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Variety Recommendation in LA (for a midwesterner)

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Variety Recommendation in LA (for a midwesterner)

buhnard | Mar 20, 2013 01:03 AM

Hello! Thank you for your help for a great food adventure!

Background: I'm from LA, but currently living in Chicago. My girlfriend (who's from a small town in the midwest) will be coming with me to LA for a week. She never had much cuisines outside of diners and bar foods growing up, but we love trying new foods!

Area: between 210/134 and 60. West of the 605. Basically 30 minute drive east and west of downtown.

What we're looking for:
We literally eat everything, and ambiance/service is not a priority.
I'm mainly looking for foods that one would not find in chicago (where i'm at now). Also for fun/iconic/representative LA restaurants that are not necessarily the very top undisputed best in their cuisine, but are consistently good. "Tourist" spots. We're not feeling sandwiches or pizzas this time. We're 20 (no alcohol..)

Budget: below $25 per person

To give y'all an idea, here's the list so far (from places i've been to):
In-n-out
Hae Jang Chon
Ricky's fish tacos
Philippe
Boiling Point
Yogurtland
Yoshida (any other rec for live uni?)
Porto's
Din Tai Fung
Boiling Crab
Mikawaya
Sushi-gen
Santouka Ramen
Guisados
Elite dimsum
Umami
Animal
Chung King
Kogi

As you've prob noticed, I'm from SGV so I'd love some non-south asian recommendations.

Requests:
Lobster roll
Mexican (sit down)
a date place that's within our price range
regional cuisines (ex. burmese? armenian? west african? etc..)
unusual dishes (brains!, etc.)
pastries

Thank you so much! Y'all the best!

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