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3 days in LA. What do you suggest?

Hi, have three days in LA. Looking for some memorable ideas of places to go. Love sushi, dimsum and top notch cooking.

Thanks muchly!!

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  1. Shunji gets my vote for sushi.

    1. Sea Harbour in Rosemead for Dim Sum.

      1. Crab/Pork XLB, salt and pepper shrimp and dumplings, dumplings, dumplings at Wang Xing Ji in San Gabriel.

        140 W Valley Blvd San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. Urasawa
          Sea Harbour
          Sotto
          Red Medicine

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thanks mate, Definitely have to check out Sea Harbour, been salivating after reading about it.

            Is Urasawa worth it? a 1000 bill for two people seems a bit steep. Went to Mori last year and loved it. That ruined sushi where I live. Or would you just go to Sushi Zo and Matushisa? (seem to be popular on the forums here)

            Is Red Medicine that good? saw it on the Bourdain show but thought was crowded with tourists now?

            Any thoughts on Providence?

            Thanks muchly mate, Sotto looks v.cool as well

            1. re: circusmidget

              I think Urasawa is worth it, but if it's too pricey for you then perhaps consider Shunji (or just go back to Mori, which is outstanding in its own right).

              I would not go to Matsuhisa.

              Yes, Red Medicine is *that* good, as is Sotto.

              Providence is another gem you should consider.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Cheers, will book Providence when able, then figure out for sushi. Curious whats the usual price point at Sunji? Think was 150 at Mori and that was decent. Any good places to go during the day? Markets or what not that are food centered to wander around? In town midweek so think will miss a lot of the action.

                1. re: circusmidget

                  150 will be fine for Shunji.

                  For markets, there's the Farmers Market on 3rd/Fairfax in the midcity area.

                  There's also the Mercado La Paloma in downtown LA (http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/), as well maybe check out Focus Plaza in San Gabriel (corner of Del Mar and Valley).

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    would that $150 include tax, tip, and beverages?
                    if not, roughly how much should be budgeted to get out the door with tea or a soft drink?

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Yes, definitely.

                      Just remember, that Shunji's omakase is non-sushi, it is really kaiseki with certain sashimi-centric dishes. Last time I went, it was 10 (or 12) courses for 80/person.

                      (You can, of course, supplement additional sushi and/or sashimi courses at your leisure. If what you want is a traditional sushi omakase, go to Mori up the street.)

              2. re: circusmidget

                Sotto is great. Best pork chop in town. Great pizza too.

              1. If you make it down to Venice Beach I do love Gjelina. They are always very busy and open late. Make a reservation if you can.
                http://www.gjelina.com

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  if you can't get a reservation at gjelina, normally, mon-thur you can easily get seated at the communal table(s) for lunch at 2:15 and dinner at the open at 5:30.
                  there may be other "good" times too, but those are the hours for which i can personally vouch.
                  during these hours you will have the full menu available to you.

                2. You might want to check out Alma downtown.

                  1. If you are looking for a hand cut Pastrami on rye sandwich for lunch Langer's Deli is the best in country. Near downtown LA. Open till 4pm and closed Sundays.
                    http://www.langersdeli.com

                    For really creative seafood try Son of A Gun on 3rd Street. Really Wonderful seafood plus one amazing fried chicken sandwich too.
                    http://sonofagunrestaurant.com

                    From the same chefs, Animal on Fairfax is their meat lovers paradise. Try their poutine with oxtail gravy & cheddar.
                    http://animalrestaurant.com

                    I am a big fan of the Mozza restaurants. You can't go wrong no matter the one you pick. Nancy Silverton's mozzarella bar is a must in the Osteria.
                    http://www.mozzarestaurantgroup.com