Help jog my memory please
The trip to Los Angeles is less than a week away. I am trying to figure out some stuff to do in my spare time. One afternoon I am going to go to Hollywood to do the touristy stuff. The other day I wanted to go into Chinatown to wander around -- have a bit of dim sum and go to Phillippe's.
I also saw some "farmer's markets" that looked interesting. One is the Original Farmer’s Market on West 3rd Street. The other one is where my mind is drawing a blank. I think it was Union something, but I can't find the place I found out about it originally. Can you help?
Anyplace else you would send a visiting foodie/tourist?
how many days do you have?
do you have a budget?
from where are you coming?
are there any ethnic foods you do or don't like?
Thai - definite agree with hitting Jitlada Thai for Southern; Krua Thai also
Oaxacan - Monte Alban
Tacos - lots of choices, but in Santa Monica, Tacos Por Favor
Mexican - Gilbert's El Indio, Lares
Mexican Seafood - Mariscos Chente
Decadent/Good Breakfasts - Griddle Cafe, Square One
Sandwich - Bay Streets Deli
Burger - Father's Office, In'n'Out (if you're dying to try one...)
Ethiopian - Rahel
Izakaya - Musha
Persian - Shamshiri, Javan
Outdoor/Patio/View Dining - Wilshire, Pane e Vino, The Lobster, drinks at the Huntley Penthouse
Higher end - Animal, Gjelina, Providence, Bazaar, Spago, Hatfield's
Desserts/Sweets - Nata's Pastries, Porto's (also good for lunch), Mashti Malone's (for ice cream), Amandine (chocolate or almond croissants), Primo's Donuts (Buttermilk Bars)
...that should be a start, and more might come with some more parameters...
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Krua Thai Restaurant
13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
143 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206
19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Tacos Por Favor
1406 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gilbert's El Indio
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
regarding the farmers' market, are you sure you're not thinking of the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC? it's the only really major, well-known market with "Union" in the name that comes to mind.
as far as LA farmers' markets go, the ones in Santa Monica (Arizona Ave) and Hollywood are the best - SM is on Wednesday and Saturday, and Hollywood is on Sunday. (you should still ALSO check out the Original Farmers' Market on 3rd Street - it's an entirely different experience, and definitely worth the trip.)
Outside of the 3rd St Farmers Market which is on a Sat, you can go to the Hollywood Market on a Sunday. The Hollywood Market is huge and runs between Hollywood and Sunset on Ivar St. (right by the Cinerama Dome). Great Thai kiosk! Also Korean, Mexican, Vege and a variety of other yummy places.
Problem with LA is it's soooooooooo spread out. Will you have a car or are you relying on public transportation? That will determine what a lot of hounds will recommend to you.
I don't know of the specific "farmer's market" to which you refer, but we have them all over the city at about 8AM - 1PM on any given day. You can search cityla or something like that to get specific addresses and days.
Unless you're from NY, Chinatown and Little Tokyo are great spots to poke around in. I am not a dim sum, or even Chinese food aficionado, but from what I have read, the best dim sum & chinese are in the San Gabriel Valley which is basically southeast of downtown LA. You would need wheels.
Little Tokyo has some great spots, I know there's a beautiful Kyoto type garden place downtown, where you can get tea but unfortunately I don't know where. I would visit a hot new bar/gastropub that has just opened there, Lazy Ox Canteen. Supposed to have some serious food.
Eating at holes in the walls and bars is a great way to experience a city when you're on your own. Bar Marmont or Chateau Marmont are good "hollywood" places with great people watching. Lots of clubs and sushi joints. Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza are good places to hit, very LA style, but authentic italian.
Thai town, if you dig thai food, is east of Hollywood, and mainly full of strip mall restaurants. Jitlada is my favorite.
And the westside, has lots to offer if you want to be by the ocean. But again, you need wheels. I'm sure other hounds can hook you up with links of information on previous threads. Enjoy your stay!
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012