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DC Chowhounds in Dire Need of Advice

Marty L. | Jul 29, 200301:07 PM

I know these "I'm from out of town and need a few places to eat" posts can be a bit tiresome, and I also know that the best advice is simply for me to peruse the L.A. Boards -- but you remarkable Hounds are up to 57,000 or so posts, and it's a bit overwhelming and daunting trying to keep up and separate the wheat from the chaff! So any specific recommendations would be very much appreciated. (E.g., have you all come to any sort of consensus on the best taquerias? Loteria?)

The pitch: I'm coming with my family to L.A. next week for the first time in many years; and I'd really like to find great stuff that we can't get here in the DC area. From all I can tell, I'm probably best off concentrating on Thai, Mexican (esp. Oaxacan & tacos), and sushi. (Of course, I'm open to other suggestions, as well.) Here's the catch: We're traveling with our nine- and six-year-old kids, who are (alas) quite finicky food-wise. Noodles, chicken, tortillas, nothing too exotic, etc. Therefore, really fancy meals are probably out; and we probably should avoid places where *everything* will seem too spicy or exotic. My wife and I might be able to sneak away for a couple of late-night bites, but for the most part we'll be relegated to kid-friendly places.

In general, is the Jonathan Gold book still reliable? Down-hill alerts? Must-adds?

Oh, yeah -- one other thing: We'll be spending at least a day or so in or near Disneyland, a couple of days in San Diego, and some time in the Valley (mostly near Studio City and Sherman Oaks), so any recommendations for those locales would be much appreciated, too.

Thanks very much in advance.

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