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going to LA for another break from my culinary exile in SC

Stefan | May 24, 200604:10 PM

I am about to go on another little trip back to LA after my transfer to South Carolina last year. As this gives me the rare opportunity to enjoy some good food, I want to make sure that I hit the right spots. (there is not a whole lot one gets around here in the upstate SC, except from some great BBQ). During my last short trip in February I enjoyed dinners at La Buca and Jiraffe. This time I am thinking of enjoying some of the following cuisines, as it is impossible to enjoy them down here. Unfortunately, I only have limited time.

Mexican
Chinese
Italian
Other (see below)

Italian: The European in me longs for a great Italian dinner. Therefore I already made reservations at Angelini Osteria, as I think it is the best Italian in LA.

For the rest of the above, I am not so sure yet, and recommendations are appreciated.

Chinese: I must admit (and regret) that I never really took full advantage of the great Chinese that LA has to offer. This time I would really like to hit a good place. As it will probably only be the two of us, I want to make sure that we go somewhere, where it is easy to order various dishes without being overwhelmed.

Mexican: Thinking of either Guelaguetza, Monte Alban or Serenata di Garibaldi. Ideally it should be closer to the Westside due to my other plans. Anything else recommendable in that area that I am not thinking about right now?

Other: I already know that I will be stopping at Zankou chicken on my way from the airport.
One thing that I have been craving, but can’t find around here is a good Bagel and Lox for breakfast. What’s the best place for this in LA?

Maybe some other little snack here and there – is there anything new since last year June that should not be missed?

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