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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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