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Ex-Vegetarian, Need some must go restaurants

After 6 years of vegetarianism/veganism, I have recently converted back to eating meat, dairy and everything. I am a VERY adventurous, I will try anything once, and want to try everything. But because I was a vegetarian for all of my LA life I don't know really where to go to eat that isn't vegetable centered. I need places to go to that I musts in LA, I'm up for anything cheap and shady to upscale with two forks. I just want awesome food. Help please.

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  1. Animal.

    (Congrats on your freedom!)

    1. The obvious choice seems to be Animal.

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      Animal
      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. For a nice balance of flavors and animal/non-animal ingredients, Izakaya Bincho is great.
        For In-Your-Face meat-a-tarian chow, hit up Bludso's Texas-style BBQ.

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

        1. I would go to El Tepyac for really good machaca. Also you have to La Casita Mexicana. I would try several bbq's. Bludso's is good, my mind is gone, is it Jaybee's, but the one on Avalon just above Alondra in Compton, or is that the one on Adams near La Cienega.. I like Phillips on Crenshaw. Try some of the trucks, I like El Chato on Olympic and La Brea, but they don't get there til nine o'clock at night.
          Where are you located?

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          La Casita Mexicana
          4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

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          1. Hi Rachael5000,

            Some great recommendations so far by the Hounds (above). Animal, Izakaya Bincho, Bludso's BBQ, etc. :) You might also consider:

            * Torihei - Yakitori (Japanese Roast Chicken Skewers) and Oden specialist. Wonderful place, delicious food (check the Chow Place Link and see the various discussions / reviews on the place).

            * Tsuruhashi - My favorite Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant around town. Some great cuts of meat there, Beef, Pork, Chicken, on an open grill that you can cook at your own table.

            * Burgers! - Since you haven't tried any meat dishes in LA, LA has some great Burgers. You might consider:

            * Father's Office - Office Burger
            * Golden State - Their Beef or Lamb Burger (Lamb Burger only on Thursday Nights)
            * Rustic Canyon
            * Morton's The Steakhouse
            * 26 Beach

            * Mori Sushi - Some fantastic Sushi by Mori-san (make sure you request to sit at the Sushi Bar in front of Chef Mori).

            * RH at the Andaz - Lovely Duck Confit, Beef Daube in a stylish, modern setting. :)

            * Langer's - Melt-in-your-mouth, succulent Pastrami.

            Enjoy~

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            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            Tsuruhashi
            18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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

            The Golden State
            426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Torihei
            1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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            1. re: exilekiss

              2nd Tsuruhashi for their bbq and amazing raw liver sashimi!

              I'd also add Don Dae Gam for wonderful pork-centric Korean barbeque, though, my favorite thing there oddly enough is the beef intestine.

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              Tsuruhashi
              18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              1. re: maiweezy

                I was also thinking Korean BBQ. Park's is great.