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Nov 5, 2009 02:59 PM

NYC foody in need of recommendations for week long LA trip

My girlfriend and i are visiting our friends (who only recently moved to LA themselves) in January and I really want to make sure I hit the right food spots. New York is entirely devoid of decent Mexican food so thats a must, as is some great vietnamese. We will essentially eat anything that is good, but prefer places that aren't too trendy or hip. Prefer cheap for ethnic foods, but as our anniversary will occur while we are there, a tasty and fancier place recommendation would be appreciated.

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  1. LA is emormous (per wikipedia, it spans nearly 500 square miles) so you'll get better recommendations if you say where you're staying, whether you'll have a car and how much you're open to driving. It's not the easiest place to get around, but when you experience the weather here in January and the amazing food, it'll all be worth it.

    1. Also, this is specific question that gets asked almost weekly by visitors to LA, often those from New York. You might try searching the site.

      Here's a thread from earlier this year:

      I recommend Chichen Itza if you're anywhere near the general downtown area, but there are many, many options.

      Chichen Itza
      3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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      1. re: missyp

        and if you make it to chichen itza with two people, i'd recommend one of you getting something at mo chica as well. it's really modern peruvian food that knocked my socks off.

      2. If you are looking for some great Vietnamese food, considering coming down to Orange County to the Little Saigon area. Worth the trip if you love ethnic and cheap eats.

          1. re: Mr Taster

            LA k town has the best korean food in the whole US so I would suggest checkin out a couple spots there.
            Kobawoo is known for their pork belly wraps. All their food is good but you definitely want to go for this. They also have this for a lunch special which is only 10$ including all the sides and soup.
            Honey Pig also a pork belly but its BBQ on a grill with veggies and kimchee you grill together. At the end they make a spicy fried rice on the same grill you cooked the meats.

            For a traditional Japanese experience Shinsengumi in Torrance has chicken parts skewers and pub style (izakaya) tapas dishes

            Chinese dim sum in Chinatown Emperors Palace. Theres usually a long wait but thats a good sign for dim sum. If you dont mind traveling a little further Monterey Park is filled with good dim sum spots. You cant go wrong with any of them.

            Gjelina is a really good restaurant but its not Ethnic

            Mexican Food go to King Taco or El Taurino.

            Honey Pig
            3400 W Eighth St, Los Angeles, CA 90010

            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

            El Taurino
            2306 W 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            Kobawoo Restaurant
            698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005