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May 20, 2010 05:27 PM

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 :(

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

    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...

      Savoy Kitchen
      138 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

      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.

      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): - 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:

            435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. re: Servorg


              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.

            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.

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

              Renu Nakorn Restaurant
              13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

              2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA