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Hey guys,

Visiting LA from Montreal in September for 2-3 days before spending most of our in San Francisco.

We will be staying around the Hollywood blvd and Gower street. What restaurants is worth visiting in that area for the short amount of time we have? I read so many suggestions but would like to know what are the ones we shouldn't miss.

Budget is flexible and ideally would love Mexican and Californian/American cuisine but open to any other suggestion if its a worth it. (currently doing research on Food trucks)

Thanks!

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  1. Well, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles is right there essentially

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    1. re: jessejames

      Sounds delicious.

    2. Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays
      Shophouse for a quick meal
      Hungry Cat (seafood and raw bar) service sucks though

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      1. re: A5 KOBE

        Shophouse? Seriously? For a visitor to LA? If you were coming to LA to sample Mexican food, hopefully nobody here would send you to Chipotle; likewise, we shouldn't be directing you toward Shophouse for some kind of pan-Asian disappointment.

      2. Yuca's Hut http://www.yucasla.com/ for cochinita pibil burrito. Guelaguetza http://www.ilovemole.com/ and Chichen Itza http://chichenitzarestaurant.com/ and Guisados http://www.guisados.co/ - and last, but certainly not least:

        Ricky's Fish Tacos
        https://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos
        1400 N Virgil Ave
        Los Angeles, CA 90027
        (323) 906-7290

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        1. re: Servorg

          Oh c'mon. If someone told me to come to these places on a vacay, I'd be disappointed. These are truly good places -- and very casual where locals frequent -- but not worth limited time during a vacay.

          1. re: Silverlaker

            You are welcome to suggest any other places you think the OP ought to hit up, given his parameters and his stated cuisine preferences. Knock yourself out...

            1. re: Servorg

              Great suggestions for Mexican food...Cheers.

        2. and just east of you on Hollywood blvd is thai town, so you can try sapp's coffee shop for boat noodles, jade noodles, and crispy pork and jalapeno. loads of other good thai spots that direction.

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          1. re: jessejames

            Thanks for the suggestion...I was just in Thailand couple weeks ago so ill skip Thai town but thanks for your reply...would love recommendation for Koreatown restaurants if its worth the hike.

            Planning a day in the Santa Monica area...anything I should be on the look out for?

            Any good Steam dumpling spots to try?

            1. re: Ottfoodie

              you can take the metro right into Ktown from Hollywood. Parks is great for bbq beef. Lots of other good spots for crab and seafood. "Pot" has been warmly received by the hounds too.

              santa monica - i just like the fast and easy, ie frozen custard concrete at pier burger on the pier. There's shunji's for sushi which is awesome, a bit inland, and lots of good Mexican too -- i just tried tacos puntas cabras and really enjoyed the seafood coctails and fish tacos...im also a sucker for gilberts--old school smothered burritos and the like.

              have fun!

              1. re: jessejames

                I guess ill drop by Koreatown for dinner ;)

                1. re: Ottfoodie

                  You must check out Korean food. Parks BBQ, Jun Won (mostly fish dishes), Pot is OK, it's new and VERY loud but I liked it, Soot Bull Jeep has great food but lousy service, so not sure you'd want to do that. LOVE Western Doma Noodle on Western, however service is soooooo slow but it's really worth the time for some hand cut noodle soup! I recommend the spicy seafood one or the one with clams if you don't want spicy.
                  For Sushi lunches - Kiriko is a great spot There's also Kioyokawa on Robertson (not sure I spelled that right), Sushi Gen is affordable and great, you just have to wait for a while, but it's a great opportunity to check out Little Tokyo. I also have had many good lunch specials at Hirozen on beverly. But I don't go as often as I used to, but remember it always being affordable and quality.

                  Mexican, you know you may want to try Loteria - it is very close to where you are staying. I have only eaten at their sit down locations once, but have had dozens of meals at the third & fairfax farmers market locations. But definitely try to check out Ricky's fish tacos if you get a chance.

              2. re: Ottfoodie

                I would avoid Chinese food anywhere outside of the San Gabriel Valley (which isn't close to where you are and probably isn't worth the drive).

                There's lots of places to eat in Santa Monica (or close by). Huckleberry for delicious but over priced pastries and sandwiches (the people-watching can be priceless), Milo and Olive (from the same owners of Huckleberry) for pizza, salads, and pasta (the wait can be horrendous). Juquila (a real hole-in-the wall) or Monte Alban in nearby West LA for good Oaxacan. Tacos Puntas Cabras for tacos, tostadas, ceviche. Sawtelle Ave. (also in West LA) for Japanese food of all sorts.

                Tar and Roses has gotten food reviews, but I haven't been personally.

                I'd skip Gilbert's. I think it can be fun in terms of atmosphere, but it seems like a very tex-mex place to me, and I just don't think the food is all that good (it's certainly not bad, though).

                1. re: ilysla

                  Love Oaxacan cuisine...thanks for the suggestions.

                2. re: Ottfoodie

                  Korean BBQ - Tenraku (3rd & Hobart)
                  Blue Crab Spicy Soup - Ondal (8th & Kenmore)
                  Korean Blood Sausage - 8th St Soondae (8th & hoover)
                  Boiled Pork Belly - Kobawoo (7th & Vermont)
                  Fried Chicken - Kyochon (6th & Harvard)
                  Greek/Mediterranean - Papa Cristos (Pico & Normandie)
                  Sushi - Noshi (Beverly & Hobart)

                  Just a few placed I would recommend. I see people recommending Parks BBQ but I personally think Tenraku is much better. Just my .2

                  Enjoy LA Ottfoodie!

                  1. re: sNICKa

                    great list. thanks sNICKa!

              3. Cleo
                Lexington Social House
                Palms Thai

                1. Take the Metro red line to Macarthur Park and try Langer's Deli for their incredible pastrami.

                  Also I recommend Ricky's Fish Tacos.

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    yes to both

                    now we can finally have a hound opine on Schwartz's v langers

                    1. re: jessejames

                      I've been to both, but I prefer Schwartz. Then again, I was born in Montreal and grew up in L.A. If it were the other way around, who knows.

                      But Schwartz is really limited in menu, just the smoked meat sandwiches, fries, karnotzel, stuff like that.

