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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