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Los Angeles for 4 days with bf for the first time. Where to eat and go?

Hi everyone. This upcoming trip that I have of 4 days in los Angeles, CA and ive been trying to plan it. Me and my bf just celebrated both our 21st birthdays so we want to have fun. We've never been to Los angeles. We love love food. Aside from Griffith observatory, Getty museum, walk of fame, hollywood, we don't know what else to hit up. Food wise we love to eat everything. Please let me know what's a must, besides in n out burger. Thank you.

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  1. Thanks for coming. We need all the visitors we can get. When are you arriving? Where are you staying? Will you have a car? Where are you coming from? Are there any things you don't like? What is your budget for each meal? Do you have any dietary constraints--vegan, etc.?
    LA has a variety of food on various levels from junk food to molecular gastronomy. We have many kinds of ethnic food. With a little effort you will have some culinary adventures. We just need some more information to get focused on what you might enjoy.

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    1. re: mc michael

      Those are exactly the type of questions that will help the kind folks here give better suggestions on where and what to eat. One other thing I'll mention. Chowhound is narrowly focused on food, so please don't think we are being rude by not suggesting sites to see. That is outside the purview of our site and goes against the site rules.

    2. while at griffith park the Trails cafe is better then the wolfgang puck

      1. Have lunch at the Getty, eat at Loteria when visiting Walk of Fame.

        1. We aren't picky at all and we r very adventurous with our food. Being college students and all we don want to break the bank but there are some exceptions if it's a must go. We won't be having a car for the first two days. We are staying in downtown.

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          1. re: Michylao

            If you're staying in downtown without a car, take the Red Line towards Hollywood and get off on MacArthur. There you will find Langers, the best pastrami sandwich in the country imo. It's not in the nicest neighborhood, but not to worry. You'll be fine for lunch (they are not open for dinner).

            You can jump back on the red line and get off Hollywood and Highland to do the touristy walk of fame. Food is pretty limited in that area though.

            When you have a car, if you want to do one super nice memorable dinner, go do the tasting menu at Providence.

            1. re: TailbackU

              A second big vote for Langer's Deli. Best pastrami on earth.

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

            2. re: Michylao

              Downtown is undergoing a renaissance. It's sort of a laboratory for new things happening in LA. One of the trends of the last 4-5 years is street food. As you walk along, for example in the Fashion District near Santee Alley, you'll see lots of small carts selling bacon wrapped and other sorts of grilled hot dogs, etc. Trending up from these are the various hot trucks that you will find about. Yesterday, around the corner from Ralph's Fresh Fare (pretty good downtown market) , at least half a dozen were parked selling their goodies, including the famous Kogi Korean taco truck.
              But to find out what's going on now, I suggest you get to the center of things over on Main Street between 5th and 6th at the Nickel Diner. There you can get info on everything from either of the owners, Kristin or Monica. While there be sure to sample the food including the famous maple bacon donut.
              Around the corner on 6th is Cole's for good french dip sandwiches and a nice bar scene.
              Down Main at 4th Street you'll find another crossroads of sorts, Pete's Cafe--good for one of their Hellman Burgers and some tasty cheese fries. At Third between Broadway and Hill, you'll find the Grand Central Market which is chock full of all sorts of ethnic things including all kinds of tacos from the likes of Ana Maria's and Roast to Go. While there, you might check out the Bradbury Building at 3rd & B'way--kinda cool. On the Hill side is the Angel's Flight funicular.
              On 9th near Main, you'll find Wood Spoon, makers of the best chicken pot pies I've had.
              In Little Tokyo,at around 11:45 any week day you'll find a line of folks hoping to get into Sushi-Gen to order the sashimi lunch special for around $15 (a very good deal). Other spots you might Google that are more scene-y would be Bottega Louie and Mas Malo.

              422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              Grand Central Market
              317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              Ana Maria
              317 S Broadway C-9-10, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              Pete's Cafe & Bar
              400 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

              Nickel Diner
              524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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              Wood Spoon
              107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              Bottega Louie
              700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

              Mas Malo
              515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

              1. re: Michylao

                Go to LA Market, its a Kerry Simon enterprise. If you are adventurous you can get San Nakji from several Korean restaurants. That's live squid--they are squirming. Masan: 2851 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown; (213) 388-3314 currently has it. I'd never eat it. There are plenty of places in Downtown in walking distance. Though which part of Downtown are you staying at? Like you could always get on the USC trams for free--it will take you to USC to bunker Hill or Chinatown or USC hospital or LA Live. DASH buses are only a quarter

                Masan Restaurant
                2851 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                LA Market
                900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              2. Additional downtown faves you might like:

                Little Tokyo - Lazy Ox Canteen, sit at the bar.
                Pershing Square - Mendocino Farms for exceptional sandwiches
                arts district has Wurstkuche for gourmet sausages and belgian frites and beer
                a new gastropub on Flower, and other bar spots on Grand, blanking on the name

                800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                Mendocino Farms
                300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

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                1. re: Phurstluv

                  I second Mendocino Farms . . . they need to open a location in OC--so I can get food from not just the west LA and downtown.

                  Mendocino Farms
                  300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                2. Not sure where you're staying downtown, but Wurstk├╝che might interest young students like yourselves. Belgian Fries, Belgian Beer, Purveyor Exotic Sausages.


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                  1. re: monku

                    Do they serve that mayo aioli instead of catsup?

                      1. re: monku

                        I was checking out the menu--what are vegetarian sausages made of? It has ingredients but those are all vegetables.

                        1. re: apple7blue

                          ? ........wouldn't vegetarian sausages be made with vegetables?

                          1. re: monku

                            Don't know--sometimes soy, tofu, etceteras, I never seen an all vegetable sausage . . . that's why I asked. Vegetarian doesn't mean just eat vegetables. If so I wonder how they make a sausage only of chipotle, chile di arbol peppers, garlic and onions.

                          2. re: apple7blue

                            I am assuming that the vegetarian sausages are made from exactly what is listed on the menu next to them, just like all the ingredients for the other sausages are listed next to them. I tried the duck and bacon with jalapeno sausage the other day. It was a little on the dry side. But the fries, as always, were wonderful.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              If so, then the vegetarian mexican chipotle sausage sounds nasty.

                    1. Thank you for all the great recommendations. We will definitely try to hit all of the mentioned spots. And if you know any must go dessert places as well let me know. As well as bars, given the fact that it's our 21 st birthdays hehe

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                      1. re: Michylao

                        Bars: about twice a month a new bar opens downtown. Here's a so-so rundown: http://www.yelp.com/list/downtown-la-...
                        You can pay anywhere from 99 cents to $16 for a cocktail depending on the night, the bartender and the ingredients. It's impossible to keep up. the latest thing seems to be bars that concentrate on drinks made with one type of liquor: tequila, rum, mescal, whiskey, etc. I've been to Golden Gopher, Broadway Bar, Seven Grand, the Varnish (in the back of Cole's after 8 pm), the Edison. My current faves are Varnish and Edison. Some like Bar 107; others compare it to the Star Wars bar. There's also a slew of wine bars that have opened of late. This woman has had a drink everywhere: http://www.carolineoncrack.com/
                        My favorite crazy bar to go to for beer and music is La Cita at 4th & Hill.
                        The formerly trendiest bar (but still maintaining some cache) is the rooftop bar of the Standard Hotel. Please dress to impress.

                        Seven Grand
                        515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                        Standard Hotel
                        550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        The Edison
                        108 W 2nd St Apt 104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                        The Varnish
                        118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA

                        Broadway Bar
                        830 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                        Golden Gopher
                        417 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                        Bar 107
                        107 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013