                    2. re: J.L.

                      And do a comparison with Schwartz's.

                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        Should be an interesting comparison...

                    3. Grand Central Market: Metro Red Line from Hollywood/Vine to Pershing Square. Check out Belcampo for a really delicious burger, Wexler's to compare their pastrami to Schwartz's, or Eggslut for breakfast-y fare, and wash down with some G & B Coffee drinks.

                      Koreatown: In addition to jessejames suggestions, Kang Hodong Baekjeong is also still pretty hot, but I haven't been. I like Soowon Galbi for well-rounded, not too expensive KBBQ.

                      Santa Monica: +1 on Tacos Punta Cabras (get the tostadas!).

                      In West L.A. (on your way to/from SM), maybe check out Little Osaka (Sawtelle Blvd. between Olympic and SM Blvd.) for great ramen (Tsujita and Tsujita Annex), Blockheads shaved ice, Coco Boba, etc. If you can't make it out to the San Gabriel Valley, ROC may be an okay alternative for dumplings and "soup dumplings".

                      Food Trucks: Ricky's was mentioned (if you can't get there, Tacos Punta Cabras is a good alternative). Guerrilla Tacos is great too but may be out of the way for you.

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                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        ok great, everything noted. Forgot to mentioned lunch spot for Sushi? Heard LA has really good Sushi restaurants.

                        1. re: Ottfoodie

                          shunji, kiriko

                          1. re: jessejames

                            +1, or, uh, +2.

                            OP, both have $40 omakase-style lunch options. Shunji serves 12 pieces of nigiri and then a handroll (varies: blue crab, tuna, etc.), while Kiriko serves 9 pieces of nigiri and then a blue crab hand roll. That's obviously not inexpensive, but both are really great deals for the quality of sushi; you'll get some really premium stuff.

                            If you're used to high quality sushi but are also price sensitive, Kiriko's other lunch combos may seem tempting, but the quality is not close to the $40 omakase-style lunch. The best affordable lunch option at Kiriko is the 3 handroll set for $14.50. Comes with miso soup and salad.

                            1. re: TheOffalo

                              if you really want to shwang out with some sushi there is a regular omakase sushi at shunjis that can go about 125 bucks or so....that's my promised land: toro collar, all sorts of imported Japanese specialty fish...a bigger splurge no doubt.

                              1. re: jessejames

                                wow! interesting...ill definitely check it out. Good to feed 2 people or single serving?

                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                  per person....but incredible stuff and fun schmoozing with Shunji himself and watching him unveil and prepare his treats...maybe he has hairy crab, maybe toro collar, he'll certainly have some good stuff.

                                  https://www.facebook.com/Shunji.Ns

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    wow that place looks amazing.

                              2. re: TheOffalo

                                Only have 1 lunch for Sushi so I guess Ill go with Shunji $40 omakase-style lunch. We have maybe have 1 or 2 good Sushi restaurant in Montreal so Ideally I want the best I can sushi in LA.

                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                  if you want something really special and are willing to spend for it, call ahead and ask if you can sit in front of shunji and do the regular omakase. you might not want to eat other sushi again....for the 40 dollar version i like kiriko better and a better local for sampling other chow before/after.

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    I don't think it's necessary to go full-omakase at Shunji at lunch, especially since they don't serve anything besides sushi (and miso soup and ice cream) at lunch, so it's really just getting more fish, which they can order a la carte after if they're still hungry.

                                    I agree that if the OP only has one sushi meal available on the schedule, then definitely see if they can get seats in front of Shunji-san for the $40 lunch (for regulars, I think it's less important to get the man himself). If they can't, then I agree with perhaps going with Kiriko's $40 lunch, with the opportunity to hit Coco Boba or Blockheads after for dessert.

                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                      Good point...ill need to think about it. Appriciate all of your help. My list is starting to shape up.lol

                                      I am questioning myself now whether I should stay in the Hollywood area or Santa Monica? Food is very important as my wife and I are big food fanatics so we definitely build our Itinerary around food. We also want to do the touristy stuff since it's our first time visiting LA so the challenge is to incorporate both the sight seeing stuff with the Food experience. Ideally we will visit Hollywood on the first day 2nd day would be Santa Monica area and 3rd might just be for food so Koreatown/Central LA etc...What do you guys think? Where should we stay???

                                      1. re: Ottfoodie

                                        I don't know, as a resident. How tolerant are you with driving and dealing with finding parking? Montreal has great public transportation, so if you're used to that over driving and parking, you might want to take advantage of that. Staying really close to Hollywood and Vine means you can get to places like GCM or K-town without having to worry about traffic or parking. I generally find Santa Monica and West L.A. to be easier to find parking, going there from Hollywood might be easier than the other way around, but of course it depends on the specific places you want to go.

                                        1. re: Ottfoodie

                                          Something good to know in addressing your location question is the extent to which the beach/ocean and those views/vibes are important. For many of my visitors (and, so you know my bias, I live on the far west side, just uphill from the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu), it is critical to be located in an area where they have easy access to the coast because that is a major reason why they are visiting. They want to be near the ocean, if only to be able easily to walk/run along the beach or bluff or to have drinks near the ocean. Since there are many good eating places on the west side (big fan here of Tar & Roses in SM and several of the places on Abbott Kinney in Venice), you may well enjoy staying in SM (and we can recommend some hotels if we bury the recs in comments about food); OTOH, if the coastal scene is not that important and access to DTLA and GCM (and I LOVE the revamped GCM!) is paramount, then stay inland.

                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                            santa monica is a beach town with overpriced and overrated restaurants for the most part (my opinion), and quite tough to get over the other side of the 405 where most of the adventurous food is. Hollywood is the city and not always pretty but also some cool tourist stuff that doesn't involve the beach, like hike up runyon canyon for great view and work up appetite...you could nudge westward and stay in west Hollywood or BH. With your current plan the metro is a real option.

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              Jesse raises a good point about hiking. We have awesome hiking trails on the west side as well. I like hiking Runyon, but you can hike Paseo Miramar among countless other trails, and get a panoramic ocean view as well as of downtown. There is a boatload of adventurous, not overly pricey and high quality food options on the west side. Someone already mentioned the Little Osaka area on Sawtelle and others have mentioned the sushi options that are west of the 405. Plus Tacos Puntas Cabras and the slew of places in Venice. So, again, I think it comes down to where you want to be based - in the dry, hot inland, or by the ocean. Both are good.

