NYer visiting LA - suggestions please
I'm a New Yorker visiting LA next week from wed - sunday. I'd really like to experience the all organic, local foodie culture I'm always hearing all about while I'm there. Recommendations for neighborhoods? restaurants? and websites/blogs about LA happenings and restaurants will be most appreciated. thank you in advance!
also, am looking for a food/wine related day trip outside the city? suggestions?
thank you. thank you. thank you.
Veggie Grill, 2 newer locations in LA area:
- 8000 Sunset - Los Angeles
8000 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- Plaza El Segundo
720 Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
I loved my trip to NYC last year, but I did miss all the Mexican and ethnic Asian that NYC doesn't have as much of.
Getting around the LA area can involve a lot of driving and traffic, so you might mention where you're staying so people can give you some better direction. There are also a number of threads on Chowhound that other New Yorkers have started looking for LA-specific foods.
One of many food blogs in LA: http://eatingla.blogspot.com/
Check out the Santa Monica farmers market on Wednesday or Hollywood market on Sunday.
Local ingredients for a really good breakfast: Square One in Hollywood.
For your food and wine day trip go out to Santa Ynez, north of Santa Barbara (maybe 2-3 hours from West LA?). Post on the California board for specific restaurant suggestions near Los Olivos, Buellton and Solvang. There's also a smaller wine area in Temecula, about 2 hours from downtown LA, with spas and Indian casinos too.
Try foodgps.com for a blog, but there are zillions.
Me, I'm all about the incredible, cheap ethnic food, rather than high-end organic produce, but you absolutely cannot go wrong with the Santa Monica farmers' market (Weds or Sat at 3rd and Arizona from 8 AM to noon, Weds is bigger). I believe Josie does a Wednesday night meal based on what's current at the SMFM. Hollywood is another huge market, this time on Sunday mornings a block northeast of Hollywood and Vine.
Skip Real Food Daily. My experiences there have taught me that they apparently like to avoid spice and flavour as well. If you want to experience an LA diet-based restaurant go to M Cafe de Chaya, it's 10x the restaurant RFD is, but is not vegan (it is a macrobiotic restaurant).
Oh, my God, I don't even know where to start. There is SO much great ethnic food, and it's all over LA.
Definitely go to Mariscos Chente in Mar Vista, on Centinela Ave. There is no Mexican seafood like it in New York, because they go down to Mazatlan on a bus (seriously) with coolers to source the fish and shrimp right at the harbour. Unbelievable -- and CHEAP for what it is. I believe pescado zarandeado, the best thing on the menu, is $18 per kilo, prepared and served with tortillas. (You buy the whole fish. Don't forget to eat the meat out of the cheeks!) Also excellent are any number of the shrimp dishes, though I love love LOVE the camarones borrachos. Also, it's spiny lobster season, so if you're lucky they may have some langostinos.
Koreatown is the largest Korean ethnic enclave in the US and it is an amazing place to eat. If you like Korean barbecue, the place to go is Park's BBQ.
I believe Monte Alban has reopened in its home on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA, if you want Oaxacan food. (If you've never had it, it is unbelievably complex.)
You'll be right up the street from "Tehrangeles" -- Javan is a good place to eat for Persian food.
There's a stunning array of great Thai food in Hollywood. My favourite is Jitlada for their southern menu. (While New York has Sripraphai, LA has at least half a dozen places the equal and that's without thinking too hard about it.)
If you will have a car and want to drive out to the San Gabriel Valley, the 10 freeway is our answer to the 7 train.