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Best Cheap Unusual L.A.restaurants

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A friend is coming into town who is a very adventurous eater. He's from New York. Any ideas for food he couldn't get anywhere else? Or the very best LA food of its kind (Mexican, burgers, etc.)

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    1. Take him to the San Gabriel Valley!!!
      NYT did a whole thing on eating there...

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      1. re: mendogurl

        A person from NY would probably not really find anything in SGV to be all that unusual, more like quite usual if they've ever been to Flushing or points thereabouts. Food might be better in SGV, but unusual? Nope.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Does Flushing are elsewhere have a great beef roll? Beijing lamb skewers and beef rolls - yumm-e!

      2. also, korean sashimi? complete with octopus heads and all?

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        1. re: ns1

          Yeah, a place like Hwal A Kwang Jang for sannakji would definitely be unusual, although not necessarily cheap, however.

          1. re: ns1

            If one hasn't seen this famous (infamous?) video clip from eating live octopus at The Prince in K-town it never fails to get a laugh: http://www.vimeo.com/388584

            1. re: Servorg

              I should add that there are places in NY that have live octopus as well. Most notably Sik Gaek, as well as a few in Flushing.

          2. You want restaurants with unusual food, not unusual restaurants, right?

            In either case, you might be hard pressed to find any place like Ricky's Fish Tacos in NYC.

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            1. re: Peripatetic

              i don't know, baja style fish tacos are pretty normal to anyone on the west coast. Might be different for east coasters?

              RFT still worthy of a visit though. Add Mexicali Taco Co while you're at it

              1. re: ns1

                I took the OP's use of the word "unusual" to mean "unusual to a New Yorker".

                1. re: Peripatetic

                  Fish Tacos are HUGELY different to folks on the east coast.

                2. you could always visit a vietnamese coffee shop.

                  GOT THOSE IN NY!?!?

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          maybe we should start by saying what ny DOESN'T have