                              3. re: TheOffalo

                                But if you go to Tacos Punta Cabras you must get the cauliflower tostada!!! It's so freakin tasty!!!

                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                  I am keeping Tacos Punta Cabras as a second option to Ricky's. I'll keep in mind for the Tostada!

                              4. Korean and Japanese recommendations are appreciated.

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                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                  Another option for Korean is Chilbomyunok. They have BBQ dishes, but they also have bimimbap, cold noodles, and mandu (among other things). The broth they give you as a drink is also delicious (although perhaps not quite the treat it normally is during the summer....).

                                  Agree w/ posters who say that Hollywood vs. Santa Monica is a toss up in terms of food quality and that it really just depends on what parts of LA you want to see.... 2 days is not lot (esp here, where transportation and access is an issue).

                                  1. re: ilysla

                                    i don't think it's a toss up at all....one is more urban with much more going on, the other is an expensive beach town...they both have their plusses and good thing is you don't have to choose.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      You're right; it's not a toss up. I'd recommend staying in SM or on the west side any day. But we'll just have to disagree about that one, and, since we still don't know the OP's demographic or preferences, it's academic. And we do agree about plenty of restaurants in both areas, and there are plenty of great choices.

                                      1. re: Wayno

                                        that's why you're there and other folks are where they are. but population and demographic issues alone make for many more chow options apart from santa monica. in any event, no doubt one can live life to its fullest in either place and not go hungry. it's one city.

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          And, unfortunately, in a month I won't be here; and, once again, most of my posts will be on the Great Plains board dealing with the dining options in the St. Louis area. Talk about being a long f'ing way from the ocean!

                                          1. re: Wayno

                                            enjoy the surf while you can wayno -- i love me the beach too.

                                            enjoy the hill and the fishtank size goblets of beer and fried raviolis.

                                          2. re: jessejames

                                            Right, which is why I say it's a toss up. I don't mind to imply their equal or similar.... Aside from the fact that they're both compelling places to visit for a short period of time and both have great eating places... Which seems to fit the OP's criteria.... I don't think the OP is going to be disappointed staying in either location....

                                            1. re: ilysla

                                              Thanks everyone for the feedback! I`m still unsure where to stay however you guys definitely raised some good points. The fact that we might consider going to Koreatown/DowntownLA I think we should stay in Hollywood where metro (Red line) is close by and good way to reach Downtown right?

                                              Also, from the restaurant suggestions I have gotten here...few of them are in the SM area...

                                              We love hiking but personally, I think we don`t have enought time with everything else already planned.

                                  2. Here's what I have so far in mind for my 3 day stay.

                                    Hotel is in Santa Monica area.

                                    Wednesday: Arrive around noon

                                    Lunch at Shunji
                                    Dinner at R&D Kitchen
                                    Late night bite at Kogi and Ricky's fish tacos

                                    Thursday: Hollywood

                                    Morning (Tour Hollywood / Beverly hills)
                                    Lunch at Petty Cash Taqueria?
                                    Dinner at Hundry Cat or Lexington Social House any other suggestions?
                                    Late night ???

                                    Friday: Central LA / Koreatown

                                    Lunch at ParksBBQ or Tenraku
                                    Dinner at ? any suggestions?

                                    Should I consider going to Central LA or just visit Koreatown. I would be taking the Metro.

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                                    1. re: Ottfoodie

                                      Did Ricky's change his hrs since moving into the truck? I've never known him to open past 4-5PM, and his Twitter feed certainly implies that he doesn't open late enough for a "late bite."

                                      Is R&D Kitchen good enough to warrant a visit? I've never been, but I recall reading good reviews here. Still, if it's a Hillstone's place, I think I'd rather go to something that's not as... corporate? I also think Montana Ave. is just a boring place to go to unless you want to people watch....

                                      If you're going to be in the Hollywood area on Thursday, so we don't you just save yourself the drive and do Ricky's then for lunch?

                                      For Thursday, do you want very tasty (if overpriced) US East-Coast style seafood (not sure if you already get that in Montreal)? If so, you could try Connie and Ted's in West Hollywood. Or maybe Russian food at Traktir (also in West Hollywood).

                                      Maybe Ethiopian for dinner on Friday? Little Ethiopian isn't *that* far from K-town (it's sort of on your way back to Santa Monica).

                                      1. re: ilysla

                                        Thanks...looks like Ricky's closed after 5pm. I might just grab 2 tacos after lunch.

                                        Really keen on having some good Sushi since Montreal has not much to offer... Shunji was suggested which looks amazing.

                                        Thursday, I will definitely consider the Seafood place. Montreal has good lobster and oysters in season (summer) and that's about it. Connie and Ted's sounds like a plan.

                                        1. re: Ottfoodie

                                          Ricky's fish tacos is open for lunch only from 11am till he runs out (usually around 3:30-4pm) They are open Wed-Sunday. Always check his twitter before you go just to make sure he's there.
                                          https://twitter.com/RickysFishTacos

                                           
                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            will do...ill probably drop by around 2pm

                                      2. re: Ottfoodie

                                        Is Petty Cash open for lunch?? IMO, the margaritas are the only reason to go. They are amazing. But the food is inconsistant and overpriced for what it is. I think Esquela (just down the street from there) is much better. Hungry Cat is good. Really nice cocktails if you are into that. Late night on Thurs could be the 101, it's a diner in the Best Western on Franklin, not too far from Gower. Great diner food and people watching. Might get really busy around 2 am (when the bars let out).

                                        1. re: schrutefarms

                                          thanks...exactly the answers I want. I am looking to rent a car after all. I will consider Esquela. Restaurants don't need to be close to Gower. We like cocktails but the food is the priority. we have our 3 month old baby with us.

                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                            Not to keep steering you away from Petty cash, but it might not be an awesome place to take a baby. It gets insanely loud there!!! Also a SM suggestion…Bay Cities Deli. Get a Godmother and a few sides, and have a little picnic on the beach!

