Favorite LA Restaurants?

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  1. dstober

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    Upcoming trip with hubby and teenage daughter means I am looking for some recommendations for some interesting places with excellent food.
    Do you have some favs, particularly in Koreatown or Little Armenia?
    Asian foods are a huge hit for Miss H and I'd like to find some out of the ordinary spots for interesting meals.
    We will base near Old Pasadena, but we're willing to drive distances for the right food!
     
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    Katsuya in Hollywood is amazing. :)
     
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    Putting on the list, sudosandwich. ;)
     
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    Been a couple of years, but we found some really interesting Asian Restaurants in the Montebello/Monterrey Park Area just southeast of Downtown LA. Along Garvey at Garfield. Most of the neighborhood is Asian and the food is authentic. And relatively cheap since the neighborhood eats there.

    Can't really remember the names of any of them, but just stumbled into them.

    We were staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in the middle of Montebello Golf Course. (yes there is a garden inn in the middle of the golf course) and the maid said just to head north on Garfield to Garvey and we would find something (mapwife has this thing about Asian Food, if it is nearby, we have to go!)
     
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    Thanks, Mapsmith! That is near an area where we will be one day, so maybe we'll get the chance to check it out. :)
     
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  7. Mapsmith
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    ;)
    Of all the restaurants in the Greater LA Area, you come up with In-n-Out??? Come on, you can do better (probably much better);)
     
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    Heheheh..... I've really never looked that hard in LA. A lot of decent meals, but none great. K town is my favorite.... though In-and-Out is enjoyable too (for this easy coast lad)!
     
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    In-and-Out is pretty much great everywhere ;)

    But ya +1, a lot of decent meals, nothing stood out for me.
     
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    Just not on the east coast...
     
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    You guys have Shakeshack!
     
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    Indeed.

    I actually like this small operator even better...
    http://burgersshakesnfries.com/

    Very different experience than In-and-Out.
     
  13. Mapsmith
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    In-N-Out is like Coors Beer was in the 60''s and 70's and Corona was in the 70's and 80's. Everyone back east wanted it because it was not available there. Once it became available and people could easily get it, the mystery of the taste disappeared.

    Coors and Corona were exposed as really really bland tasting beer. In-N-Out (with the exception of Animal Style) is just another Fast Food Burger Joint.

    But get back to decent LA Restaurants.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. dstober argues for at least one In-N-Out stop. Miss H is vegetarian (she occasionally makes a few exceptions for sea animals in sushi) and I'm not a much of a beefeater (I am SO tempted to insert an image here!).
    K town is most likely to be a big hit. I'm also considering Osteria Mozza, as some of the dishes I've had from other associated restaurants have been outstanding.
     
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    Ah, "sea animals" can be good!
     
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    Bill, do you have any recs for places with good wine lists? I know you know your stuff...so give me the down low. ;)
     
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    If your plans take you near Thai Town (the other side of the Hollywood freeway from Hollywood & Vine - near the W Hotel), don't miss RCA (Red Corner Asia) for some authentic Thai grub! :)
    When I worked in that area (San Gabriel) back in the Late 1970s - early 1980s, there were hardly any Asians there! Goes to show how multicultural and significant hub in the Pacific basin LA has become.
     
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    There is a tiny place on Ventura blvd, Asanebo that has amazing sushi. It is in a strip mall, but the food is excellent and you have to make a Rez well in advance (or get lucky). ~$300 per person for the omakase.....they do have a Michelin star, if that matters..
     
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    Head over to latimes.com and search for Jonathan Gold's list of LA's top 100 restaurants. We hit some of the asian ones on a trip to LA in December --- my they were good.
     
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    Kalboz, RCA looks amazing! I've always been partial to Jitlada for Thai (Sunset & Western), which does get a ton of press, but was excellent last summer when we were in LA.
     
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    It has been awhile but I've held many a dinner at Soot Bull Jeep BBQ in Koreatown. They use real charcoal at the tables.

    I almost always try to hit Philippe's for a lamb French dip sandwich (they have beef, pork, ham, turkey as well)
     
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    mmmmmm, Philippe's! They also have tuna fish, although I wouldn't French dip that! And don't forget the Silver Oak!
     
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    neither would I but it might float someone's boat!

    As long as we are on L.A., can someone give me the lowdown on Tommy burgers? I've been told/read that there are many imitators.

    LA is also a great donut town, lots of places making their own IN THE STORE. I highlight making their own in the store as the 800lb gorilla donut shop Dunkin Donuts no longer makes any of their donuts at their stores which translates into mediocre donut.
     

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