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Most unusual food in LA?

Burrito Bandito Mar 12, 2006 06:46 PM

I'm going to be in LA in May and I want a new culinary adventure. I have already done live octopus tentacles and silkworm cocoons in Ktown, and the insect buffet out at the Santa Monica airport, so i am looking for something new. I would really like to try cuy, the South American delicacy but i am open to any new and adventurous ideas my fellow hounds might have up their sleeves. There is nothing i don't eat or at least wont try once.

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    cj RE: Burrito Bandito Mar 13, 2006 02:28 AM

    Are you up for game? Saddle Peak Lodge has buffalo, elk, quail, cornish hen, etc.

    If you're willing to dish out $300 for a meal, Urasawa is one of the only places in town that has a license to serve blowfish.


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      Picador RE: cj Mar 13, 2006 07:02 PM

      I am not sure anyplace serves cuy in LA these days

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      modernist RE: Burrito Bandito Mar 13, 2006 01:01 PM

      i remember reading about street vendors in macarthur park serving cuy on the dl, but that was years ago.

      i was supposed to fly to peru yesterday, alas, im stuck here in LA.

      if you find the cuy love let us know!
      you might want to do a search on chowhound for cuy. it might have been a couple years ago though.

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        wilafur RE: Burrito Bandito Mar 13, 2006 04:43 PM

        have you tried balut?

        1. therealbigtasty RE: Burrito Bandito Aug 5, 2006 07:13 PM

          That's the problem with exotic food in LA...too expensive.

          Although I would like to go to Palm Thai in Hollywood at night for their crunchy frog dishes, that are a bargain around 18 bucks. My girlfriend, however, will never go there because it freaks her out.

          I'll have to go by myelf.

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            david t. RE: Burrito Bandito Aug 6, 2006 11:54 AM

            There is only one cuisine where you'll likely find every animal and every part of that animal served. And that's Chinese. Go to the east LA/ Monterey Park area and bring a Chinese friend to order for you.

            1. NinoHB714 RE: Burrito Bandito Aug 6, 2006 12:16 PM

              Tiet canh vit = Vietnamese raw duck blood

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