only been to LA once, and had about a day there. Next week, however, I'm there from Thursday to Sunday.... and I want to eat! I'm in NYC, and while we have great food here I'd love to get some LA gems that aren't something likely to find elsewhere (or at least in NYC).

I'm particularly interested in recommendations for Mexican food (which in NY is embarrassing), Korean, Japanese, street carts, anything that is unique or very notable. Price range is pretty across the board but nothing too crazy- I'd probably cap it at around $100 a person, but also happy to try $5 sandwiches that stand out.

Can you recommend LA-specific deliciousness for a weekend?

Many thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Servorg RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 10:42 AM


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      ozhead RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 11:00 AM

      For Mexican -- specifically Oaxacan -- check out Monte Alban, on Santa Monica Blvd. between Barrington and Bundy in West Los Angeles -- almost, but not quite, to the city of Santa Monica.

      1. OCAnn RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 11:03 AM

        Quick & tasty options in downtown LA: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655674 -- Jury Duty lunch?!?!?

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          alliebear RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 11:30 AM

          Which part of town will you be in and how far are you willing to travel?

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            bpm123 RE: alliebear Sep 29, 2009 12:38 PM

            I'm staying on Figueroa between Colorado and York... is that Highland Park? Happy to travel say up to an hour if that's reasonable. Thanks to all for the above responses so far!

          2. Das Ubergeek RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 04:28 PM

            How about going one evening to the Mexican street food vendors on Breed St. (just north of Cesar E. Chavez in Boyle Heights)? They're there from 7ish to 11ish nightly. Fantastic quezadillas (DF-style) and sopes with unusual ingredients like squash blossoms and huitlacoche and picadillo; good barbacoa; good tacos de guisado (stew); great enchiladas...

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              wilafur RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 29, 2009 04:53 PM

              i wholeheartedly endorse the mexican street food vendors in boyle heights! mmm!

            2. peppermonkey RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 08:38 PM

              for korean: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621661
              you might wanna do the kogi taco truck thing for a taste of what started the current food truck trend

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                paprkutr RE: peppermonkey Sep 29, 2009 08:54 PM

                Forget the truck and go to a good korean bbq. The truck isn't worth it.

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                  peppermonkey RE: paprkutr Sep 29, 2009 09:09 PM

                  i disagree...korean bbq is tiring for me now with the exception of parks....the kogi tacos are unique and bring the flavors that i love in a new and delicious combination...if the op doesn't want to wait in line he can get the tacos at the alibi room with no wait and a good beer...

              2. monku RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 09:02 PM

                For some street like Mexican food close to where you're staying
                Huraches Azteca
                5225 York Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90042
                (323) 478-9572

                Recommended by Jonathan Gold

                1. monku RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 09:16 PM

                  Legendary chili burgers and chili dogs at Original Tommy's in Eagle Rock which is pretty close to where you're staying.
                  1717 Colorado Blvd
                  Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                    mdpilam RE: bpm123 Sep 29, 2009 11:59 PM

                    For some good street (mexican) food:

                    Breed St. (and Cesar Chavez), weekend evenings, 7-10(?)pm. Make sure to go to Nina's (the one with the biggest crowd, just inside the parking lot).

                    Cemitas Poblana truck (10113 Venice Blvd - outside Smart & Final) - Carnitas Cemitas (they're there around lunch time, 11-4pm).

                    El Chato (Olympic & La Brea, 8pm -ish~ on) for great tacos (al pastor, asada, cabeza, chorizo)

                    Some may tell you to go to Kogi BBQ, which is a fusion of Korean BBQ and Mexican street food, and it's good, but the lines are ridiculous - go to Calbi BBQ instead; just as good, with no lines.

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