                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                              i like that picnic idea compared to restaurants by beach...save some room for the frozen custard at pier burger

                                        2. re: Ottfoodie

                                          for hollywood, musso and franks on Hollywood blvd is an old school kind of place that is fun for martinis and has a hit or miss menu but stick with the basics and you'll do well...fun atmosphere....make reservation....late night the Roosevelt hotel might be fun for you guys (there's a room with an old bowling alley upstairs)...i always have fun drinking at the rainbow bar on the sunset strip too....

                                          re ktown dinner, ive been wanting to check out "pot" (the restaurant) .... bro raves about it.

                                          id hit some spots in central la and ktown...metro makes it ez

                                          instead of petty cash, you might want to check out the farmers market on third/Fairfax -- they have loteria for tacos and a mess of other good things.

                                          not sure why you're staying in santa monica but let's just say reasonable minds can differ!

                                          have fun!

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            "not sure why you're staying in santa monica"

                                            In the summer It can be 15 to 20 degrees cooler in SM, the ocean and the beach are right out your door and you got all those great Venice Restaurants right next door…(Superba Snack Bar, Superba Food and Bread, Gjelina, Salt Air, A-Frame, Tasting Kitchen and more). If I didn't live here I'd stay here.

                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              And given all those good westside/coastal choices, I too question the selection of R+D for one of the dinners. And if you can't make it to Ricky's, Santa Monica has Tacos Puntas Cabras, to which I'm pretty sure you've already been referred. And all of the Asian spots on Sawtelle are quite close by, though parking is sometimes challenging - my advice is to park a few blocks to the west in the residential neighborhood and you'll be fine if you do want to walk up and down Sawtelle. And Sawtelle is not just Asian - there's pizza and Italian at Clusi Batusi and southern cooking at Flores Lady's Gunboat Society (or whatever the new moniker is).

                                              1. re: Wayno

                                                R+D is good, just ain't special at all. Not sure if anyone has recommended Fig, but that place is great, and would be a lovely Santa Monica dinner. Or maybe do the coastal Hungry Cat on Wed, and do something else in Hollywood on Thurs.

                                              2. re: wienermobile

                                                15 20 degrees? Bullshit.
                                                My point was the spots on his list are far away.
                                                All the great Venice restaurants?

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  Right this at moment (2:33pm)
                                                  Santa Monica 74
                                                  Hollywood 89

                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                    Funny my app says 75 sm. 75 here in bh and 79 in weho. Hard time thinking its 89 down the road.

                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                      Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
                                                      Thursday 2:00 PM
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                                              3. re: jessejames

                                                I'm in the minority on this, but the one time I went to Loteria at the Original Farmer's Market, I was completely underwhelmed. The Original Farmer's Market is also too close (IMHO) to the abomination known as The Grove. Avoid (IMO).

                                                The Loteria on 3rd St was fine, but a bit too "sterilized" to be consider a truly good example of Mexican food in LA.

                                                As for the weather, Googling the weather for both cities right now indicates that it's 89 deg in Hollywood and 74 deg in Santa Monica. ::shrug::

                                                1. re: ilysla

                                                  Not in disagreement re loteria but I think it compares favorably to the other spot mentioned. And other stuff in market.

                                                  As to the weather I'm not seeing the big difference this side of the hill except we get sun over here :)

                                                  Restaurant wise it's not even fair to compare. Venice??

                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                    I work in Encino (which is 97 right now), so I say y'all need to shut up about the weather over the hill (b/c I really *am* "over the hill" here!). ;)

                                                    I can't say that I'm super familiar w/ the Hollywood eating scene b/c I'm simply not normally in the area during eating hrs (sort of). I do think there's plenty of good spots in Venice/Santa Monica, many, if not all, of which have been named here. You may not agree that they're all tasty, but they've mentioned frequently enough by a relatively large number of posters that I would want to try them myself (or already have). And many of them are in relatively walkable clusters.

                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                      Venice is one of the best eating ghettos around. That's not a solitary opinion by any means. And, maybe it's a bit of an overstatement, but there's a lot from which to choose in the way of very good meals.

                                                      1. re: Wayno

                                                        fair enough I and W -- have a great 4th and chow down on some good stuff!

                                                2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                  Other places in SaMo area for dinner :
                                                  Tar & Roses
                                                  Hungry Cat in Santa Monica's rustic canyon
                                                  Any of the places Wayno mentioned in Venice. The Alibi Room on Abbot Kinney does late night Kogi tacos if you don't want to find the truck.

                                                  Hollywood:
                                                  Littlefork
                                                  Eveleigh
                                                  Cleo

                                                  Downtown
                                                  Factory Kitchen
                                                  Drago Centro
                                                  B.o.s.s.
                                                  Orsa & Winston

                                                  1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                    I fear we've guided you in the wrong direction. Shunji is worth it. One of the Korean spots is worth in. And you have lots and lots of mediocre places in between.

                                                    I think you should go to Rustic Canyon. It would fall under your "California cuisine" desires. Jeremy Fox is one of the best chefs in LA right now.

                                                    Maybe replace Petty Cash with something better. If you're in Hollywood, you aren't too far from Sqirl. That could be fun. Do you like Lebanese? How's the Lebanese in Montreal? A place like Marouch could be worth a shot.

                                                    Friday you need to go a legit Mexican spot. I vote Chichen Itza, which isn;t that far from K-Town (at least not by LA standards)

                                                    1. re: set0312

                                                      Wow...thank you so much for the suggestions. Californian cuisine is a must while i'm in LA. I am already replacing Petty Cash but maybe considering going to Guelaguetza
                                                      and Chichen Itza both were suggested. Since I have a car I will consider both.

                                                  2. Ok...thanks for all the feedback! You guys are really good help here.

                                                    Afterall, I have come to a conclusion that we will be staying in Hollywood and rent a car to travel to Santa Monica and travel around the city.

                                                    My itinerary: (keep suggestions coming!)

