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Coming to LA for 3 Days and I have done some homework!

It is my first visit to LA. I am coming from Dallas for 3 days and want try some of the restaurants that Dallas does not have or have good quality. I have browsed through several pages of recommendations and several blog sites and came up with the following list:

Jitlada
Park's Korean BBQ
Elite Chinese
Langer's Deli comparing to Katz's in NYC
Ramen California
Animal
Mariscos Chente

I could sub out Animal for a great seafood place. Is there any restaurant I might be missing for a first timer?

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

Mariscos Chente
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Ramen California
24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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  1. Wow, looks like you indeed did your homework. That is a list I wouldn't mind doing.

    Anyway, I highly suggest Animal, but if you do want a terrific seafood restaurant I suggest Providence which I believe is the best seafood restaurant in town.

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      I also had Providence too but was unsure of which I should do. I will substitute out Providence for Animal. I think Feast in Houston would suffice as the Animal substitute and is closer to home. Thanks for your recommendation!

      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Haven't tried Feast in Houston, but have eaten at Feast in NOLA, and it isn't really the same as Animal. Animal has smaller plates, and isn't so much in the dare, double dare style (no whole cow head on the menu.) Maybe it is the LA spin. Animal feels a little more cutting edge and hipper. I haven't eaten at Providence, but what I love about Animal is that it isn't food from somewhere else done well, it is an original take on food.

    2. I think Mo Chi-Ca is amazing. I second the Providence rec over Animal, because Animal is way too meat-centric for me. But if you like foie gras on bacon with foie gras and more foie gras, Animal is the place :)

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      1. re: bad nono

        I don't know. I though the same thing until I starting frequenting Animal. I think there are quite a few dishes there that aren't so 'dude food' oriented. My wife can't stand that stuff and it's one of her favorite places to eat. Of course, they've got that crazy Loco Moco and poutine if you want it, too. They're just a lot more than that. I would vote for Providence because it's just flat-out better than Animal. Animal is excellent. Providence has the potential to blow you away.

        I hang my head in shame since I haven't been to MoChica yet, but I did get a chance to try Zarate's food when he was at Test Kitchen. Wow was that good! Good call.

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        Moco
        1426 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

      2. Park's BBQ is a great choice, on of my favorites in LA. You must try the short ribs.
        http://www.parksbbq.com/

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

        1. Langer's is worth the trip. Best pastrami period. Remember they do close at 4pm daily and are closed Sundays.
          http://www.langersdeli.com/

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

          1. How about Kogi or A-Frame?

            JTYH for handmade Chinese noodles?

            Either Din Tai Fung or Dean Sin World for Xiao Long Bao?

            Father's Office for hamburgers?

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            Din Tai Fung Restaurant
            1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

            Dean Sin World
            306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

            Kogi
            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

            Father's Office Bar
            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

            JTYH Restaurant
            9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

            A-Frame
            12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

            Bao Dim Sum House
            8256 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I really like Chego and A-Frame but never thought much of Kogi. Go figure. But I think one of those is an excellent suggestion. The new classic combination of Chego ----> Scoops would be a great night of eating.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                The handmade noodles at JTYH is very good and the lamb noodle soup is definitely the way to go there.

                However, the huge plate of spicy lamb ribletts with red chiles, sichuan peppercorn, and a touch of cumin (aka spicy lamb steak on the menu) at $9.95 is truly amazing. Currently number 2 on my top 5 tastes of 2011.

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                JTYH Restaurant
                9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770