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LA Vacation- Where to eat - Hotspots and Value for Money Kings?

reading a whole lot in the forum recently and just heading to LA on thursday i thought i ask in general what you absolut hotspots or value for money restaurant are considering the sheer size of LA and the millions of possibilities to eat!
I will stay in the Kore town are and absolutely want to try as many food trucks as possible as well as these restaurants:

Taco Maria


red medicine


fairfax fish

+ lots of burger and pizza joints and some more

it would really help if you would give me some advice!

ps: traveling alone and really hoping to go to some places where one can small talk etc.

thanks you all and hope my question is not to general!

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  1. You really ought to look through this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8463... (if you haven't already) for ideas.

    Pizza in LA has been overrun by the rush to Neapolitan style pies. You can find examples at places like Settebello http://settebello.net/Locations-Marin... DeSano http://desanopizza.it/contact.html Olio http://www.pizzeriaolio.com/ Sotto http://www.sottorestaurant.com/ Pizzeria Napoli http://www.napolila.com/ Stella Barra http://www.stellabarra.com/ et al. You should also give Vito's http://www.vitopizza.com/ on La Cienega a try and I really liked the pizza I had at Clusi Batusi http://www.clusibatusi.com/ on Sawtelle in WLA.

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    1. re: Servorg

      thanks so much!
      somehow overlooked this thread! really great advices servorg! thanks a lot!

      1. re: philie

        Here was the final report on that thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848063 which makes for some interesting reading (and even more interesting eating) and he then posted his grades for each place farther down which you can find here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8480...

        1. re: Servorg

          If it helps, I mapped out a bunch of these places (along with the cheaper spots on the LA Weekly & LA Times annual lists) here: http://batchgeo.com/map/LA-Cheap-Eats

          There's a map on the original link but it doesn't work on iPhone if you're mobile (and on an iphone).

          1. re: Discokill

            Thanks so much for sharing your mobile map. Chowhounds are a really generous and helpful group - I gotta say...

    2. A couple of suggestions. If you don't have a reservation yet at Providence, do it now. They have a special anniversary tasting menu during the month of June....and they just reopened after a "redo" of the room....so they're pretty booked. And remember that they do lunch on Friday only....but I've always been able to order the tasting menu at lunch. And Red Medicine has a nice bar menu....and you can also order off the main menu at the bar. Sergio, the bartender, is terrific.

      1. Here is a link to solo dining in LA.

        Animal has a nice dining bar and I love the Mozzarella bar
        at OSTERIA Mozza.

        The hottest two restaurants in LA at the movement are probably Maude and Trois Mec.

        Welcome to LA.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          The bar at Pizzeria Mozza has a killer lunch special.

          Sit at the bar, from 12noon to 5pm Monday through Friday and you'll get any pizza of your choice, a glass of wine and, a dessert of your choice. $20.

          I love Nancy Silvertons pizza and this is an easy way to have fab food with no reservations. (Well, except the calories!)

        2. If you like pastrami try Langer's Deli near downtown. The best pastrami & rye on earth. Open till 4pm & Closed Sundays.

          The best fish tacos are at Ricky's Fish Tacos in East Hollywood. Lunch only Closed Mon & Tuesday.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            can always count on you for the money shot from langers...im ready for lunch!

          2. How long are you staying in LA? And is the main purpose of visit to "see the sites" or to eat good food (or to eat the best food possible near "the sites")? Will you be renting a car and do you mind lots of driving? Or will you be relying on public transportation?

            1. The folks at Fairfax Fish are very nice, but I would not say it's a place to go to eat and hang out.

              But also on Fairfax is Golden State - great burgers and beer.

              I'd suggest catching the metro and exploring the Grand Central market downtown. Lots of new stuff happening there and, folks are friendly.

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              1. re: happybaker

                Soo many interesting responses!!

                To put some things clear:

                I will be in LA for three weeks, Car included. I will staying in Koreatown and Look for two or there extraordinary diners and then the cheaper/ Value for money stuff.

                Concerning Providence: thanks for the top of booking early, Normally i prefer dining over lunch. HOWEVER, with this Special menu, which i would like to eat, would you recommend lunch or diner?

                Thanks also a lot for all of the other great advice to all of you!

                1. re: philie

                  Providence is only open for Lunch on Friday's. I recommend dinner. You can take your time with the tasting menu then.

                  1. re: philie

                    It depends on the experience you want. I find lunch relaxing there....and have never been rushed. But dinner will be a bit more of an "experience." i'm going this Friday for lunch, and am planning on doing the special tasting menu. They've provided it before at lunch. Along with the wine pairings. But you might want to call and ask if you're making a reservation.

                2. red medicine is fairly polarizing. be sure you do some research before pulling the trigger.

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                  1. re: ns1

                    Just booked Providence for a wednesday! Really excited!

                    Concerning Red Medicine, i really want to have one more dinner thats interesting and not too expensive and thought this would be interesting. However, if the reviews are mixed (which indeed they are) where better to go?

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        yes or sit at bar area at son of a gun...
                        ...or for really interesting vittles but less chatter get into ktown or thai town.

                      2. re: philie

                        where are you coming from? animal's a solid choice if full bar is no concern. book early.

                        re: RM, here's a tale of 2 RM's, with pix. You decide!


                        1. re: ns1

                          coming all the way from germany and then heading over to chicago, detroit, toronto and new york!

                          thanks for the tips!
                          have read that there was some strange ordering/ eating situation lately at animal but that the food was great so this may seems like a solid alternative!


                          1. re: philie

                            When you try to book a busy spot, you may get a slight advantage if you say where you are coming from.