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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.

      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.

        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?

          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.


            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            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

            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.

              18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              1. re: maiweezy

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

            2. once you've chowed your way through all the great places already mentioned, here are a few more (on the higher end) to consider:
              - Jar
              - Saddle Peak Lodge
              - Josie
              - Bazaar
              - Craft

              Saddle Peak Lodge
              419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

              1. In addition to the recs above, the Lazy Ox Canteen has some very interesting meat dishes, such as pig's trotters and ears. Don't judge by the menu on their website - they have more specials than regular dishes.

                I would also recommend the chicken pot pie and the pork burger at Wood Spoon. Not exotic, just really delicious.

                Lazy Ox Canteen
                241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                1. re: aching

                  Love, LOVE Lazy Ox. It's awesome, and also open for lunch.

                  How about Umami Burger? I like the one at 5th St in SaMo in Fred Segal's.

                  Fred Segal
                  500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Umami Burger
                  850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                2. Do you have any particular location or cuisine preferences (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Korean)?

                  1. I would go to Fogo de Chao as your first stop.

                    It's an all-you-can-eat Brazailian steakhouse that'll let you sample just about every part of the meaty portions of the cow, chicken, lamb, and pig. It's a good way to re-introduce your tastebuds to the basic primal elements of meat before you venture onto more exotic locales like Animal, etc.


                    1. Langers has already been mentioned and i HIGHLY recommend some pastrami from there.
                      I recently took a break and am slowly going back to vegetarian, but the things i ate that i loved while eating meat where Langers, and Korean BBQ. Genwa Korean BBQ, in fact has amazing korean stews and soups. The majority of meat i ate came from there. And if you do go to Animal, try the chocolate bacon dessert. it was very good. Not sure if you ate fish ( I do, even when not on veggie break) and on the korean bbq page is Eel from Soot Bull Jeep. I'm guessing they have good pork, etc there too, but the eel is incredible if you like it spicy.

                      Soot Bull Jeep
                      3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                      5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      1. re: Clyde

                        Run don't walk to Langer's. You will not be disappointed by the smokey tender spicy meaty goodness of their one of a kind world's greatest pastrami.

                        Langer's Delicatessen
                        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          But don't go expecting regular, NY-Jewish style deli pastrami. It's tasty, but more like the texture of corned beef. It threw me off when I tried them.

                          How about Phillippe's for a French dip sandwich? The lamb is especially good. Someone else mentioned El Tepeyac, which wins an old-style favorite award from my husband. We go for the Educado and Hollenbeck burritos. Nothing better than deep fried chunks of pork shoulder.

                      2. You can be adventurous and ethical at the same time. Go to Mori Sushi or Sushi Zo.

                        Sushi Zo
                        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                        1. No one has mentioned a stellar steak house. If I were you, and had the cash, I'd be at CUT in a heartbeat..

                          1. From one former vegetarian to another
                            -- Comme Ca on Melrose is excellent. I had amazingly succulent and tender pork ribs there. -
                            ---Phillippe's french dip -- I recommend the double dipped pork sandwich.
                            --Get charcuterie at any good wine bar -- Mignon on 6th is a good one.
                            --Lazy Ox has a fabulous steak with marrow butter, and it's next door neighbor Aburiya Toranoko has really good sushi and sashimi, and excellent monfish liver pate.
                            --Don't miss out on amazing Mexican food -- Cacao in Eagle Rock has wild boar chorizo, filet mignon tacos, duck carnitas, and great fish and shrimp tacos. Tacos La Estrella truck parked at 56th and York in Highland Park has killer al pastor tacos. El Rey de Barbacoa at Adams and Hill is your weekend lunch spot of delicious tender shredded goat meat.
                            --Coffee rubbed pork tenderloin at Rivera downtown is delicious.
                            --Get your Creole/soul food fix at Harold and Belle's on Jefferson. Especially delicious clam chowder and fried chicken, but a good place to try po'boys and etouffe as well.

                            Aburiya Toranoko
                            243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012