I'm moving to Atwater Village after almost 15 years in New York and I'd love some recommendations in the neighborhood, as well as surrounding hoods. We're going to be on a pretty tight budget for a little while, so any great inexpensive ethnic places are especially appreciated.
Here are some specifics to get the ball rolling.
Mexican: Having grown up in the Bay Area, I'm so excited to come back to California for Mexican food. We were staying in Los Feliz while looking for apartments and had good meals at Mexico City and Yuca's. Checking Yelp, there seems to be quite a few taquerias further out in Glendale. Any I should specifically seek out?
Chinese: I'm assuming I'll have to go out to SGV for great regional Chinese food, but are there any decent Americanized places in Atwater/Los Feliz/Silver Lake for take out or dine in? While visiting a few months ago we tried Chi Dynasty and weren't too impressed.
Japanese/Sushi: Probably not going to any high end places for a while, but a neighborhood spot with good sushi/katsu/ramen etc would be great.
Thai: Thai Town is pretty near. Can't wait to explore it. Any ok places closer?
Vietnamese: New York has pretty mediocre Vietnamese food so I might have been overrating Indochine Vien, but I thought it was pretty tasty.
Indian: Drove past India Sweets & Spices and it looks promising. It seems like most of the great Indian restaurants are in Artesia. Is there any good Indian/Bengali/Pakistani food in the greater Hollywood area?
Bakeries/Coffee: It seems like Atwater has a lot of great bakeries. Which are your favorites for bread, pastries, coffee, etc.?
Sandwiches/Salads: Another reason I'm excited about coming back to California is the quality of the produce. Any great sandwich/salad places I should know about?
Pizza: Anything decent would be great. I'm totally not a NY purist, I love good pizza no matter what the style. Friends of ours ordered from Cheech's and it wasn't too good.
Bagels: A lost cause?
Middle Eastern: Excited to try Armenian, Persian, etc. Which are the best spots in Glendale?
Bars: I love good beer, wine, and cocktails. Probably going to save money and drink at home most of the time, but a great neighborhood bar would be awesome.
Burgers: What are the best holes in the wall around here? Any great upscale burgers?
Groceries: Visited the Trader Joe's and Gelson's on Hyperion and those seem pretty good. I see that there's a Vons in Atwater Village and I can't wait to go to the Sunday farmers market. Any great ethnic supermarkets?
Anything else I should not miss?
I haven't come across a recent post about the area, so I apologize if all this has been covered. Thanks so much for your help!