Hi, my BF and I are visiting LA and San Diego from NY over Memorial Day weekend and want to squeeze in as many great meals in our few days/nights as possible! We'll be staying at the Intercontinental in Century City for 2 nights before driving down to SD. We'll also have one more late night in the LAX area (after Angels game) when we return from SD. I've read so many posts on the great ethnic eats in LA and am now torn between the many choices. If fellow chowhounders can help me in narrowing my choices, that would be so very appreciated!
Night 1 (around 9:30pm): For Korean BBQ - Soot Bull Jeep vs. AYCE at Gui Rim/Mu Dung San. BF can eat A LOT and loves the idea of endless amounts of meat =). However, if Soot Bull Jeep is decidedly better in taste and quality, I think we would go with that over the AYCE.
Day 1: Thinking of visiting Santa Monica, Beverly Hills (Rodeo Drive), Hollywood, and Chinatown (Olvera St). Would lunch at Asanebo be out of the way? Would you recommend another sushi restaurant (e.g. Sushi Zo, Sushi Mori??) that is logistically closer and as good/comparable in quality? We love fattier/oily sushi - toro, aji, salmon, yellowtail, anago, and scallop are amongst some of our favorites. We are not as crazy about cooked dishes. Our budget is around $75-100 pp (no alcohol as he will be driving).
Also, do you think it's possible to squeeze in Taco's Baja Ensenada for a midday snack? Not sure what the traffic is like at around 3.
Night 2: Early dinner at Beverly Soon Tofu before Dodgers game at 7:40pm. BF is also intent on saving room for a grilled dodger dog and beers =). Is Sunset Blvd a good place to stop by for drinks after the game?
Day 2: Thinking of leaving Century City for SD at around 9 or 10am. Is there a good place for breakfast in the area or along the way? Would love to do dim sum (in SGV or Chinatown) but it seems most restaurants are not open until 10/11am.
Night 3: After Angels game (around 9:30pm/10pm on night of Memorial Day) - Any good restaurants still open at this time around the area (from Anaheim to, and around Westin LAX)? Was hoping to try good pho but not sure any are open late. If not in the area, is Father's Office or Monte Alban worth driving up to from LAX?
Thank you all for your help!!