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Hello!

This is our second trip to LA. The first trip we ate at the following restaurants: Park's BBQ, Mariscos Chente, Cole's, Providence, Roscoe's, In n' Out, Animal, and Pink's (Ack! I know! Why didn't we listen to you guys?!).

This trip we want to hit up: Langer's, Park's BBQ (again! it was THAT good), Spago, and AOC Wine Bar.

What do you think about this list?

Reading the latest posts, there seems to be a big buzz around Pizzeria Mozza, should we DEFINITELY add that in?

What about food trucks? LA is famous for them....which ones should we try?

Taco trucks? Someone suggested going to 3rd between Vermont and Western and just trying tacos from food stands there?

And how about Peruvian food? We LOVE peruvian food! Mo Chica?

Thanks for all your help. Can't wait to be in the sun!

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AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. haven't heard AOC mentioned on this board in ages. Hotspot right now would be Bistro LQ or Animal (and to a lesser extent Lazy Ox Canteen)

    Food trucks - kogi is quintessential but overrated IMHO. Much like going to Pinks.... I don' tknow. Food trucks have reached critical mass and there are just so many terrible trucks at outrageous prices that I think your time is better spent elsewhere....

    ...like looking for taco stands or trucks. Ricky's Fish Tacos in 1400 N Virgil is quintessential - only open Fri-Sun and sometimes Thurs. Good trucks are everywhere, it would be easier to tell us where you're staying and we'll figure out what's around you. Mexicali Taco Co on 1st/Beaudry in DTLA is the current hot spot, but my old time faves are Taco Zone on Alvarado near Sunset and La Estrella in Echo Park.

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    Bistro LQ
    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

    Mexicali Taco & Co
    1820 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

    Ricky's Fish Tacos
    1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: ns1

      We haven't booked a hotel yet, but anticipate staying in the West Hollywood area. However, we have a rental car and are probably willing to drive to where ever you want us to for GOOD FOOD!

    2. As far as Mexican food goes you might want to take a look at this post by Pleasure Palate and see if it appeals to you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763232

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      1. re: Servorg

        Mmmmm......Cacao Mexicatassen sounds really good! If I am staying at a hotel in the West Hollywood area, how far of a drive would it be to this place? We have a rental car.

        Does anyone else have opinions about Cacao Mexicatassen?

        1. re: excel

          According to Google Maps you will be about 13 miles from the Mexicatessen. Added a place link (including menus and pricing) below.

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          Cacao Mexicatessen
          1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

          1. re: excel

            Yes, I LOVE IT!!! Their chips & red salsa is the BEST! i think they give you green but ask for red! Also, it'll give you the opportunity to see Eagle Rock which typically is not a tourist destination.

        2. "there seems to be a big buzz around Pizzeria Mozza, should we DEFINITELY add that in?"
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          Yes. Make a reservation if you still can ( if not Mozza To-Go is right next door).

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          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: wienermobile

            I would definitely recommend that you make a stop at Pizzeria Mozza. I, personally, loved the apps - olives were my fave, fried squash blossoms, some sort of liver pate on toasts. I preferred them to the pizza, but my dining companion preferred the pizza. It is really good.
            You didn't mention Thai, but how about Jitlada for fantastic Thai food?
            Lobsta Truck serves up very, very good (authentic east-coast) Lobster and Crab Rolls (don't get the Whoopie Pie, not worth the $$). If you go to their site, they will tell you where they will be that night.
            I love Spago. Be sure to order the Agnolotti - delicious!
            Have fun!
            http://www.mozzarestaurantgroup.com/
            http://localthaifood.moxyfy.com/resta...
            http://www.lobstatruck.com/
            http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

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

            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            Pizzeria Mozza
            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. re: WildSwede

              I am so hesitant to drop the Jitalda name because there have been so many cases of non-angelinos going to Jitalda and getting the shaft.

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

          2. i liked MoChica! I like Kogi too. I like the Lobsta truck. grilled cheese truck is fun. but i am starting to get sick of the trucks, i've tried so many of them i guess it's lost it's appeal. Parks is so amazing. I'd say you should def go back there. if you want to try some different korean bbq, try soot bull jeep. this is my third day in a row eating korean food, so maybe go to both? I'm not blown away by Mozza, but i know it's a favorite here. AOC is awesome. get the black kale. i'm a fan of langers too, but they are closed sundays and only open til 4pm.

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            AOC
            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            Kogi
            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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            1. re: Clyde

              What makes Soot Bull Jeep different or stand out?

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

              1. re: excel

                if they have the eel, that is special. i love the shrimp though. also, it's very gritty & smokey, and the service can be off putting, but all in all, it's delicious. they don't take reservations so just show up and wait if you go at a busy hour. i am not saying it's better than Parks because personally i can't make up my mind which i enjoy more, but it's a different experience with quality bbq.

