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May 5, 2014 03:44 PM

Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Coming down for our yearly long weekend visit over Memorial Day weekend, staying at the Omni DTLA just 2 blocks from Grand Central Market.

Our usual routine is to drive straight to Langers for lunch, but recent posts about Greenblatt’s have me thinking I ought to try something new (my wife thinks that’s blasphemy, but she orders the No. 19 and I’m a pastrami and mustard only guy so what does she know).
Last time down we hit Langers, Guisados, Baco Mercat, Parks, Farmers Market (Little John toffee, Bob’s Donuts, Short Order), Central Market (G&B coffee, Egg Slut), Bludsoes (Fairfax). Have previously been to Animal, Gjelina, Pizzeria Mozza, Versailles, Coni Seafood, Sweet Rose Creamery, Beachy Cream, Bay Cities, Tacos Baja Ensenada, Ricky’s Fish Tacos, Bludsoes (Compton).

Thinking about: Bestia, Sotto, Night & Market, Jitlada, Son of Gun, Plan Check, Chichen Itza, La Casita Mexicana, Connie & Teds, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali tacos, Portos for pastries, Donut Man (seems like a haul).

We have good friends in Santa Monica who we always dine with so not necessary to stay in DTLA for all eats.

Sotto and Bestia look great, but also look similar to menus available in SF. I could be happy eating Langers, Bludsoes and Guisados all weekend but always like to try some new places. Friday night would prefer to stay DTLA for dinner. Sorry, a little open ended, but any thoughts?

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  1. Since you are GCM adjacent it seems like a no brainer to hit up Belcampo for cheeseburgers. See LA board hoopla here:

    Not far to Cacao Mexicatessen if you want to experience another facet of LA's boundless cornucopia of food Mexican.

    Since you've been to Parks how about a mandoo mania place? Try this thread for suggestions.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks, I saw the Belcamo thread - there's a Belcampo up here, across the bridge in Marin so I'll save that one. Cacao looks great, would you pick that over Chichen Itza or Casita Mexicana?

      1. re: sunnyside

        I would but they all have their charms. How about Chinese in the SG Valley?

        1. re: Servorg

          +1 for Chinese in the SG Valley. You will love some of these places that get endless "virtual" ink on here.

          1. re: Servorg

            Servorg I respect the hell out of you but I think you're crazy if you would pick Cacao over Chichen Itza!!!!!

            But either are great. La Casita could be fun because you could do a few dishes there and a few at Corazon y Miel which is literally like three minutes away. With that being said, I don't think La Casita is worth the trek on its own.

      2. you have quite a nice line up planned.
        I like greenblatts and langers....i live nearer to greenblatts and it has hours more friendly for me, but i don't think you can go wrong with your langers traditions...but greenblatts is dynamite too and they have dozens of wines on tap and a wine store with nominal corkage/markup for diners so if you're up in weho or hollywood, or want to hit up the laugh factory next door, it's a no brainer. for me, they run neck and neck and im always the winner.

        i learned about the mexicali place on this board -- those nachos are insane.

        have fun.

        1. 2 birds, 1 stone. Instead of Langer's, try the newly opened Wexler's in GCM.

          1. Looking at your previous visits, you are a pro hound.

            Nice "resume".

            1. Consider Alma in DTLA.

              Add n/naka, and definitely make time for n/naka.

              Nix La Casita.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                n/naka looks awesome, but we have a 6 year old, so can't see hitting it on this trip (particularly because she likes sushi and would insist on her own 16 course tasting, thereby killing our budget for the whole trip). Noted on Casita,