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Brooklyn Hound in LA for 2 weeks

I am in LA on Business for 2 weeks and want to exlore all lLA has to offer. Unfortunatly I am based in Whittier but will be traveling to Hntington Beach, Redondo B and as far north as Santa Barbara.

What should I not miss? From Taco Truck to old school Chasen's. Batali to Farmer's Market. Give me the inside please

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  1. Here is one previous thread that ought to be of help in your quest: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637615

    1. BTW, Chasen's has been closed quite a while.

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      1. if you are interested to compare, go to langers for their pastrami and/or corned beef .,,,,,i would be interested to know how you find it compared to katz or carnegie deli....also .pavich in san pedro for pizza as compared to grimaldi's or harlem patsy's....

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        1. re: jaymor

          Better yet, if scobee99 has the requisite gray hairs, compare Langer's to the old Pastrami King in Kew Gardens -- not the current restaurants using that name but the one that shut down and moved to Manhattan as the Pastrami Queen in 1066, I mean 1998.

          P.S. to scobee: For good grunt food in the next town over from Whittier, try the delicious hot wings at Alondra Hot Wings ( www.alondrawings.com ) in Montebello. A bit farther, but not far off your route to Redondo Beach, is the exquisite neighborhood Mexican restaurant, La Casita Mexicana ( www.casitamex.com ) in Bell. It's Christmas, so get their great version of chile en nogada (mild chile stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and pork, dried fruits, walnuts, and bits of candied cactus and covered with pecan cream sauce sprinkled with pomegranate seeds), preceded by a usually outstanding soup and excellent chips dripped with several styles of mole sauce. And if you do make it as far as Santa Barbara, don't miss Downey's ( http://downeyssb.com/ ), one of California's finest restaurants -- a quiet storefront a few blocks north of the downtown hubbub. Their meats (I love the lamb and duck), fish and seafood (lovely salmon), appetizers (smoked duck, smoked salmon, lobster and avocado salad), and outstanding desserts are extraordinary examples of "Santa Barbara cuisine."

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          La Casita Mexicana
          4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

          Downey's
          1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

          Alondra Hot Wings
          616 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

          1. re: Harry Nile

            I remember Pastrami King in Kew Gardens (used to make the hour+ pilgrimage in the late 80's) and I think Langer's today would have the edge.

            1. re: Harry Nile

              downey's huh?....i have to try that one.....that's a pretty wide selection you got there

              1. re: jaymor

                The Four Seasons has a great cheese and fruit plate. Add a nice lounge, a little wine.

          2. If you are in Redondo in the evening, make a reservation for Izakaya Bincho. This is a great little place on the Redondo pier, lower level North of Quality Seafood. They have a lot of reviews here on C H.

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            Quality Seafood
            130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

            Izakaya Bincho
            112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

            1. Please take the Santa Barbara discussion to the California board.

              Thanks.

              1. DO NOT EAT AT ANY ITALIAN RESTAURANT.
                IT WILL EITHER BE HORRIBLE, OR ABSURDLY OVERPRICED.

                (and I still cannot get over, ordering "Baked Clams", at an "Italian NY Style restaurant", and the clams came on a plate atop a bed of shredded lettuce,,,
                I'm not joking,,,,,,,,)

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                1. re: M Blues

                  as an ex new yorker, i concur with M Blues on this

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    langers? HAHAHAHAHA. These ides are like takin sand to da beach.

                  2. re: M Blues

                    This is a silly posting. Go to pizzeria Antica in Marina del Rey, and tell me is is horrible or absurdly overpriced. It is neither. It is an excellent, absolutely scrumptious little gem in the most unlikely place - a banal strip mall, next to Souplantation! You won't beat it on either coast.

                  3. Thanks to all, I can give you my take on Pastrami. Have had Langers many times as I do have some family here, There is no Pastrami anywhere that you could say is better than Langer's. Stage, Carnegie, Katz, 3rd ave and for some Ben's Kosher(not my style but interesting) in NY are just as good, it's subjective..but I would never pass on the Langer's, tip top. Never had Pastrami King, too bad.

                    So far I have had some OK Mexican in Norfork
                    I have had great Ceviche in Whittier
                    The rest just ok, I am taking some of these advisos tonight and will start branching out

                    Thanks

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                    1. re: scobee99

                      The Team mentioned taking the Santa Barbara discussion to the California board. I noticed you have no post there yet? Please....

                      1. re: scobee99

                        actually, i much prefer the pastrami at katz above the rest although i am more of corned beef eater....... hand cut is the bottom line......have also heard good comments re pastrami queen........just curious how your preference was......

                      2. or you can focus on going to places that you don't have too much of on the east coast

                        ....mexican, and although burgers are u.s. native, the l.a. county area has a bunch of places where you can get a bad ass burger & fry

                        search either one on chow, you'll wish you had an entire month stay on the west coast

                        1. If you're in whittier, there is a good spot to consider. Tacos Baja Ensenada has a location on whittier blvd. they serve outstanding shrimp and fish tacos, as well as ceviches. I used to go to their location in East LA often and visited the Whittier location a couple times. Outstanding fish tacos.

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                          1. re: glutton

                            A must! and I know NYC cannot do better for the price.
                            Tacos Baja Ensenada
                            5385 Whittier Blvd
                            Los Angeles, CA 90022

                            (323) 887-1980

                          2. IN whittier, try golden triangle. burmese.

                            take whatever street turnso into colima rd from whittier and head overthe hill to hacienda heights. try the hand pulled noodles at Ma Lan on haicenda blvd. also, check outeh hsi lai temple and try their vegetarian buffet forlunch (it's like what, $5?). beautiful setting.
                            also, give hengyang chilli king a try on garvey and garfield in monterey park, not too far. real hunan. like chairman mao, hunan.

                            1. You might want to travel back in time, and it's not all that far from Whittier

                              Dal Rae Restaurant‎
                              9023 Washington Boulevard
                              Pico Rivera, CA‎
                              (323) 723-4427‎

                              http://www.dalrae.com/

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                              1. re: Briggs

                                If you go, then I highly recommend the bananas flambe for dessert. Tableside preparation, a waitress with blue hair, big flames in a low-lit room, perfectly caramelized bananas -- it's like living a scene from Mad Men.

                              2. If you have any love for egg nog or chocolate milk you must drive over to Broguiere's Dairy. This is the real deal Drive-thru Dairy with Milk in Glass bottles. This stuff is beyond perfect. To me, just driving through and drinking from the old style glass milk bottle takes me back to a better place in time and the quality is beyond words..

                                Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy
                                505 S Maple Ave
                                Montebello, CA 90640
                                (323) 726-0524
                                One block South of Olympic almost on the Rail Road Tracks. About five blocks North of Washington Blvd.)
                                Open Daily, but only until 2pm on Sunday

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