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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

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