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Apr 27, 2011 12:15 PM

California cuisine - what not to miss?

Coming to CA from NY for first time. Any types of food or specialties of the region that are not to miss?

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  1. Where in LA are you going to be? I would expect that the main thing we do well here that you would have a tough time finding in NY would be Mexican and Pacific Rim Fusion. Maybe Sushi. There are also large Vietnamese and Thai communities here, and I don't know how available these are in NY.

    There are also 2 places in Downtown LA that lay claim to the birth of the French Dip over 100 years ago, so Philippe and/or Cole's would be a must do, and with our car culture, a Double Double cheeseburger from In-and-Out is another must.

    Philippe the Original
    1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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    1. re: ocshooter

      Going to be staying in Santa Monica for a few days this September and will have a car, as we will be road tripping to San Francisco. Thanks for the tip on the French Dip. We do like Mexican and would appereciate reco in Santa Monica.

      1. re: mangiamama

        Tacos Por Favor for chorizo tacos. Monte Alban for moles. If you had to choose one, definitely go with Monte Alban and their Oaxacan specialties.

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        Tacos Por Favor
        1406 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

        1. re: mangiamama

          If you take the Coast up toward SF instead of the 5, then definitely stop at La Super Rica in Santa Barbara for lunch or dinner. Cash only, lines at normal meal times, and a real hole in the wall, but also really, really, really good.

      2. when i think of "california cuisine" first place that comes to my mind is tasting menu at spago out in the patio

        1. I'd say Korean, Vietnamese and Mexican for a NY visitor. Tell us some parameters such as where you're staying, cost, transportation and you'll get some excellent specific suggestions.

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          1. re: Jase

            Speaking of Korean, Parks BBQ is a must. Wonderful meats all cooked at your table and some of the best short ribs you'll ever taste. Great service too.

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

          2. If you are in the Venice area I love Gjelina. Great fresh creative California cuisine. Open late nightly. Reservations are a must.

            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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            1. re: wienermobile

              +1 on wienermobile's recommendation of GJELINA.
              be sure to make your reservation early

            2. I'm not that knowledgable about NY, but I have an idea. And I consider myself an expert on CA and LA's great joints. Let's be real, you'll prolly find a comparable sushi joint in NY, and even an izakaya. Better Italian food, French food, for the mostttt part. But not Mexican. Not fresher veggies often. Not better specialized Korean, Mexican, Viet, Thai, and Chinese. So.... that's where it's at!!!

              Try the best Korean spicy tofu joint near Vermont and Olympic, try the mulita near USC at La Taquiza, try Zelo's deep dish pizza in Arcadia, try Din Tai Fung's soup pork dumplings, try the cousin at Kang Kang, go to Rosemead's Nem Nuong, Sapp Coffee House's boat noodles and crab fried rice, Father's Office's burger, Apple Pan's burger, Donut Man's strawberry donut, Mo Chica's everything, Mario's saltados, Bruddahs Hawaiian, Yelp standbys Daikokuya and Portos ... and go back to NY a richer man w/ some memories. Cheappppp options I mentioned!!

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

              327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              Apple Pan
              10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

              Donut Man
              915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

              Sapp Coffee Shop
              5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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

              La Taquiza Restaurant
              4149 Tweedy Blvd Ste C, South Gate, CA 90280

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              1. re: tenxtone76

                I can't imagine there being a Bruddah's-equivalent in NYC - it's too Grindz even by LA standards...