            2. Pretty good start. I would take out AOC and add in Hatfields. Putting out some of the best food in the city and the $59 prie fixe menu is a great deal.

              I would avoid food trucks unless you happen to find one near you. Just too many in this town and most are overrated.

              For peruvian food, hit up Mario's or Mo Chica.

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              AOC
              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza are both really good Italian places but not particularly things you can't find elsewhere - I wouldn't say DEFINITELY . Spago is quintessentially LA, do it. The newly opened Lukshon is one you should really consider. AOC is still a great spot tho' the glow of newness has worn off.
                Peruvian...I still think Mario's Peruvian Seafood is the best but it has just less than zero atmosphere. The Chalupe Camarones is like nothing else I know. Unforgettable. My lunch at Mo-Chica was just OK, not nearly as good as Mario’s.

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                AOC
                8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                Spago
                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Mario's Peruvian
                15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

                Mo-Chica
                3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Osteria Mozza
                6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Lukshon
                3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Second Mario's. Love the saltado de mariscos, pollo saltado, arroz chaufa ceviche mixto. It puts many Peruvian restaurants to shame.

                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                    Thanks everyone! Mario's Peruvian & Seafood has been added to the list!

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                    Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
                    5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                2. Agree with Langer's, Park's.

                  Try Wurstkuche also, for their exotic sausages.

                  Peruvian: Puro Sabor in Van Nuys

                  Trucks: Lobsta Truck is good. Just hit Sawtelle (near the corner of Olympic) on any random night for a decent smattering of good trucks with not-bad-at-all wait times.

                  Ice cream: Scoops

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                  Puro Sabor
                  6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                  Wurstkuche
                  800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  Lobsta Truck
                  , Los Angeles, CA

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    Yup. I had Scoops on my list too. Any good frozen yogurt places?

                    1. re: excel

                      If you're going to Scoops, you should check out Marouch (Lebanese) on the same trip, as it's just a couple of blocks away. AWESOME.

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                      Marouch Restaurant
                      4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

                    2. re: J.L.

                      You've gotten a lot of good recommendations already. I'd 2nd (3rd/4th/5th?) the sentiment to skip the fancy trucks, they've great to have something different but not one is in the same league as the places mentioned here. That said, the originals are still the best, Ricky's mentioned above is a must try. If you're in weho, one late weekend night I'd take a drive between El Chato (La Brea & Olympic) and Leo (La Brea & Venice).

                    3. Excel, I like everything you did and plan to do on your 2nd visit..but I think youre missing one big element..............Chinese/Viet style seafood. I would definitely try hitting up Newport Seafood in the Alhambra area. Their lobster special is quite good and something different from the normal seafood fares. Even a place like boiling crab might be a good try.

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                      1. re: samtron608

                        Thanks for the suggestion. But we are from Toronto/Vancouver and we are really lucky to enjoy Chinese/Viet Seafood pretty often.

                        1. Thanks so much for all your help so far!

                          Here's our draft itinerary thus far:

                          Sat Dinner: Park's BBQ
                          Sun Lunch: In N Out Burger
                          Sun Dinner: Spago
                          Mon Lunch: Langer's
                          Mon Dinner: Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
                          Tue Lunch: Wurstkuche (?)
                          (Gone to San Diego)
                          Thurs Dinner: ???
                          Fri Lunch: Cacao Mexicatassen
                          Fri Dinner: ???
                          Sat Lunch: Ricky's Fish Tacos (?)

                          Sound good so far?

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                          1. re: excel

                            i say swap RFT to Sunday Lunch because you can find an InNOut anywhere (for instance, on your drive down to SD)

                            1. re: ns1

                              And that opens Sat lunch up for something amazing in the San Gabriel Valley, Dim Sum at Elite or Sea Harbour
                              or
                              Hand Cut Noodles at Kam Hong Garden
                              or Din Tai Fung

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

                              Kam Hong Garden
                              848 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                ...or any one of a million options. InO is best reserved for an anytime/anyplace option IMHO.

                            2. re: excel

                              Friday dinner at Animal (make a reservation now) - very close to West Hollywood

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                              Animal
                              435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Was there on my first trip. So yum! Especially the Loco Moco.

                                1. re: excel

                                  I was just there for my fourth time last night. Hamachi tostada with herbs dressed with fish sauce vinaigrette and peanuts , pork belly sliders, uni, grilled octopus with chorizo along with grilled baby broccoli with a soft egg dressed with pancetta vinaigrette and parmesan and a half bottle of pinot noir. I would have jumped up and clicked my heels as I waited for my car if my after dinner weight hadn't prevented my doing so... ;-D>

                              2. re: excel

                                Spago is only good if you go for the tasting menu. Their regular menu is overpriced for the quality you get. But even their tasting menus (5 or 10 courses) weren't as good on our last visits. I would skip Spago and go for better restaurants, e.g. Bistro LQ, Hatfields, Providence

                              3. Thanks for all the suggestions! We've updated our itinerary considering all your advice.

                                Sat Dinner: Park's BBQ
                                Sun Lunch: Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                Sun Dinner: Spago
                                Mon Lunch: Langer's
                                Mon Dinner: Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
                                Tue Lunch: Wurstkuche (?)
                                (Gone to San Diego)
                                Thurs Dinner: Pizzeria Mozza (reservation pending)
                                Fri Lunch: Cacao Mexicatassen
                                Fri Dinner: Hatfield's
                                Sat Lunch: ??
                                Sat Dinner: ??

