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One Meal In LA Tomorrow

I'm coming up to LA tomorrow for a concert from San Diego. I should get there around 3:30. I have time for one meal anywhere in the city. I'm not looking for anything super fancy or pricy. Hole in the walls are fine. Looking for something that just blows everything away, and isn't a dime a dozen type place. Open to any and all types of food. Thanks!!

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  1. please give us a hint about what you mean when you ask for something that is not "super fancy or pricy."
    to some on this board, any meal that comes in at less than $150/per person meets that criteria.
    for others, the meal needs to come in at $50/pp to meet the criteria.
    for me, the meal needs to come in at $35/pp or less.
    you get the picture. what is the number you have in mind?

    also, are you open to ethnic foods?
    how about mexican seafood?
    how about indian food?
    how about ethiopian food?

    the ethnic restaurants are normally the place to go to get cheap food that is good.
    the continental/american/steakhouse restaurants all require more money to get <<something that just blows everything away>>>

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Geez, was just thinking (and writing) about you! Time for me to step aside...

    2. For your sanity, it might be best to pick a place that is reasonably close to your concert venue. With that said, a lot of first-timers are being blown away by Mariscos Chente. Here's a recent thread but one of many. You should pay particular attention to the info that poster westsidegal gives, as well as the specific address, as there is more than one location:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797564

      If you're traveling by yourself, the famed pescado zerandeado might be a slight challenge, but you might be awful hungry after your drive up from SD. Just about all who have tried this dish are pretty blown away by it. Priced by the kilo, it ain't cheap relative to expected prices for Mexican cusine, but worth every penny.

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        I'll be heading up with my gf. By not too expensive, I mean, I'd like to keep the meal under $40per person.

        Very big ethnic fans, Indian in particular. I think I'd like avoid any Mexican...I actually just had lunch at Super Cocina down here in SD (which I highly, highly recommend whenever you guys are down here), and am a bit Mexican'd out at the moment. The concert will be at the Hollywood Bowl...although, we'll be there with a bit of time to kill before heading to the venue.

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        Cocina Restaurant
        4901 Durfee Ave, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

        1. re: yanks26dmb

          at what time do you need to arrive at the bowl? i was thinking about k-zo in culver city, but they open for dinner at 5:30pm, and, not knowing your schedule, don't know if you can finish on time to get to your concert.

          too bad that angeli caffe is closed on mondays, that would have been my first choice.

          someone on the board who is familiar with the korean places in k-town should pipe up here. . . . .

          1. re: westsidegal

            Id like to get to the bowl around 6ish. Should be in LA by 330/4.

            1. re: yanks26dmb

              Save a ton of money. Have a wonderful meal. Close to your destination. Opens at 7 AM and goes till close. Get the boat noodles with beef: http://sapp.menutoeat.com/

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

      2. I was going to suggest Jitlada, but they are not open continuously on Mondays. Langers closes at 4, a bit too early for you. So I'm gonna get criticized, but I'm going to suggest Yang Chow, on the west side of Broadway above Alpine in Chinatown, north of downtown. The slippery shrimp is a great dish, as is their stringbeans in garlic sauce. Will get out for about 2/3 of your budget, and not too far out of your way from either the 5 or 405>110 and then to the Bowl. My other suggestion would be Taix, for inexpensive French.

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        Jitlada
        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Yang Chow Restaurant
        819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        1. re: nosh

          Looking for something that just blows everything away, and isn't a dime a dozen type place.
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          That's what the OP said.

          Putting aside whether Yang Chow is actually good or not, I don't think anything at Yang Chow is "just blows everything away" and the fact that SD has places like Mandarin Inn and Minh Ky that do dishes almost identical to what Yang Chow puts out makes it most definitely a "dime a dozen place" -- or a place that the OP wants to avoid.

          Cut and paste the paragraph above, and replace Yang Chow with Taix and Mandarin Inn and Minh Ky with Au Revoir.

          Again, putting aside whether Yang Chow or Taix are good or not, they just don't fit the OP's description and request, and the same applies for the Taix recommendation.

          Now, Jitlada and Langer's do fit what the OP is asking for, but like someone once said ... timing is everything in life.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Where is the Mandarin Inn in San Diego?? Love Minh Ky's.

            How about something simple and close like The Fabiolus Cafe, Miceli's or Musso & Frank Grill? If you have never been to Philippe The Original, now might be a good time.

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            Musso & Frank Grill
            6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Fabiolus Cafe
            6270 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          2. re: nosh

            I strongly disagree re Yang Chow.

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            Yang Chow Restaurant
            819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          3. Park's BBQ
            http://www.parksbbq.com/

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

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            1. re: wienermobile

              Hungry Cat, very close to the Bowl. Amazing seafood and fish. Parks BBQ a great choice but 45 min away from the Bowl.

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              The Hungry Cat
              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            2. You might enjoy Pizzeria Mozza, which is en route (Highland) to the Bowl or, perhaps, go around the corner on Melrose to Mozza-to-Go and get the makings for a picnic to enjoy on the Bowl's grounds.

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              Pizzeria Mozza
              6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Pizzeria Mozza
              641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              1. re: New Trial

                I second this. (strongly). Sit at the bar if need be.

                1. re: New Trial

                  Agree with New Trial. I don't know Indian food well, let alone close to The Bowl, but the first place that comes to mind that has exceptional food that is also close to where you're going are the Mozza family of eateries. You should consider the picnic option since you'll be arriving to LA relatively early. You'll have time to gather your picnic needs, and be in the front of the queue for a really good shot at a nice spot to have your meal. One major consideration is that since you're attending a "Lease" event, you will have to abide by the restrictions established for such events.

                  http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/...

                  Still, for me, the added dimension of the few places like the Hollywood Bowl is enjoying a picnic on the grounds prior to the show.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    I agree with Pizzeria Mozza too. It will be within your budget, is open and not far from the Bowl. The problem with finding a "hole in the wall" is that so many are closed on Mondays such as Jitlanda. I love Korean BBQ as in Parks but you do not have the time to cut it so close. If you were coming earlier, I'm sure we could all come up with lots of Chinese and Vietnamese options in the San Gabriel Valley.

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                    Pizzeria Mozza
                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      There is no good Indian food anywhere close to there IMO except for Makkah Halal, which is too much of an adventure to recommend, and is pretty far away to boot.

                      1. re: sushigirlie

                        Crown of India is relatively close to the Bowl (6755 Santa Monica Blvd., 90038). I've only been once, but I thought the food was quite tasty (although I certainly wasn't blown away by anything). In kind of a rough area, but the interior of the restaurant is surprisingly nice. The the OP will definitely stay under budget....

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                        Crown of India
                        6755 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038