                                                    Wednesday:

                                                    Arrive Nooish at the Airport
                                                    Lunch at Shunji Japanese (On the way to our hotel in Hollywood)
                                                    Dinner in Hollywood: Connie & Ted's

                                                    Thursday:

                                                    Lunch: Franky's Fish Tacos / Kogi BBQ
                                                    Dinner: Hungry Cat (Maybe a good burger joint?) / Alibi Room / Tar & Roses
                                                    Late night: Food trucks maybe central LA

                                                    Friday

                                                    Lunch: Gualaguetza
                                                    Dinner: KT Pots / Parks BBQ
                                                    Late night: Guisados (looks maybe too far) Food truck suggestions?

                                                    What do you guys think? Any restaurant I should substitute to get a good taste of LA food scene?

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                                                    1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                      Fanky's Fish Tacos? Did Ricky change his name? (g). And for a late night foray the traffic won't be bad and Guisado's wont be a chore to get to so it's a fine choice for Friday.

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Sorry...I met to say Ricky's lol

                                                      2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                        Take into consideration traffic, especially going to Santa Monica on a weekday.

                                                        How long are you planning on staying in Santa Monica? Maybe leave early and eat lunch in Santa Monica to beat the traffic?

                                                        Just something to think about.

                                                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                          I am looking at a full day in Santa Monica.

                                                          I am still debating if I should rent a car ($127 for 3 days) or take bus/metro...I have the feeling that a car would be more useful but still not sure...

                                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                            Car good option re Samo. But metro around city Have fun!

                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                              Car rental is a good idea or at least have Uber or Lyft app on your phone and be prepared to use liberally.

                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                I might then rent a car for the day to buzz around Samo?

                                                                I have the feeling that a taxi ride from LAX to Hollywood and back + Metro, Bus will probably cost me more money than renting a car for 3 days.

                                                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                  Good to have the car but good u don't need to use it all the time

                                                                  1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                    Taxi from LAX to Hollywood will be well over $50 each way. If they are still running, you could take a Fly-Away bus (hourly) from/to LAX to Union Station downtown for $10 pp, then rail to Hollywood.

                                                            2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                              For lunch, Shunji-san usually works just Thursdays and Fridays but his schedule may change week to week. Call and make a reservation for the sushi bar at least and ask if Shunji will be working and if you could sit in front of him.

                                                              I haven't been to Connie & Ted's and I've heard great things, but I wonder if it's not the best use of an L.A. dinner. You can make a quick weekend trip to Boston in 5 hours from Montreal and get better New England style seafood for cheaper.

                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                Thanks...someone also recommended I call and take reservation before going to Shunji. I will do that.

                                                                Do you have any better suggestions opposed to Connie & Ted? I was in Boston 2 years ago so my main goal is to get some hollywood's best restaurant or nearby as I will have a car.

                                                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                  Trois mec?
                                                                  Dan tana fun
                                                                  Musso is la history

                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                    Good luck getting a res for Trois Mec ....
                                                                    Dan Tanas is fun, but not sure it would be appreciated as the food is just average. Instead of C&T's, try Animal or Son of a Gun.

                                                                    Good burger joints in Sa Mo: Burger Lounge, Pono Burger, Hole in the Wall, Big Jo's (only open til 3:30) and next door at Josie's. RIP Tommy's on Lincoln....but the original still stands on Rampart downtown.

                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                      Dan Tana's is SUPER fun!!!

                                                                    2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                      Note: Hollywood does not equal West Hollywood. Where exactly have you decided to stay? And note -- and you better check -- parking rates at a lot of hotels can be near $20 per night.

                                                                      1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                        My computer seems to have eaten my comment. Basically I was going to suggest Animal mid-city or Night+Market in WeHo. Neither are near Metro rail stations so you'd have to drive or bus it but you'd have to for Connie and Ted too.

                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                          We love Markets!

                                                                          We are staying in the Hollywood / Gower area but we have a car so anything around that area (less than 30 minute drive)

                                                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                            Night+Market is a Thai restaurant. Sorry for the confusion. It is really good though, but I'm not sure how the Thai food scene is in Montreal.

                                                                            If you like markets definitely check out Grand Central Market. Lots of chow-worthy food there (Belcampo, Eggslut, Wexler, etc.) and open until 9 PM Thurs. thru Sat. Reachable by metro.

                                                                            Also, while I love Ricky's I don't think you need to devote a whole meal slot to it. Go for a 2 PM snack. Get a fish taco for you and a shrimp for your SO and share each. That way you get to try it without getting too full and leaves you with opportunity to try more places.

                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                              Great, I though Market was only open on Sundays...I will definitely drop by.

                                                                              Thanks...I will do that...mid after-noon snack.

                                                                        2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                          Animal

                                                                      2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                        Does Kogi taste anything like Calbee (it's food truck impersonator)? If so, I'd skip. It was totally unexceptional. Kim chee + carne asada = eating kim chee w/ your korean BBQ anywhere. Actually, truth be told, I'd personally give up on the food truck thing since I don't find them all that interesting (except for The Lobsta Truck, but that's a totally different story).

                                                                        How late is "late night?" Some Guisado locations only open until 8PM....

                                                                        Father's Office is a bit controversial, but I think they have a very good hamburger. The Culver City location is, IMO, much easier in terms of access.

                                                                        If you're willing to blow a lot of $$$, you could substitute Providence for Connie and Ted's.

                                                                        I feel like you're missing a farm-to-table type place like Gjelina (which I liked but think is rather over-hyped) or a high-end Italian place (like Osteria Mozza.... or the Pizzeria for something that's a little cheaper.... Or even Superba Snack Bar). Or something a little off-beat like a Cafe Gratitude (they have a Hollywood location).

                                                                        1. re: ilysla

                                                                          If Guisados is closed they can change up to Mexicali Taco & Co. http://mexicalitaco.com/ if need be. Open till 12 on Friday nights.

                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                            Or hit Tacos Leo on La Brea and Venice, which isn't a truck but close. (Assuming the tromp is working.)

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              I also heard of Mexicali...sounds good.

                                                                            2. re: ilysla

                                                                              Regarding Kogi...all depends if im in the area. I am planning to go to Koreatown... guess ill get good Korea food there anyway.

                                                                              Not too late max 10pm, we have a 3 month old baby with us but it doesn't stop us from going out. We are the backpacker style. She follows us everywhere! Easy baby so far ;)

                                                                              We are not looking to blow our budget but I have to take in account that some restaurant will not let us in with a baby. It's tricky to choose a high end restaurant when bringing a baby. Connie & Ted seems like a good place for us. Providence looks amazing too but might be to high end with a baby.

