I'm a Brooklyn boy who will be in LA for thursday-sun. I've never been to LA before, and I'm having trouble finding recommendations for those foodie "must-try" spots. Sure, a guidebook can send me to the fanciest and most well-established places, but in my experiences those places are usually not worth the money, or have declined since they were picked up by the guidebooks, and are now packed with tourists.
I'm interested in a few meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner, maybe just a stop on the road - but I want to know what's out there. I've heard so much about the variety of food available in LA, but I don't know where to begin. I've got a car and a small budget, so short trips are possible, and five star restaurants are possible. I'm always interested in a burger, mexican, or japanese food, but really anything you think is worth trying, I'm ready to give it a shot.
So, if you had a friend coming to LA for a weekend, and they had never been there before - where would you take them?