Brooklynite visting LA for a week in December: Recommendation?
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
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ruen Pair Restaurant
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
La Serenata De Garibaldi
1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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.
La Casita Mexicana
4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
4656 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
341 1/2 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012