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hey guys,

i just moved to LA from the east coast, and it would be cool to hear all your opinions about the best places to get the best stuff! fill in the blanks in the survey below (you don't need to fill them all). it would be interesting for all to see the diversity of opinions... and very helpful for me as i start to cook and eat here in LA!

best butcher:
best fish monger:
best general grocery store:
best farmers market:

best kitchenwares store:
best baking supply store:
best cake decorating store:

best icecream:
best chocolatier:
best candy store:
best gourmet/specialty store:
best italian grocer:
best spice shop (like, where can i find culinary lavender?):
best cheese shop:
best baguette:
best health food store:
best french pastries:
best italian pastry:
best scandinavian pastry:
best chinese bakery:
best japanese bakery:

best asian grocery stores:
best indian chaat/snack foods:
best indian restaurant:
best vietnamese sandwich:
best vietnamese restaurant:
best boba tea:
best dim sum:
best cheap/authentic thai:

best burger:
best bargain steak:
best french bistro:
best gourmet pizza:
best cheapo pizza:
best funky vegetarian restaurant:
best hot dog:
best shwarma:
best schnitzel:
best falafel:
best bbq:
best fried chicken:
best soul food:

best greasy spoon breakfast:
best LATE NIGHT eat:

ANY OTHER "BESTS" YOU WANT TO POST??!

thanks!!

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  1. best farmers market: Pasadena Saturday Market

    best kitchenwares store: Surfas
    best baking supply store: Surfas
    best cake decorating store: Surfas
    best chocolatier: On Larchmont, Leonides (sp?)
    best gourmet/specialty store: Trader Joes & Bristol Farms & Whole Foods
    best cheese shop: Great cheeses at Trader Joes
    best indian restaurant: India's Oven
    best burger: Fatburger
    best fried chicken: Roscoes House of Chicken & Waffles
    best soul food: M&M Soul Food
    best LATE NIGHT eat: Astros on Glendale/Fletcher

    1. Dude I'm tired just from reading your list...

      Best burger: Pie N Burger (Pasadena), In-N-Out (all over)
      Best boba: Tea Station (San Gabriel, on Valley)
      Best gourmet pizza: Cafe Angelino (on 3rd, near Cedars-Sinai)
      Best cheapo pizza: Lamonica's NY Pizza (Westwood, Downtown LA)
      Best baguette: La Brea Bakery
      Best greasy spoon breakfast (Chinese): Yung Ho Tou Chiang (NE corner of Valley & New, in San Gabriel)
      Best falafel: Falafel King (on Broxton, in Westwood)

      Bon appetit! Welcome to LA!

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      1. re: JL

        Best ice cream: Fosselman's (Alhambra) and Mashti Malones (Hollywood)

      2. best butcher: whole foods if I need something special
        best fish monger: i use Gelson's
        best general grocery store: Gelson's/Mayfair
        best farmers market: Hollywood on Sundays

        best kitchenwares store: Williams Sonoma
        best baking supply store:
        best cake decorating store: Yummy Cupcakes because I don't really bake, they did a great job of b-day cupcakes for me recently, they are in burbank.

        best icecream:
        best chocolatier:
        best candy store:
        best gourmet/specialty store: Trader Joe's
        best italian grocer:
        best spice shop (like, where can i find culinary lavender?):
        best cheese shop: The Silverlake Cheese Store
        best baguette:
        best health food store: Erewhon on Beverly
        best french pastries:
        best italian pastry:
        best scandinavian pastry:
        best chinese bakery:
        best japanese bakery:

        best asian grocery stores: market on Sunset at Laveta
        best indian chaat/snack foods:
        best indian restaurant:
        best vietnamese sandwich:
        best vietnamese restaurant:
        best boba tea:
        best dim sum:
        best cheap/authentic thai: suriyo thai in silverlake

        best burger: in n out, baby!
        best bargain steak: cafe stella in silverlake
        best french bistro: same as above, really
        best gourmet pizza: hard times pizza
        best cheapo pizza:
        best funky vegetarian restaurant: real food daily (not funky)
        best hot dog: pinks if you care to wait.
        best shwarma:
        best schnitzel: canter's
        best falafel: eat a pita on Fairax
        best bbq:
        best fried chicken: roscoe's on Gower
        best soul food:

        best greasy spoon breakfast: mexican food anywhere
        best LATE NIGHT eat: tommy's on Sunset

