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#1 irnscrabblechf52

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 01:49 PM

Will be in LA for several weeks in the near future. I don't follow the LA dining scene closely at all, so I need a little help. I'm looking for an eclectic mix of recommendations mostly in the cheap eats -> midrange spectrum, but could do 1 or 2 blowouts if there's anything worthwhile. 


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 04:25 PM

Our very own mongo offers his thoughts as a frequently returning resident on his site:  http://myannoyingopi...od/los-angeles/

 

Other selections: http://www.pokpokphatthaila.com/

 

https://jitladala.wordpress.com/

 

http://www.laweekly....taurant-2195463

 

http://www.laweekly....s-begin-5015342

 

http://www.eatatpot.com/#home

 

https://www.facebook...RickysFishTacos

 

http://www.babita-mexicuisine.com/

 

And the current pick for a splurge:  http://redbird.la/


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 01:29 AM

Thnx!


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 02:36 AM

Generally, sources for LA info include Jonathan Gold in the LA Times, LA Eater, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine (which has some overlap with Eater writers) and Chowhound LA Board which is pretty good on Asian and Mexican cuisines but falls off dramatically after that.

Another splurge I have not been to is a Mozza relative called Chi Spacca: http://chispacca.com/menu/

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 06:49 AM

So far have been to Isaan Station and Gjelina.

At the latter, had a wonderful grilled nectarine and burrata salad, grilled octopus, beef heart, pork belly, a fennel salami pizza, garbanzo beans with feta and mint, shishito peppers with harissa and bottarga, whiskey date cake, panna cotta with cherries......at the former, papaya salad with pickled blue crabs, cockle salad, the deep fried fermented sausage, pork larb, crying tiger, and pad thai.

Also went to Valerie in grand central market, had a bunch of sweets and breakfast, and dinner at Musso and Frank Grill. And California Donuts.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

Nice.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 04:15 AM

This distillery might be worth a look:  http://www.greenbar.biz/


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Posted 28 May 2015 - 04:41 AM

Han Bat Sul Lung Tang --- had the mixed ox bone soup. I hate spleen. But other than that, delicious. 


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 04:02 AM

Went to Chi Spacca. Tomahawk pork chop with the fennel pollen was awesome. Super rich bone marrow and beef pie was good, but not as divine or insane as advertised (compared to gastropub versions I've had in the UK). Lamb chop was alright, wouldn't order again. The focaccia di recco was nice, if a little oily. Salami, as expected, great, and the salted dates were also really delicious. Had some salads and sides that were unremarkable.
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Posted 29 May 2015 - 06:38 AM

What cool folk are sipping in LA;  http://www.scribd.co.../Bartoni-s-Menu


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 01:32 AM

Thanks for continuing recs, Hollywood.

Two trendy bakeries, Hygge and Pitchoun...tried a bunch of (Danish) stuff at the former, the best was a poppy and sesame twist. At the latter, had some bread pudding, which was fine but nothing extraordinary (this was brought to me).

Also went to Pink's. I really like the natural casing dogs, but I wish they were grilled. The chilli is kind of gross.
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:29 AM

Pink's.  Meh.

Next to Little Toni's  in NoHo where lots of industry types or wannabe industry types hang, there's now BarToni's.

http://la.eater.com/...-photos#4749742

[I know.  I mentioned it above.]


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:42 AM

A DTLA spot that had huge buzz a year or so ago, but has perhaps calmed own a bit: http://alma-la.com/

Spanish on Melrose: http://www.smokeoilsalt.com/  It's across the street from The Groundlings so you could combine an evening of eating and improv.

If you like offal, there's this spot in the Arts District in DTLA where something is always happening: http://bestiala.com/


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:48 AM

Chef Laurent periodically does one of his evenings in Pasadena.  I see there's one on May 31.  http://bistrolq.com/lq-foodings


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 02:51 AM

Chef Ludo, who is known for his popups, has now combined forces with the guys behind Animal and Son of a Gun to open Trois Mec.  There's a ticketing issue, but determined folks seem to be able to get in.


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