Once a week, I drive on Venice Boulevard heading towards Lincoln, and go by all these little ethnic restaurants featuring cuisines I've never tried but am dying to investigate. A few have been mentioned on Chowhound (Bamboo, Katmandu), but since I don't have a point of reference to know what is a good and/or authentic, I was hoping to get some recommendations on which are real Chowish gems? I personally prefer eating what regular people eat every day vs. the fancy tourist versions, so these seem ideal and ripe for the discovering.
I like most ethnic cuisine (except for Ethiopian, which I found disappointing). I regularly dip into Indian, Oaxacan, Salvadoran, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese. I already frequent Versailles and Gloria's on Venice but want more more more! LA is such a melting pot of cultures that it seems a shame not to sample the world's cuisines when they're all on one street. :)
Please help, won't you? A fave restaurant plus a rec for a representative dish would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.