        1. best baking supply store: Jane’s Cakes in Montrose
          best scandinavian pastry: Berolina Bakery in Glendale/close to Montrose
          best vietnamese sandwich: Pho 79, Vietnamese Ham Bahn Mi (does not come with Pate)
          best vietnamese restaurant: Pho 79
          best cheap/authentic thai: Chandra, Pasadena, Burbank
          best shwarma: Zankou

          1. f
            Foodie Universe

            Here are some of my favorite restaurants. Most are on the Westside.
            Chameau - French Morrocan, slightly upscale, great decor
            Cholada Beach Thai-noodles with bite and unusual outdoor seating
            Fritto Misto - large, delicious, inexpensive portions
            Gingergrass -Anglicized Vietnamese, but damn, it's amazing
            Hamasaku - great sushi, great service, romantic, interesting rolls
            The Hump - sushi, homey, great omakase
            In-n-Out - where this flexitarian gets her hamburger fix
            Jaipur Cuisine of India - one of the better choices for Indian food on the Westside
            Juliano's Raw - raw, vegan, romantic-ish
            Kiriko - sushi, nice, inexpensive, slightly more romantic
            Literati Cafe - great lemonade and cappucinos
            Literati II - fresh, seasonal, upscale-ish food at reasonable prices in a romantic setting
            Mao's Kitchen - Communist Chinese food, casual
            Melisse - incredible French, upscale but not pretentious, expensive as hell
            Musha -friendly Japanese-Spanish food--what more could I want in life?
            Ngoma - Pan-African food! The only one in LA. Try the fufu.
            Nobu Malibu - sushi, cozy, delectable
            Orris - French Pan-Asian, or something. I like the small plates and the wine
            Siam Chan - quality and super-low prices at this yummy Thai-Chinese hut
            Spumoni - yummy gnocchi and pizza, lots of garlic, cheap lunch specials
            Sushi Masu - sushi, casual, inexpensive
            Thanh My - real Vietnamese, and damn, the food is amazing and cheap, but no atmosphere (OC)
            Unurban - surprisingly spacious with a yummy avocado melt
            Zankou Chicken - free pickled beets and garlic sauce to die for. fast food.

            To respond more specifically to your questions:
            best general grocery store: I am partial to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's
            best farmers market: Santa Monica, Wednesdays. Incredibly varied selection and lots of organic offerings

            best candy store:India's sweets and spices (not quite candy, but close)
            best cheese shop:I like Artisan Cheese Gallery, but I have nothing to compare it to

            best asian grocery stores: 99 Ranch (multiple locations), Nijaya Market (Sawtelle and Olympic)
            best indian restaurant: India's Sweets and Spices, Jaipur Cuisine of India
            best vietnamese restaurant: Thanh My (Little Saigon, Westminster)
            best boba tea: used to be Upper House on Sawtelle but they changed ownership. Maybe Tapioca Express if you're on the Westside
            best cheap/authentic thai: Cholada Beach in Malibu

            best cheapo pizza: Abbot's Pizza (not really cheapo)
            best funky vegetarian restaurant: Juliano's Raw

            best LATE NIGHT eat: Krua Thai

            Link: http://foodieuniverse.blogspot.com/20...

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            1. re: Foodie Universe

              DEFINITELY love me some Fritto Misto and Spumoni. The wait can be bothersome, though. Can't agree with Juliano's Raw though -- eccccch.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Ditto on the raw food. Do they over-salt everything, or is it just me (and my then dinner companion)? We figured it was to make up for the lack of flavor.