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.
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 cant find around here is a good Bagel and Lox for breakfast. Whats 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?