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excel Feb 10, 2011 11:49 AM

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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    mwu13 Feb 13, 2011 09:13 PM

    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

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      excel Feb 13, 2011 01:47 PM

      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
        Das Ubergeek Feb 13, 2011 08:11 PM

        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
          J.L. Feb 13, 2011 09:27 PM

          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...

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            excel Feb 14, 2011 05:40 AM

            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.
              Dommy Feb 14, 2011 10:54 AM

              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...

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                J.L. Feb 14, 2011 04:12 PM

                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.
                Das Ubergeek Feb 15, 2011 07:58 PM

                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
                  J.L. Feb 16, 2011 12:36 AM

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

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                    Das Ubergeek Feb 16, 2011 08:01 PM

                    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
                      J.L. Feb 17, 2011 12:05 AM

                      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.
                        Das Ubergeek Feb 17, 2011 08:14 PM

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

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                        ns1 Feb 17, 2011 03:06 PM

                        gonna go ahead and scratch SBL off my list.

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              excel Feb 11, 2011 12:27 PM

              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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                ns1 Feb 11, 2011 12:29 PM

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

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                  Ciao Bob Feb 11, 2011 03:03 PM

                  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

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                    ns1 Feb 11, 2011 03:25 PM

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

                2. re: excel
                  Servorg Feb 11, 2011 12:42 PM

                  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

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                    excel Feb 11, 2011 12:53 PM

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

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                      Servorg Feb 11, 2011 01:06 PM

                      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
                    honkman Feb 11, 2011 05:03 PM

                    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

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                    samtron608 Feb 11, 2011 08:47 AM

                    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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                      excel Feb 11, 2011 12:20 PM

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

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                        mc michael Feb 11, 2011 12:25 PM

                        I like it with the XO sauce.

                      2. J.L. Feb 10, 2011 04:22 PM

                        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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                          excel Feb 11, 2011 06:19 AM

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

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                            katydid13 Feb 14, 2011 07:00 AM

                            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.
                            Discokill Feb 11, 2011 06:22 AM

                            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. Ciao Bob Feb 10, 2011 01:10 PM

                            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
                              A5 KOBE Feb 10, 2011 02:42 PM

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

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                                excel Feb 11, 2011 05:48 AM

                                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

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                              TailbackU Feb 10, 2011 01:08 PM

                              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

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                                Clyde Feb 10, 2011 01:06 PM

                                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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                                  excel Feb 11, 2011 05:44 AM

                                  What makes Soot Bull Jeep different or stand out?

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

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                                    Clyde Feb 11, 2011 08:35 AM

                                    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. wienermobile Feb 10, 2011 01:05 PM

                                  "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
                                    WildSwede Feb 11, 2011 05:08 PM

                                    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/restaurant/details/&id=176
                                    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

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                                      ns1 Feb 11, 2011 05:20 PM

                                      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. Servorg Feb 10, 2011 12:44 PM

                                    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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                                      excel Feb 11, 2011 05:41 AM

                                      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
                                        Servorg Feb 11, 2011 06:44 AM

                                        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

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                                          Clyde Feb 11, 2011 08:33 AM

                                          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.

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                                        ns1 Feb 10, 2011 12:12 PM

                                        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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                                          excel Feb 11, 2011 05:43 AM

                                          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!

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