Jonathan Gold's (LA Weekly) 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die

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    Bulgarini's Goat's Milk Gelato (Altadena)
    http://www.bulgarinigelato.com/index.php

    We tried this place a few months ago; it's one of those "I felt like making these flavors today" kind of places. I am not a big gelato afficionado so can't comment much here, but they did get points from +1 for using Jones Coffee (local Pasadena roaster) for their coffee gelato. A little pricey.
     
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    Tito's Tacos (West Los Angeles)
    http://titostacos.com/

    This is a guily pleasure. Three tacos is a normal order; four if you are hungry. There is also a Tom's Tacos in Buena Park that used to be a Tito's and still makes very similar tacos (but at a markup, I hear).

    There's really nothing special (or particularly authentic) about the tacos but they are pretty tasty.
     
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    Chantilly's Sesame Cream Puffs (Lomita)
    http://patisseriechantilly.com/

    A very Japanese place in a very Japanese part of town. It's a pain to reach unless you happen to live in the South Bay or have reason to be there. These were very good and light.

    The bakery is located in a strip mall right off busy Pacific Coast Highway on the Torrance side of Lomita (near the Torrance Airport).
     
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    Golden Deli's Vietnamese Spring Rolls (San Gabriel)
    http://www.goldendelirestaurant.com/GD_Home.html

    Probably my favorite Vietnamese place. The spring rolls, pho, and bun are all phenomenal. Parking can be horrific and be prepared to wait (but not too long) during most peak hours.

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    Little Flower's Sea-Salt Caramels (Pasadena)
    http://littleflowercandyco.com/

    This one got a "meh" from us. It's a cute little bakery/sweet shop on the Eagle Rock side of the Arroyo Seco but while the caramels were good, they weren't anything more than that for us.
     
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    Casa Bianca's Sausage-and-Eggplant Pizza (Eagle Rock)
    http://casabiancapizza.com/

    You go here for the pizza and it's pretty darn good (by LA standards, at least). I also like the cannoli here. Basic family Italian restaurant (down to the red checkered plastic tablecloths).
     
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    Kogi's Kalbi Taco (Various)
    http://kogibbq.com/

    A very early entrant into the fusion food truck scene. The Korean tacos are really, really good. The Kalbi (grilled ribeye meat) gets all the press, but I like the spicy pork bulgogi ones myself. Follow the trucks on Twitter/Google as their locations shift each day (there's a semi-regular pattern). Expect a wait in line with others.

    There are currently five trucks covering the greater LA area.
     
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    El Tepeyac's Hollenbeck Burrito (East Los Angeles)

    Every once in a while someone will buy one of these monsters for our office potlucks. Come hungy or don't come at all.
     
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    Philippe The Orignal's French Dip (Near Union Station, Downtown)
    http://www.philippes.com/

    The french dips get a lot of attention (I like the lamb dip with hot mustard) but the chili (straight) is pretty darn good as well.

    Not the best part of town, but great for lunch or before a Dodgers game.
     
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    Pizzeria Mozza (Hollywood)

    Nancy Silverton and Mario Battali's gourmet pizzas are amazing!
     
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    Fried Chicken Chung King's Chongqing Fried Chicken (San Gabriel)

    A lot of chili and a lot of MSG.

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    I think this is exactly right. Nothing special, but they'll do the trick. Seems like greater Los Angeles is full of similar-style Mexican restaurants with cult followings (this could make a great new thread!). Just look at El Burrito Junior in Redondo Beach, a similar-style Mexican take out place that's insanely popular. Both are always crowded but pretty tasty.
     
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    Kogi's tacos are delicious, but I won't wait more than 20 minutes for their food (and definitely not an hour!). Plus, there are so many other great food trucks out there to try!
     
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    Now I haven't tried many of the places listed, but have been going to Philippe's very sporadically since when I was a kid. I think the current sandwich is a ripoff -- not anywhere near enough meat for the price. Sorry to have to say this!
     

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