                                                                              Farm-to-table is a great suggestion. I was in Austin last November and my Farm-to-table experiences were fabulous! ill definitely check Gjelina. Too bad I have so limited time!

                                                                          2. Angelini Osteria for the best Italian food in the area (arguably next to Mozza -- much more reasonably priced)

                                                                            http://angeliniosteria.com/

                                                                            1. My itinerary starting to look very good!

                                                                              Thursday:
                                                                              Santa Monica:

                                                                              Lunch:
                                                                              Shunji Sushi

                                                                              Mid-day bite:
                                                                              Ricky’s Taco

                                                                              Dinner:
                                                                              Rustic Canyon

                                                                              Wednesday:
                                                                              Hollywood

                                                                              Lunch :
                                                                              Grand Central Market

                                                                              Dinner :
                                                                              Animal

                                                                              Friday:
                                                                              Koreatown / Central LA

                                                                              Lunch:
                                                                              Gualaguetza or Chichen Itza

                                                                              Dinner: Parks BBQ

                                                                              What you guys think? looks good to me!

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                                                                              1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                Bravo. I'm hungry just reading that!

                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                  My only comment would probably be to substitute Tacos Punta Cabras https://www.facebook.com/TacosPuntaCa... for Ricky's - given the fact that the OP is going to be in Santa Monica and may well want to avoid the crosstown trip to Ricky's that day.

                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                    Agree, Thursdays are brutal traffic days....

                                                                                2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                  Did you mean to put Thursday before Wednesday? Shunji and Rustic Canyon are both west while Ricky's is more east. You'd be zigzagging. You might want to do Shunji then Tacos Punta Cabras then Rustic Canyon.

                                                                                  (Unless that is for Wednesday, day you arrive, and Shunji is on the way from LAX and then Ricky's is after you checked in at your hotel in Hollywood, and Rustic Canyon is later in the evening. Then it's still zigzaggy but perhaps less unnecessarily.)

                                                                                  Otherwise, the itinerary looks really good. Nice mix of Japanese, Mexican, Korean, farm-to-table with Rustic Canyon, and Animal for that only-in-LA meal.

                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                    Sorry for the confusion...I will take your
                                                                                    word and substitute Ricky for Punta Cabras.

                                                                                    Yes, my idea is to drop by Shunji on my way from LAX. Not going back to Ricky's that day. Like you said zizzaging would be the case.

                                                                                    Just realized
                                                                                    realized that Central Market only starts on Thursday so I guess Ill go to Koreatown on Wednesday night and do my Hollywood day on Friday instead of Wednesday

                                                                                    Any interesting place around town I should visit since I'll have a car and not run into massive traffic? My flight leaves early afternoon on the Saturday which gives me a long morning to visit around.

                                                                                    Again, thanks for all the help guys! Merci!

                                                                                    1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                      The Getty Center is worth a trip and it's not far from LAX.

                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                        Or the Villa (if it's open that day).

                                                                                        BTW, based on the rec in this thread, I tried Ten-Raku tonight. VERY tasty. =)

                                                                                        1. re: ilysla

                                                                                          For the Getty Villa you need reservations in advance. For the Getty Center you do not. Good food too...

                                                                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                            This is true.... However, the OP is coming in Sept and he/she seems like they plan in advance.... ;)

                                                                                  2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                    +1 to what everybody else said. ;)

                                                                                    1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                      My one vehement comment is, if you're gonna do dinner on the west side or in SaMo, if you can get in Tar & Roses, I would go there 7 days a week instead of Rustic Canyon. Maybe RC was a destination when Evan Funke was the chef, but after last week's meal there, all I can say is, meh. Way overpriced, and way uninspiring. Actually difficult to find something I really wanted to order. It wasn't exactly boring, but at that price point, I'd never go back.

                                                                                      1. re: Wayno

                                                                                        Good to know, Wayno, I've been wondering if I should go back.... Now I know the answer to that question.

                                                                                        1. re: Wayno

                                                                                          Wow, I have to strongly disagree. Didn't go to RC until after Jeremy Fox started and I love T&R, but if given the choice between the two tomorrow I'd go with RC.* For a non-vegetarian, Fox does amazing stuff with vegetables (like Wes Avila and Guerrilla Tacos), but he can also do great things with meat. His lamb heart dish was probably one of my favorite dishes of the past year.

                                                                                          *If you ask me the next day I might do T&R. My point is that one is not WAY better than the other, in my opinion, and since the OP is already doing Animal, RC would be a better contrast. But the OP can look at the sample menu for both places and decide on his own. I don't think he could go wrong with either.

                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                            You're crazy! If anything, I'd say Fox is better than Funke. And interestingly enough, I thought the RC price point was really good. Me and the SO were more than full at under 50 a person.

                                                                                            But of course, to each their own.

                                                                                            1. re: set0312

                                                                                              I do somewhat agree with Wayno on pricing. I think the big plates are a little expensive.

                                                                                              Another factor between T&R and RC is that the former does not have a full bar. RC's cocktails are really good. So that may or may not be a deciding factor for the OP.

                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                I will go over the T&R/RC menu and choose what suits of taste and interest.

                                                                                        2. Hate to add another component to the mix but, as the OP had originally mentioned a late-night bite on the eve of their arrival, I have to suggest Red Medicine as a possibility.
                                                                                          I've enjoyed several meals at Normand Laprise's Toque in Montreal over the last few decades and RM is the Los Angeles restaurant that I most closely associate with those experiences. Hope you'll give it a look!

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                                                                                          1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                                                            Red Medicine is superb for a late night spot. Good call.

                                                                                            1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                                                              I looked-up Red Medicine and it looks like an interesting Vietnamese restaurant.

                                                                                              Toque is definitely one of Montreal`s finest restaurant and we always experienced very good meals.

                                                                                              1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                It's only fair to warn you - The food at Red Medicine is as much Vietnamese as McDonald's is Scottish.

                                                                                                That having been said, the desserts at RM are especially fantastic.

