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Jul 18, 2012 10:29 AM

Taking mom on a weeklong tour of LA food

Here's the deal - despite the title of "mom", she's fairly adventurous and I think would get a kick out of seeing a really wide variety of places that you just wouldn't really find in Milwaukee. I'd like every place to either have a really unique dish, have a really unique atmosphere, or encompass a different food niche or ethnicity.

I would really appreciate any recommendations.

I live in Silverlake, but don't mind running around - as long as it's not to the OC or something. We may splurge once or twice, but in general, we'll probably be looking at entrees under $15. Here are some of my thoughts, nominations so far...

Yamadaya - Show her "real" ramen (Or even try tsukemen at Tsujita)
Mother Dough - A little different than your average pizza place
Taco Zone - Can you say you've been to LA if you've never waited outside a food truck with a bunch of drunken hipsters?
Bourgeois Pig - an interesting place for coffee what with the forrest room and all
Blossom - Some interesting vietnamese dishes, and the silverlake location's really cool with the basement and all
Wang Xing Ji - for the giant XLB/soup dumplings (or Din Tai Fung)
Roscoes? - It IS different... (and LA)
Phillipe's - Another LA classic not short on character, or maybe Langer's
Scoops or Milk or a really memorable ice cream place

A good K-Town BBQ place?
A good pho place?
A good ethiopian place?
A really interesting breakfast/brunch?
Debating the best "gourmet" burger place...

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  1. K-town BBQ either means Parks or Soot Bull Jeep for that "smoke gets in your eyes, clothing and hair" experience.

    A really interesting breakfast/brunch place might mean Millie's on Sunset or, if in the mood for ambiance along with your brunch, means the patio at for both beauty and food.

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    1. For the gourmet burger, although I prefer the one from Father's Office, I think the atmosphere at Rustic Canyon along with the farm to table food outside the burger would serve you well.

      1. I like Phillipe's....but Langer's wins hands down. Pastrami heaven.

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        1. re: wienermobile


          I can't begin to count the number of people, when I bring up the subject of Langer's, that say they've been wondering what the place is like, what the food is like....
          even though they've lived here for years and driven past it numerous times.
          It's a unique place, with excellent food, in a very historical area of LA and I think everyone should visit it at least once. Then you're hooked :).

          1. re: latindancer

            +1, Langers is a must and if it's Langers v Philippes its' a no brainer.

            1. re: latindancer

              The problem with Langer's is the hours.

              When you work 9-5 and like to stay close to the pad on the weekends, it's just not that convenient to go there. If you work weekdays, the only day you can go there is Saturday for lunch or breakfast.

              If they were open 24 hours like Canter's, I'd be there 10 times a year or something. The fact that they close early means I get there once a year or something on a day off.

              I'm sure they have their reasons for closing early -- obviously it's working for them -- but I think that's why a lot of people never make it over there, it's only open when they are at work.

          2. I am doing sort of the same thing with my mother in a couple of weeks. One of our food destinations will be Sea Harbour for dim sum. Small plates mean that you can try a lot of new things.

            1. +1 for Taco Zone.

              101 Noodle Express - the original location is fifteen minutes from Silver Lake - for the beef roll and amazing dumplings like pumpkin/shrimp and sole.

              Although I'm not a big fan of the food, the Rampart Tommy's is certainly a unique LA experience, especially if your mom is a night owl.

              Big Mista's BBQ at the Glendale Farmers Market.

              Pollo a la Brasa on Western in K-town