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
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."
La Casita Mexicana
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Alondra Hot Wings
616 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
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.
130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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