                                                                                            2. Wednesday: (Hollywood)

                                                                                              Lunch: Shunji (On the way from LAX to Hollywood)

                                                                                              Mid day bite: Ricky fish taco

                                                                                              Dinner: Animal / Red Medicine

                                                                                              Thursday: (Santa Monica)

                                                                                              Lunch: Punta Cabras

                                                                                              Mid day bite: Kogi

                                                                                              Dinner: Rustic Canyon or T&C

                                                                                              Friday: Central LA/ Koreantown

                                                                                              Lunch: Gualaguetza or Chichen Itza + Grand Central Market

                                                                                              Dinner: Parks BBQ

                                                                                              Late night: Suggestions?

                                                                                              Saturday: Any suggestions? Flight leaves early after-noon

                                                                                              39 Replies
                                                                                              1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                "Saturday: Any suggestions? Flight leaves early after-noon"

                                                                                                Adjacent to LAX, the classic Googie architecture https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&a... of Pann's www.panns.com and for eats, either the wings and waffle combo or the patty melt.

                                                                                                1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                  I like this iterative process you're going through.

                                                                                                  Having both Ricky's and Tacos Punta Cabras on your itinerary: I'd be happy to go to both places, on the same day even, any day of the week, but for a limited duration trip trying to maximize variety, it may not be necessary. If you want to do both, then concentrate on the non-taco dishes at TPC.

                                                                                                  When do you arrive at LAX? Here's an idea that shakes your schedule up a little: How about Guerrilla Tacos for Wednesday lunch on the way from LAX to Hollywood? They are in Culver City on Wednesdays from 10-2 (get there as early as you can--they sell out of stuff) so it is on the way. (My review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980626).

                                                                                                  Then you can move your Shunji lunch to your Westside-centric Thursday, replacing TPC.

                                                                                                  If you do that, you'll really get an interesting mix of Mexican with fantastic, authentic Baja-style seafood tacos from Ricky's, high quality non-traditional ingredient tacos from Guerrilla, fusion from Kogi, and traditional Oaxacan or Yucatecan from Gualaguetza or Chichen Itza respectively.

                                                                                                  Saturday, if you go to Pann's you'll probably be too full to eat at this place but at least stop by Randy's Donuts and take some pictures.

                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                    Sounds like a plan...thank you so much for being good help. I heard good things about Guerrilla Tacos from a friend that was just in LA. I will make the switch.

                                                                                                    My flight arrives around 11am in LAX so I should have time to get there in time?

                                                                                                    ok, revised Itinerary:

                                                                                                    Wednesday: (Hollywood)
                                                                                                    Lunch: Guerrila Tacos
                                                                                                    Mid day bite: Ricky fish taco
                                                                                                    Dinner: Animal / Red Medicine

                                                                                                    Thursday: (Santa Monica)
                                                                                                    Lunch: Shunji
                                                                                                    Mid day bite: Kogi
                                                                                                    Dinner: Rustic Canyon or T&C

                                                                                                    Friday: Central LA/ Koreantown
                                                                                                    Lunch: Gualaguetza or Chichen Itza + Grand Central market
                                                                                                    Dinner: Parks BBQ

                                                                                                    Saturday: Lunch Panns + Randys donuts for the family in Montreal. ;)

                                                                                                    Ive been to In & out burger multiple times from past trip to the US. I will skip this time since LA has so much to offer but thanks for the suggestion.

                                                                                                    1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                      Red medicine could be mistake. Search the board for that. Animal probably a more reliable recommendation for more people. Tho some do love rm

                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                        I agree with Jessejames. Animal would be my choice…Great food.

                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                          +2 or +3 or whatever. Animal.

                                                                                                          RM could definitely still be a late night choice but the OP will likely still be jetlagged and probably already sleep deprived with a 3 month old heh.

                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                            I'd personally hit Animal for dinner and then RM for dessert. The desserts at RM are completely worth it, IMO.

                                                                                                        2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                          I've said it above already, but will say it again... If you could - Try going to Red Medicine just for dessert.

                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                            Will do!

                                                                                                        3. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                          You're welcome. We all just want you to have a great fooding time in LA.

                                                                                                          If you land at 11, by the time you get your luggage, rent your car, and get to Culver City, you'll probably arrive around 1, and Guerrilla Tacos may only have one or two kinds of tacos left, but I'd still say it's worth it. When you land, if you look at their menu for the day before heading over, just don't get attached to any particular dish because it may not be available. ;-)

                                                                                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                            Good idea to skip In-n-Out (I know it has many, MANY fans on the board, but I think it's totally unexceptional).

                                                                                                            BTW, I know you're from Montreal, but do you know much about the food scene in Toronto? My partner and I will be visiting in a month, and I'm trying to pull together some ideas (the purpose of the trip is relaxation, and food is secondary). I'm starting to do a search on the Ontario board and will post some ideas. I'd be interested in your feedback....

                                                                                                            1. re: ilysla

                                                                                                              I know a little bit about Toronto food scene...Bar Isabel is the big thing right now in TO so get resos there... Lots of amazing restaurants to research for however maybe asking the locals would be ideal. last time I was in Toronto I had some fabulous meals at Guu Izakaya, Banh Mi Boys, Beast, Burger Priest. Cheers.

                                                                                                              1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                Thanks for the feedback. =)

                                                                                                                1. re: ilysla

                                                                                                                  i met locals by asking people from Toronto on this board. lol

                                                                                                                2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                  Burger priest. Great name

                                                                                                              2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                If you don't land on time or get held up at the airport, Guerrilla Tacos could be a problem. I think your schedule could be adjusted to do Guerrilla Tacos on Saturday morning (although you don't have breakfast plans on any of the days, so maybe you're busy in the mornings?), which will be on your way to the airport. That would also allow you to visit GCM on Saturday and free up a different mid-day bite for Friday.

                                                                                                                Like others have mentioned, Animal over Red Medicine, or even better, Animal followed by dessert at RM.

                                                                                                                Personally not big on Pann's. I usually don't send out of towners there.

                                                                                                                1. re: andytseng

                                                                                                                  Guerrilla serves out of DTLA Arts District Thu-Sun. They're only on the Westside, and therefore on the way to/from LAX, on Wednesdays.

