My gf and I are going to be spending 2 weeks in LA and would love to hear recs for any new places that have popped up in the last couple years. I lived in LA (West LA) from 2005-2010 (previously in the Bay Area), and she is from the Bay Area, but we've both been living in DC for the last 2+ yrs. I've already got a huge list of restaurants that I only made about half my way through, but was hoping for some additional suggestions for new places. We will most likely be staying downtown, with a chance of having to stay in Long Beach, but we will both have cars. We love most foods except we're not big fish/seafood eaters, but Mexican, Indian and Thai are our favorite ethnic foods (ps - we LOVE spicy).
Here are some of my favorites:
Tacos Tamix, MexiCali Taco Co stand, Leo's Tacos
Umami Burger, Father's Office
The India Restaurant
Animal, Fig, Gjelina, Rustic Canyon
Din Tae Fung, 101 Noodle Express (?), Elite
My research turned up these:
Night+Market, Umamicatessen, Guisados, Wood Spoon, Baco Mercat, Mezze (?)
Anything to add?
We're hoping to move to LA in the next 6 months or so, and she has always kind of disliked LA, so I want to give her a great second impression.