Coming down from SF to LA for a week, need advice...
I'll be in LA this week-end and next week with my wife, and we're looking for advice on interesting restaurants.
We'll be staying in Pasadena, but will travel to Hollywood, Silverlake, Downtown, Burbank.
I made a reservation at Animal, after seeing it on Bourdain's, but otherwise nothing. I'm also a fan of ethnic food, and don't really care for super fancy places.
As you will be staying in Pasadena, and are a big fan of ethnic food the San Gabriel Valley beckons. A quick search will reveal dozens of threads recommending wonderful places near you. A quick suggestion is Seafood Village in Temple City. Its a short drive from Pasadena. Their house special crab is excellent. There is also a long thread recommending the sandwich from Roma deli which is in Pasadena. Enjoy your visit.
My favorite in the Pasadena area is Julienne's in South Pasadena. They are only open for breakfast and lunch, and there can be a weight at prime times. They also have an adjoining take-out/gourmet food store.
Check on Yelp or Facebook for food trucks in the area. There is debate about how good the food really is, but it is one of the few real street foods available in the Southland, and worth an afternoon or evening to experience.
I'm switching cities with you this weekend.
I recommend Red Medicine the highest. Get the brussel sprouts with fish sauce, maitake mushrooms with long beans, foie gras, porridge with butter and uni supplement, gage plum dessert.
If you're downtown, I also recommend Spice Table. Get the fried cauliflower with fish sauce, lamb belly sates, beef rendang, and kon loh mee.
Skip dim sum down here as I still find Koi Palace superior on the high end. But the rest of the asian food down here is worth trying.