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Brooklynite visting LA for a week in December: Recommendation?

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Hey everyone, I live in Brooklyn and I'm going to visit LA for a week. What are the places, in any neighborhood, where I should go? What are the awesome only-in-LA-not-to-be-missed restaurants, food trucks, etc?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Have dinner at The Getty Center on Saturday night. You won't find anything quite like it in Brooklyn!

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      Getty Center
      1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    2. LA is large and widely dispersed. So you might tell us where you plan to stay, what you like and dislike, what you don't want to leave without trying and what your budget is. Otherwise, you will literally and figuratively be getting suggestions all over the map.

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      1. re: mc michael

        Hope you've got wheels. "L.A." is sprawled out beyond belief.

      2. Based in NYC, I'm in LA a lot - Thai and Mexican are the two cuisines I always hit when in LA:

        Thai Town section of Hollywood- plenty of threads on this board - my latest fave is Ruen Pair. I also like Samnaluang. Many sing the praises of Jitlada.

        El Cholo for the best margarita in town - old school Mexican, go to the original on Western Ave. Not a foodie destination but truly a LA classic.

        Monte Alban in West LA for mole

        La Serenata De Garibaldi - Mexican seafood - the original in East LA or newer outpost in Santa Monica

        Tlapazola on Gateway in West LA

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

        Ruen Pair Restaurant
        5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        La Serenata De Garibaldi
        1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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        1. re: Chuck Lawrence

          For the best pastrami in America, go to Langer's.

        2. I love Park's BBQ. Some of the best cuts of beef in LA at this Koreatown meat palace. The short ribs are out of this world. Nothing like this in NYC.
          http://www.parksbbq.com/

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

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Hi Renda:
            Here is my list....

            El Tepeyac in East LA.
            King Taco (various locations)--even one in Pasadena
            La Casita Mexicana (in Bell)
            BCD Tofu House in Koreatown--open 24 hours
            Happy Family (in Monterey Park)--they have all you can eat vegetarian everyday until 8:30pm---and they serve you fresh plates to order---no buffet here

            Electric Lotus (nice Indian in Silverlake)
            The Hat (awesome pastrami and chilli cheese fries)
            Torong (Hollywood---Thai---cash only...you can bring your own beer)
            Pho 79 in Alhambra (the best charbroiled pork sandwich around---and it is $3.95---beers are $2:95!)
            Sushi Gen (BEST SUSHI---can be a little pricey--in Little Tokyo)
            Mr. Ramen (in Little Tokyo)----just good ramen...open late.
            Al & Bea's Burritos in East LA

            I will jot down more once they pop in my head.

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            La Casita Mexicana
            4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

            Electric Lotus
            4656 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Mr. Ramen
            341 1/2 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            1. re: Eastside Eater

              Gonna have to recommend AGAINST Mr. Ramen. Mediocre ramen, on its best day...

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              Mr. Ramen
              341 1/2 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              1. re: J.L.

                Disagree. Mr. Ramen never has a "best day" ...

                Especially considering the competition and alternatives in Little Tokyo.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Heheh... I didn't want to be so harsh, but yes, you're right ipse.