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I'm a very long time poster in the NY outer boroughs board in NY and after 8 years in NYC I am moving with my husband, son, and dog to west hollywood (N Laurel near Melrose). Never lived in LA before though have visited frequently over the years.

Would love any advice for restaurants, bars, food shopping. We're avid cooks and plan to do so frequently. We will eat and do eat almost anything, the more unusual the better (we cook offal dishes frequently, though have also tried to curb our excessively carnivorous ways a bit and have gotten very into vegetarian cooking too). Love Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, South American, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Sushi, Izakaya, Greek...you name it.

I realize that's a pretty wide mark---but I'm mainly hoping to find the true gems that LA does best (i.e. I know I'm not going to find bagels and pizzas like we get here but the Mexican food will be out of this world), esp the ones not far from where we live. We're hopelessly NYers in thinking we can find some places that we can walk to. Planning to hit Animal as soon as humanly possible (must haves?) and discovered a great little tapas place, Vinoteque on Melrose, when we were in town last renting our home. For perspective, that's walking distance for us from our house.

And to the other home cooks, any advice on butcher shops, cheese shops, farmers markets for fruit and veg would be greatly appreciated.

And of course, if anyone needs any Brooklyn/Manhattan tips, please ask.

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Vinoteque on Melrose
7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  1. Too much to list, of course.
    You're in a great area. You may find most Mexican food in that area disappointing, though you may want to try Gardens of Taxco for the experience.
    For starters, the Whole Foods on Santa Monica, or the Bristol Farms on Beverly are the best all around supermarkets. For specialty meats, Marconda's in the old Farmer's Market will love you if you special order the organs. You're not far from Cheese Store Beverly Hills. My favorite "hidden" sushi in the area is Jinpachi on Santa Monica. For a local bar, happy hour at Mirabelle on Sunset is a good one. Curry Palace on Sunset is a good representation of the state of local Indian (or head to the Coach and Horses next door and eat at the bar.) There are so many farmer's markets now, near you, Hollywood being the best of the large ones IMO and you're not far from Larchmont. Of course, you're close to Mozza, Jar, AOC, Lucques, etc.

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    AOC
    8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Gardens of Taxco
    1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

    Curry Palace
    7617 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    Lucques
    8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    Jinpachi
    8711 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    1. Evidently there is a pretty new Farmers Market in West Hollywood that started up just last month. We haven't been, but probably worth checking out since it's in your nabe.

      http://www.cafarmersmarkets.org/marke...

      1. We live very near where you are moving and 2 of our favorite restaurants of the moment are House Cafe: http://housecafe.com/

        and Eva: http://www.evarestaurantla.com/

        In terms of non-restaurant stuff , you should definitely check out the new farmers market at Yamashiro's on Thursday night. It is an amzing view over the city and they do valet parking for $2. You can buy stuff to picnic on. The best thing to try though is the Bulgarini Gelato (listed on J. Gold's list of 100 things to eat in LA before you die. He is one of our well know food writers here), the goat milk gelato with cocoa nibs is amazing!

        The other place that might interest you is Hadar Kosher Meats near you on Fairfax:
        http://www.chow.com/restaurants/18536...

        They have really good merguez (my hubby is French so I like to make cous cous :) Their prices are about half what the Farmers Market's Chez Marcel charges for the Delices de France brand-although I will confess the more expensive one has the more typical red coloring that Hadar's does.

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        Bulgarini Gelato
        749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

        Yamashiro
        1999 North Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

        1. For adventurous food, you may want to try District. Their menu is constantly changing and experiments with a wide variety of cuisine and meats. For example, they have a pig heart carpaccio, venison rellenos, and grilled octopus. They were recently reviewed by the LA Times.

          Here's the link: http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

          Good luck with the move and welcome to LA :)

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          1. re: LAM7319

            Yes, District is great, as is the Mercantile, next door. Definitely, definitely try the Mercantile's brunch.

            1. re: LAM7319

              Mmm that sounds awesome! Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions, so excited about a new terrain of restaurants (for us) to explore.

            2. Welcome to WeHo, Nehna.
              Here is a good thread that includes a lot of my fav spots in and around WeHo
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6944...
              As for your specifics:
              Indian - not much great in WeHo but search the board there is a lot of excellent Indian in LA but you have to drive
              Ethiopian - Fairfax just S. of Olympic (Little Ethiopia) is close by
              Mexican - Included in the link above
              South American - Mario's Peruvian Seafood and Los Balcones Del Peru are close
              Thai - Talesai in a pinch if you got bucks to burn, otherwise go to Thaitown - Jitlada/Palin/Nadpob Thai Cafe/Sapp Coffee Shop/Spicy BBQ are some of my TTown favs
              Vietnamese - nothing doing in WeHo - 9021Pho in B Hills is the best local bet, otherwise it is San Gabriel Valley or Westminister in OC
              Chinese - Genghis Cohen for NY style, Hunan Taste (meh), some lousy takeout spots but really nothing good - head for San Gabriel for the real stuff
              Sushi - covered in link but for expensive you've got Jinpachi and Nishimura - "bargain" Yabu and many others
              Izakaya - Yatai, Yabu, Katana, Izakaya on 3rd
              Greek - nope.

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              Los Balcones Del Peru
              1360 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Hunan Taste
              6031 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              Nishimura
              8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Mario's Peruvian
              15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

              Genghis Cohen
              740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              Katana
              8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Yabu Restaurant
              11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Jinpachi
              8711 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Talesai
              9043 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Izakaya
              8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              1. re: Ciao Bob

                There are two Greek restaurants nearby: Ulysses Voyage and Sofi's. Your opinion of them may vary depending on what you are used to in Greek food.

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                Sofi Greek Restaurant & Garden
                8030 3/4 Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

                Ulysses Voyage
                6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. re: New Trial

                  Sadly I am used to Astoria in NY and nothing I've had here comes close but i never tried UV. Sofi never impressed me but quite honestly it has been a decade. Papa Cristos is OK.

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                  Papa Cristos
                  2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                    Ulysses Voyage is quite good. Their lamb dishes especially. And I used to live in Astoria.

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                    Ulysses Voyage
                    6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036