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Jul 6, 2011 05:49 AM

What/where can I eat that is unique to the LA area?

I'm going to be in the LA area in August. However, I won't be spending any time in the actual city of Los Angeles. I'll be in the Santa Monica/Manhattan Beach area, Hollywood, and Burbank/Pasadena/La Canada Flintridge area. Does anyone have recommendations in those areas for food that is unique to the area? Something that is done the best in LA? I'm not familiar with what's good or popular in the LA area, other than that they have an incredible variety of food. I pretty much eat anything, and I'm willing to try new things. Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Try a Sushi Hamburger from 26 Beach Restaurant in Venice, just south of Santa Monica and north of Manhattan. They won a Best Burger competition in 2010 with it. I think that is a very unique thing.

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      would add the interesting, well-constructed, entree salads that are served at 26 beach.

    2. Try this link as a staring point then ask away.

      or this for the Santa Monica/Venice area

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Thank you for the links. I'll definitely have to have tacos and sushi while I'm out there. Musha looks good and looks like a unique style of Japanese. Cha Cha Chicken looks good for lunch if I'm near the pier. I'm from 90 miles north of NYC, so while I do have good restaurants in my area, I don't have much variety as I don't make it down to NYC all that often - which is why Cha Cha Chicken looks appealing, no Caribbean restaurants around here.

      2. Well, when in the Burbank/Pasadena portion of your trip, read this post regarding food in the San Gabriel Valley, aka which Pasadena is a part of, and pick and choose your options.
        And when in that area, other options might include Bulgarini for Ice Cream/Sorbet in Altadena(aka north Pasadena) or Fosselman's in Alhambra for similar.

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        1. re: carter

          Thanks - I will have to see if I can stop by one of those places, maybe in Arcadia as that looks closest to Pasadena.

        2. Thank you! I will take a look at those links.

          1. For something unique, try Zankou Chicken. Glendale would be my first choice, but they are also in Pasadena and Burbank. It is a counter service Lebanese place. Love the chicken and garlic sauce.

            Cafe Santorini in Pasadena isn't unique per se, just a nice setting.

            Cafe Santorini
            70 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103