                                We also just thought of something....when we were younger, we always ate Taiwanese food in LA, and I remember there was a concentration of Taiwanese restaurants on Garfield(?) street? Any suggestions for Taiwanese food and Taiwanese shaved ice dessert places?

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                                1. re: excel

                                  For Taiwanese shaved ice, I suggest Shau May on the northeast corner of Garfield and Garvey. It's actually in the plaza that is JUST barely north of Garvey (the "Garfield Lincoln" centre). It's got a giant bucket on top of the building, which is why we always called it Kentucky Fried Shau May's. The shaved ice is all the way to the left of the food display. If you want a snack too, they're known for their pan-fried Shanghai dumplings.

                                  Regarding the rest of the list, I don't think Mario's is all that and a bag of cancha, but I think my opinion is in the minority. I'd say for Tuesday lunch, maybe think of making your way in a leisurely fashion to SD and stop here in Orange County for something. If you're headed down the 5, I'd suggest Los Chilangos (off at Lincoln, head west, left at first light past Euclid into parking lot) for excellent Mexico City-style, or head to one of the branches of El Moctezuma for Oaxacan cuisine (try the coloradito de puerco).

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                                  Shau May Restaurant
                                  104 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                  El Moctezuma Restaurant
                                  809 N Fairview St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

                                  Los Chilangos
                                  1830 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    Shau May?! C'mon Das, let's be nice to the visitors and give them a REAL rec for shaved ice: SinBaLa in Arcadia.

                                    The shaved ice at SinBaLa, and their yeo fan (oily rice) should have them looking for a house to buy in Arcadia, post haste. However, I believe that the OP is from a part of North America with a TON of good Chinese food already...

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Unfortunately, there isn't much of a Taiwanese food scene here in Toronto. There is one in Vancouver, which I moved from, so I'm missing it!

                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        SinBaLa is great for several reasons... but I'll take your Shaved Ice and throw you a Shaved Snow at Class 302

                                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                                        1. re: Dommy

                                          I too enjot shaved snow more than shaved ice.

                                          didn't throw the shaved snow at them only because of the distance of the drive to Class 302...

                                          BUT I just remembered that Pa Pa Walk in San Gabriel has a snow machine now, too. Score!

                                        2. re: J.L.

                                          I like the ice at SinBaLa, but the two times I've gone in recent memory, the service has been so rude that I would never, ever recommend it to anyone. I mean, I'm no stranger to SGV-style service, but this is just RUDE.

                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                            Sorry about your experience at SinBaLa, Das. What transpired? I go there quite a bit, and have never encountered rudeness. Is there new ownership?

                                            1. re: J.L.

                                              I was asking questions about the food and the waiter was just impatient. When I paused (because he was just staring), he walked away. So I asked him (yes, ASKED him) to come back and he started shouting, so I shouted at him to stop shouting, and then we got the sullen, unwilling stare (of course) and the slamming of the food on the table with the slopping of food over the edges.

                                              The second time, one of the other guests crossed my name off the list (why does this happen to me?) and I told them to stop it, which I guess brought down the wrath of the management on me and I was asked to leave.

                                              I can be abused elsewhere in San Gabriel Valley for better food, and I don't find their shaved ice to be so wonderful that I need to drive further to get it and put up with the wait and the service.

                                              I like Shau May, and have been eating the shaved ice there since before Class 302 was even a brainwave in anyone's head. excel asked for Taiwanese shaved ice near Garfield St., which is Shau May's (SinBaLa is up in Arcadia.)

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                                              Shau May Restaurant
                                              104 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                Wow. Both instances are unacceptable. I'd stop going there too if that happened to me. Not that it matters, but were you speaking Mandarin, Taiwanese, or English to that rude server?

                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                  English and the crappy Mandarin I speak. I don't speak any Taiwanese at all.

                                                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                  gonna go ahead and scratch SBL off my list.

                                      2. try Bludso's BBQ in Compton...take out because its not dine in. also try Los Chorros on Century Blvd in Inglewood.
                                        If you want good food truck go to Arbor Vitae in Inglewood. They're always across from Shakey's.

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                                        Los Chorros
                                        4693 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304

                                        Shakey's
                                        350 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                        Bludso's BBQ
                                        811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221