                                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                    If he's going from Hollywood, he'll go through downtown anyway. At least, that's how I'd drive it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: andytseng

                                                                                                                      Ah. My Westside-centric thought was to drive straight south locally and then take the 10 to 405. But I could see a 101 to 110 to 105.

                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                        ok...im confused, will the Guerilla truck be there on Wednesday or in DTLA?

                                                                                                                        1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                          Guerrilla is at Culver City on Wednesdays and DTLA Thursdays thru Sundays. http://www.guerrillatacos.com/

                                                                                                                          I don't live near Hollywood, so in my mind getting to/from LAX involves the 405. However, it looks like the the recommended route* for getting from LAX to Hollywood is to go 105 to 110 to 101 (if not just taking one of the local streets like La Brea all the way).

                                                                                                                          (*Depending on where your hotel is in Hollywood. If it's more east then the above would make sense. If it's more west, then local or 405 might make sense.)

                                                                                                                          So, Guerrilla on Wednesday at Culver City would not be "on the way" to Hollywood from LAX, but its DTLA location on Saturday could be on the way from Hollywood back to LAX.

                                                                                                                          I personally still think going on Wednesday would be better than going on Saturday, but that's me.

                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                            Got it...I have yet to book my Hotel but was looking at the hotels close to the 101 so east. Id like to know know from you guys, where would it be best area for me to stay in LA considering my itinerary? including having a car? Its a big city and I still cant get my head around where I should stay...

                                                                                                                            1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                              Wherever you stay you will still be driving, so I wouldn't stress too much over trying to get the "perfect" location and just pick a place that seems to fit you and your family.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                                I'd stay at the Line Hotel so I could just pop down to POT whenever I felt like it. ;-)

                                                                                                                                But I agree with Servorg. It may not be "helpful" in the sense of narrowing things down, but it won't matter all that much, travelwise, where you stay between Santa Monica and Hollywood, since your itinerary is pretty split.

                                                                                                                    2. re: andytseng

                                                                                                                      hopefully I make it on time but after seeing your recent post. It is a must I go! lol So many interesting combinations of tacos. Amazing. Ill go the next day or Saturday like you mentioned. Breakfast is included at the hotel.
                                                                                                                      I like the idea of going to the GCM on Saturday morning and grabbing lunch maybe there...Belcampo? Any mid-day bite recommendation for Friday?

                                                                                                                      Im thinking of RM for cocktail after dinner at Animal.

                                                                                                                      I don`t the diners style breakfast/lunch at Panns but the wife is not in favour.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                        If you do make it to RM, then you might as well grab the Redwood Ice dessert.

                                                                                                                        I can't think of anything too interesting around Koreatown that would work as a lighter mid-day bite. If you are a Roy Choi fan, I think the Commissary at the Line Hotel will be open by then, which should have lighter fare.

                                                                                                                2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                  Yes. In-N-Out. There's one next to LAX.

                                                                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                    In-n-Out is a great and super convenient choice for LAX, but it can also be slotted anywhere, like Friday late-night. So depending on how much time they have, were I the OP, I'd probably go for Pann's since I've never been either.

                                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                      Don't think panns destination spot by any means where for out of staters in n out is. But win win

                                                                                                                  2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                    Check out Coni Seafood. Awesome Mexican seafood close to the airport. Really good aguachile and smoked marlin tacos. Also great snook--though that preparation takes some time.

                                                                                                                    1. re: set0312

                                                                                                                      Just make sure to call ahead and ask if Sergio is cooking. (You want Sergio to be cooking)...

                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                        What are their Lunch Hours? I have only enjoyed them for dinner.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                      My suggestion for Saturday lunch near the airport is Humble Potato, a Japanese burger place. Very casual, delicious burgers and sandwiches, try the Japanese curry on the fries, it's addicting. Street parking, which shouldn't be a problem on a Saturday, but not sure of your timing for an international flight, and whether you will have a rental to return. But it would probably be a quicker meal than say Pann's which is table service. Pann's is good diner food, but not really anything exceptional over diner food on the east coast.
                                                                                                                      http://humblepotato.com/

                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                        Thanks...looks good. I will consider your suggestion.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                        Also, not sure if you are chasing the Kogi truck for a mid day bite, or planning on visiting the Alibi Room on Abbott Kinney in Venice..... But the Alibi room is mainly a bar and does not open before five, I believe.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                          I plan on chasing the Kogi truck...hopefully twitter is reliable to find the truck. Alibi room seems nice less hassle but not sure if they will let me in with a 5 month old baby.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                            "....but not sure if they will let me in with a 5 month old baby."

                                                                                                                            No. It's 21+

                                                                                                                            1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                              they are reliable. you can just look at their website. it normally shows where they will be in advance so its less of a chase

                                                                                                                              1. re: set0312

                                                                                                                                ok great.

                                                                                                                        2. Alright, I've decided to stay in the Wilshire Central LA area.

                                                                                                                          I think my itinerary is pretty solid at this point. Thanks for all the help guys!

                                                                                                                          Wednesday: (Hollywood)
                                                                                                                          Lunch: Guerilla Tacos (6114 Washington Blvd, Culver City)
                                                                                                                          Mid-day bite: Ricky fish taco (1400 N Virgil Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027)
                                                                                                                          Dinner: Animal (435 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036)
                                                                                                                          Dessert: Red Medicine (8400 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211)

                                                                                                                          Thursday: (Santa Monica)
                                                                                                                          Lunch: Shunji (12244 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064)
                                                                                                                          Mid-day bite: Kogi (11499 W. Olympic Blvd., 90025)
                                                                                                                          Dinner: Rustic Canyon or T&C (1119 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401)

                                                                                                                          Friday: (Central LA/ Koreantown)
                                                                                                                          GCM: (317 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013)
                                                                                                                          Lunch: Gualaguetza (3014 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90006)
                                                                                                                          Chichen Itza (3655 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90007)
                                                                                                                          Dinner: Parks BBQ (955 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006)
                                                                                                                          Saturday: Pann's and Randy`s Donut
                                                                                                                          Maybe Guerilla Tacos (826 E 3rd St, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles)

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                            Well done. This looks fantastic.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Ottfoodie

                                                                                                                              This looks so good I'd consider following the same itinerary myself.