We are a couple who will be arriving this Friday night. We will be staying in the West Hollywood area for three days and then I will be staying a few days more in Pasadena. We have a car and will be happy to drive for a meal. That said, it might be easier for us to stick with nothing further south than LAX or further east than the Long Beach Parkway (except when I am in Pasadena). We are happy to drop hundreds of dollars for a really worth-it meal but are equally happy with a hole-in-the-wall that offers a unique flavour experience.
We are primarily interested in eating at places that are either unique to the LA area or are representative of what LA does best. After reading through various threads on this board, I have some ideas and wanted your feedback about them as well as any other suggestions.
It appears that Asian cuisine of all stripes is something LA does really well. Given that in we also have good Asian options in Toronto, these cuisines aren't a high priority for us with a few exceptions. We don't have particularly good ramen, so it appears that we should at least try Santouka and possibly Daikokuya. Thai boat noodles is something else we'd seek out. Sapp Coffee sounds like an option. Jitlada sounds like an all-round Thai choice.
Regional Mexican cuisine also appears to be a strength. Mariscos Chente, Chichen Itza, and Guelaguetza seem like favoured options at least. For fish tacos, we could try Ricky's or perhaps Tacos Baja.
I know there are many trucks with various other Latin American treats, but it is a bit dizzying trying to sort them all out. I think we might at least try to track down a Kogi BBQ truck given that it sounds unique and delicious.
If we want something a bit more upscale, we might consider either Providence or Spago. Perhaps Animal also for a nose-to-tail type meal. How dressy does one need to be in these types of places (I'd rather not need a tie and jacket)?
If we want a California style pizza, Pizza Mozza seems to be a good choice.
For more plebian pleasures, Langer's appears to be a top priority. Roscoe's is tempting just because chicken and waffles sound funny together. We might consider Philippe's for the historical aspect. We aren't particularly concerned about having the greatest hamburger or hot dog, unless someone can convince me otherwise. We've had plenty of good BBQ elsewhere so no need to sample that in LA.
Seafood would be another obvious choice, but we have been trying to stick with sustainable seafood and it is unclear to me if some of the favourites provide enough info for us to make our choices. If you can suggest places, that would be very helpful.
Any feedback and further suggestions are most welcome.
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