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If You Had Six Months Left in LA...

...and a budget that would allow for about one nice meal a month over those six months, where would you eat? Asked another way, what would you miss the most after you left?

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  1. it depends on where I would move, but I don't think I'd miss the expensive stuff.
    I would miss pupusas, Mo Chi-Ca, Mole La Tia, Din Tai Fung, Jitlada... and the incredible produce at the farmers markets.
    La Maison du Pain too, but I suppose I could find a decent bakery elsewhere. I'd miss Surfas, I think, the Jons supermarkets/Super King and the Asian ones.

    Oh, and I was about to forget: I'd miss Bulgarini gelato very much.
    I'd love to say I'd miss Urasawa but I've never been able to afford going :(

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    Din Tai Fung Restaurant
    1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

    Jitlada
    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: bad nono

      YEY on Din Tai and Jitlada...100% agree...i'd miss Bonchon, Carmen's and Rambo's trucks, the pupusa lady at work, Gyu Kaku happy hour, Savoy Kitchen, Wurstkuche, Hooter's breaded medium wings with cheese sauce or ranch, I can go and on and on and on...

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      Savoy Kitchen
      138 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

      Wurstkuche
      800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    2. I would miss the vibrant diversity of ethnic cuisines the most.

      Having said that, I would then go about picking 6 different ethnic regional cuisines and then (instead of one meal per month) I would devote a week to each ethnic cuisine, doing one week every month for 6 months.

      So, for example, you might pick as one of your ethnic regions Central America, and then go about visiting establishments that offer cuisines from Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, etc.

      You can get a lead by taking a cue from what Noah did a while back. http://manbitesworld.com/Archives/76/...

      1. Month 1. Animal

        Month 2. Animal

        Month 3. Animal

        Month 4. Animal

        Month 5. Animal

        Month 6. Anim... you get the picture ;-D>

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        1. re: Servorg

          I've really got to go to this place. If I do, what should I order?

          1. re: Funwithfood

            There have been a lot of great reviews of Animal, but the best one is by (or course) Exilekiss. Go to the place link and take a look. I've written up our 3 visits, but I don't do photos.

            Here is a link to my first review (and also my second which I went back and added to the same thread): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5984... - plus several other people added their reviews here as well.

            I'll try and look for the Exilekiss review and add it here too if I find it again. Found the X-kiss review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6209...

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            Animal
            435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. re: Servorg

              Thanks!

              These are copied and will go in "The Folder".

            2. re: Funwithfood

              Servorg provided great links, but I'll just say quickly: pork belly sliders, pig's ear and biscuits/gravy/foie gras.

          2. I also think I would mostly miss the lower end stuff as well. I would probably go to Langer's once per week and hit the San Gabriel Valley twice per week, but since you asked about one nice meal per month for six months, I think I would hit Mozza, Melisse, Animal, King Hwa, Mastro's and Park's BBQ.

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            Park's BBQ
            955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            Mastros Restaurant
            2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

            1. The Chinese food options in the 626 & 323 area codes.
              Also, after eating at Hatfields on Sunday night, i know I would miss it, yet cannot afford it on a regular basis.
              Jitlada would definitely be on the list, as would probably Renu Nakorn in Norwalk, even though I seldom get to the latter due to distance.
              And the Oinkster in Eagle Rock.

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              Jitlada
              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Renu Nakorn Restaurant
              13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

              Oinkster
              2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

              1. I'd refuse to leave. I'd just stay and keep eating.

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                1. re: mc michael

                  langer's
                  dim sum at elite
                  green chili burritos at al & bes's
                  santouka ramen

                2. this question depends on where the destination will be. if i were moving to SF i'd take advantage of the chinese food in SGV. if i was moving to HK or NY then I'd go for California type cuisine and that includes Mexican...etc...

                  1. Every post here has validity - great choices all around. I think aching will have to change the terms to, "at least three nice meals a day over the next six months..."

                    Throwing my hat in with a quick trip from the South Bay up to the Westside, the San Fernando Valley and jumping over to the SGV. Izakaya Bincho, Torihei, Patisserie Chantilly, Gjelina, 3 Square, Huckleberry, Bite, Mezza, Hummus Bar & Grill, Itzik Hagadol (pretty much got hummus pouring out of my ears at this point), Elite, Sea Harbour and Newport Seafood. Alternatively, I could probably spend the whole six months in SGV.

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                    Patisserie Chantilly
                    2383 Lomita Blvd., #104, Lomita, CA 90717

                    3 Square Cafe
                    1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                    Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                    3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

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

                    Torihei
                    1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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

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                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Doing Newport Seafood tonight. Always great choice, with Hunan Seafood in Rosemead also very high on that list.

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                      Hunan Seafood Restaurant
                      8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                      1. re: carter

                        Would appreciate an update on this thread - entice us! TIA...