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Hi- I'm heading to the LA are for parents weekend and would like to hear what folks recommend. We're adventurous eaters from the Boston/NY area. I'm looking for dinner and lunch rec's. Thanks!

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  1. Ca Cao Mexicatessen http://cacaodeli.com/

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    1. re: Servorg

      Second Cacao. Also try Good Girl Dinette (in Highland Park, not far from Eagle Rock).

      1. re: Savour

        OH the spicy fries at Good Girl. Oh.....

    2. I definitely recommend cacao. i was there yesterday to pick up some salsa and they now serve beer & wine.

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      1. re: Clyde

        Thanks for the Cacao endorsement! Any good Chinese near Eagle Rock? I'm not averse to driving 20-30 minutes either. Guessing driving somewhere is pretty normal in LA :)

        1. re: hsiaoj

          The San Gabriel Valley and some of the best Chinese food in the nation is fifteen minutes or so east of where you'll be.

          There's a rather large cult of chinese food snobs (and I mean that in the best possible way) out here who will be more than glad to help you. Here's one thread:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/510836

          Some of my favorites:

          101 Noodle Express, JTYH Heavy Noodles, ABC Seafood

      2. I am a fan of the Oinkster for lunch. A stand with a nice patio and some good burgers and pastrami (Oinkster Pastrami - House cured pastrami with all the "Oinks": gruyere cheese, caramelized onion, and red cabbage slaw). Upscale fast food. They can get busy but it's worth the wait.
        http://www.theoinkster.com

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Same here, really like their pastrami.

          I'll also throw in Fusion Burgers, which is also Highland Park, not very far from the Oinkster. I prefer their burgers over Oinkster's, they are very similar to umami burgers, and delicious.

          1. re: wienermobile

            Ube milkshakes at Oinkster...

            1. re: J.L.

              Killer fries at OInkster...

              1. re: happybaker

                Hummm, leaving early tomorrow morning! The Oinkster will be at the top of my list next time!

                1. re: hsiaoj

                  Will you be following up with a report on what you ate and how you liked it? That would be a great way to say thanks to all who chimed in with suggestions in reply to your post...

          2. Hope you guys enjoy your weekend! Luckily Eagle Rock is pretty central to a lot of the great eats in L.A.!

            I whole heartedl agree with Cacao and Good Girl dinette! Also in Eagle Rock I love Four Cafe... a nice way to jumpstart your post weekend detox with their yummy soups and HUGE salads.

            Eagle Rock is also not to far from the great middle eastern in Glendale. I love Skafs. Also in Glendale is the beloved portos bakery. I adore their Potato Balls and Dulce de Leche Kiss Cookies.

            Also nearby is the little community of Atwater Village. They have a WONDERFUL bakery there called Proof. Cognoscenti Coffee is also in the same space. If you are a coffee lover, it's worth it just to visit for that.

            As far as Chinese, there are lots of wonderful things in the SGV which is surprisingly close. Chinatown appears close, but it's worth it to go a little bit further for Dim Sum at Sea Harbor or a great meal at JYTH.

            Best!

            --Dommy!

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            1. re: Dommy

              Agree with a trip to Sea Harbour for some wonderful Dim Sum. Should be a 20-30 minute drive for you. Head east on the 10 freeway to Rosemead. Their wait time grows after 11:30 so get there early if you can.

              3939 Rosemead Boulevard Rosemead, CA 91770
              (626) 288-3939

            2. The Blue Hen for Vietnamese lunch and Cafe Beaujolais for dinner are also good choices. Best Pizza and arguably Italian in L.A. is Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock -- there is always a wait after 5:30 pm. and they have the best home made spumoni in SoCal.

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              1. re: janicebea

                Wow, lots of choices abound. I'll browse through the other board for chinese food. Any ideas for seafood (not asian)?

                1. re: hsiaoj

                  You might be interested in the doner kabab place, Spitz is in Eagle Rock too http://www.eatatspitz.com/

                  1. re: hsiaoj

                    Best seafood in your area (non asian) is The Water Grill in Downtown LA. Great raw bar and cold seafood platters.
                    http://www.watergrill.com

                    Or if you want to drive farther west, Son of a Gun (the guys from Animal) have wonderful and creative seafood dishes including their great linguine and clams, with uni aglio-olio, chili & breadcrumbs.
                    http://sonofagunrestaurant.com

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      +1 for Son of a Gun & that dish..... Hands down one of the best versions I've ever had.....

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        I read about Son of a Gun on other Chow board and checked out their menu. Looks great!

                        1. re: hsiaoj

                          It is.... Ate about five things on the menu all by myself, every one was a home run....

                  2. I liked Polka, but I haven't been there in many years. The prices have gone WAY up.

                    1. Thanks for the rec's. We've eaten at Blue Hen, Cacao and Son of a Gun so far. Still looking for Chinese for tonight (dinner not dim sum) and are willing to drive 15-20 minutes. Ideas?

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                      1. re: hsiaoj

                        http://www.laweekly.com/2009-10-08/ea...

                        http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                        1. re: hsiaoj

                          If you don't want to venture deep into the San Gabriel Valley, there are a couple of pretty good places in South Pasadena. Oak Tree Inn on Fair Oaks near Monterey and Phoenix on Fair Oaks north of the 110